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Welcome to First Grade!!
 My name is Rachel Medford, and this is my fourth year at Nebo. I graduated from Mars Hill University in May of 2016. I am so excited to be teaching first grade! I am a fourth generation teacher; my great-grandmother, grandmother, and mom all taught at North Cove Elementary. I have worked at Linville Caverns as a tour guide for the past twelve years. That is where I met my husband, Zack. We have been married eight years, and are expecting our first child in January 2020! I also teach Sunday School and play piano for my church. In my free time I love to read, spend time with my family, or enjoy the outdoors. 
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Main Idea/Topic

Students are learning to identify the main idea/topic of a text. They are also learning to identify the key details that support the main idea/topic. Students enjoy practicing their "I Can" statements with movement!!
Compare & Contrast
This is the anchor chart students will be referencing over the next two weeks. We will be comparing two nonfiction texts on the same topic.
Tens and Ones
We are currently learning that a two-digit number consists of tens and ones. Here are some of the strategies we use to manipulate two-digit numbers.
Math Strategies
Here are some of the strategies first grade students are learning this year. This is a great reference when doing homework with your child!

February 5-February 16 Dates to Remember

Friday, February 9: Awards Ceremony in MPR for K-1 @ 1:45
Friday, February 9: 100th Day of School 
Thursday, February 15: Parent Teacher Conferences 3:00-6:00 (Don't forget to sign up for a time!!)
Friday, February 16: Spring Picture Day & ICEES ($2)

Changes to Schedule

Good Evening!!
We hope everyone has enjoyed the long snow weekend. Please be informed of several changes to the schedule, due to weather. 
See you in the morning!!
Mrs. Medford & Mrs. Sawyer
Dates to Remember:
  • Tuesday, January 23: Geometry Test
  • Wednesday, January 31: Report Cards Go Home
  • Friday, January 26: Talent Show @ 1:30 in MPR
  • Friday, February 9: Awards Ceremony @ 1:45 for K-1 in MPR
  • Thursday, February 15: Parent Conferences from 3:00-6:00
  • Friday, February 16: Spring Pictures & ICEES ($2)
Please remember that we are finishing MOY MCLASS testing this week. Please make sure you child is getting in bed on time, and eats a nutritious breakfast. Thank you!!

Happy Snow Day!!

Good Evening!!
Mrs. Sawyer and I hope students enjoyed the first snow day of 2018!! There will be no school for students Thursday, January 18th as well. Hope to see everyone well rested and ready to get back to school Friday!!
Mrs. Medford & Mrs. Sawyer
Reminders for January 22-26:
  • Monday, January 22 is now a regular school day for students 
  • The geometry test is rescheduled for Monday (as of now)
  • Mid-year common math assessments are being administered this week
  • Spelling homework will be sent home this week & and test on Friday
  • Regular reading homework will not be assigned until MCLASS testing is complete. Students will receive a combination of magazines and books, on their interest level, to read for homework.
Tips for MOY MCLASS testing:
  • Make sure your child gets a good night's rest
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast 
  • Read a good book and ask your child a TRC question stem (located in the back of your child's homework binder)

Welcome to 2018!!

Welcome Back to School!!! Mrs. Sawyer and I hope everyone had a restful holiday and are ready to get back to school!!! We appreciate all you do for your child's education, and look forward to this 2nd half of the school year.
Happy New Year!!!
Mrs. Medford & Mrs. Sawyer
Reminders for Jan. 2-5:
  • NO HOMEWORK. Please initial your child's behavior chart each night, and read our newsletter. We are giving students time to get back into their classroom routines this week.
  • MOY MCLASS testing starts this week. Please, make sure your child gets a good night's rest and eats a good breakfast.
Study Tips for MOY MCLASS testing (Jan. 3-24)
  • Practice sight words and nonsense words each night with your child. 
  • Read a good book and ask your child a TRC question stem. (this can be in addition to your child's nightly reading homework......pick a fun book to read to your child!!)
***All of this information is located in the back of your child's black homework binder. Please, if your child is missing something, let us know and another copy will be provided.**

Santa & Books
In addition to meeting Santa, students also enjoyed meeting Mrs. Claus!! For more pictures, please check out our photo album. Click on "Rachel Medford", then select "Photo Album" and enjoy!!

Additional Reminders

*Santa and Books will be Monday, December 18th from 8-9 o’clock in the multi-purpose room. Parents are welcome to attend and enjoy the festivities.
*We will leave for our field trip on Monday, December 18th at 9:45. Students will be practicing some fabulous Christmas songs the next few weeks. We would love for our students to dress festive on this day (wear red, green, or Christmas/Holiday shirts).
*First grade classroom Christmas parties will be held on Tuesday, December 19th. Please check your child’s homework binder to help make the party a success! We will also be working on Christmas crafts this day.
We want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
When we come back from Christmas, MCLASS testing will begin on Thursday, January 4.  Please make sure your child is eating a hearty dinner each night, getting in the bed early, and "rising and shining" to do their best on the test.  We will be testing for the following 2 weeks, so make sure your child is well rested and ready to shine each day.  Thank you!  We hope to see tremendous growth from their beginning-of-year scores.

Important Dates to Remember

Important dates to remember as we close out 2017:
December 11: Progress Reports go home 
December 14: Reader's Theater for K-3 @ 2 pm in Multipurpose Room
December 18: Santa & Books/ Field Trip
December 19: Christmas Party & Craft. Early Dismissal @ 11 am
January 2: 1st Day of School in 2018!!
January 3: MCLASS MOY begins
**Please check your child's homework binder for more information regarding our Christmas Party**
**If you have not filled out a permission form and/or turned in $8 for our field trip, please turn in by Friday, December 15. If you have any problems or concerns, let me know!!**