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    Ms. Maureen Ryan – 2R      Ms. Ryan's Website
    Ms. Diane Santoro – 2S      Ms. Santoro's Website

    Curriculum Guide - Grade 2 

    Welcome to Second Grade

    We welcome second graders into our community, transitioning from Goosehill Primary to West Side Elementary School. It is our priority to promote an atmosphere where children can grow socially, as well as, academically in a nurturing and supportive environment.

    Second graders are taught basic skills and strategies in reading, writing, math, social studies and science organized around essential questions or “big ideas.”  These "big ideas" encourage them to explore topics and ideas in a more in-depth manner.

    Second grade is based on the idea of a student-centered learning program. All students do not learn at the same time due to the fact that children develop at their own developmental rate.

    The following information is intended to help parents establish and maintain the best possible communication with your child’s teacher and our school.

    Grade Specific Information

    Communication with Your Child’s Teacher:


    • Parents are urged to contact their child’s teacher at any time during the school year to discuss any concerns or problems brought to their attention. Conferences may be arranged at any time by calling or sending in a note to your child’s teacher.


    • It is very hard to reach a teacher during the school day. We advise parents to call the office and leave a message and phone number with the school secretaries. The teacher will return your call at their earliest convenience.

    • If you need to drop something off for your child, please go directly to the main office. The item(s) will be sent to your child’s classroom. Parents will not be permitted to go to the classroom.

    • Parents are advised to keep changes in transportation to a minimum. Please notify your child’s teacher in writing of any changes in advance. If this is not feasible please call the main office as soon as possible to inform the school.

    The Parent/Teacher Conferences:

    • Two parent-teacher conferences are scheduled during the school year, one in the fall and one in the spring. The conference dates are listed on the school district calendar. These conferences provide parents with an opportunity to review their child’s progress in all areas of instruction as well as his/her growth in many other areas of school life.

    • Sign up opportunities are provided twice a year by the classroom teacher.