We are excited to be raising money to make a donation to Heifer International this Lenten season. 2nd grade is working to raise $120 to purchase a pig. The students are confident we will reach this goal. If we do, we are hoping to earn $360 to purchase a pig, sheep and goat. Here is a link to see what Heifer International is all about!
Here are some fun ideas for Valentine’s this year. They are free to download! 🙂
Another fun activity to celebrate our 100th Day will be the 100th Day Mystery Bags! Students will get a paper bag tomorrow to bring home and fill with 100 of a given item. They will need to make sure all 100 of their chosen item will fit inside their paper bag and are school appropriate. Some examples are paper clips, Legos, pennies, bouncy balls, etc.
There is a piece of paper attached to their paper bag. They will need to write 3 clues for guessing what their item is. They will read their clues for the class and students will make guesses about what they think the chosen item may be.
Mystery bags need to be brought back to school, no later than Wednesday February 12th for the 100th day of school.
The 100th Day of Second Grade is coming up next week! To help us celebrate, we will be making a 100 Day Snack. There are 10 different ingredients and students will need 10 of each.
Please use the sign up genius link below to donate different ingredients for our snack. We will need about 220 pieces of each ingredient. If snack ingredients could be brought to school by Monday February 10th that would be so helpful!
It’s that time of year again! We are working on perfecting our poem performances. 2nd Graders should have their poems memorized at this point in our preparation process.
Students should include actions to go along with their presentation of their poem. Please invite your child to practice their poem in front of others, dinner time or family weekend gatherings are perfect times to practice.
This is a copy of the rubric I will be using to score their presentation of their poem. It is a wonderful tool to support poem practice time.
|Student has all of his/her poem & gestures memorized.||Student has most of his/her poem & gestures memorized.||Student has some of his/her poem & gestures memorized.||Student does not have his/her poem & gestures memorized but attempt the presentation. Student has not chosen a 20-line poem.|
|Student has excellent fluency (not too fast and not too slow, words are smooth).||Student has good fluency (not too fast and not too slow).||Student has mostly good fluency but has difficulty with one of the following: goes too fast, too slow, or struggles to present the words smoothly.||Student does not have good fluency. Student has trouble with two or more of the following: words are unclear, choppy, too fast, too slow, or struggles to present the words smoothly.|
|Poise & posture
|Student has excellent poise & posture
(stands up straight, body is calm and controlled)
|Student has good poise & posture (stands up straight).||Student has mostly good poise & posture during presentation but has some difficulty keeping (hands, feet, body still).||Student does not have good poise & posture during presentation. Their actions are distracting for the audience.|
|Student uses an effective volume
during entire presentation. Speaks with expression.
|Student uses effective volume during most of presentation.||Student uses effective volume during some of the presentation. At times it was difficult to hear.||Student does not use effective volume during presentation. It was difficult to hear.|
|Student maintains eye contact all of the time with the audience.||Student makes eye contact most of the time with the audience.||Student made eye contact some of the time with the audience. Student looked up, down, or away from the audience during
|Student does not make eye contact with the audience. Student looked up, down, or away from the audience during presentation.|
|Student uses 4 or more gestures and facial expressions that make the poem more interesting.||Student uses 2-3 gestures and facial expressions that make the poem more interesting.||Student uses only one gesture and facial expression, or uses some that are distracting or ineffective.
|Student does not use gestures and facial expression, or uses some that are distracting or ineffective.
as part of the audience with excellent use of poise, posture, and
eye contact with each presenter.
as part of the audience with good
use of poise, posture, and eye contact with most presenters.
as part of the audience but does has difficulty with one of the following: use of poise, posture, and eye contact with some presenters.
|Student does not participate respectfully as part of the audience. Has difficulty with one of the following: use of poise, posture, and eye contact with presenter. Student is disruptive during presentations.|
Mrs. Meg Tupou is an alumni of St. Thomas More School. She attended STMS for her K-8 education and continued her catholic school education at Archbishop Murphy High School where she graduated with academic honors. She then headed to Western Washington University with her sights on a teaching degree. Mrs. Tupou graduated from Western Washington University’s college of education with academic honors and a teaching degree in hand.
Thanks to her participation in the STMS speech program and continued public speaking participation she was the commencement speaker at her college graduation. Mrs. Tupou is very close with her family. Her brother also attended STMS, he graduated with a degree in computer graphics and coding. Her brother was also the commencement speaker at his college graduation.
Mrs. Tupou married her high school sweetheart and they have a little boy named TJ, who will be 2 in December. They have a dog named Koa and enjoy spending time outdoors together. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends and traveling. Her and her family watch a lot of football and have frequent game nights to spend time together
Mrs. Tupou shares a birthday with Sr. Lorna and they have sent one another birthday cards every year since she was a student at STMS. Something Mrs. Tupou loves about STMS is the strong community and being able to share her love for God with her students.