ABOUT MRS. WRIGHT
B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education, Oregon State University
I have been a part of Saint Nicholas Catholic School since 1997, when my oldest son began Kindergarten. All four of my children attended their entire elementary education at St. Nicholas. Prior to being a stay-at-home mom, I taught at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School in Bremerton. I was a substitute for 11 years before teaching again full-time.
St. Nicholas Catholic School has high expectations for all its students and I set high goals for my 1st graders, actively engaging them in learning. I use positive motivation and constant encouragement to help the students consistently reach their goals. I remind students why we are here: to become saints. The theme of our classroom is “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) We strive to follow God’s plan for us in the classroom and do our best at all times.
1ST GRADE HIGHLIGHTS
Practicing Corporal Works of Mercy:
October: Food drive
November: Nativity House socks and toiletries drive
December: Giving Tree clothing drive
April: Water for Africa coin drive
Learning a new “Saint of the Day” every morning
Celebrating the season of Advent in special ways:
December 7th: Día de las Velitas, Night of the Candles
December 8th: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 9th: Juan Diego and how he met his Beautiful Lady, Our Lady of the Americas
Students study operations and algebraic thinking. They study how to solve word problems, count to 120 starting at any number, and organize, represent and interpret data. They learn to tell and write the time in hours and half hours using digital and analog clocks. Students learn to name and identify coins and their values, identify halves and quarters, and compose two- and three-dimensional shapes to make new shapes.
Students will explore and learn about motion and forces in Physical Science. They enjoy learning about a variety of insects in Life Science, and study weather patterns and astronomy in Earth Science.
In Social Studies, students discover how to utilize maps, charts, and other geographic tools. They learn about seasons and celebrations, current affairs, safety, and how to be good citizens.
In the tradition of the Catholic Church, children will grow in understanding of creation, the Sacraments, the Bible, angels and saints, and the Holy Trinity. We celebrate a variety of liturgical seasons and introduce students to a life of regular prayer. We pray as a class daily and participate in weekly Mass.
Students will expand their language and vocabulary through practicing writing narrative, opinion, informative and explanatory pieces. They learn to express a sequence of events and focus on a topic through details. Students also utilize digital tools to produce, publish, and share writing. Spelling and grammar are important elements of first-grade instruction. Students practice proper spelling, beginning sentences with a capital letter, and ending with appropriate punctuation. Children also practice collaboration through small group projects.
Students build confidence and practice pronunciation by reading aloud with fluency, accuracy, and understanding. They practice memory and comprehension, and are asked to describe characters, settings, and major events in a story using key details and illustrations. They identify parts of a story and use character setting, conflict/problem and main idea. We also foster a love for books and reading by reading for pleasure: stories, informational texts, and poems.
Our technology specialist teaches children how to understand computers, practice keyboarding skill, use common applications, and practice safe, legal behavior.