ABOUT MRS. DOUGLAS
B.S. in Elementary Education, Western Oregon University
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement
I grew up in Tacoma and attended St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School and Bellarmine Preparatory High School. After graduating from Western Oregon University, I was hired at St. Cecilia Catholic School on Bainbridge Island where I taught kindergarten for two years, prior to coming to St. Nicholas in 2014.
I strive to create a classroom environment that is positive, empowering, and fun. I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas.
2nd Grade HIGHLIGHTS
Preparing for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Leading the Marian May Crowning
Collecting the school’s recycling weekly
Donating to the food bank weekly
Participating in the Nativity House Sock and Toiletries Drive
In second grade students begin to practice critical thinking, and will be able to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. We model with mathematics and reason abstractly and quantitatively. Students construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Students represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction, and begin the foundations for multiplication. Students learn practical life-skills such as counting money, measuring and estimating lengths in standard units, telling time, and reasoning with shapes and their attributes.
Students will use Full Option Science System (FOSS) kits to learn about balance and motion in Physical Science, new plants in Life Science, and pebbles, sand, and silt in Earth Science. Students practice conducting investigations and solving problems.
In second grade, students learn more about our nation, and becoming honorable citizens. Students will be able to recognize that a government makes laws to help people be safe and get along and begin to identify the rights and responsibilities of a citizen. We study how people use the land and its resources, focusing on differing geology, properties of water, and natural habitats. Students recognize that our country is comprised of a variety of people and cultures. Students also study economics, and understand that producers and consumers depend on each other for goods and services.
In second grade, students have the honor of preparing for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. We prepare for mass each Friday and celebrate Holy Days of Obligation. Students recite grade-level prayers, including the Morning Offering and the Act of Contrition. Together we participate in daily classroom and school-wide prayer.
Students will develop their writing process to improve their language skills, and will publish a variety of writing pieces that include: stories, personal narratives, poems, procedural texts, reports, a letter and response to literature. Students learn to identify and apply the traits of writing-ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions and presentation. Students also begin to properly use parts of speech such as nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and contractions.
Second graders practice reading aloud to improve their oral reading fluency. Students utilize comprehension strategies such as predicting, inferring, making connections, creating mental images, determining importance, and asking questions while reading. Together we identify and read a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts. Students also study an author’s purpose for writing a text and distinguish the difference between literary genres.
In second grade students will be able to practice proper hand placement on a keyboard and improve typing skills. Students will use Chromebooks to create and share Google Docs and Google Slides. We also teach students how to prudently use the Internet to support research.