Fourth grade is a fun and exciting year at Mountain View School. Here are just a few of the things we will learn about:
Fourth grade math covers place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, geometry and statistics.
The language arts program includes writing personal narratives, summaries, and responses to literature. We will write lots of poetry, and participate in a six -week session with a poet-in-residence. Some of the books we will read are Island of the Blue Dolphins and By the Great Horn Spoon.
Our science curriculum is divided into three units; life science, earth science, and physical science.
Fourth grade social studies is all about California! We will study about the geography of the state, early peoples, missions, gold rush and more.
Computer skills developed will include keyboarding, powerpoint and web page design.
I have been teaching for 23 years, 22 of which have been at Mountain View. I am what Bob Wood (former Mtn. View teacher and principal) refers to as one of the most “senior teachers” at Mountain View. You will not hear me refer to myself in this way. I feel close to the Mountain View community. Both of my children (Jared, age 20) and Carly (age 17) attended Mountain View K-6. I value the camaraderie, professional relationships and life long friendships I have with staff members, as well as relationships formed with members of the community. In the last couple of years, I have moved from third grade to fourth grade. In this new chapter, I will continue to build a challenging, engaging environment in which every child will have the opportunity to explore and learn. This year brings a unique change for me, as I will be on medical leave for a portion of the year. I am thrilled to have Allixandra Harrison step in as my substitute. We will work closely as a team to create a positive and productive school year.
I joined Mountain View in 2017, and I am so happy that I did. I have taught in fourth and fifth grade primary, but I have also taught sixth grade and was a GATE specialist. When I am not in the classroom, I am spending my time with family. We enjoy hiking and going to the beach, as well as cooking our Sunday family dinners. Teaching was something I always wanted to do. I love teaching for so many reason, but when I watch a child have that “light bulb moment” where everything clicks, that is why I teach. I love to see a child persevere through a challenge and find success because of work they put in. There are many unique qualities about our school, but the strength of the community is one that I love. It is a feeling that you get once you step on campus, and I think our children are lucky to have so many people supporting them.