Tuesday, August 18, 2020


This year will look very different from years past please look for updates on emails, not on this site.

Monday, August 13, 2018

August 2019

Hello, Fabulous Second Graders!

I hope you are enjoying your summer vacation.

Before the school year begins, YES is hosting an Open House for you.

Below are a few details:
Who: You and your family
What: Back to School Open House
Where: Yarmouth Elementary School
Room 207 in the Purple Wing
When: August 29, 9:30 - 10:30 in the morning
Please feel free to bring in your school supplies.
( You can find our supply list on the YES home page, left side under News)
I hope you and your families can attend! If you cannot, we will see you on Tuesday, September 3 at 8:40.

I cannot wait to hear what adventures you have had this summer. I went to Montana to go hiking in Glacier National Park.  It was absolutely beautiful and I will tell you all about it when I see you.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Blog Update

Thanks for stopping by Mrs.Tate's Classroom Blog.    
There is lots of great information on this site about life in second grade.  
Please know that this is now a static site. More updated information will be sent out via Seesaw.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Readers Theater Presentation, November 21, 2017

You are invited to our

Readers Theater production:

Tuesday, November 21 from 9:00 to 9:45
We look forward to seeing you there.

Mrs.Tate’s fabulous class

Readers Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form.  Readers read from a "script" and reading parts are divided among the readers. No memorization, costumes, blocking, or special lighting is needed. Scripts are held by the readers. Lines are not memorized. The focus is on reading the text with expressive voices and gestures.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Special Math with Mr.Gross

Good Afternoon Families,

     Bob Gross has been joining our class for a portion of math most Monday afternoons.  Mr. Gross is the talents teacher for math, grades 2-8, in our school district.  He spends this time working with the children on ways that they can "stretch their thinking" mathematically.  He will continue to join us for a portion of our math time throughout the school year.
     On some Mondays, you will find a math paper in your child's folder from our time with Mr. Gross.  These are problems that Mr. Gross and I worked on with the kids.  The kids may continue working on these sheets on their own or with the help of an adult at home.  They do not need to be returned to school. The children enjoy their time with Mr.Gross and gain a lot from him.  The papers can be very challenging and for many this is quite fun, for others not so much. Doing these papers at home is a choice, not a have to.  

Literacy Model at YES

November 2017

Dear Families,

It has been an exciting fall of reading and writing this year at Yarmouth Elementary School!  As we are in the midst of parent teacher conferencing it has been wonderful to hear from parents about the growth they are already seeing in their young readers and writers.   As a result, we have had many questions from parents wanting to learn more about our literacy curriculum.  We hope that this update is helpful!

At Yarmouth Elementary School, we use the literacy workshop model based on resources from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, led by Lucy Calkins.  This research-based best instructional practice cultivates children’s independence through choice and empowerment, which aligns with the Yarmouth district mission statement: “Empowering All Students to Create
Fulfilling Lives in a Changing World.”  

This year staff has been particularly focused on professional development learning experiences that facilitate literacy differentiation for students.  Our young readers are working on personalized goals that are supported by “just right” instruction for their needs.
As young writers, students continuously cycle through the writing process (drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) within yearly units of study, and create pieces of writing with which they are engaged and have ownership.  

Teachers conference with students throughout the writing process and guide them towards their best final product.  Students are also taught skills and strategies continually throughout the units of study, which they work to incorporate into their final drafts.  However, like a child learning an instrument or a sport, the performance isn’t always without flaw.  This is the process of learning and growing.  

As students progress we celebrate them as readers and writers.  While in reading there often is not a visible final product, writing does allow for that.  It is important to know that our main goal is to celebrate the writing process first and foremost.  As you read, hear about and experience student writing throughout the year you will see that this is an important priority for our young writers. If your child’s classroom teacher has chosen to hold a writing celebration you will see there is a strong emphasis on the importance of “process over product”.

You can learn more about the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at http://readingandwritingproject.org/about.  Please reach out to us with any questions you have about literacy instruction at YES!


Ryan Gleason, YES Principal
Sarah Johnston, YES Literacy Lead Teacher

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Merrill Memorial Library Trip

As part of our community study, our class will be visiting the Merrill Memorial Library next Wednesday, November 8, 2017.  Maegan Batson, the children's librarian, will give the children a brief history of the library and a tour of the facilities.