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Renita Ng

Hello 2nd Grade students!

My name is Renita Ng and I am excited to be your teacher this year!  Even though we are meeting remotely, I am looking forward to building a great classroom community that is supportive, challenging in all the right ways, and full of important activities and lessons.

This is my 17th year teaching at Parkwood Elementary, primarily in first and second grade!  I grew up and went to Parkwood as a student and a graduate of Shorewood High School.  I attended Shoreline Community College, Western Washington University, and then to Lesley University to earn a master’s degree in Elementary Arts.  I enjoy gardening, hiking with my dog Lilly, traveling, and cooking and baking in my free time.

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Christine Marion

Hello second grade students!

My name is Christine Marion and I am so excited to be your teacher this year!  I am looking forward to building a great classroom community that is supportive, challenging in all the right ways,  and full of important activities and lessons.

This is my 19th year teaching and my second year teaching second grade at Parkwood Elementary.  Prior to teaching at Parkwood, I taught kindergarten and first grade in the Bellevue and Bainbridge Island school districts. I have my Masters degree in Teaching from the University of Puget Sound, and I also earned my National Board certification in reading.  I love traveling, walking, hiking, cooking, practicing yoga, and spending time with my family and friends.  Most of all, I am excited to teach at Parkwood because of our wonderful community, our “can-do” attitude, and our fantastic second grade team.

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Amy Fairley

My name is Amy Fairley and I am excited to be your teacher! We are going to have a great year and I am so excited to get to know you, building a great classroom community and learning together. This is my 20th year teaching and third year in Shoreline. Before coming to Shoreline I taught in Issaquah for 17 years in First Grade.  My other job experience with children includes being a Preschool teaching and Nanny/Household Manager. I have a Masters in Teaching from City University and my four year degree was at University of Washington Bothell Campus. I am married to my husband Gavin with two kids Aidan who is 14 and Emma who is 10. When not teaching I enjoy camping, road trips, reading, going to concerts and gardening. I can’t wait to start our exciting adventures in second grade together.


  • We love teaching our Parkwood Panthers in the period of learning, growth, and change that is 2nd grade! During the year, students will be challenged to take the foundational skills they learned previously and use these skills independently. We encourage a growth-mindset by embracing the struggles and striving towards life-long improvement.

    In second grade we follow the Common Core State Standards, however we have specifically targeted some skills that are more critical for math success for this year and the years beyond. Please help us help your student by ensuring that they are experts in the standards below:

    2nd Grade Math Essential Standards

    • Divide circles and rectangles into equal parts.
    • Fluently add and subtract within 20.
    • Solve addition facts to 20 in 1 minute. (16 problems)
    • Solve subtraction problems from 20 in 90 seconds (15 problems)
    • Understand that 3-digit numbers are made up of hundreds, tens, and ones.
    • Compare two numbers in the hundreds with these symbols:  >, <, =.
    • Fluently add and subtract 2-digit numbers up to 100.
    • Mentally add and subtract 10 to a number from 100-900.  
    • Explain how addition and subtraction work using pictures, numbers, and words.

    Bridges in Mathmatics is our math curriculum. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

    Our math curriculum includes geometry, a focus on patterns, as well as connections to real life math experiences. We emphasize problem-solving strategies, which prepare students to solve higher level thinking problems. Communicating mathematical thinking is also a point of emphasis in our instruction.


    Reading

    By the end of 2nd grade students will be reading on level text with accuracy and fluency, paying close attention to reading comprehension, sentence structure, and vocabulary.

    Reading Foundational Standards

    I can use word study and phonics skills to read words. For example differentiating hard and soft c (cat/cent)

    I can tell the difference between long and short vowels. For example, can to cane, rid to ride, etc.

    I know the spellings and sounds of common vowel pairs. For example (oo, ou, ow, au, oi, oy, oa, ea, ight, ei, etc.)

    I can read words that are spelled irregularly. Reading grade level sight words such as of, they, great, people, etc.

    Reading Literature Standards

    • I can ask and answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
    • I can recall stories (fables, folktales, etc.) and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
    • I can describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
    • I can compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story.

    Reading Informational Text Standards

    • I can ask and answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
    • I can identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
    • I can know and use various texts features (captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently. 
    • I can compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.

    Writing

    By the end of 2nd grade students will have had multiple opportunities to write in the three genres of writing.

    • Narrative (story writing)
    • Informational (non-fiction research and reports, step-by-step explanations of how things are done)
    • Opinion (expressing their opinions about a variety of topics and back up those opinions with reasons why).

    Essential Second Grade Writing Standards

    I can write about a topic or a book and tell how I feel about it. (My favorite book to read is ________.  There are three reasons why this is my favorite book.)

    I can write to inform about a topic with facts and other details. (Topic sentence, 3 supporting details with elaboration, and a conclusion sentence.)

    I can write a detailed story that has a clear sequence of events.  (A story with a beginning, middle, and end)

    I can stick to a topic.  I can revise my writing.  (I can check my punctuation, spelling, add more details, and descriptive words to make my writing even better.)

    I can recall or research information to answer a question. (I can cite evidence from the text to answer a question.)

    I can follow the rules about words and sentences when I write. (capitalize proper nouns, use end punctuation, and grade level spelling.)


    During the school year students will learn a variety of science concepts aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. (NGSS)

    The science units we explore in 2nd grade are:

    • Butterflies
    • Soils
    • Balancing and weighing

    Our social studies goals are for students is to independently grasp key vocabulary and skills related to each of the following concepts: citizenship, problem solving, empathy, types of communities, and maps.


    We have regular classroom meetings featuring routines and themes taken from the Second Step curriculum. These meetings serve as a supportive and safe place for our students to learn new social and emotional learning strategies and to ask for help in solving problems.

    Second steps includes a variety of lessons that help foster social and emotional learning. Some of the concepts include, compassion, empathy, friendship, kindness, self-control, community, and to be an individual who is aware of themselves and those around them.