First Grade


Welcome to the First Grade Team Page!

Click on the links to the left to access your teacher's Homepage and Literacy/Math blogs. 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Where should I drop-off and pick-up my student in the mornings and afternoons? 

    Each morning students will be lining up behind the school on the blacktop next to the playground. For the first few days, teachers will be standing with a sign to show students where to lineup. Students will walk into the building at 7:55am. Parents are only permitted to enter the building through the front office after they have signed in and received a name tag. This policy is for the safety of everyone in the building.

    1st Grade will be located on the far South section of the loop. We will be the first students you see when using the loop. For the first few days of schools, teachers will have signs to help you locate your child's designated dismissal spot. Students must let their teachers know they are leaving by giving a high-five or a hug to check out. Students will only be permitted to leave with authorized people on his/her pick-up list. If your child is in Eagle's Landing or waits for a sibling in the gym, they will be dismissed after school and will walk directly to that location to check-in with the appropriate staff. Please notify your child's teacher by email if there will be any changes to your regular pick-up process.

  • Who should I contact about _________?
    You are encouraged to follow the Communication Pathways for any questions or concerns you may have.  Team Lead and other Communication Pathway contacts can be found in this directory.
  • How are students placed in Literacy and Math classes?
    As in Kindergarten, students in First Grade are placed in Math and Literacy classrooms based on their learning needs.  We use a body of evidence including beginning and end of year assessment results, MAPs testing scores, and teacher recommendations to aid in placements.  This type of grouping allows each teacher to be able to individualize more easily due to the fact that classes are more homogenous. There may be substantial overlap in the curriculum and activities between classrooms, as we all strive to meet similar standards in several areas.  Groupings cannot be strictly ranked from highest to lowest. We take care to place students in Literacy and Math groups where we believe they will be challenged and successful. Maximum growth, engagement, and wellbeing is our general goal in each group, while each classroom teacher has specific goals tailored to the learning needs of her particular set of students.  In the beginning, placements are flexible as students are being continuously assessed. We will suggest changes, as well feel appropriate, during the first few weeks. The 1st Grade team spends a substantial amount of time planning together and coordinating our teaching efforts to enhance the education of all the students we share.
  • What can I expect to be different than Kindergarten? 

    Your child is growing up! In First Grade, students will be expected to be more independent in many ways. First Grade teachers do not have paraprofessionals so teachers will be expecting more independent responsibility in many areas including taking care of their backpacks, binders, and getting their Weekly Folders turned in. Students will have a "working" snack break in their Literacy Class in the mornings. They will have Recess before Lunch and will also have an afternoon snack recess. Our mornings and afternoons will be filled with hands on academics, so it is crucial your child be in attendance for full days and leave early only when absolutely necessary.

  • What is Infinite Campus and how do I gain access?
    Infinite Campus is a student information system.  Your child's teacher will use IC to communicate via email, take attendance, and publish grades.  If you don't know your access information please contact info@stargateschool.org.
  • Where can I find other information about curriculum and team policies?
    Please see our team documents for specific information for this school year.
  • Where do I find more information about Specials classes?
    To learn more about Specials classes, click the links on the left.
  • Where can I find other classroom specific information?
    Each member of our team has her own page where you can learn more about the class and class activities.  To find a teacher's page, click on the link under their photo.