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Last Update: September 20, 2019
What's Happening This Week in Second Grade:
  • Monday starts the last week of school prior to Fall Break.  Report cards will be available online, September 27. If you want a paper copy, please sign and return the bottom of the letter explaining our grading system that went home with students this week. The letter is in your child’s folder.  Remember you can view grades on Skyward throughout each term. Parents are welcome to set up a conference with your child’s teacher to discuss his or her progress or concerns.
  • Next week, students will receive Backpack Bling for either meeting their Math Facts goal, making their AR goal, or both!  We will have goals for Math and AR each nine weeks this year.
  • On September 27, at 10:00 a.m., Alcoa’s Centennial Parade will begin. Several streets will be closed to traffic during this time.  Our teachers and students will line the parade route. Parents are welcome to join us.
  • Please keep an extra set of clothes in your child’s backpack in the event that they need to change due to unexpected events such as a spill, bloody nose, or a tear.

AR Goals & Testing:  Second grade students are expected to read books and take available AR comprehension tests throughout the year.   Students have access to a variety of books in the classroom, library, on EPIC, and various books we read in class that have AR tests. If we have read, worked with, and discussed a book in class, students are often expected to take the AR test and a comprehension score is taken. Students have several opportunities to take tests in class.  They can take a test most mornings upon arriving to class and they have opportunities at certain times during the day. Students need an average comprehension score of 80% on tests, as well as reaching their numeric goal. Students can take tests on books they have read at home if there is a corresponding test. Students just need to know the author and title to find an AR test.  To see if a book your child is reading has an AR test go to 


AES Special's Rotation Schedule:

special's Rotation Calendar


Second Grade & AES School Calendar:
September 28-October 13 - NO SCHOOL (Fall Break)
October 14 - Return from Fall Break
October 16 - 2nd Grade Running Club
October 17 - 2nd Grade Choir Practice
October 21-25 - Red Ribbon Week
October 23 - 2nd Grade Running Club
October 24 - 2nd Grade Choir Practice
October 25 - Lunch with a Loved One
October 30 - 2nd Grade Running Club
October 31 - 2nd Grade Choir Practice
November 8 - Children's Book Character Day
November 11 - NO SCHOOL  - Professional Development Day
November 15 - 2nd Grade Thanksgiving lunch 
November 19 - Alcoa High School student readers visit 1st and 2nd grade

The best way to contact your child’s teacher is through Class DoJo or the email listed below:              

Sandy Stuart                       Angela Phelps 

Patty Honabach            Jennifer Kelly 

Caprice Richardson    Codi Dunning

Betsy James ​               Kelsi Laverdiere



At AES, we assess all students in reading and place them in “Tornado Time” groups to meet their individual reading instruction needs. Students are all placed according to their needs from reading help, to challenging advanced readers. 

Students needing reading help are placed in smaller reading intervention groups to work specifically on areas he/she need to develop. Although students requiring intervention in reading do not necessarily have dyslexia, they could still benefit from this type of intervention to strengthen their reading skills. 

AES uses dyslexia ­specific interventions to address deficit areas in reading because research tells us this is the most effective way to build strong readers. 

You may have received a letter from your child’s teacher explaining the specific areas we are targeting to strengthen their reading skills. If you have any questions regarding your child’s reading abilities, please contact your child’s teacher.

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