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Gina Pisano

First Grade Teacher

gpisano@catholicacademystamford.org

 

 

I am excited to be joining the Catholic Academy of Stamford as a First Grade teacher! I attended Sacred Heart University, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. I completed my internship and student teaching at Ox Ridge Elementary School in Darien, CT. In addition to my internship experience, I have spent countless hours volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford, as well as the Horizons Program in Bridgeport, where I helped Kindergarten and First Grade students form strong reading readiness skills. Coming from the Stamford Catholic Schools, I look forward to giving back to the Catholic Academy of Stamford community by helping to guide and shape my students academically, emotionally, and spiritually. Our class environment will be one where students are encouraged each day to love each other and God through acts of kindness, empathy, and respect. I am eager to instill the Catholic education and values of the Catholic Academy of Stamford by making a positive impact in the lives of my students.

 

Education/Certification:

 

Connecticut State Elementary Education Certification 305 (1-6)

 

Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education

            Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. 2018

 

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Magna Cum Laude

            Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. 2017

 

 

Professional Experience/ Recognition:

 

  • Student Teacher- First Grade, Ox Ridge Elementary School, Darien, CT

 

  • School Intern- Substitute for K-5 elementary classrooms, Ox Ridge Elementary School, Darien, CT

 

  • Chosen as the “strongly preferred” substitute in a Special Education classroom for with students with significant social needs- Ox Ridge Elementary School, Darien, CT

 

 

Recent Posts

st Grade Homework for the week of 1/21 -1/25/19

*Spelling Test on Friday 1/25 *

*Math ch.6 test  on Wednesday 1/23*

*New specials start on Tuesday, January 22nd*

*5 Finger Retell Due Friday 1/25

Monday 1/21:

*No School

Tuesday 1/22:

*Spelling: Write spelling words 3 times each.

*Math: Winter Addition sheet

*Read for 20 minutes and fill in reading log.

Wednesday 1/23:

*Spelling: Write the words 1-5 in a complete sentence

*Math: Winter Addition with a number line sheet

*Read for 20 minutes and fill in reading log.

Thursday 1/24:

*Spelling: Write the words 6-10 in a complete sentence

*Math: workbook p. 89

*Read for 20 minutes and fill in reading log.


Spelling Words:

  1. baking
  2. baked
  3. smiling
  4. smiled
  5. oh
  6. any
  7. day
  8. good
  9. very
  10. want

This week's student of the week was Lena! Lena always makes sure to do her best work and handwriting! She also is a great friend to everyone in our class, way to go Lena! 
To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our class got to learn about the accomplishments Martin Luther King Jr. helped achieve for our country. We also got to learn about his "I Have A Dream" speech, and got to write our own dreams for our friends, family, country, and school! 
This past week we got to experiment with different types of simple machines. We learned how they work and what real life examples of simple machines can be. More pictures under media! 

First Grade Updates

Hello first grade parents, 
 
1. We are wrapping up Quarter 2 the end of this week! Your child's report card will be available to view online on January 29th. All grades will be posted with the exception for social studies. We rotate between science and social studies on a quarterly basis and will resume social studies again after the long weekend. 
 
2. Semester 2 specials schedules will be sent home with your child this week. The new schedule is also included at the bottom of this post. 
 
3. Art smocks will be sent home this week. Please wash and return your child's smock on Tuesday, January 22nd. 
 
4. DRA assessments for reading will begin the first week in February. In order to better prepare for the DRA, students will need to complete a high 5 retell sheet for reading homework the next two weeks leading up to the DRA. Comprehension is a key part of the DRA, and we have been focusing on making sure to include all details and important events in our high 5 retells when we retell a story we read. A practice high 5 retell that we did in class will be sent home this week. Please review the comments, and how your child did retelling the story, and feel free to use it as a guideline helping your child complete the high 5 retell homework assignment. The high 5 retell sheet will be sent home on Tuesday of next week and students must have it completed and turned in by Friday, January 25th. When reading, please encourage your child to tell the events of the stories in order of how they happened and have them be sure to include why something happened to elaborate on their retelling, if needed. For example, "the problem in the story was the boy was sad." Students can elaborate on this by saying why the character was sad- "the boy was sad because he lost his toys. He looked all over, but he could not find them anywhere." The more they are able to include in their retell, the stronger comprehension skills they will build. 
 
6. Prayers- As we reached the midpoint of the year, we have been assessing students knowledge on some of the prayers to be mastered by the end of first grade. Students were asked to recite the Our Father, St. Thomas Aquinas Prayer, St. Michael Prayer, and Hail Mary. A copy of any prayer your student was not able to recite back successfully will be sent home next week. We practice these prayers each day at school and at mass, but extended practice at home will ensure students are able to master the prayers by the end of first grade. Please review the prayer sheets sent home nightly with your child to help prepare them to be retested on the prayers they did not master yet. Students will be retested on prayers they did not master yet, on February 4th. After the winter break, we will begin learning the Glory Be and Guardian Angel Prayer. 
 
5. Scholastic book orders for our class are due Monday, January 28th.
 
Semester 2- Specials Schedule 
 
Tuesday- Music 10:15-10:55
 
Wednesday- Library 12:30-1:10
 
Thursday- Gym 8:55-9:35
 
Friday- Art 8:55-9:35
 
 
Thank you for all your cooperation! 
 
Ms. Pisano 
 
 

Baptism photos

Hello everyone, 
 
I hope you had a restful weekend. We are starting to learn about the 7 sacraments and Baptism in religion. After beginning our discussion on Baptism some students in class brought up that they have seen their Baptism pictures before. We decided it would be fun to bring in a Baptism photo as we begin discussing the meaning and symbols of the sacrament of Baptism. If you are able to, please send in a photo from your child's Baptism by Wednesday of this week (1/16), so we can share and discuss during religion time later in the week! 
 
Thanks in advance! 
-Ms. Pisano

This week's student of the week was Max! He has been doing an awesome job in first grade, especially with his math and handwriting! Keep up the hard work Max! 

1st Grade Homework for the week of 1/14 -1/18/19

*Spelling Test on Friday 1/18*

*Science Test on Thursday 1/17 *

*Religion Test on Friday 1/18

Monday 1/14:

*Spelling-Write the Spelling word 3 times each

*Math: workbook p. 84

*Read for 20 minutes and fill in reading log.

Tuesday 1/15:

*Spelling-Find the word on the wordsearch

*Math: workbook p. 85

*Read for 20 minutes and fill in reading log.

Wednesday 1/16:

*Spelling-Write the words 1-5 in a complete sentence

*Math: workbook p. 86

*Read for 20 minutes and fill in reading log.

Thursday 1/17:

*Spelling-Write the words 6-10 in a complete sentence

*Math: workbook p. 87 & 88

*Read for 20 minutes and fill in reading log.

Spelling Words:

  1. bakes
  2. cakes
  3. makes
  4. takes
  5. snakes
  6. hikes
  7. bikes
  8. likes
  9. ropes
  10. hopes

Happy 2019! 
 
To celebrate the New Year back at school, we made a "toast" to 2019 and came up with New Year's resolutions to be put on our bulletin board! More pictures in the media tab. 
This week, we celebrated the feast of the Epiphany and January's gospel value of Peace. To celebrate the Epiphany we got to decorate crowns like the three kings wore, as they traveled to meet baby Jesus. We also learned that the symbol of peace is a Dove. We got to share our ideas on what peace is and make our Dove Peace craft with our Upper School mass buddies! 

1st Grade Homework for the week of 1/7 -1/11/19

*Spelling Test on Friday 1/11 *


Monday 1/7:

*Spelling-Write the Spelling word 3 times each

*Math: workbook p.

*Read for 20 minutes and fill in reading log.

Tuesday 1/8:

*Spelling-Find the word on the wordsearch

*Math: workbook p.

*Read for 20 minutes and fill in reading log.

Wednesday 1/9:

*Spelling-Write the words 1-5 in a complete sentence

*Math: workbook p.

*Read for 20 minutes and fill in reading log.

Thursday 1/10:

*Spelling-Write the words 6-10 in a complete sentence

*Math: workbook p.

*Read for 20 minutes and fill in reading log.


Spelling Words:

  1. game
  2. same
  3. ride
  4. side
  5. said
  6. only
  7. you
  8. out
  9. of
  10. here

1st Grade Homework for the week of 12/31 -1/4/19

  • No Spelling Test due to short week *



Monday 12/31:

No School


Tuesday 1/1:

No School


Wednesday 1/2:

*Spelling- Elf abc order worksheet

*Math: workbook p.77

*Read for 20 minutes and fill in reading log.


Thursday 1/3:

*Spelling- short “a” and long “a” vowel worksheet

*Math: workbook p. 78

*Read for 20 minutes and fill in reading log.

Good evening everyone, 
 
I hope you are all ready for the holidays! Our class has been having a fun filled holiday week, and will be celebrating tomorrow by making ornaments! 
 
Unfortunately, on Friday morning I will have to leave school before the Christmas concert to attend a funeral mass. Since, I will not be able to see most of you at the concert, I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy, healthy New Year! I hope you all enjoy time together with family and friends! :) 
 
Lastly, Mrs. Sileo and I would like to thank you for the generous gift cards from the class, we appreciate it so much! 
 
Love, 
Ms. Pisano
This past week we learned about nutrition and the food groups. We did a "My plate" activity where we browsed through different kinds of foods in weekly supermarket fliers, and placed the foods in their correct food group on our plates. (More pictures under media). 
This week's student of the week was KJ! KJ did a great job with his writing this week. He also has been doing a super job with his reading and math. He is always kind and a good friend, way to go KJ!