• Welcome to Our Class
    Welcome to 2nd grade. We will learn many things this year with our new magnet themes.
     Our new theme is coincides with the state science kits. Students will learn many exciting things about life cycles, weather and water and balance and motion. The December Artifacts showcase will highlight concepts we studied during the life cycle science kit and the Performance Showcase will focus on geography and location.  Our arts designation  will enhance all that interesting   learning! Information is always forthcoming.
     
    Reading is very important in 2nd grade. This is the year your child will have to strengthen skills in fluency, accuracy (decoding words) and comprehension. You can support reading by having your child read daily at home. Please support all other grade level skills by making sure your child does homework daily. Together, we will ensure the success of your child in their daily endeavor to learn how to do math and read.
     
    Homework Policy and Yellow Envelope
    Homework is given Monday through Thursday. My policy is if they don't have it done, they get it done during their recess. Homework strengthens skills and give parents a chance to work one on one to reteach concepts that may have been a challenge for your child. On Mondays...you will receive the yellow envelope that has your child's work from the prior week. Please return the envelope signed so that I know you were able to view the work. I prefer to have the envelope back the next day (Tuesday). We have many incentives to reward good work. Our homework incentive is a whole class one. All kids have to have all homework in for 20 days in a row to get a pizza party. Who doesn't love pizza?
     
     Other Stuff
    Be assured that classroom rules reflect the  MCAS mission statement. Pine is a safe environment that allows your child to come to school to achieve academic success. It all comes down to respect and working hard. I will keep you informed of your child's learning behaviors through the online behavior management system called Class Dojo. You can check daily their positive choices and also any negative behaviors. We can also "message" each other to communicate anything that is important.  By working together as a team, we can facilitate your child's optimal development.
     
     
     
     
  • Meet the Teacher
     
    I graduated from Purdue University in 1995. I have taught for many years. My initial experience as a teacher was as a Title I teacher. I did a lot of remedial reading. Additionally, I was a Reading Recovery teacher (specialized in first grade at-risk reading instruction). The latter part of my career has been in the classroom. I have taught mostly 2nd grade. I taught  at Eastport, Mullen and Pine.  In the years at these schools, I have secured many local grants from the Indiana National Lakeshore, Tower and MCEF. Additionally, I have presented at the International Reading Conference in 1998.
     
    Besides having a love for teaching and kids, I have other interest. When I am not busy at school, I enjoy reading, yoga, zumba, and the beach. 
     
    I am proud to be a public school teacher in Michigan City Area Schools. I look forward to working with your child in the classroom.
     
     
  • Contact me at:
     
    Email: tcunningham@mcas.k12.in.us
     
    Phone and extension: (219) 873-2114, ext. 6831