Grades K & 3 Information

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Grades K & 3 Information

HCS Work Study Practices K-5



 Kindergarten - Ms. Elizabeth Jones

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Kindergarten - Ms. Elizabeth Jones

The full day kindergarten program at HCS is child-centered, taking each student where they are in their individual readiness and development, meeting their individual needs, and guiding them through important skills needed for school.

The Responsive Classroom philosophy provides the positive background for joyful and engaging learning, with the understanding of a limited attention span.  These activities included daily greeting activities, name games, group and partner sharing, fun social games, energizers to boost attention, and calming activities for transitions.

Much of our work is done in rotating centers with meaningful activities to build individualized and group motor skills, language skills, and math skills. We use the Wonders Reading Program and the Math In Focus program.

Science and social studies activities are done outside as much as possible and encourage and support a child’s natural curiosity and social being.

Playtime is provided, both inside and outside to build important social and developmental skills. 

The primary goal of kindergarten is to provide a safe, rich, and meaningful experience for all children, to help them feel included and ready, both socially and academically for first grade.



 Grade 1 - Mrs. Linda MacNeil

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Grade 1 - Mrs. Linda MacNeil

First grade is a time for excitement, joy and a shared enthusiasm for learning!

As a member of the school community, your child has many opportunities to experience various social situations, independence, responsibility, and feel proud of accomplishments.

Language Arts: First grade is also a time that your child will begin to see himself/herself as a reader and writer! Each day your child will be immersed in reading and writing through Wonders, a reading program built on the College and Career Readiness Standards. The program supports building a strong reading foundation, allows access to complex text, and encourages collaborative work and writing through a readers/writing workshop.

Math: Math in Focus, our first grade math program focuses on the development of skills through hands-on instruction and practice. The concepts include: basic facts, place value, mental math, geometry, measurement, data analysis and problem solving.

Science: The topics include: Seeing and Hearing, Animals and Plants and Up in The Sky.

Social Studies: These topics are framed around family, school and community with an emphasis on respect, trust, caring, family and responsibility. Other topics include famous people, holidays and traditions.



 Grade 2 - Mrs. Beth Allain

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Grade 2 - Mrs. Beth Allain

Establishing a classroom environment with clear expectations leads to meaningful learning experiences. In 2nd grade, we welcome and learn from mistakes, and we celebrate effort and perseverance. We strive to be kind, helpful, and respectful citizens of Holderness Central School.


Our reading program, Wonders, is a comprehensive literacy program that incorporates a variety of genres and subjects, including social studies and science themes. The program is rich in literature, vocabulary, skills, and strategies and provides engaging reading and writing opportunities. The Wonders program aligns with the Common Core State Standards.


In Focus Math  is our math program. It is based on the Singapore Math model and supports the goals of the Common Core State Standards. The program includes integrated technology, manipulatives, and differentiated instruction.


During the week, students travel to Computers, Library, Art, Music, Keyboarding, French, Wellness, and Physical Education classes.


 Grade 3 - Mrs. Nari Brickley

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Grade 3 - Mrs. Nari Brickley

Establishing a classroom environment with clear expectations leads to meaningful learning experiences. In 3rd grade, we welcome and learn from mistakes, and we celebrate effort and perseverance. We strive to be kind, helpful, and respectful citizens of Holderness Central School.

Our reading program, Wonders, is a comprehensive literacy program that incorporates a variety of genres and subjects, including social studies and science themes. The program is rich in literature, vocabulary, skills, and strategies and provides engaging reading and writing opportunities. The Wonders program aligns with the Common Core State Standards. The Words Their Way program is a word study approach that provides 3rd grade students with skill instruction in phonics, vocabulary, and spelling.

Math in Focus is our math program. It is based on the Singapore Math model and supports the goals of the Common Core State Standards. The program includes integrated technology, manipulatives, and differentiated instruction.

In Social Studies, 3rd grade students explore a variety of topics in civics/government, economics, geography, and history. Current events are discussed through our weekly Scholastic News magazine. Science topics include magnetism, simple machines (forces and interactions), weather and climate, ecosystems, as well as life cycles and traits. 

During the week, students travel to Computers, Library, Art, Music, Keyboarding, Spanish, Wellness, and Physical Education classes.

Ongoing communication is appreciated and viewed as a key to student success.



 Grade 3 - Mrs. Heather Goodwin

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Grade 3 - Mrs. Heather Goodwin

Establishing a classroom environment with clear expectations leads to meaningful learning experiences. In 3rd grade, we welcome and learn from mistakes, and we celebrate effort and perseverance. We strive to be kind, helpful, and respectful citizens of Holderness Central School.

Our reading program, Wonders, is a comprehensive literacy program that incorporates a variety of genres and subjects, including social studies and science themes. The program is rich in literature, vocabulary, skills, and strategies and provides engaging reading and writing opportunities. The Wonders program aligns with the Common Core State Standards. The Words Their Way program is a word study approach that provides 3rd grade students with skill instruction in phonics, vocabulary, and spelling.

Math in Focus is our math program. It is based on the Singapore Math model and supports the goals of the Common Core State Standards. The program includes integrated technology, manipulatives, and differentiated instruction.

In Social Studies, 3rd grade students explore a variety of topics in civics/government, economics, geography, and history. Current events are discussed through our weekly Scholastic News magazine. Science topics include magnetism, simple machines (forces and interactions), weather and climate, ecosystems, as well as life cycles and traits. 

During the week, students travel to Computers, Library, Art, Music, Keyboarding, Spanish, Wellness, and Physical Education classes.

Ongoing communication is appreciated and viewed as a key to student success.

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 Grade 2 Reading &  Grade 3 Science & Social Studies - Ms. Stacy Frizzell

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Grade 2 Reading & Grade 3 Science & Social Studies - Ms. Stacy Frizzell

Establishing a classroom environment with clear expectations leads to meaningful learning experiences. In 2nd and 3rd grade, we welcome and learn from mistakes, and we celebrate effort and perseverance. We strive to be kind, helpful, and respectful citizens of Holderness Central School.

Our reading program, Wonders, is a comprehensive literacy program that incorporates a variety of genres and subjects, including social studies and science themes. The program is rich in literature, vocabulary, skills, and strategies and provides engaging reading and writing opportunities. The Wonders program aligns with the Common Core State Standards. The Words Their Way program is a word study approach that provides 3rd grade students with skill instruction in phonics, vocabulary, and spelling.

In Social Studies, 3rd grade students explore a variety of topics in civics/government, economics, geography, and history. Current events are discussed through our weekly Scholastic News magazine. Science topics include magnetism, simple machines (forces and interactions), weather and climate, ecosystems, as well as life cycles and traits. 

During the week, students travel to Computers, Library, Art, Music, Keyboarding, Spanish, Wellness, and Physical Education classes.

Ongoing communication is appreciated and viewed as a key to student success.



 Reading Interventionist - Mrs. Joan Coursey

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Reading Interventionist - Mrs. Joan Coursey

     After many years of being a classroom teacher in grades K-5 at Holderness Central, I became the Reading Intervention (RTI) teacher for grades K-3 in 2018-2019.  The goal of the program is to ensure that all students are able to reach their full potential and meet the reading benchmarks for their grade level.  All students in grades K-3 are assessed at the beginning of the year using the PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) and the Benchmark Assessment System (Fountas & Pinnell, formerly the DRA).  A Rapid Naming Screening is also administered to all Kindergarteners and any new students, as required by law.  If it is determined that students need additional skill work to meet required benchmarks, the team meets to determine what interventions may be needed.  Skill work is done individually or in small groups with similar needs, and in class reading groups and centers.  Ongoing assessment is provided to monitor each student's progress and to determine services needed.  The Literacy Footprints reading model, the Fundations (phonics program by Wilson), and works by Fountas & Pinnell and Marie Clay are all used in my work with individual and groups of children.