Trail Blazer News

May 2nd-6th

Michelle Moog-Koussa was our Mystery Reader this week!

Michelle is the daughter of Dr. Bob Moog. She is the founder of the Bob Moog Foundation and she worked very closely with ACS to develop the SoundSchool curriculum we used to study sound. The kids were very excited to have her as our Mystery Reader. She brought Bob Moog's favorite picture book: Ferdinand. She also announced that she was so moved by our SoundSchool performance that she would like to professionally record our second graders singing the song at Echo Mountain Recording Studio! We are so honored to have this opportunity!
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Phoebe lost a tooth this week. :)

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Wish List: Items that we currently need.

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Important Dates


  • Thursday, April 28, Family Voices/Community Outreach at the Grant Center 5:30-7:00
  • Fri., April 29, Claxton Play: The Nifty Fifties 6:00 pm
  • Sat., April 30, Claxton Play: The Nifty Fifties 6:00 pm

  • Sun., May 1, Claxton Play: The Nifty Fifties 1:30 am

  • Monday, May 2, through Friday, May 6, Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Saturday, May 14, 5K for the Boys Running Group
  • Thursday, May 19, Potluck of Learning & Community Drum Circle from 5:30-8:00
  • Friday, May 20, Spring Book Fair begins
  • Monday, May 23, Asheville City Schools Foundation Fellows Grants are due
Click here to sign up to be a Mystery Reader!

We would LOVE to have you read to us! Please follow this link to sign-up!

Poetry Cafe!

We really appreciated your support with our Poetry Cafe! The poets worked so hard this month, and I am so proud of each of them!
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What We are Learning

Reading: We learning about how reasons support specific points an author is trying to make as we read nonfiction books about animal life cycles.


  • RI.2.8 - Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a grade-appropriate text.


Writing: We currently writing poetry, but we will transition into nonfiction writing about life cycles next week.


  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.3
    Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.



Fundations: We will continue Unit 15 on Monday. We are focusing on double vowel syllable

  • RF.2.3 Know and apply grade -level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding.


  • RF.2.3. Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.


  • RF.2.3. Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one syllable words.



Math: We are focusing on measurement.


  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.1 Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.2 Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.3 Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.4 Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.



Science: We are focusing on the life cycles of plants and animals.

  • 2.L.1 Understand animal life cycles.

  • 2.L.2 Remember that organisms differ from or are similar to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism


Social Studies: We are starting a unit on economic concepts culminating in a student-led classroom "town" with various good and services for sale.


  • 2.E.1 Understand basic economic concepts.

The Nifty Fifties!

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