Second Grade: Specials Spotlight

First Quarter 2017-2018

Exploratory Team

The teachers of these exploratory classes are committed to inspire the creative genius in all students through art, technology, library media, music, counselor and physical education.


I’m so excited to be teaching Music at Riverview! This is my 24th year in education, my 19th as a music teacher, and my 10th here as a Falcon! I graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Music Education, and I have Level 1 Certification for Orff-Schulwerk Music Education from Baker University. This year at RE, we also have a Music Student Teacher! During the Fall semester, Mr. Holthus is in our building several hours a week and is working with our K-2 grade students. In 4th Quarter he will be at Riverview every day working with all of our young musicians!

Second grade students have spent the first quarter building on rhythm skills we began in first grade. We spent time working to read, write, and sing melodies with sol, mi, and la (using hand signs along with voices). Students did a fantastic job with these skills! We also learned about reading the text of a song while following the music score – not an easy task! Folk dancing and creative movement are an important part of learning music. Students learn to listen for changes in music and they learn how to interpret music through their movement. This quarter, students learned a Ukranian folk dance, “Sasha!” and a traditional American song/dance, “Draw a Bucket of Water,” in addition to learning lots of other songs. Each year I try to incorporate different musicians or styles of music in our lessons. This year we started with Ray Charles! Students listened to some of his music, like “Hit the Road Jack,” and learned that he was an amazing pianist even though he was blind. What a great example of a "never stop trying" attitude! I’m looking forward to many more fun activities with this fabulous group of 2nd grade musicians! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!


Greetings! I am your child(ren)'s Art Educator at Riverview, this is my first year and I couldn't be happier. Your students are welcoming and have made me feel a part of the family. I student taught at Forest View Elementary (A Stephen Covey, Lighthouse school aka a 7 Habits school). I learned and loved the opportunity to grow, which lead to the position here at Riverview! I grew up, went to school, and still reside in Olathe. I received my Bachelors of Art Education in May of 2017 from the University of Kansas, Rock Chalk! In my personal time I enjoy exploring downtown Lawrence and Kansas City as well as, Netflix bingeing, coffee, art-making (duh), and taking my dog, Sausage, to the dog park!

Second Grade has been using oil pastels and their vibrancy on black paper. We studied Wassily Kandinsky--who's fun to pronounce--and his love of music and trying to illustrate what he was listening too. We read, The Dot, to make our mark and know when to persevere in our art process as well as inspire our peers. Then a great transition to, Giraffe's Can't Dance, we talked about the power of YET and how we may not know the skills YET to make a Giraffe, but when we had a discussion about simple shapes we knew exactly how to draw Gerald (Our second graders can tell you who Gerald is!). Instead of the traditional prairie where giraffes' reside, we decided to place him on a disco. Where we used chalk, and rulers in order to make everything glow. Soon we will be moving on to our first painting/printmaking project of fall landscapes.


Hello! I am Kyndel Reeves, the Physical Education teacher, and this is my third year at Riverview! I absolutely LOVE getting to be the P.E. teacher to such amazing students. I grew up going to school in the DeSoto School District, so it is really an honor to be able to come back as a teacher. Growing up, my family was obsessed with KU, so of course that is where I went to college! Rock Chalk! In my free time, I love to be with my family and friends and do fun things together. I love doing things outdoors, going to the beach (when I am able to), going shopping, and going to my siblings’ different events. I am looking forward to another wonderful school year with our wonderful community!

During first quarter, the students reviewed all the rules of the gym and P.E., and why we have P.E.! Their knowledge and understanding of the importance of physical fitness and health is so exciting. We were able to learn about our different warm-ups that we do right when we get into class; warm-ups such as Skunk Tag, Silly Bananas, Gladiators, Spelling Dash, and many more! We then began learning about the importance of being a helpful teammate, and working hard even when things get tough. We were able to do activities such as Hula Hut Relays, Scavengers, Mat Ball, and Sinkerball. All of those activities gave students the opportunity to work with their classmates and do some problem solving, and they did an awesome job! We also began working on our throwing skills, and have been practicing our form and technique. We have been able to play games to help our throwing form and technique such as Endzone Trappers, Castle Pool, Popcorn Machine, and Catching Relay. The students are doing such an awesome job, and I am really looking forward to the rest of the year with them!


I am Traci Seyb and I teach your children skills in technology. This is my 23rd year of teaching and my 16th year at Riverview. I've taught 4th grade and 5th grade in the regular classroom and was a Literacy Learning Coach in the Lawrence Public Schools. I received my Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Kansas State University--EMAW! I feel privileged to be a part of the Riverview community and count myself as a lucky individual that gets to work with the fabulous children who attend our school.

Second graders started the year reviewing our Acceptable Use Policy.

Next, we worked on web making using Kidspiration software. Kidspiration offers a rich opportunity to utilize flow charts and various graphic organizers. We started the year studying spiders by watching four different videos and taking notes on facts we heard/saw. Then we created a class fact list. . Students gathered facts by watching videos and then we published our “spider webs in computers. We tracked down a spider picture we wanted for our web and learned how to copy an image off of the internet. Now, students are working on a completed "spider web". Be on the look out for the finished project coming home in October!

Students also began keyboarding. Your child is more than welcome to practice the skills we learn at home. The website we will be using is called Dance Mat Typing and can be accessed at the following address:


I truly enjoy being the Library Media Specialist here at Riverview Elementary! We have an amazing school filled with eager-to-learn, wonderful students and dedicated, caring staff! It is so much fun getting to work with former students again and getting acquainted with all the fantastic kindergarten through fifth graders here at Riverview. I love getting kids excited about reading, introducing them to new books and authors they may not have read before, and researching with them! My goal is to develop lifelong readers!

This year is my 27th year of teaching. I taught second grade a total of 12 years, first grade for 2 years, and Tutorial Math Grades 3-6 for 1 year. I also was a substitute teacher for 5 years after taking time off to raise my own children. This is my twelfth year as the Library Media Specialist at Riverview.

In our library classes we talked about our five rules: Respect Books and Library Property, Use Quiet Voices, Respect Yourself and Others, Use Library Time Wisely, and Wait Quietly in Line. We also discussed our safety procedures at RE, where we would go, and what our jobs are. Students were introduced to our new school-wide Award Winners reading program. Information about the program and a reading log can be found on my website at: We worked together in small groups to match and sequence the steps we follow when checking out books in the library. We talked about different strategies to help us in choosing a “good fit” book such as “I PICK” and using the color dot system found on the spines of many of our books in the library. We watched a preview of some of the books coming to our Scholastic Book Fair which will be in the library on October 26th and 27th.


Hello and welcome back to a new school year! My name is Toni Munsey and I am your Riverview School Counselor! I’m pleased to start another year at Riverview. This is my eleventh year in the Desoto school district. My previous 18 years were spent in the Kansas City, Kansas school district. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State and my Masters in Counseling from Emporia State where I also completed K-12 building level Administrative certification. I’ve taught in the classroom for eight years before becoming a school counselor and am excited about my 21st. year as a school counselor. The counselors’ role is to help students be successful in academic achievement as well as social and emotional health. I will be teaching guidance lessons in the library this year as part of the special’s teacher rotation on a regular basis. I will also be available for small group and individual counseling. The counseling curriculum consists of Character Education, Bullying Prevention, Drug and Alcohol Prevention just to name a few. My goal is to find more time in my schedule for students who just need to drop by and talk out a problem. I am an advocate for all students and a resource for staff and parents. Please feel free to contact me anytime if there is anything I can help with. My phone number is 441-0808 ext. 4124 and my e-mail is I would also like to remind you the importance of community service and encourage you to join the Falcon Volunteers and track your community service hours throughout the year. I’m so excited about this school year and look forward to working with you and our wonderful Riverview students.

First quarter has been a blast! We have reviewed the role of the school counselor. We have also done several getting to know you and team building activities. We have learned Habit 1 “Be Proactive” from the book The 7 habits of Happy Kids we are learning to be in charge of ourselves and think with a positive growth mindset.

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