Inside Our Classrooms

They say don't judge a book by its cover, and the same is true of judging a school by the building. While New Emerson may be located within the walls of a 1930s-era building, it is nothing but a 21st century school inside. We are a 1:1 campus with Chromebooks for every teacher and learner. We use technology as one of our many tools for teaching and learning. Come check out our grade level classrooms below. We have one classroom for each grade level with a maximum of 24 students per classroom. There is a full-time teaching assistant at the kindergarten level and a part-time teaching assistant in grades 1-5.

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Kindergarten

Teacher: Ms. Shannon Koppenhafer

Paraprofessional: Ms. Holly Bavor

A Typical Day in Kindergarten

Wanna take a peak inside the New Emerson Kinder Classroom? It's a fun place to be! Click the button below to open up a Google Slide document. Make sure you click on each picture element in the document to go to a corresponding video about that part of the day in Ms. Shannon's classroom!

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Meet Ms. Shannon

Shannon has been teaching kindergarten at New Emerson for 22 years. In fact, she was a student teacher in Ms. Terry Schmalz's classroom — before Terry took over as principal. Shannon is a fantastic teacher with tremendous talent, kindness, and never-ending love and patience for our youngest learners. 

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Meet Ms. Holly

Ms. Holly has been a valuable volunteer  at New Emerson every since her oldest son started kindergarten here seven and a half years ago. Since then, she has also worked on campus as a substitute teacher, and this year, Holly was hired on as the new kindergarten paraprofessional capacity. Together, she and Ms. Shannon make an excellent team. 

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Ms. Shannon's Virtual Classroom Tour

All the picture icons have links to videos!
(You need to have a Google account to open this document.)

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First Grade

Teacher: Ms. Molly Moyer

Paraprofessional: Ms. Leda Baca

A Typical Day in First Grade

Check out what first graders are doing with Ms. Molly this year. 

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Science Experiments in First Grade? You Betcha!

Every Thursday all learners spend one hour learning in a special science class with an outstanding teacher, Ms. Cristina, from the Eureka! McConnell Science Museum. It's never too early for science!

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Yoga with Molly & Mabel

Ms. Molly and one of her first-graders, Mabel, started yoga classes after school two years ago before Covid hit. We hope to get back to "Yoga with Molly and Mabel" one of these days!

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Second Grade

Teacher: Ms. Carol Serrano-Treider

Paraprofessional: Ms. Leda Baca

A Typical Day in Second Grade

Check out what second graders are doing with Ms. Carol this year. 

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Scientists at Work

Every Thursday all learners spend one hour learning in a special science class with an outstanding teacher, Ms. Cristina, from the Eureka! McConnell Science Museum. It's never too early for science!

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Second Grade STEAM Building

Ms. Carol's class is not only advancing in reading, writing, math and science — but there is also weekly STEAM in the Libratory. Three second graders work together to build a Christmas tree using only plastic cups. 

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Third Grade

Teacher: Ms. Chera Miller

Paraprofessional: Ms. Sarah Weber

A Typical Day in Third Grade

Check out what third graders are doing with Ms. Chera this year. 

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Team Building

Third graders spent the first two weeks of the year getting to know themselves as third grade learners and getting to know each other even better with this Balloon Tower Cooperation activity. 

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The Engineering Process

Third grade spent time building and engineering catapults made out of popsicle sticks and spoons to launch "snowballs" (aka marshmallows) in January. 

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Fourth Grade

Teacher: Ms. Haley Case

Paraprofessional: Ms. Sarah Weber

A Typical Day in Fourth Grade

Check out what fourth graders are doing with Ms. Haley this year. 

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Computer Science in Tech Time

The fourth graders got to work with Snap Circuits as par of their Tech Time (Technology Class) with Ms. Michelle.  

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Fourth Grade Birthday Celebrations

Birthdays are a big deal at New Emerson. Learners are invited to bring a treat to share with the class on their special days. In fourth grade, classmates design a special birthday crown and banner for the lucky birthday kiddo. 

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Fifth Grade

Teacher: Ms. Jessie Wilbert

Paraprofessional: Ms. Sarah Weber

A Typical Day in Fifth Grade

Check out what fifth graders are doing with Ms. Jessie this year. 

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Taking Learning into Their Own Hands

In fifth grade, autonomy and independence are cornerstones to the learning process. A lot of the learning is accessed digitally and is organized at the individual student's pace . Personalized learning is what New Emerson is all about! 

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There is no "i" in Team 

At New Emerson, students work in teams ... A LOT. It's part of our culture. We want to prepare learners to work with people of all kind as they learn to build a better world together. 

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