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

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MS. SHANNON KOPPENHAFER

Kindergarten Teacher

A TYPICAL DAY IN KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarteners spend all day with Ms. Shannon on our four-day week schedule. They also leave throughout the day to attend four specials/elective classes. 

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MEET MS. SHANNON

Shannon has been teaching kindergarten at New Emerson for 24 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. She was chosen and honored as an outstanding educator by the D51 Foundation in 2018.

MS. SHANNON'S VIRTUAL CLASSROOM TOUR

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FIRST GRADE

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MS. MOLLY MOYER

First Grade teacher Molly Moyer has been at New Emerson for more than a decade. She was recognized and honored by the D51 Foundation as an outstanding educator in 2020. She loves to mountain bike and do yoga and spend time with her family and many friends. Ms. Molly is passionate about imparting her love for children's books and reading with her learners each day in addition to all the math, science, and STEAM learning happening in her classroom.

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A TYPICAL DAY IN FIRST GRADE

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

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WRITING SHARE

At the end of each writing unit, Ms. Molly's learners present their writing work to classmates and then they participate in a "Writing Share" event in the Libratory for all the parents. 

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YOGA WITH MOLLY & MABEL

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

 

SECOND GRADE

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MS. ALYSON PLATT

Second Grade Teacher

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A TYPICAL DAY IN SECOND GRADE

Alyson Platt joined New Emerson in 2021 after five years at Pomona Elementary School. Come check out a few of the things happening in second grade this year.

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EARLY BIRD READING 

Every morning parents are invited to come read with their children for the first 15 to 30 minutes of the school day. Bus riders can sit with other parents in the room or read with Ms. Alyson. There are books and reading adventures for everyone!

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SECOND GRADE STEAM IN ACTION!

Ms. Alyson's class is not only advancing in reading, writing, math, and science — but there is also weekly STEAM in the Libratory. This second grader created a "balloon float" in the Macy's Day Parade using the green screen.

 

THIRD GRADE

Teacher: Ms. Chera Miller

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. Tasia Martinez

A TYPICAL DAY IN FOURTH GRADE

Check out what fourth graders are doing with Ms. Tasia 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

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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