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Hello!  I am Kristina Virgilio!  I am a fifth-grade ELA teacher.  This is my eighth year here at Richland; my 19th overall year in education!  As I child, I walked these very halls and was inspired by so many wonderful teachers. I am honored to follow in their footsteps!

After graduating from Richland High School, I went on to earn my bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. I then spent the next year as an AmeriCorps volunteer, helping nonprofits and in-need communities across the mid-west. In 2003, I followed my heart, moved to New York City, and entered the classroom as a third grade teacher. For the next four years, I taught at PS 199 in the South Bronx and then moved on to Harlem Village Academies, where I taught 5th grade math. I went on to work as a literacy coach and teacher trainer in schools all over New York City, helping schools and teachers write curriculum and improved teaching practices.
 
I began teaching fourth grade at Richland in 2015.  I love teaching and working with students everyday.  The classroom should be a place where every student feels safe and inspired to learn. In my classroom, students are challenged to work hard and maximize their potential. I encourage accountability and respect for oneself and others. Above all, I try my best to foster a positive and long-lasting love of learning.

I look forward to working with you and your students. Please feel free to communicate any questions or concerns you may have regarding our curriculum and/or your student's progress at any time. Here's to a great year!
 

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Week of October 3rd - 7th

Upcoming Due Dates and Assessments - 
 
10/6 - PICTURE DAY!
10/6 - Spelling Homework Packet Due
10/7- Reading Log Due
        - Spelling Test
        - Grammar Quiz - Run-on Sentences
 
In reading this week, we will continue with our novel, Shiloh.  Students will practice identifying figurative language within the text and will discuss the author's intended meaning.  We will also practice categorizing examples of figurative language through other activities/resources.  
 
Please note that on Monday, October 3rd, students will be taking the On-Hands Schools Assessment for ELA.  This assessment will allow me to collect data on students' strengths and weaknesses and plan instruction accordingly.   
 
In grammar, students will practice identifying and correcting run-on sentences.  
 
Students will continue drafting and revising paragraphs as part of their weekly writing tasks.  
 
The spelling words for this week include r-controlled vowel sounds.  Spelling packets are due on Thursday, 10/6.  The test will be given Friday, 10/7.  
 
Please continue to check student agendas for updates. 

Week of September 26th - 30th

Upcoming Due Dates and Assessments - 
 
9/29 - Spelling Homework Packet Due
9/30 - Reading Log Due
        - Spelling Test
        - Grammar Quiz - Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences (REDO!)
10/6 - PICTURE DAY!
 
In reading this week, we will continue with our novel, Shiloh.  Students will practice identifying the four types of conflicts in literature - Character vs. Self, Character vs. Character, Character vs. Nature, and Character vs. Society.  We will discuss how our main character, Marty, addresses these conflicts in Shiloh.
 
In grammar, students will continue to learn to identify and write simple, compound, and complex sentences.  Because students struggled to master this skill last week, we will continue practicing with new examples and activities.  Students will retake the grammar quiz on Friday, September 30th.
 
Students will continue drafting and revising paragraphs as part of their weekly writing tasks.  
 
The spelling words for this week include various /u/ sounds.  Spelling packets are due on Thursday, 9/29.  The test will be given Friday, 9/30.  
 
Please continue to check student agendas for updates. 

September 19th - 23rd

Upcoming Due Dates and Assessments - 
 
9/21 - Unit 1 Vocabulary Test
9/22 - Spelling Homework Packet Due
9/23 - Reading Log Due
        - Spelling Test
        - Grammar Quiz - Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
10/6 - PICTURE DAY!
 
In reading this week, we will continue with our novel, Shiloh.  Students will practice identifying the problems/conflicts the main character faces.  We will discuss possible solutions and will analyze the pros and cons of each decision.
 
In grammar, students will learn to identify simple, compound, and complex sentences.  Students will also practice writing their own sentences.
 
Students will continue drafting and revising paragraphs as part of their weekly writing tasks.  
 
The spelling words for this week include various /u/ sounds.  Spelling packets are due on Thursday, 9/22.  The test will be given Friday, 9/23.  
 
Please continue to check student agendas for updates.  

Week of September 12th - 16th

Upcoming Due Dates and Assessments - 
9/15 - Spelling Homework Packet Due
9/16 - Reading Log Due
9/16 - Spelling Test
9/16 - Subjects/Predicates Quiz
9/21 - Vocabulary Packet Due/Vocabulary Test
 
In reading this week, we will review the processes of making inferences and drawing conclusions about a given text.  Later in the week, we will begin reading our novel, Shiloh.  Students will explore the features of realistic fiction and will examine our main characters through a variety of activities.
 
In grammar, we will review subjects and predicates.  Students will also continue to master paragraph writing by completing their Weekly Writing Prompt.
 
Spelling words were assigned on Friday, September 9th.  This unit's words contain long vowel sounds.  Please note that the spelling homework packet is due on THURSDAY (9/15).  The spelling test will be given on Friday.
 
Instrument and chorus lessons will begin this week.  Please note the schedule below -
 
9/12 - Flute, Cello, Bass, Chorus (Day 2)
9/13 - Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Chorus (Day 3)
9/14 - Percussion, Viola, Chorus (Day 4)
9/15 - Saxophone, Clarinet, Violin, Chorus (Day 1)
 
Please continue to check student agendas for updates.  Have a wonderful week!
 
 

Week of September 5th - 9th

Upcoming Due Dates and Assessments - 
9/8 - Spelling Packet Due
9/9 - Unit 1 Spelling Test
9/9 - Sentences Quiz
9/9 - Reading Log Due
 
In reading this week, we will begin exploring the novel, Shiloh.  Students will learn facts about the novel's author, characters, West Virginia, and beagles.  In addition, we will practice making inferences using clues from the text as well as other resources.
 
Students will receive their first vocabulary packet this week.  For each packet, this year students will make practice flashcards in class and will complete assignments that will help them to learn their words and definitions.  This first packet must be completed by September 21st.  Their quiz will be given on the same day.
 
In writing this week, we will review sentences, fragments, and run-ons.  In addition, we will practice identifying the four types of sentences and will draft solid sentences of our own.  
 
Spelling words for Unit 1 were given to students on Thursday, September 2nd.  These words all practice short vowel sounds.  All spelling homework assignments are due on Thursday, September 8th.  The Unit 1 spelling test will be given on Friday, September 9th. 
 
Please note that reading logs and spelling packets for next week will be given to students this Friday.

Welcome to 5th Grade!

Welcome to 5th grade!  I am so excited for this year to begin!  I can't wait to work with so many returning students again and meet all of the new faces in our classroom.  
 
We're all in this together and I look forward to a fantastic year!  
 
Students - I'll see you tomorrow!
 
Parents - Please don't ever hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.  When you hug your kids goodbye tomorrow morning, please know that I will be there to hug them hello!
 
Let's have a great year!
 
Love,
Ms. Virgilio