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Welcome

My name is Jeanne Estok, and I am one of three first grade teachers here at Independence Elementary School. I lived in Aliquippa for many years of my life, so I am familiar with this area. I currently reside in the city of Pittsburgh.

I attended the Aliquippa public school system. Upon graduation from Aliquippa High School, I enrolled in classes at, what was then, Edinboro State College. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary (K-8) and Special Education (Learning Support and Socially and Emotionally Disturbed Children). I continued my educational pursuits at Duquesne University. While there I achieved a Master’s degree in Reading and Language Arts, and a Reading Specialist certification.

From when I was young, I always wanted to be a teacher. I began my teaching career working with the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit as a Learning Support teacher. After a year in the Aliquippa and Beaver School Districts, I received an assignment at the now closed Johnson Street Elementary School in the Hopewell Area School District. When Hopewell decided to manage their own special needs classrooms, I left the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit to work In Hopewell. I was a learning support teacher in Hopewell for 21 years. Feeling like I needed a change in educational direction, I took a job as a regular elementary teacher in the district. I have taught both second and first grades since my decision.

I am humbled to be able to have the chance to educate your child. I hope your child’s educational experience with me is both richly rewarding and fun along the way.

About First Grade

First Grade

First grade is a child’s first exposure to a more formal educational experience. We currently work in reading and language arts with the McGraw Hill Reading Wonders program. In this program your child will read quality phonics and literature selections. Your child will also receive his or her first exposure to grammar and spelling components to the reading process.

In Hopewell, we use the Everyday Math series. It is a very hands-on approach to learning essential math skills.

Science and social studies are taught in meaningful units. Your child will also benefit from music, physical education, art, and library instruction.

Special Schedule

My Special Schedule

Below is a current list of my special classes for the week:

Day 1 – Art

Day 2 – Computer

Day 3 – Music

Day 4 – Library

Day 5 – Free

Day 6 – Physical Education

Grading Policy

Grading Policy

I grade on a percentage basis as stated in the policy handbook of the Hopewell Area School District.

90-100 % A

80-89 % B

70-79 % C

60-69 % D

59 and below E

Discipline

Discipline Policy

I am not a firm believer in taking away the playtime of children who still need activity, however, there may be times that this consequence becomes a necessary means to bring about a change in behavior.

I try to be fair and give a child every chance to prevent this action from taking place. The following is the general guideline I use:

First Infraction – Verbal warning

Second Infraction – Five minutes of playtime missed

Third Infraction – Half of playtime missed

Fourth infraction – All of playtime missed

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