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Samantha Arnold

First Grade Teacher


Conference Period: 12:00pm-1:00pm



Hi there!  I am Mrs. Arnold.  This is my third year teaching and my second year teaching First Grade.  I graduated from Texas State University in 2008.  I am married and have two wonderful children.  My husband and I both graduated from Holland ISD and we are so blessed to be able to raise our kids in Holland and have them attend one of the best school districts around.  I so excited to begin our fun adventures!  

Mrs. Arnold's Class Schedule

8:00-9:30  Guided Math

9:30-9:50 Recess

10:00-11:30 Guided Reading

11:30-12:00 Lunch

12:00-1:00 Conference/Electives

1:00-1:30 Intervention Time

1:30-2:30 Writing

2:30-3:00 Social Studies

3:00-3:15 Recess

3:15-3:40 Science


1st Grade Syllabus 2018-2019

          Mrs. Frei, Mrs. Lum, and Mrs. Arnold are the first grade teachers this year.  Following is some information to help you get acquainted with our daily routine and academic expectations. 

Schedule:               8:00-11:30 Class

                             11:30-12:00 Lunch

                             12:00-1:00 Electives

                             1:00-3:30 Class


Behavior/assignment sheets are sent home daily so that parents will be able to see all homework to be completed and if the student had a good day or lost a token for misbehavior.  Below is the list of consequences for losing tokens:

1 Token- Lose 5 minutes of recess

2 Tokens- Lose 10 minutes of recess

3 Tokens- Lose 15 minutes of recess and no rewards center

4 Tokens- Lunch Detention

5 Tokens- Office visit and no pep-rally

Academic Expectations

Reading: Reading instruction continues based on the foundation laid in Kindergarten.  Students should know most, if not all, letters and sounds at the beginning of the year.  Guided reading is done in small groups in the reading lab with the additional support of another teacher and a teacher’s aide, so personal care is given to each student.  Guided reading books are sent home for reading practice homework.  A report card letter of E, S, N or U will be given based on current reading level using the leveled guided books.  For the second semester, the reading grade will be an average of their current guided reading level and their AR Star Reading test score. 

Math: Math homework goes home most days.  An assessment will be given on each chapter or topic.  Fact tests will also be given intermittently.  The report card grade comes from the assessment grade. 

Spelling/Writing:  Spelling homework is done daily with spelling tests at the end of the week.  Students are tested on six pattern words and a sentence using sight words.  An oral reading test is given on the sight words as well.  These tests determine the spelling report card grade.  Journal writing is done to reinforce the use of sight words and spelling patterns we have practiced.  Through our writing workshop, we also do shared writing, make class books, and write individual and class stories on a variety of themes.  We also focus on learning the basic parts of speech and grammar activities.  The language arts grade will come from various writing and grammar activities. 

Accelerated Reading:  AR is a computer program in which students read leveled library books and take comprehension tests to earn points and rewards.  Students will start on AR at the beginning of the spring semester. 



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