Phone: (802) 878-5932
Degrees and Certifications:
Masters Degree Elementary Education
Mrs. Loretta Grant
It has been my privilege to be a teacher in Westford for almost 30 years. This is about the same number of years I have been a motorcyclist. I have a passion for both. I have taught 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. I am fortunate to have a job that I love and find rewarding. I enjoy learning and hope to impart that joy to my students. This year, 2019-2020, I will be teaching Humanities (Reading, Writing, and Social Studies). I very much look forward to working with my students from last year and getting to know my new 5th graders. The 5th and 6th grades are a “Hogwarts Team” with houses, competitions, and lots of community building activities. Welcome!
Dear Parents,We has a whirlwind geography unit last week ending with an assessment on Friday that covered cardinal directions, continents and oceans, vocabulary words, as well as information based on notes from The History of the World in 2 hours.A small handful of students still needed to finish up their tests, but you should see them in their Friday folders this week. I felt very proud of the growth the students made.Having conferenced with the majority of my students and listening to their goals I have decided to move to the Information reading / writing units now instead of in January. Standards for each grade level:6th Grade Reading Information 6.5 Analyze how a particular section fits into the overall structure of the text and contributes to the development of the ideas.5th Grade Reading Information5.6 Analyze multiple accounts of the same topic or event, noticing similarities and differences in the point of view.This morning students filled out goal sheets including the standard ideas for reaching that goal. I really appreciated that students transferred the information skill goal to their reading of novels, watching movies, or even being more aware of social situations. All excellent ideas for practicing analyzing.All groups have new spelling word lists. (Student should be sure to work on the words for 10/28-11/01.) In addition to the online activities I have asked that students write the words 3 times neatly, and a meaningful sentence for each of their spelling words. This is done by hand and not on the computers. Please let me know if you have any difficulty logging in to Spelling City. (spellingcity.com) I don't believe anyone got a 100% on their first pretext. I know they can use the extra practice at home. The spelling test will be on Friday.Thank you for all your support.Warmly,Loretta Grant
October 21, 2019
Dear Parents,We've just started our first "Social Studies Bonanza" week. Our goals for the week are to become familiar with world geography (continents and oceans) as well as basics of mapping. We will also be taking notes on and discussing "The history of the world in 2 hours" - a PBS special. This will set us up for our next unit in January where we will analyze imports and exports in world trade (including some of the yummy food we eat).Many of my students were discouraged as they were not sure what a continent was not to mention being able to identify them. Please feel free to have students practice these skills at home: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/World_Continents.htm It would be my goal that students can develop flexibility in developing stamina for situations when presented with new information. The pre-assessment we did today is not part of any grade but only a formative measure that we might measure growth.Warmly,Loretta Grant
Greetings!Here is the LINK to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences for October 17, 2019. If you have any questions (or difficulty signing up) please let me know. It is a new platform for signups.This coming week students will be meeting with peers and with me in preparation for a final draft of their Personal Narratives to be turned in by Friday Oct. 11, 2019. This will be a typed draft on a google document. I have included a copy of the Narrative rubric at the bottom of this email.Though we do not have regular homework I am noticing that a number of students are not prepared for spelling assessments on Friday. There is opportunity at school but many students could use additional practice at home. All students log in at school. I understand that logging in at home may feel different, though the process is the same. Please let me know if you would like me to send you your child's login and password. (I will also have these available at Parent Teacher Conferences on Oct. 17.Thank you for supporting your child's reading at home. It is important to have quiet time daily for reading. Asking questions and conversation about books your child is reading will also add to growth in comprehension.Look forward to seeing you soon.Warmly,Mrs. GrantP.S. There is a copy of this and previous parent letters also on my classroom page.
Loretta Grant5/6 TeacherWestford Elementary146 Brookside RoadWestford, Vermont 05454
September 16, 2019
Each year I find it helpful to give a quick overview of the 1, 2, 3, 4 grading system used in the middle school. A (3) indicates that a student has demonstrated standards at their grade level benchmark, a (2) is an indication of some proficiency but not secure, (1) is an indication of below expected performance at this grade level. Students on specialized plan will have grades that are modified based on their plan goals.
When, on occasion, a student receives a (4) it is because they have demonstrated above grade level work - beyond the expectations. The Lucy Calkins humanities curriculum that we are using is particularly rigorous and in writing and reading I use these rubrics to determine the score.
Daily At-Home Reading (This is reflected in Habits of Learning standard.)
Minutes vary to some degree as per student goals. I have suggested that most students should be reading 30 minutes each night.
5 x per week - (3)
3 x per week - (2)
1 x or less x per week - (1)
Parent should now be able to see student grades on Jumprope. You will need student I.D. numbers and student login. If you would like additional information I will be glad to put together a sheet for instructions.
Our Weekly Words of Wisdom is from the Desiderata written by Max Ehrmann.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
(I will send this out as an email as well. Please let me know if you did not receive it.)
September 9, 2019
Dear Parents,This is a little note to let you know what we are up to in class this week. Almost all the students have taken the STAR Reader assessment. I use it to help guide instruction and student goals. Conversations to support choosing goals with individual students will happen once everyone has taken the assessment.In Reading class we are looking at theme and character development. Please ask your child about Crash and his new friendship with Penn Webb. Crash has difficulty understanding why the Webb family feels they are rich despite Penn only having one toy. Yet, Crash is a little jealous of the close knit family.Don't forget that students should be reading 30 minutes each night and logging their progress on CloudK12. Please let me know if you have any questions or difficulties logging in.We are still warming up our writing and storytelling skills in the narrative unit. We will be practicing our three strategies in developing story ideas this week and sharing them with our class.Today, our first Monday, students were to copy our "Weekly Words of Wisdom." This week was a quote from Ernest Hemingway winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1953) and a Nobel Prize in Literature (1954)."There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man, true nobility is being superior to your former self."Our goal this year is each week be a little superior to our former selves. :-)Warmly,Loretta Grant
August 28, 2019
Dear Parents -5th and 6th graders had a good first day! I know some of you were a little anxious. (I'm smiling thinking of your faces peeking in through the window at the door.) Ask your children about the following in Humanities classes. We started a read aloud, CRASH by Jerry Spinelli, with a focus on theme and character development.Writing included an On Demand narrative as a formative assessment - to better let me know where my students are and where we can go from here in writing.Near the end of the day students were given a Computer Use Contract for you to look over and sign and return to school. There are some changes from years past so please look it over carefully. Changes were discussed with students and I feel confident they understand the contract.Really looking forward to an exceptional year with an exceptional group of students.Warmly,Loretta GrantP.S. AWESOME soccer scrimmage after school today! The 5th and 6th graders really showed their passion and skills.