Mr. Frack, Jr. - Second Grade
- About Me
- Contact Information
- Second Grade Curriculum
- Weekly Assignments
- Supply List
Teaching Experience and Philosophy
This will be my 17th year teaching second grade here at Marlborough while being my 23rd overall year in education. I have degrees from Moravian College and Wilkes University.
Being an influence on young lives is the best part of teaching and why the human element in Room 21 is extremely important. Being kind and having courage is our classroom motto. While concentrating on the characteristics of a good citizen, second grade is a year of independence. We will strive to make each child an independent reader, writer, thinker and problem solver. We will also strive to assume positive intent with all interactions throughout the school year.
I have been married to my beautiful and dedicated wife for 19 years now. We have 5 amazing children together. Jazmyne is 18 and a freshman at Kean University where she is playing field hockey and studying Education. Cozette is 16 and a junior at Liberty High School where she plays field hockey and flute in the Grenadier Marching Band! Ezekial is 15 and a sophomore at Liberty High School where he runs cross country, plays baseball and alto saxophone in the Grenadier Marching Band! Ezerett is 13 and an 8th grader at Nitschmann Middle School where he plays football and the trumpet in Nitschmann's band. Finally, Zigmund is 6 and about to start Kindergarten. They all have seven letters and a z in their name. We also rescued two dogs, Zuri and Zuzu. They are mother and daughter. We reside in Bethlehem. Life at home is extremely busy, but we count our blessings each day!
I love spending time with my family, listening to music and frequenting concerts as well as coaching. I love Bethlehem and all it has to offer my family and I. I also enjoy giving back to the Bethlehem community. I am a 4 for 4 guy, all PHILLY!
The PTFS members work hard to provide a variety of services for the students at Marlborough School. Some of these services include: helping to pay for field trips, classroom books, assemblies, end of the year picnic lunch, Olympic Day T-Shirts. The PTFS is always looking for volunteers. If you are willing to volunteer your time, your help will be greatly appreciated. You can get more information about helping by calling the school office.
Please make sure you have your clearances in order to be at the walk. More information can be found here.
A website has been created to collect donations as well as to share using social media. Here is the link.
Other PTFS events:
PTFS Book Bingo
Joint PTFS Holiday Bazaar
PTFS Daddy/Daughter Dance
PTFS Coin Challenge
Scholastic Book Fair
Redner's Save-a-tape and Box tops are still being collected. Please send them in at your convenience.
Second Grade 2023-2024
This is a list of subjects, special services, and general information concerning your child’s year in second grade. My goal is to help each child find success in all academic areas as well as growing as a kind and caring citizen through a safe and disciplined learning environment. If at any time you have concerns for your child’s academic or emotional growth, please contact me. I welcome your input and your ideas for future classroom activities.
Mr. Gordon Frack Jr.
My primary goal is to foster a positive attitude toward reading and to encourage each child to read independently. Fluency is very important so your child should read for at least 15/20 minutes each night and I will encourage this to take place at least once on the weekend.
ELA Curriculum and Reading instruction is delivered through the use of mentor texts - Benchmark Literacy is also a resource and it is known for its research-proven literacy solutions.
First 30 Days - Establishing Routines and Rituals
Unit 1 - (about 6 weeks) - Story Elements
Unit 2 - (about 5 weeks) - Fix-up strategies and Making basic connections
Unit 3 - (about 3 weeks) - Predicting & Inferring
Unit 4 - (about 5 weeks) - Main Idea & Supporting Details
Unit 5 - (about 4 weeks) - Deepening connections & Making Meaning
Unit 6 - (about 4 weeks) - Summarizing & Compare/Contrast
Within the classroom, you will find:
• Assessment to drive instruction and monitor progress.
• Interactive read-aloud to model good-reader strategies.
• Shared reading mini-lessons to explicitly model comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency.
• Differentiated small-group reading that builds on shared reading instruction. It addresses the needs of above-, on-, and below-level readers, as well as English learners and special needs students.
• Independent reading to encourage the transfer of skills and strategies.
• Phonemic awareness, phonics, and word study to build strong decoding and word-solving strategies taught through FUNdations.
• Critically and appropriately written responses to a variety of texts.
The writing block will look very similar to the reading block. Writing will also be taught through Collins Writing to create fluency as well as FCAs or Focus Correction Areas.
Narrative - Personal Narrative and Realistic Fiction
Informational - Research Report and a Procedural How-To
Persuasive - Persuasive Letter
Provides a research-based program that includes instruction and assessment. Fundations provides an integrated systematic word study, spelling and handwriting curriculum. Every lesson builds on prior knowledge while be taught and reviewed using multiple learning modalities. In the end, we want children to learn to read and write for meaning, understanding and fun!
I encourage reinforcement of addition and subtraction facts through the use of xtramath or flash cards at home.
Science and Social Studies
Units are taught based on the UPSD Long Range Plan. Units include:
|The World and You
|Air and Weather
|Traditions, Customs, Diversity
|Earn, Save and Spend
|Solids and Liquids
|Exploration, Settlement, New Country
Please feel free to contribute to these units as we study them.
Students may earn tickets for various good behaviors in any part of the school and earn rewards through a school store. PBIS will be in its fourth year of implementation. Please click on the PBIS tab for further information.
During the school day, a student may exhibit great behavior during our reading period and he/she may earn a "clip up". Once they reach the top "outstanding", they will get a ticket to used as cash at the school store. The class may receive cash for a great music class or a week of great cafeteria behavior.
Second Step Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is a Tier 1, universal, classroom-based curriculum for teaching foundational social-emotional and self-regulation skills to all students. Lessons will be presented/taught weekly, usually Monday's at 11:00 starting around Oct. 10th.
Strategies/Skills for...learning, empathy, managing emotions, and solving problems.
...focusing, listening, staying calm and in control.
Breakfast and Lunch are NOT free this year unless qualified. Breakfast will cost $1.55 and Lunch $2.80.
These services are available through our school district.
Mrs. Karen Shetler
Mrs. Meredith Reilly
Mrs. Sarah Petcavage
Speech and Hearing Clinician
|Special Education||Mrs. Lynn Friend|
Carol Tersine and Abby Clifford
Ms. Krista Hatch
Special Classes - 11:20-12:00
Day 1 - Music with Mrs. Sarah Goslin
Day 2 - PE with Mr. Luke Pinto - Please wear sneakers
Day 3 - Library with Mrs. Beth Avanzato - Please remember your books.
Day 4 - Art with Mrs. Maria Conway - Smock
Day 5 - FLITE school with Mr. Matt Lippincott
Report cards will be distributed three times a year and can be accessed through Skyward. Fall conferences will be held on November 20 & 21, 2023. Conferences may also be scheduled as needed throughout the school year. I will use signup genius to communicate times, but if you wish to schedule a different day and time, please let me know. I can and will adjust the schedule to accommodate families with multiple children in the building or for other reasons.
Trimester 1: Ends Nov. 30th, Progress Reports available on Skyward
Trimester 2: Ends March 6th, Progress Reports available on Skyward
Trimester 3: Ends June 5th, Report Cards available on Skyward
The Report Card Evaluation System is:
A 90% - 100%
B 80% - 89%
C 70% - 79%
D 60% - 69%
Homework will usually consist of a few math pages that will be due at the end of the week and to read nightly 15-20 minutes. Every third week, a reading assignment will be given. Please provide assistance as your child reviews skills taught in school. Please communicate any homework concerns.
Homework is graded in this way.
O 0 – 2 incomplete homework assignments
S 3 – 5 incomplete homework assignments
N 5 or more incomplete homework assignments
Due to an increase in allergies, we are no longer allowed to accept and distribute treats. Please consider small “Dollar Store” items as pencils, erasers or notebooks. Currently, there are 21 students enrolled in our class.
Our recess/lunch is scheduled from 12:10-1:10 so we may take a few minutes for a snack in the morning. I also allow students to have a water bottle on his/her desk, but water only. It may be taken if it becomes a distraction. Your child may keep a light jacket here at school for comfort. Please write your child's name on any item brought to school.
Book orders are sent home throughout the school year a few times. If you choose to pay by check you may send one check to cover the cost of the books from all book orders. Please make your check payable to Scholastic Book Clubs. On-line ordering will be available as well. Our classroom activation code is H6KX7.
Daily attendance is essential for success in second grade. If an illness should occur parents are asked to contact the nurse at 215-541-7209 in the morning before school to register all absences. On the day your child returns to school, please send an absentee form stating the reason for the absence. If you need absentee forms, please ask. A doctor’s note is needed for your child to remain inside at recess.
Stay tuned for a Guest Reader program. A signup genius will be sent for at some point for an in-person or zoom read aloud, if interested.
All children not riding home on their assigned buses are to be picked on the side of the building using the south/lower entrance. A note must be received by 9:00 am indicating that they are not riding the bus and that other arrangements have been made for them. Please make sure that the name of who is driving is on the list or note. Please make sure that I, as the classroom teacher, am aware of this. If no note is received all children are required to ride home on their assigned bus.
Thank you for visiting my teacher page. I am looking forward to an exciting year in second grade with your child. Remember your support and encouragement is vital to their continued success in school. Please contact me at school 215.541.7251 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns about your child’s education.
Dear Students and Parents,
We know that many families enjoy shopping as they look forward to a new school year. Teachers often receive requests regarding what school supplies will be needed. Due to space limitations and to help avoid making unnecessary purchases, we have compiled a list of items for your second grade student to use throughout the school year. If you wish your child may bring these supplies on the first day of school.
1 pencil box or pouch (about 8x5x1 inch will fit in our desks) Pack of Glue Sticks
1 Yellow Highlighter
2 dozen standard pencils (Ticonderoga brand is best for sharpening)
2 block eraser
1 pack of 12 colored pencils
3- Pocket folders (Red, Yellow, and Blue)
2 family-size box of tissues (to share throughout the year)
1 24-package crayons
4-5 spiral bound notebooks - 1 subject, wide ruled
1 box Ziploc bags – sandwich/gallon size (optional)
Over the course of the year we may be asking for additional quantities of tissues, pencils and glue sticks.
We encourage the use of traditional backpacks rather than those on wheels due to limited storage space. The children should not bring binders, like “Trapper Keepers” unless requested by the teacher at “Meet the Staff Night”, and please do not send mechanical pencils to school.
We recommend that each student have a designated workspace at home. In this area, the student could have the following supplies available: pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue, tape and a ruler (inch & centimeter). These items could be stored in a shoebox or other container.
We hope this list of suggested supplies will assist you when making your “Back to School” selections. Please understand that these purchases are totally voluntary. We are looking forward to a rewarding second grade year. Thank you for your support!
Mark your calendar - Meet the Staff, August 24nd 5:30-7:30. We look forward to meeting you then. .
Second Grade Teachers