Katherine James & Mitch Light
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Fourth grade is a fun and exciting year at Mountain View School. Here are just a few of the things we will learn about:
- Fourth grade math covers place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, geometry and statistics.
- The language arts program includes writing personal narratives, summaries, and responses to literature. We write lots of poetry, and participate in a six -week session with a poet-in-residence. Some of the books we will read are Island of the Blue Dolphins and By the Great Horn Spoon.
- Our science curriculum is divided into three units; life science, earth science, and physical science, and includes weekly labs.
- Fourth grade social studies is all about California! We will study about the geography of the state, early peoples, missions, gold rush and more.
- Fourth grade music is one-hour a week and includes singing, instruments, and of course, the recorder!
- Computer skills developed will include keyboarding, powerpoint and web page design.
- Some fourth grade highlights are our class trip to La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, and our gold rush simulation day.
I have been teaching for 23 years, 22 of which have been at Mountain View. I am what Bob Wood (former Mtn. View teacher and principal) refers to as one of the most “senior teachers” at Mountain View. You will not hear me refer to myself in this way. I feel close to the Mountain View community. Both of my children (Jared, age 20) and Carly (age 17) attended Mountain View K-6. I value the camaraderie, professional relationships and life long friendships I have with staff members, as well as relationships formed with members of the community.
I am excited to begin a new adventure this year. I have moved from third grade to fourth grade. In this new chapter, I will continue to build a challenging, engaging environment in which every child will have the opportunity to explore and learn.
This year brings a unique change for me, as I will be on medical leave for the start of the year. I am thrilled to have Lisa Vance step in as my substitute. I have known Lisa for many years, both as a colleague and a friend. We will work closely as a team to create a positive and productive start to the year.
I have been teaching in Goleta for twenty-one years, eleven of those at Mountain View, all fourth grade assignments. I like my job and students. Others have offered greater insights into their lives through this medium, but I seek a two-way dialogue with those whose children I guide. Please feel free to stop by and chew the fat with me. We can share our views on both important and trivial matters.