Phone: (660) 366-4391
Degrees and Certifications:
Associate of Arts-SFCC Bachelors of Science in Education(B-3rd & 1-6)-CMSU, Warrensburg Masters in Education (Reading)-University of Missouri, Columbia
Mrs. Michelle Davis
Welcome all of you to a new and exciting school year!
This is my 8th year at Otterville, and I am so excited to be your child’s teacher! Here is a bit of information about me. I graduated from University of Central Missouri in December 2005 with a Bachelors in Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. In May 2012, I completed my Master’s degree in Reading Education through the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. In the past I taught fifth grade for three years at another district in the area and for one year I was a teacher's aide and elementary computer skills teacher . For the past 7 years I have been the First Grade Teacher here at Otterville. This will be my first year teaching Kindergarten and I am excited!!! I have been married to my husband Scott for 21 years and we live outside of Smithton. We have two children, a daughter (Kayla, 21 years old, graduates from SFCC in December) and a son (Jarrett, 15 years old, 10th grader) and our lovable dogs Sadie and Nakita. When not at school, I enjoy spending with my children, camping, reading, bicycling, and scrapbooking.
As your child’s teacher, I have three goals that I think will help make everything fall into place for a successful school year.
1. I will provide a positive environment for your child to learn in. He or she is much more likely to be successful in a pleasant and safe environment where it is O.K. to take a chance or even learn from a mistake.
2. I will encourage indenpendent thinking. Children learn best by doing. Sometimes how you arrive at the answer is more education than the answer itself.
3. I will help promote responsibility and self respect in every student and pride in our school as a whole.
The educational focus of this year will be developing phonemic awareness and phonics skills to assist with learning to read. We will be beginning the start of writing (first letters and then sentence creation) and learning basic skills in mathematics. We will also have plenty of science and social studies and incorporated into our learning from our reading series and through activities. Giving each and every student a good solid background in each of these areas is the ultimate goal. To do this, I want to stress again how important attendance is at this grade level. We are using several programs that require us not to waste a single moment. Please see the attendance policy in the school handbook.
In the Kindergarten handbook the purple folder is mentioned. It is vital that it is returned to school daily. It will serve a communication tool. The front pocket is where any important information or forms that need a signature will be. The back pocket will be all papers that you can keep at home. All school papers, grade cards, notes, etc. will be sent home in the purple folder. You will also find a reading log (in October). This will stay in the folder in the plastic sleeves. I will switch them out monthly and keep them. I will put in the new reading log every month.
As a part of our reading series we do have about 40 sight words. These will be introduced a few at a time. Flashcards will be provided with the words at the end of 1st Quarter.
I will send home a weekly newsletter every Friday in the purple folder to keep you updated with what is going on in our classroom. If you ever have a question or concerns as we go through the year, please let me know. My planning/conference time is for 45 minutes and alternates based on our special classes schedule usually from 12:25-1:10 or 1:15-2:00. My plan time is dependent on our scheduled special for the day. You may also call the school (660) 366-4621 and leave a message for me and I will return your call during my planning time. I check my email at various times though out the day, so it is another good way to get a hold of me. My email address is email@example.com You are welcome to visit our classroom at anytime throughout the year. I’d love to have you come in and see what we are up to! I’m looking forward to a great year!!
Mrs. Michelle Davis