Mission Statement
Mr. Banchero’s Second Grade

We will not talk while the teacher is talking, and we will not talk while it is silent work time. We listen to the teacher when he is talking.

We will not mess around when we are supposed to be listening. We will not be silly when there is a meeting or a lesson.

We play with everyone. That means including people in our games. We are respectful to everyone. If we are nice to people, they are nice to us.

We follow rules about being polite and safe.

We work hard, and we do not give up.

Welcome to our second-grade home page. In the classroom, I hope to build an environment rich in literacy, in inquiry, in discovery, and in challenges. Together, your child as student, you as parents, and me as teacher can create, cooperatively, an atmosphere in which risks are encouraged and successes are celebrated.

At a time when the traditional structures of caring have deteriorated, schools must become places where teachers and students live together, talk to each other, take delight in each other's company. My guess is that when schools focus on what really matters in life, the cognitive ends we now pursue so painfully and artificially will be achieved somewhat more naturally.... It is obvious that children will work harder and do things -- even odd things like adding fractions -- for people they trust.

Nel Noddings   Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education (1988)

"The ideals which have lighted my way,
and time after time have given me courage to face life cheerfully,
have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth."

Albert Einstein