1st Grade


Welcome 2012-2013

First Graders!

Please make sure to get involved by being apart of our Classroom Shutterfly Website!  This is a great way to be join our classroom community, see pictures from our classroom activities, and keep current with our classroom/school events through the Calendar!  All I need is your email address to add you to the fun!


Welcome to First Grade!

This is a classroom where amazing things will happen.  Children will learn how to read, write, become independent learners, and good citizens.  All of the growth that happens in first grade will amaze you. This is the reason I love teaching first grade! 

I believe in meeting each students individual needs.  All students learn at their own pace and should be challenged.  With challenges many times comes frustrations and I will help guide students through these with dignity while teaching problem solving. 

This is my eleventh year teaching first grade in Nipomo and my seventh year here at Dorothea Lange Elementary.  I work closely with my team to put students in flexible, ability leveled groups for Language Arts.  Also I believe that students learn to read through lots of practice at their instructional level.  My first graders will be bringing home Guided Reading books throughout the year at this level.  Our class has a lot of fun learning about the world around us through thematic units that incorporate our science, social science, math, and language arts curriculum.  Some of our units will be: the seasons, nocturnal animals, past and present, winter holidays around the world, habitats, American symbols, plants, weather, the seven continents and oceans. I hope you enjoy hearing all about these things because surely your child will be full of fun facts that they will want to share with you.

I'm not only a teacher but a parent myself!  I have an 8 year old daughter  and a 5 year old son.  So, like many of you I understand how busy family life can be.  I will try to make every effort to return voice mails, emails, and notes in a timely manner. 

*If you have a Smart Phone stop by the classroom and scan my barcode to instantly save my contact information!

Enjoy our website as it evolves and changes throughout the year.  Hopefully your family will enjoy coming to our site and seeing all of the many things it has to offer.  My goal is to keep important dates, snack calendars, and useful link updated monthly.  Keep checking back!



  Mrs. Atkison

A fantastic new resource for you and your first grader at home!  The ETC Portal is now available for Dorothea Lange families.  This is a safe website for students to do research, accelerate their learning, explore new topics, try out science and math activities, practice reading and language arts, complete homework and more!!!


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We are a member of the ClassDojo online behavior management system!  Please contact me for more information on how you and your child can use ClassDojo.