Mrs. Stewart, Mrs. Siudy, Mrs. Volkland, Ms. Carlson
Fourth grade is an exciting year of new beginnings. We switch classes for ELA and Math allowing students to work with more than one teacher and begin preparing for middle school. We learn about New York State in Social Studies and prepare for the NYS Science test while learning about the food web, rocks and minerals, and conducting experiments. Through the Eureka Math course, students will use the place value chart to solve problems in double-digit multiplication and long division. We also explore fractions and geometry.
In fourth grade, our students are reading to acquire knowledge. Students are analyzing text across all disciplines. Furthermore, students are engaged in multiple research projects to become experts in specific domains. Math instruction is focused on developing a deeper understanding of calculation, numeration, geometry and application problems. Skills are developed in the areas of classification, multi-digit calculation, and problems involving fractions. This year, fourth-grade scholars will be taking the first New York State Assessment in Science. This assessment will cover all curriculum from kindergarten to the current grade level. Social Studies is we learn about the state of New York and its history. The Second Step program helps our scholars to develop social skills. Classdojo is an important tool to communicate with families in real-time. Please get the Classdojo app and reach out to your child’s teacher.
Johanna Mejia will be completing her first year in Poughkeepsie City School District in the fourth grade at Krieger Elementary this year. Prior to PCSD, she taught 5 years in the NYC Department of Education (3 years in first grade and 2 years in fifth grade). She graduated with a Masters of Science in Childhood Education from Hunter College of the City University of New York. She loves teaching ELA and identifying themes and motifs in fiction stories such as Kate DiCamillo’s Tiger Rising, Katherine Applegate’s Home of the Brave, and any Patricia Polacco’s books. You can communicate with her using a class dojo or school email.
Esther Stewart has been teaching in the Poughkeepsie City School District for 20 years. She has taught third grade for 4 years, kindergarten grade for 13 years and is currently in her third year of teaching fourth grade. Prior to teaching in Poughkeepsie, she was a special educator for 1 year and a music teacher for 6 years in New York City. You can communicate with her by using the ClassDojo website.
Tara Siudy is starting her 20th year of teaching at Krieger Elementary School. She taught one year of 3rd grade, and the rest has been 4th grade. When she is not teaching, she is traveling to as many foreign places as possible, dancing and drumming West African rhythms, and/or enjoying the outdoors. You can communicate via email or Class Dojo.
Stephanie Volkland has been teaching in the Poughkeepsie City School District for 19 years. She has taught 4th-6th grade her entire career. She loves teaching older elementary students. Her favorite subjects are math and science, but she loves to read good books aloud. You can communicate with her using class dojo.