Alta Vista Elementary School

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Students can enter the gate after the 8:05 am bell. The second bell rings at 8:15 am. Students should be lined up and ready for the start of the day. Dismissal is at 2:40 pm except on early release Wednesdays dismissal is at 1:15 pm.


Snack recess is at 10:30 am. Students can get a snack and/or lunch free from the cafeteria. Lunch is from 12:10-1:00.


We will celebrate student birthdays with a special project in class on their special day. Students can bring NON-FOOD goody bags, but we ask that they be identical. They will be handed out at the end of the school day. 



Welcome to the Wonderful World of 2nd Grade!


Language Arts: The district focus for meeting all student needs is Guided Reading, Phonics Instruction, Daily 5, and Writer’s Workshop. Instruction will integrate reading, word work, writing, grammar, speaking, and critical thinking skills. There is a strong emphasis on reading comprehension. Writing focuses are narrative, informative, and opinion.

Math: Our curriculum is Eureka Math. Focus is on +/-, place value, mental math strategies, money, time, and measurement.

Social Studies: Focus is on Long Ago vs. Today, Geography, Economics, U.S. Government, and Influential People.

Science: Focus is on Physical Life, Earth, Animal Adaptations, Investigation & Experimentation, Engineering and Computer Science