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I am a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science
in Elementary Education. This is my twenty ninth year teaching, and my
fifteenth year to teach in Tomball ISD. I spent the first 14 years teaching in
Humble ISD where my teaching experience included kindergarten, second, and third grade. My love for teaching and children is what keeps me finding new ways to increase the excitement for learning in my students. The key to
learning is keeping enthusiasm high and fostering teacher/student
relationships.

My husband and I have two boys.  Ramsey, our oldest is entering his junior year in college.  Reagan is a sophomore at McMurry University in Abilene and is a member of the football team.  We will be burning up the road to and from Abilene this year.  Our family loves the fall because we are huge football fans!   We spend our weekends watching the Wildcats, Warhawks, Aggies and Cowboys during football season.

We spend our family time traveling Texas, catching the latest movie and visiting with family and friends. We love our summer trips to Garner State Park!

I look forward to a fantastic year with you and your child.   If you even have any questions or concerns please email me at:  roseannmiller@tomballisd.net
 

Recent Posts

Valentine's Party

Don't forget to address a valentine for each student in the class.   You can start sending in your valentine box or bag on Tuesday.   Hope to see you at our party on Wednesday beginning at 2:45!

Class t-shirt online ordering

Parents,

If you did not create an account at the School Cash Online Store at the beginning of the year, you must click on the get started link to register a new account prior to ordering your child's shirt.  Once registered, you will be able to view a sample of the second grade shirt.

We will use the class shirt for Run Wild at the Creek, a class field trip, and our field day.  The cost is $7.00 per shirt.  Adult sizes are also available, but adults will have to pay an additional $2.00 for 2XL and $3.00 for 3XL per shirt. Orders will not be accepted after Thursday, February 15th.  Reorders will not be possible once the class order is submitted. Please let your child’s teacher know if you need to pay in cash and we will make special arrangements.

You may begin placing your orders today using the School Cash Store.   To order student shirts click on the following link:  https://tomballisd.schoolcashonline.com/

If you would like to order a class shirt for yourself, you must order from the link below:

https://tomballisd.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/756/172/False/True

School Cash Online Store

Parents,

The link that was sent out today is for you to order a shirt for your student only.  If you did not create an account at the School Cash Online Store at the beginning of the year, you must click on the get started link to register a new account prior to ordering your child's shirt.  Once registered, you will be able to view our class shirt, but we will vote on our class color next week.

If you would like a class t-shirt you may order from the link below.

https://tomballisd.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/756/172/False/True

Please use the https://tomballisd.schoolcashonline.com/ for student t-shirt orders.

All t-shirt orders will be due on Thursday, February 15th.

 

 

Kinsa Thermometers

If you missed the window to order a Kinsa thermometer, the company sent in a limited number of extras.   If you are associated with WCES, follow these simple steps.   

1.  Download the Kinsa App and join our WCES community.

2.  Come to the clinic and show Nurse Bambi that you have joined.

3.  Get your free thermometer while supplies last.  First come, first served... when they are gone, they are gone.

 

 

Parents,
 
The district reading expectation from the 2nd nine weeks to the 3rd nine weeks are as follows:
 

Second Nine Weeks

Exceeds Expectations:   K                 (100%)

Meets Expectations:      J                   (90%)

Approaches Expectations:  I              (75%)

Below Expectations:   H and below    (60%)

 

Third Nine Weeks

Exceeds Expectations:   L                  (100%)

Meets Expectations:      K                   (90%)

Approaches Expectations:  J               (75%)

Below Expectations:   I and below       (60%)

 

As of right now, the grades that have been entered into the grade book reflect your child's independent reading level in December.  However, as the nine week progresses your child will be continuously assessed and the grade will be adjusted accordingly.  Keep in mind the end goal for this nine weeks to be meeting district expectations is a K.

Last chance to order a 2017-18 Yearbook

If you have not yet ordered a 2017-2018 Yearbook now is your chance!  Print out this order form and send cash or a check (made out to Willow Creek PTO) with your child this week!  There are only a few days left to order and you do not want to miss out on our “If you can dream it, you can do it”  themed yearbook!
Don't forget Marco's Spirit Night tonight!!   When ordering make sure to tell them you are a 2nd grade student in Mrs. Miller's class... Maybe you'll get the box I created.   
 
 

Welcome back and upcoming events

Happy New Year and welcome back to the second half of our year!   I can't believe how quickly the first semester flew by.

There will be no school on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.   We return to school on Tuesday, January 16th.   

Your child came home today with a white pizza box to decorate with artwork for our Marco's Pizza Spirit Night.  Second grade will be highlighted this month by personalizing the boxes for delivery.  Make sure that you tell the person taking the order that you are from Willow Creek, you have a 2nd grade student and teacher's name.   The classroom who has the most orders will win a pizza party!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break!!   I enjoyed hearing all about the student's gifts and adventures.

 

Here's What's New in Mrs. Miller's Class

Spelling - Homework blue folder will be sent home every Friday with the new words for the following week.   The spelling folder that should go back and forth to home and school every day.  For homework, students should study the pattern for the week, not just memorize the 16 words on the list.  This week's spelling pattern will have words with r controlled pattern consisting of -or, -ore, -oor.  Visit spellingcity.com for extra practice.

 
Reader's Workshop - In Reader's Workshop, we are exploring the genres of fables, fairy tales and folk tales.  We are thinking about characters feelings and motivations within a text and finding evidence to support our findings.   We are learning about the characteristics of each genre and learning to identify the moral of a story.
 
Writer's Workshop - During Writer's Workshop, we have been working on writing good leads to our stories as well as adding many details in our writing.
 
Math -In Math, we will continue subtraction with regrouping (making a trade, borrowing, etc).   This is a difficult concept for many students so please practice at home nightly.   I have base ten blocks that are available to students who are having trouble, but practice makes perfect.  We will have our test on subtraction with regrouping next week.   Please practice as many students forgot the steps over the holidays.  
 
Science -In Science we are wrapping up our unit on Magnetism and will be gearing up for our final test over magnetism and patterns of movement.  We have had several hands on activities for patterns of movement, and will investigate if magnets can travel through different objects.

McDonald's Teacher Night

McTeacher Night begins tonight at 5 PM.   Mrs. Miller will be working from 6-7 tonight.   15% of total sales come back to our school and all tips earned will be divided between the teachers who work.    Hope to see you there!

Here's What's new in Mrs. Miller's Class

Second Grade Program on Thursday, November 9th at 9:00 AM
 
Spelling - Homework blue folder will be sent home every Friday with the new words for the following week.   The spelling folder that should go back and forth to home and school every day.  For homework, students should study the pattern for the week, not just memorize the 18 words on the list.  This week's spelling pattern covers long vowels formed with (o, oo, oe).   Visit spellingcity.com for extra practice.
 
Reader's Workshop - In Reader's Workshop, we are digging into nonfiction.  We will be learning about the different elements that we find in nonfiction and learn how we use these elements to learn more about a topic.   We are going to have some scavenger hunts with nonfiction books and learn more about these elements:   table of contents; headings; bold words; photographs; illustrations; diagrams; lables; timelines; cutaways; index' glossary; fast facts; charts; tables.  We are also discovering the difference between nonfiction and fiction.
 
Writer's Workshop - During Writer's Workshop, we will learn verbs and use them correctly in our writing.     We are still working on using a beginning, middle and end to our story.  We will start to focus on writing good leads.  As writers we will learn to elaborate and give details in our writing.
 
Math -In Math, the students are working on adding and subtracting with two two digit numbers.   We have been decomposing numbers to add, using the 100's chart and are now moving into stacking our numbers (using the algorithm).   Timed tests will continue every Friday, and these will be averaged for a daily grade this first nine weeks.   
 
Science -In Science we will be testing over our matter unit.  We are wrapping up properties and states of matter with some fun, hands on experiments.   We will be moving into how things move in the next few weeks.

Story Book Parade

Tomorrow is our Story Book Parade.   Your child should come to school dressed like a character from a book you've read together or one we have read at school.   If you have the book, send it with your child so they can carry it in the parade.   Please send in a change of clothes so your child can change following the parade.   Students may not bring in sword or play guns to school.  

Boo Bash Class Baskets

If you signed up to donate for our class basket, please get your donation in ASAP.   If you would still like to donate, you can visit the PTO's amazon list of needed items at:  http://a.co/afWmWst
 
Please use Amazon prime to purchase directly from this site.