Anna De La Torre
New Jersey City University- B.A. in Elementary Education & History
New Jersey City University- M.A. Urban Education- Educational Leadership
New Jersey City University- English as a Second Language Certification Program
English as a Second Language
Awards & Honors
Recipient of the 2016-2017 New Jersey Governor's Educator of the Year Award
2016-17 Thomas Jefferson School
"Teacher of the Year"
Greetings!! Thank you for visiting my webpage!! I am a proud Union City educator for the past 15 years. My teaching expertise lie in the areas of 1st grade (9 years) and presently in second grade (6 years).
When I chose the path to become an educator, I had firmly decided I would teach in an urban school district and set my heart in Union City! I chose to teach in an urban school district because as a child, I too, attended urban schools in New York City and Northern New Jersey.
As a teacher, I am always trying to encourage students to be in charge of their own learning. I want them to be proud of their accomplishments and confident in their abilities. Teaching in the 21st century requires students to attain Technology Literacy skills, therefore I implement the usage of Technology in almost every facet of the second grade curriculum (see below).
Kindness and caring is also an important part of my classroom. I want children to feel valued and respected by their peers and educators.
My motto in the classroom (and in life) is to always try your best in whatever you do!
Go Jefferson Jaguars!!!
"Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow"
Available Days & Times
I'm available to meet with parents/guardians to discuss student progress. Please call the Parent Liaison, Mrs. Nancy Francisco at: 201-348-5960, ext. 3111 to schedule an appointment.
Other times available upon request.
Classroom Procedures and Policies:
Jefferson Jaguars Yellow School Folder
Inside your child’s plastic yellow Jefferson Jaguars folder, it is labeled “Return to School” and “Keep at Home.” In the “Return to School” section, you will find homework and important notices from school and the community. Please check your child’s folder daily to clean out old papers and notices found in the “Keep at Home” section.
During the school week, your child will receive Reading, Spelling, and Math homework. The only day that homework will not be provided will be on Friday.
Side Note: As per the National PTA and National Education Association’s “10 minute guideline” policy and UCBOE policy, homework should not exceed 10 minutes per night. The focus should be on the quality of homework rather than the quantity. In my opinion, this is especially true since the bulk of the work is completed during instruction time during school hours.
Every Monday, your child will also receive a study guide sheet about the story of the week.
PLEASE, THIS IS IMPORTANT TO REVIEW!
It includes High Frequency Words, Amazing Words, Academic Vocabulary, Spelling Words, etc.
On the back of the study guide sheet you will find summaries in English and Spanish about the story of the week. This study guide sheet stays in the folder until Friday. Please remove it on Friday and keep it at home in a separate folder as a source of reference.
The Homework Routine Schedule will remain the same unless otherwise notified. Please always read your child's small beige notebook located in their yellow jaguars homework folder.
Your child will receive a username and password to access ClassLink on their iPad or PC (Wi-Fi required). When your child logs in to ClassLink he or she will be able to retrieve an eBook version of their reading, math, social studies and science that is used in our classroom. Helpful Apps for your child to use are: Pearson EasyBridge, Study Island, Reading Eggs, and Quizlet. This is especially helpful when they are completing homework or have free time.
You can download the ClassLink app from the iTunes store in their iPad or click the link:
*If you need further assistance in navigating through ClassLink, please email me :)
Assessments and Tests
Every Thursday, I give my students two Spelling tests based on the spelling words I taught them on Monday. The Spelling words that I teach are color-coded each week to emphasize phonics skill. The words can be found in their small beige notebook located in the outer clear pocket sleeve of their yellow Jefferson Jaguars folder.
The students will also have a Vocabulary Test on this day. The vocabulary test is based on Selection Words and Amazing Words found on the Reading Study Guide sheet that I gave to students on Monday. This study guide sheet stays in the folder until Friday.
The students take this Vocabulary Test with their iPads. Sometimes vocabulary can be challenging, therefore they use their iPads to access the Quizlet app for support. I have a Quizlet classroom with my name, "Ms. De La Torre 209." In my Quizlet classroom, I have multiple study sets for each Reading Street text/story of the week.
*If you want me to send you the Quizlet link, please email me.
Every Friday, I give them a Reading Street Test on the text/story of the week.
Depending on the story, I provide PARCC Questions and a Prose Constructed Response (PCR) based on the text/story of the week.
I remind the students on Thursday that they will have this test on Friday.
Math tests are given to students once a topic of lessons are complete. Your child can expect a Math test twice a month. Before the math test date, I give each child a “Math Practice Test” for homework. This will help them practice the strategies introduced throughout the topic. With your support, your child will ensure success on their math test.
Social Studies and Science tests will be announced and will usually be periodically.
Sometimes we have special occasions on Thursdays and Fridays. When this happens weekly assessments will be rescheduled.
1st Marking Period Theme-"New People, Places, and Things"
1st Marking Period ELA Essential Question:
1st Marking Period MATH Essential Questions:
Topic 1 Topic 2
Topic 3 Topic 4
Science, Engineering, and Technology Skills Handbook
Part I: The Nature of Science
Part II: Technology and Tools
Chapter 3: The Earth's Land and Water
If you have further questions or comments, please email me and I will promptly return your message.
Thank you for your cooperation!