Rita J. Torres
Montclair State University – Teacher of Preschool through Grade 3
New Jersey City University - Bachelor of Arts: Spanish Education K-12
Teacher of Preschool through Grade 3
Teacher of Spanish from K-12
Welcome parents and guardians! I am excited to start the 2018-2019 school year at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. Go Jaguars! This will be my 2nd year teaching bilingual education in Union City. Thomas Jefferson Elementary School is a wonderful learning environment for all students. As a Bilingual Education teacher, I provide ELL students with an stimulating environment that will promote their emotional, social, intellectual and physical growth.
I am available to meet with parents/guardians to discuss student’s progress. Please contact the Parent Liaison to schedule an appointment at the following times:
Monday 8:50 - 9:20 am
Tuesday 8:50 - 9:20 am
Wednesday 1:35 - 2:30 pm
Thursday 8:50 - 9:20 am
Friday 1:00 - 2:00 pm
* Additional times available upon request
Ms. Nancy Francisco
Classroom Procedures and Policies
Come to school on time and prepared! Please make sure students bring their folder, small notebook in the folder, and homework daily. In second grade, we want to foster independence and a sense of responsibility in our children.
Homework Assignments: Students will receive 3 basic homework assignments Monday-Thursday (No homework on weekends). These assignments will be sent in the yellow Jefferson School Jaguar folder. Please make sure your child completes the designated homework and brings the folder daily! Keep old homework home. Students are also required to read an assigned selection every night. Please check and sign the student’s small notebook daily for homework and special announcements!
* In addition to the daily homework, there will be one project for each marking period. Students will bring instructions home and will be given ample time to complete it. You may help your child with this activity but please do NOT do it for him/her. LATE PROJECTS WILL ONLY RECEIVE A PARTIAL GRADE.
Tests: Students will have a weekly spelling test (vocabulary) and a reading test every Friday. The students will review and work with spelling words throughout the week. These are the words found in the students' small notebook inside their folder. Make sure your child is prepared for Friday's test!
The reading test is based on the main selection (story) of each week. It includes vocabulary, comprehension and writing composition. It also includes a section that introduces students to PARCC testing strategies and skills. This section is completed along with the teacher and it is not counted towards their grade.
Math tests will also be on Fridays but about every other week once topic is concluded. Math, science, and social studies tests will be announced a few days earlier to give students a chance to prepare themselves.
Tests Folders: Students will take home a test folder (red) on Wednesdays. Please sign the sheet as proof that you reviewed the grades and return ASAP. Return small beige notebook in the folder and keep all the loose tests. Always keep in mind that your child's grade is a combination of everything done both in class and home. Therefore, a grade on a test will not necessarily determine the grade on a subject. Homework, participation, classwork completion, benchmarks, and projects are all part of their grade.
Do not hesitate to contact me via email or by scheduling a meeting if necessary. Let's all work together for a very successful year!!!