Ms. Blake’s Classroom


So Much to Learn in Second Grade!

Reading –

We are getting ready to start our next book study! While reading “Where Do Polar Bears Live?”, scholars will learn about life in the Arctic. They will also discover how people and animals have adapted to survive in this cold, barren region.

Writing –

We have begun to explore opinion writing this quarter! Scholars are learning how to write a paragraph including an introduction, at least three reasons to support their opinion and a conclusion. We are also pushing ourselves to add at least one detail or example for each of our reasons.

Math –

We have just finished our unit on place value and are going to apply what we have learned to begin regrouping while adding and subtracting double digit numbers.

Science –

We will be learning about endangered animals and what we can do to help protect them.


Hello second grade families,

I am Michael Gorius and I am stoked about having the opportunity to work with you and your second grader this year. As a resident teacher with Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR), I will be teaming up with Ms. Corinne Blake where I will be working towards my elementary teaching certification. Along with my certification I am will be receiving a Masters in Urban Education at the completion of the program.

For this upcoming school year, your child will be receiving twice the amount of support and we are asking that you strengthen the support chain by continuing to be actively involved. My hope is to build a relationship with each student and to understand their support system outside of the class. Together we will ensure the success of not only your child, but the classroom and school as a whole. From my experience in sales and marketing, hospitality management, insurance, and even my time as a student; I’ve learned that I do not know everything, there’s plenty to be learned, and the more support available the more likely the information is retained and successful execution in performed. I will do my best to speak with the parent(s) of each student, no less than once a quarter to provide learning progress, however I strongly encourage you to contact me at any time to learn what you can do to support your child’s learning. Also, I promise that I will provide more positive and growth feedback than the most feared “trouble” call because I don’t like those calls either. If you, as a parent, have any requests or feedback for me I will gratefully accept any and all.

I am looking forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to mentor and teach your child this school year. Please take a moment to fill out some beginning information about your child that will help me get to know your child better and provide any suggestions.

Thank you,

Michael Gorius

Classroom Rights and Responsibilities

  1. We have the right to be treated with respect.  We have the responsibility to keep our hands and feet to ourselves, to encourage others, to be helpful, and to take care of our property.
  2. We have the right to be listened to.  We have the responsibility to be active listeners and to not interrupt when other are talking.
  3. We have the right to learn.  We have the responsibility to study, not distract others from learning, and try our best.
  4. We have the right to be safe.  We have the responsibility to follow directions, class procedures, class routines, and to solve problems peacefully.
  5. We have the right to make friends in our community.  We have the responsibility to be kind, polite, fair, honest, and helpful to our classmates and others in this school.




I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there,
The clay they used was a child’s mind,
And they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher; the tools he used
Were books and music and art;
One a parent with a guiding hand,
And a gentle loving heart.
Day after day the teacher toiled,
With a touch that was deft and sure,
While the parent labored by his side
And polished and smoothed it over.
And when at last their task was done,
They were proud of what they had wrought,
For the things they had molded in the child
Could neither be sold or bought.
And each agreed he would have failed
If he had worked alone.
For behind the parent was the school,
And behind the teacher, the home

-Author Unknown