Welcome to Ms. Struss' Class

  • Welcome to my website. This will be my 7th year at Jackson Elementary. I have been teaching for a total of 21 years, with 19 of them being in second grade. I love teaching second graders because they are so eager to learn and grow both academically and socially. I graduated from Washington State University in 1990 with a B.A in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. I also have a K-12 Special Education Endorsement. I am looking forward to working with your child this year. 

     

    Week of June 1-5

    Hello Everyone!

    It was so good to see so many parents and students during student belongings pick up this week! It sure looks like the kids have grown since we have been out of school and I have missed them so much! This week, Everett Public Schools would like all students to work on the iready reading and math diagnostic assessments. If you have not received a connect ed phone call with details and directions on how to administer this assessment to your child, you should be receiving a call soon. Please make it a top priority to take the iready reading and math diagnostic assessment during the next few weeks. When your child logs on to iready (just like they do to work on a lesson) the diagnostic will be there for them. Have them work through the assessment at their own pace and tell them do their very best. There will be questions that will be easy for your child and there will be questions that are difficult. If they get stuck on a question, they can just guess at what they think the best answer is and then move on. Have them take breaks when they need to during the assessment. All their work will be saved until they come back to it. Please have them complete these assessments on their own without any help from parents or older siblings. Helping students with this assessment may give us incorrect data and will not place your child’s skills at their true level. As an incentive for completing the assessments, students can earn a golden “I Got Caught Ticket” worth 10 if they complete one of the assessments, and they will earn 20 if they complete both the reading and the math assessments. If you have questions about testing, please contact Catherine Matthews at CMatthews@everettsd.org.  

    Here is a sample schedule to help structure your child’s learning for the week:

     1) Please make it a top priority to take the iready reading and math diagnostic assessment during the next few weeks.

    2)Read a book and take an AR test. AR is available during school hours only. The AR goal period will end on June 12th.  You have two more weeks to meet your AR goal. You can do it!!

    3) Read at least 2 stories on Raz-Kids and take the comprehension quizzes.

    4) Complete 2-3 pages in your math packet this week.

    5) Complete "Weekend News" dated the week of June 1st. Be sure to remember to write 8 or more sentences describing your weekend with details and draw/color a quality picture that matches your writing.

    6) If you have not read all of your Scholastic News or Science Spin magazines, please read one and complete the back page. In addition, write 5 facts you learned from reading the magazine.

    7) Work on some pages in your May Extra Practice packet if you have not already completed it.

    8) Be sure and take time to get out and get some fresh air and exercise each day. 

    Please try to attend our Zoom meetings this week on Tuesday 6/2, Thursday 6/4, and Friday 6/5 at 10am. On Tuesday, Miss Albee and I will be teaching a math lesson and there will be an assignment to complete in Google Classroom following the lesson. On Thursday we will be teaching a reading lesson, and on Friday we will have a zoom class check in with our own class. The links for the zoom meetings will be sent via email and will also be posted in Google Classroom the day before each meeting. 

    Please do not hesitate to email me with questions or supports that you may need. My address is jstruss@everettsd.org. Have a great week!

    Sincerely,

    Julie Struss

     

     

     

    Week of May 26-29

    Reminder: There is no school on Friday, May 22nd and  Monday, May 25th due to the Memorial Day holiday.

    Hello! I hope everyone is staying safe and feeling well. I hope you are able to spend some quality family time over the holiday weekend. Here is a sample schedule to help structure your child’s learning for the week:

     1) Complete this week's homework dated "Week of May 26." You may notice that this homework is a bit harder than our usual homework. I am providing it as an example of what third grade homework may look like. Your child may need some guidance on it. I don’t normally assign homework in June so this will be the last homework packet for the year.

    2) Work on iready for 20 minutes each day. (Alternate between reading and math)

    3)Read a book and take an AR test. AR is available during school hours only. The AR goal period will end on June 12th.  You have three more weeks to meet your AR goal. You can do it!!

    4) Read at least 2 stories on Raz-Kids and take the comprehension quizzes.

    5) Complete 2-3 pages in your math packet this week. You should have completed the first math packet sent home and should be working on the second one.

    6) Complete "Weekend News" dated the week of May 26th. Be sure to remember to write 8 or more sentences describing your weekend with details and draw/color a quality picture that matches your writing.

    7) Read a Scholastic News or Science Spin magazine and complete the back page. In addition, write 5 facts you learned from reading the magazine.

    8) Work on some pages in your May Extra Practice packet this week.

    9) Be sure and take time to get out and get some fresh air and exercise each day. 

    There will not be a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, May 26th. Both Miss Albee and I will be at Jackson from 9-11 helping to pass out student belongings and supplies. We can’t wait to see everyone! (at a distance, of course)The pick-up location will be behind the school where the buses usually park. You will receive more information from the district by phone or via email soon. 

    Please try to attend our Zoom meetings this week on Thursday 5/28 and Friday 5/29 at 10am. On Thursday, Miss Albee and I will be teaching a reading lesson and there will be an assignment to complete in Google Classroom following the lesson. On Friday, we will have a zoom class check in with our own class. The links for the zoom meetings will be sent via email and will also be posted in Google Classroom the day before each meeting. 

    Please do not hesitate to email me with questions or supports that you may need. My address is jstruss@everettsd.org. Have a great week!

    Sincerely,

    Julie Struss

     

    Week of May 18-21

    Hello! I hope everyone is staying safe and feeling well. I’m so happy to see that most students are attending weekly math and reading lessons on zoom and are trying their best to complete their classwork. I have really seen a lot of perseverance during this distance learning time and I am so proud of their efforts! Here is a sample schedule to help structure their learning for the week:

     1) Complete this week's homework dated "Week of May 18-21."

    2) Work on iready for 20 minutes each day, (Alternate between reading and math)

    3)Read a book and take an AR test. AR is available during school hours only. The AR goal will end on June 12th.  Do your best to try and meet your goal during this period. We are in the home stretch of the school year!!

    4) Read at least 2 stories on Raz-Kids and take the comprehension quizzes.

    5) Complete 2-3 pages in your math packet this week. If you have already completed the first math packet I sent home, begin working on the second one. 

    6) Complete "Weekend News" dated the week of May 18. Be sure to remember to write 8 or more sentences describing your weekend with details and draw/color a quality picture that matches your writing.

    7) Read a Scholastic News or Science Spin magazine and complete the back page. In addition, write 5 facts you learned from reading the magazine.

    8) Work on some pages in your May Extra Practice packet this week.

    9) Please try to attend our Zoom meetings this week on Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. On Tuesday, Miss Albee and I will be teaching a math lesson and there will be an assignment to complete in Google Classroom following the lesson. On Thursday, we will teach a reading lesson with a follow up assignment in Google Classroom as well. The links for the zoom meetings will be sent via email and will also be posted in Google Classroom the day before each meeting. 

    10) ) Be sure and take time to get out and get some fresh air and exercise each day. 

    NOTE: There will not be a Zoom meeting on Friday, May 22 due to the school holiday weekend. There is no school on Friday, May 22nd and Monday, May 25th. I’m hoping for some nice weather over the long holiday weekend. Also, all second grade students will be picking up their belongings/supplies on Tuesday, May 26th from 9-11am in the back of the school. Miss Albee and I will be there to help make sure every student receives their belongings/supplies. You will receive more information from the district by phone or via email soon. Please do not hesitate to email me with questions or supports that you may need. My address is jstruss@everettsd.org. Have a great week!

    Sincerely,

    Julie Struss

     

     

    Week of May 11-15

    It's hard to believe that we only have about a month left of school. This year has passed by so quickly and who would have known that we would be learning from home the last three months of the year. I am very proud of my students efforts to stay engaged during this challenging time. Thank you parents for taking on the role to teach your children from home. You have done a wonderful job and you are very much appreciated! The district is currently working on a plan for students to pick up their belongings and supplies from school as the year comes to an end. The pick up days are planned for May 26th and 27th. I don't know how this pick up will be organized yet, so more information will be shared at a later date. Also, chromebooks will be turned in between June 12th and June 19th.Please check your email and phone messages in the coming weeks for more information regarding student belongings pick up and chromebook turn in.  Here is a sample schedule of what your child can work on to help structure their week:

     1) Complete this week's homework dated "Week of May 11-15."

    2) Work on iready for 20 minutes each day, (Alternate between reading and math) The top three students who have passed the most reading and math lessons for the week will get to share at the end of our zoom meetings on Tuesday and Thursday. 

    3) Read a book and take an AR test. AR is available during school hours only. The AR goal will end on June 12th.  Do your best to try and meet your goal during this period. We are in the home stretch of the school year!!

    4) Read at least 2 stories on Raz-Kids and take the comprehension quizzes.

    5) Complete 2-3 pages in your math packet this week. If you have already completed the first math packet I sent home, begin working on the second one. 

    6) Complete "Weekend News" dated the week of May 11. Be sure to remember to write 8 or more sentences describing your weekend with details and draw/color a quality picture that matches your writing.

    7) Read a Scholastic News or Science Spin magazine and complete the back page. In addition, write 5 facts you learned from reading the magazine.

    8) Work on some pages in your May Extra Practice packet this week.

    9) Please try to attend our zoom meetings this week on Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. On Tuesday, Miss Albee and I will be teaching a math lesson and there will be an assignment to complete in Google Classroom following the lesson. On Thursday, we will teach a reading lesson with a follow up assignment in Google Classroom as well. On Friday, I will have a zoom meeting with just my class as a check in to see how everyone is doing. I will have an activity planned and I will also read a chapter from "Spring According to Humphrey." The links for the zoom meetings will be sent via email and will also be posted in Google Classroom the day before each meeting. 

    10) ) Be sure and take time to get out and get some fresh air and exercise each day. 

    Please remember to use the above assignments as a guide taking into account the needs of your child. Please do whatever works best for you and your family. Every child has different needs and works at different levels, so please do not worry about completing these in a specific time frame. Please do not hesitate to email me with questions or supports that you may need. My address is jstruss@everettsd.org. Have a great week!

     

    Sincerely,

    Julie Struss

     

     

    Week of May 4-8

    Hello! I hope all is well with you and your family. Last week, your child should have received two packets of printed materials in the mail. One packet was fairly large and had Weekly Homework, Weekend News, Book Report Sheets, Scholastic News and Science Spin Magazines, and a May Extra Practice Packet. The second packet had additional Scholastic News and Science Spin Magazines, and a stapled packet of math sheets containing a review of Money and some sheets to go along with new content that we will be teaching on zoom over the next several weeks. Both packets have enough printed materials for the remainder of the year, with the exception of homework. The last week of homework will be the last week of May. Please remember to join us for our three Zoom meetings this week. On Tuesday we will have a math lesson, Thursday we will have a reading lesson,and on Friday we will have a check in with our own class. All meetings will be at 10:00 and I'll send the link the afternoon before each meeting. Here is a sample schedule of what your child can work on to help structure their week:

     

    1) Complete this week's homework dated "Week of May 4-8."

    2) Work on iready for 20 minutes each day, (Alternate between reading and math)

    3) Read a book and take an AR test. AR is available during school hours only. Remember we have started our last goal period of the year. The AR goal will end on June 12th.  Do your best to try and meet your goal during this period. We are in the home stretch of the school year!!

    4) Read at least 2 stories on Raz-Kids and take the comprehension quizzes.

    5) Complete 2-3 pages in your math packet this week. If you have already completed the first math packet I sent home, begin working on the second one. 

    6) Complete "Weekend News" dated the week of May 4. Be sure to remember to write 8 or more sentences describing your weekend with details and draw/color a quality picture that matches your writing.

    7) Read a Scholastic News or Science Spin magazine and complete the back page. In addition, write 5 facts you learned from reading the magazine.

    8) Work on some pages in your May Extra Practice packet this week.

    9) ) Be sure and take time to get out and get some fresh air and exercise each day. 

    Please remember to use the above assignments as a guide taking into account the needs of your child. Please do whatever works best for you and your family. Every child has different needs and works at different levels, so please do not worry about completing these in a specific time frame. Please do not hesitate to email me with questions or supports that you may need. My address is jstruss@everettsd.org. Have a great week!

     

    Sincerely,

    Julie Struss

     

    Week of April 27-May 1

    Hello! I have put together another packet of printed materials and they have been mailed home. Hopefully your child will receive them by Monday, April 27th. If not, they should arrive early in the week. The packet consists of Weekly homework, Weekend News sheets, book report forms, Scholastic News and Science Spin magazines, and a May extra practice packet. I plan to create an additional math packet as well and I'll be sending that home sometime within the next few weeks. It will be a review of money,  and some new content on addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers, and working with equal groups. Miss Albee and I will be having math lessons on Zoom on addition and subtraction of three digit numbers and working with equal groups. Those practice sheets can be completed after we have the lessons. Ms.Albee and I will continue to have three zoom meetings per week. Our plan is to have a lesson on Tuesday (math) and Thursday (reading) with both classes combined and on Friday we will meet with our own class for a weekly check in. We are going to schedule all meetings at 10:00am and I will send the link via email and it will also be posted in Google Classroom sometime the day before. Kids can log on to Google Classroom by following these steps:

     Search Google Classroom on Google

     Sign in/Add another account

     Sign in with "email"  student number@apps.everettsd.org

     This will then take you to Everett School Districts log in for Google Classroom

      Log in with just the student number, password is the same.

     The following are some things your child can work on to help structure their learning for the week:

    1) Complete this week's homework dated "Week of April 27-May 1."

    2) Work on iready for 20 minutes each day, (Alternate between reading and math)

    3) Read a book and take an AR test. AR is available during school hours only. The last AR Goal begins this Monday, April 27th. Do your best to try and meet your goal during this period. We are in the home stretch of the school year!!

    4) Read at least 2 stories on Raz-Kids and take the comprehension quizzes.

    5) Complete 2-3 pages in your math packet this week. If you have already completed the first math packet I sent home, be watching the mail for the second packet.

    6) Complete "Weekend News" dated the week of April 27th. Be sure to remember to write 8 or more sentences describing your weekend with details and draw/color a quality picture that matches your writing.

    7) Read a Scholastic News or Science Spin magazine and complete the back page. In addition, write 5 facts you learned from reading the magazine.

    8) Work on some pages in your May Extra Practice packet this week.

    9) ) Be sure and take time to get out and get some fresh air and exercise each day. 

    Please remember to use the above assignments as a guide taking into account the needs of your child. Please do whatever works best for you and your family. Every child has different needs and works at different levels, so please do not worry about completing these in a specific time frame. Please do not hesitate to email me with questions or supports that you may need. My address is jstruss@everettsd.org. Have a great week!

    Sincerely,

    Julie Struss

     

    Week of April 20-24

    Hello! The days seem to be passing so quickly. I can't believe it is almost May. Beginning this week, Ms. Albee and I will be having three zoom meetings per week. Our plan is to have a lesson on Tuesday and Thursday with both classes combined and on Friday we will meet with our own class for a weekly check in. We are going to schedule all meetings at 10:00am and I will send the link via email and it will also be posted in Google Classroom sometime the day before. Kids can log on to Google Classroom by following these steps:

     Search Google Classroom on Google

     Sign in/Add another account

     Sign in with "email"  student number@apps.everettsd.org

     This will then take you to Everett School Districts log in for Google Classroom

      Log in with just the student number, password is the same.

    Again, I thank you for your patience and grace while we are implementing some structure for online learning for the remainder of the school year. As always, things can change and we are all having to practice flexibility during this time. The following are some things your child can work on to help structure their learning for the week:

    1) Complete this week's homework dated "Week of April 20-24."

    2) Work on iready for 20 minutes each day, (Alternate between reading and math)

    3) Read a book and take an AR test. AR is available during school hours only. If you have already met your goal, you can keep reading and "smash " your goal!

    4) Read at least 2 stories on Raz-Kids and take the comprehension quizzes.

    5) Complete 2-3 pages in your math packet this week.

    6) Complete "Weekend News" dated the week of April 20th. Be sure to remember to write 8 or more sentences describing your weekend with details and draw/color a quality picture that matches your writing.

    7) Read a Scholastic News or Science Spin magazine and complete the back page. In addition, write 5 facts you learned from reading the magazine.

    8) Work on some pages in your April Extra Practice packet this week.

    9) ) Be sure and take time to get out and get some fresh air and exercise each day. 

    Mrs. Thompson (school counselor) will begin posting one lesson per week in our Google Classroom beginning this week. Please have your child check Google Classroom throughout the week so they can watch the video lesson. I am also working on putting together another packet of printed materials. (very similar to the one I already sent home when school got out) It will have Weekly Homework, Weekend News sheets, Book Report sheets, Scholastic News, Science Spin, and a May Extra Practice Packet. I will continue to post a sample of things to do each week on my website. It is only for a "guide" and you may use these materials when and how you feel is best for your child. If your child would like to send me a picture of any of their work I am more than happy to look at it and send them feedback. I have been checking iready reading and math minutes each week, and progress on Raz-Kids and AR. I am so proud of the student work I have seen on iready! Twelve students logged on to iready reading this week and sixteen logged onto iready math. Keep up the great work! I will be checking in with families either by phone or email this week to see how things are going. Although we are not having formal conferences, I will be able to share your child's progress with you in reading, writing, and math when I check in this week. Please do not hesitate to email me with questions or supports that you may need. My address is jstruss@everettsd.org.

    Sincerely,

    Julie Struss

     

     

     

     

    Week of March 30-April 3

    Hello Everyone,

    Happy Monday!! I'm so glad that I was able to connect with so many families by phone or email last week! I truly appreciate all the support that parents have been providing at home. I am also very proud of my students for making a huge effort to continue their learning while we are away from school. This is a challenging time for everyone, but we will get through this together. The following is an example of things you can work on to help you structure your week of learning. 

    1) Complete this week's homework dated "Week of March 30-April 2."

    2) Work on iready for 20 minutes each day, (Alternate between reading and math)

    3) Read a book and take an AR test. AR is available during school hours only.

    4) Read at least 2 stories on Raz-Kids and take the comprehension quizzes.

    5) Complete 2-3 pages in your math packet this week.

    6) Complete "Weekend News" dated the week of March 30th. Be sure to remember to write 8 or more sentences describing your weekend with details and draw/color a quality picture that matches your writing.

    7) Read a Scholastic News or Science Spin magazine and complete the back page. In addition, write 5 facts you learned from reading the magazine.

    8) Work on some pages in your March Extra Practice packet this week. If you have already finished, feel free to begin working on your April Extra Practice Packet.

    9) Be sure to check out the new links I've added under "Interesting Web Resources" on this page.

    10) Be sure and take time to get out and get some fresh air and exercise each day. 

    As we continue to learn at home, I would welcome students to send/share any of their work with me through email. I would love to see what you are working on and I would be happy to give feedback or answer questions about the current assignments. You can send homework, Weekend News, math pages, facts from Scholastic News or Science Spin magazines, book reports, or anything else you have been working on. I will also be checking your iready reading and math minutes each week, and your progress on Raz-Kids and AR. Remember, AR is available to take quizzes during school hours. Congratulations to all the students who have been working on meeting their AR goal from home. I will be checking in with families either by phone or email this week to see how things are going. Please do not hesitate to email me with questions or supports that you may need. My address is jstruss@everettsd.org.

    Sincerely,

    Julie Struss

    Jackson Elementary

    Grade 2

     

    Week of April 6-10-Spring Break

     

    Week of April 13-17

    Hello! I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Spring Break. It sure was nice to have some sunny weather to enjoy. As most of us already know, schools have been closed for the remainder of the school year. Although this was sad news, I believe that they are doing what is right to help keep everyone safe. This week, teachers will be finding out what remote teaching and learning will look like for the remainder of this school year. As soon as I have more information about teaching and learning expectations I will let you know. Miss Albee and I may have the opportunity to teach both classes together using zoom and our combined Google Classroom. We will need to work on a plan when we receive details of how the rest of the year will look. Thank you so much for your patience while we navigate through this new teaching and learning style. The following are some things you can work on to help structure your week of learning. 

    1) Complete this week's homework dated "Week of April 13-April 16."

    2) Work on iready for 20 minutes each day. (Alternate between reading and math)

    3) Read a book and take an AR test. 

    4) Read two stories on Raz-Kids this week and take the comprehension quizzes. 

    5) Work on 2-3 pages in your math packet this week.

    6) Complete "Weekend News" dated April 13th. Remember to write at least eight sentences with details and draw/color a quality picture to match your writing.

    7) Work on a few pages of your April Extra Practice Packet.

    8) Make time to go outside and get some exercise!

    As we continue to learn at home, I would welcome students to send/share any of their work with me through email. I would love to see what you are working on and I would be happy to give feedback or answer questions about the current assignments. You can send homework, Weekend News, math pages, facts from Scholastic News or Science Spin magazines, book reports, or anything else you have been working on.  I will be checking in with families either by phone or email this week to see how things are going. Please do not hesitate to email me with questions or supports that you may need. My address is jstruss@everettsd.org.

    Reminder: Miss Albee and I have a zoom meeting for both classes scheduled for Tuesday, April 14th at 11:00am. This will be a class check in and a time for students to share about their Spring Break if they would like. There will be a link for the meeting in Google Classroom and I will also send a link through email. I hope you will join us. It will be great to see everyone!

    Sincerely,

    Julie Struss

    Jackson Elementary

    Grade 2