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Welcome to Intermediate 1!

My name is Jenny Kochis, and I am the Intermediate 1 teacher. I have been part of the Howard Gardner School community since last November. My experiences at the school include student teaching, full time substitute, and now, a full time classroom teacher. My degree is a B.S. in Early Childhood Education/ Special Education from Keystone College. I am grateful to be part of this wonderful school. Alison is the full time assistant in Intermediate 1. She has been working at the school for the past 12 years. Together, we are committed to creating the best possible learning experience for our students.

Welcome Back to School!

The students of Intermediate 1 have started the year off with a bang! We have been examining Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. The students are discovering what kind of “smart” they are-word smart, picture smart, nature smart, self smart, people smart, music smart, body smart, or number smart. The students are then going to use the information they have found to create a long-term project. Another major focus in our classroom is the Star Behavior Program. Students have been exploring the components of the program- Safe, Trustworthy, Accountable, Respect- to understand good behavior not only in the classroom, but also throughout the entire school. Students have also begun working in all core subjects- math, reading, writing, and cultures. Small group work, independent task work, and whole class instruction are the various ways the core subjects are studied. The hard work the students have exhibited during the first week of school shows it is going to be a great year!

Look at our new classroom. The new school location has provided the chance to create an optimal learning environment for our students. 

 Welcome to Intermediate 2!

My name is Stephani Allan and I am assisted by Suparna (Suppi) Chandragiri. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to teach in this new classroom at our new facility. I earned my M.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Scranton. I currently hold two additional certifications in Middle Level Mathematics and English Language Arts (Grades 7-9). My undergraduate degree is in Fine Arts. I worked in Graphic Design before deciding to make a career change several years ago.

I’m positive that this will be a fun, happy and productive year. I’ve spent all summer preparing for my return to teaching 3rd and 4th grade. This is my sixth year teaching here at HGMICS. My first year of teaching was at this level, but for the past 4 years I had taught 5th through 8th grade. I am really looking forward to this next step on my teaching journey.

There are currently 19 students enrolled in Intermediate 2. We have 11 third graders and 8 fourth graders. The first few days are geared towards getting to know each other and creating a classroom community. The intermediate class tries to balance hands-on, independent learning with teacher directed instruction in whole group and small group structures. We will soon begin implementing the new common core standards in all academic subjects.

Students are allowed a small, healthy snack each day. They may also bring a water bottle to and from school so that they may have access to fresh, filtered water throughout the day.