1st & 2nd Grades

Primary 1

My name is Chrissi Ives Polizzi and I am the Primary One classroom teacher. I work closely educating our first and second grade students with Alison Winters. She has her CDA Pennsylvania certificate in child care and has kept active participating in education workshops in the child care field. She has been at HGMICS for 15 years. We dedicate ourselves to our students and nurture them to grow and become reflective thinkers.

Classes are balanced with Montessori based activities and lessons that provide learning for multiple intelligences while aligning to the Common Core. We strive to keep our students engaged in all lessons and believe using many modalities is how to achieve optimal learning in the classroom. We believe it is vital to create a positive environment where students feel they are respected and give respect back.

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This is my fifth year teaching the Primary level at Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence School. It has been such an incredible experience thus far. I was fortunate to find myself student teaching at HGS in the Pre-Primary classroom which led to substitute teaching in all grades at our school. This was an excellent opportunity because I was able to get an authentic understanding of the school and its close knitted community.

I studied Business at Drexel University and earned my B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Tampa. I lived in Florida for many years working in the fitness industry. I found myself inspired when working with children teaching Kids Fitness Classes. Later, I moved back to PA and continued my studies. I earned my Elementary Education degree from Keystone College in 2009. During the summers I teach lessons at Kings College Kids Camp and spend time with my daughter who now attends Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School. I am both a dedicated teacher and proud parent of HGMICS.

The Primary Class:

Currently, we have 22 students in the Primary One class. The class consists of 11 first graders and 11 second graders. The class cooperates well and every student brings something special to our class.

What’s going on in our classroom –
The Primary class is learning all sorts of exciting things this trimester. We will be working in Math continuing to build the foundations of basic addition and subtraction skills as well as work with both money and time. You can expect your child to learn measurement, data and graphs as well as geometry. Other Math lessons include fact families, golden bead, stamps and many other Montessori manipulatives.

The Primary class has a spelling test weekly. This year we will be using Reading Street text books, leveled reading and corresponding workbooks. Classes will be working daily in our Reading and Writing journals, as well as participating in both small group and independent work.

Mondays we complete Scholastic News in which we discuss current events. We reinforce skills working on both our Smartboard and also on the ipads. Language Arts also include creative writing and also reading workshop and many hand-on Montessori Language works.

Currently, we are practicing skip counting by two’s, counting by fives and tens. We are also counting the school days up to 100 by filling a classroom beehive daily. The students look forward to many fun activities and lessons for the 100th day of school.

All primary students will be encouraged to work on the math IXL website:
IXL Math Practice

Reports are sent to the teacher, as well as the parents. The IXL program will be set up the first few weeks of school. Once it is set up parents can contact me with any questions. My email address is:

This is going to be a great year and please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding your child.

Primary 2

Welcome to Primary 2! My name is Ross Patane and I am the classroom teacher, assisted by Suppi Chandragiri. I earned a B.A. in Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Last year was a lot of fun and also presented great opportunities for learning (on both the students’ and my end)! In considering the diverse needs within the classroom combined with common core expectations and maintaining an MI approach to learning, we have decided to make some structural changes to the layout of our day. This year, students will experience Literacy Blocks and Math Workshops each day so that all students will be engaged in different activities within the same subject area throughout the day. These changes are intended to enhance the learning environment and assist in meeting the individual student needs more efficiently!

Currently, there are 22 students enrolled in the Primary 2 Class, consisting of 11 second graders and 11 first graders.

We are looking forward to an awesome school year full of learning and fun! Our first order of business will be establishing and developing a positive classroom community, focusing on routines and procedures, learning all about each other, and completing some pre-assessments to determine specific individual and group needs. Additionally, our students will be exposed to and engaged in various kinds of work, including Montessori works (which will carry over from the Pre-Primary Class), small groups, whole groups, and other independent work and projects.Students are allowed a short time each day for a HEALTHY snack.

Math Practice

IXL Math Practice



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