2nd Grade

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Mrs. Sandy Shales

Hello, my name is Sandy Shales and this is my ninth year teaching second grade within the Diocese of San Jose.  I feel blessed to be a part of the wonderful faith-filled community at St. John the Baptist Catholic School, and to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of my students!  My philosophy of education is that students must feel cared for, encouraged and supported in order to flourish academically, socially and emotionally.  My goal every day is that my students feel happy, challenged and excited about learning, and are working hard, growing, and gaining confidence in their abilities.

Prior to teaching at St. John the Baptist Catholic School, I taught second grade at St. John Vianney School in San Jose.  I also worked as the Humane Education Programs Specialist at Humane Society Silicon Valley, where I was able to combine my teaching experience with my love for animals, leading multiple humane education programs for pre-k through high school students.   

I completed my Bachelor’s degree at San Jose State, returning to SJS to complete my teaching credential when my two sons were in elementary school.  Both of my sons (now adults) attended Catholic elementary and high school, and I am very grateful for the excellent education they received within the Catholic School system.

Welcome to second grade at St. John the Baptist Catholic School!

Curriculum Resources & Apps

  • Language Arts: Journeys, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Journeys provides a strong and comprehensive instructional system for reading both literature and informational texts, for acquiring foundational skills, and for developing mastery of speaking, listening and writing.

    Apps: Lexia, and Reading A-Z (RAZ Kids)
  • Math: Go Math!  by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Go Math! Instruction is designed to fully facilitate conceptual development as students work from introduction to mastery of each content standard listed in the Common Core. Students use manipulatives, models, quick pictures and symbols as they apply Mathematical Practices to build understanding. Students actively engage in reasoning from concept or skills comprehension to solving problems in contextual situations.

    Apps: Scootpad Math
  • Science: Instruction is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), facilitated in our STEM Lab, incorporating hands-on Science activities and experiments.

    Apps: Generation Genius is a K-8 teaching resource that brings school science standards to life through fun and educational video, paired with lesson plans, activities, quizzes, reading material and more.
  • Social Studies: Reflections  - California Social Studies Weekly by American Legacy Publishing, which is an innovative curriculum program for teaching the California History-Social Studies state standards in Grade 2, featuring an engaging and easy-to-use weekly magazine format.
  • Religion: Sophia Institute “Spirit of Truth 2nd Grade - Our Life in Jesus”
  • Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist Preparation - Sadlier Sacramental Program

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