Welcome to First Grade

Welcome to first grade at St. John Neumann Catholic School. Many parts of first grade are very similar to Kindergarten: whole group lessons, art activities, partner and group activities, etc. First grade incorporates those same activities but also starts working towards more independence in regards to reading and writing especially.

First grade is a huge year of academic growth. Your child will learn spelling patterns, vocabulary words, begin reading longer texts, and will write more detailed sentences. First graders will also have the opportunity to read up to four different times at Mass this year!

Meet Mrs. Haluski

Born and raised in Beckley, West Virginia I graduated from Concord College with a Bachelor of Science in Education. I have worked with children in a professional setting for 26 years teaching Kindergarten, First and Second grade.  


My husband, Mike, and I have been married for 27 years.  His work brought us to Knoxville 24 years ago and we have loved living here.  We have one child, Sophie, who attended Sacred Heart Cathedral School and just graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School. This fall she will be attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  We also have a super sweet Beagle/Jack Russell mix, Potter.   


Traveling, gardening, swimming, reading, camping in the Smoky Mountains and spending time with my family are things I love to do. I look forward to a wonderful year with your children! 

What We're Learning This Year

In first grade, your child will have reading (both whole group reading instruction and small reading groups for guided reading), writing (both creative writing and penmanship), math, science, social studies, spelling, religion, and health! Grades are assigned in each of these areas, as well as conduct and learning effort.

Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday. There will not be homework on Fridays or weekends. Our Superkids Reading Program has “backpack” pages that go along with our spelling words. I try to choose a little math, grammar, etc. to go along with the spelling practice to provide a good reflection of what we are studying in class. Please do not use ink pen or markers on any classwork, homework, or assignments (only pencil, crayons, or colored pencils).

Friday Folders come home each Friday. please check and clean out your child’s Friday Folder each week.

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