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Mrs. Wiel's Second Grade

Welcome to Second Grade!
Get to Know Mrs. Wiel
Name: Connie Wiel
B.A. in Music Education, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC (Go Bulldogs!)
M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (Go Tarheels!)
This is my 30th year teaching. I have taught kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grades, but the majority of my time has been in second. I have also supervised student teachers as an adjunct faculty member at UNC-Asheville and MTSU.
My husband, Randy, and I have been married for 33 years. He is a mostly retired basketball coach who substitute teaches because he enjoys the kids (and it keeps him from having to do as much yard work). We have one son, Zander, who is a 2015 graduate of Vanderbilt University (Go Commodores!). He played first base on Vanderbilt's 2014 College World Series Championship team (Go Commodores!) and is now with the Minnesota Twins organization pursuing his dream of playing professional baseball.
I love to travel. I have been to 46 states (all but North and South Dakota, Oregon, and Alaska) and four continents (North America, South America, Europe, and Africa). I enjoy scuba diving, although I haven't had time to do much of it lately. I spend much of my free time (i.e., summers) reading. I enjoy many of the dramas on TV (all that NCIS/Law and Order type stuff) and, of course, Hallmark movies. My very favorite thing to do, though, is watch Zander play baseball. Get ready. You'll hear lots of Zander stories from your kids as the season rolls around.

What We're Studying This Week (February 28-21, 2020) 
I CAN...


  • Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text (literature)
  • Author's purpose for the text
  • "ow" and "ou" Vowel Teams
  • Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Recognize and understand halves, thirds, and fourths


  • How baby animals are like their parents

Social Studies:

  • The Three Branches of Government

Spelling Words -
NOTE: Some children will have reduced or different lists. If so, that will be indicated in the agenda.

1   amount

2   mountain

3   powder

4   thousand

5   however

6   ground

7   surround

8   sprout

9   allowance

10 powerful

11 downstairs

12 drowsy

13 never

14 start

15 city 

16 square

17 rectangle 



HOMEWORK -- February 18-21, 2020



Monday -- Presidents' Day

Spelling – 

Fluency – 

Math – 



Spelling -- Words in ABC order

Fluency –  First read and time

Math – pp. 291-292



Spelling -- Crossword puzzle

Fluency – Practice fluency

Math – pp. 293-294



Spelling – Write words 3 times each

Fluency – Final read and time

Math -- pp. 295-296





2019-2020 School Supply List

Pencils (24)

24-count crayons (2 boxes)


Composition (wide ruled) (4 total) – colors- red, blue, black, yellow

Notebook paper

Glue sticks (12)

Folders with pockets and prongs (2)

Container for supplies

Backpack (standard size)

Box tissues (2)

3-ring binder (1) 1 ½ in


Highlighters (4)

Dry erase markers (4) for student use



Wish List


Suggested Reading
I've listed some books characters for your child to make friends with throughout the year. Also, please be sure to give them the opportunity to read nonfiction,. Some children will get interested in a subject and want to read everything they can about it. More power to them!!!
These books vary in difficulty. If you are unsure, just have your child read a little and see if you they they can handle it. We will work soon to establish more specific reading levels. Just remember, the children will not grow as much if the book is too easy or too hard. But most of all, they will not grow if they don't read. Don't try to push them into something they are not interested. Help them find something they want to read!
Picture Books
Henry and Mudge
Tacky the Penguin
Mr. Putter and Tabby
Horrible Harry
Berenstain Bears
Black Lagoon Books
Chapter Books
The Boxcar Children
Baby Sitter's Little Sister
Junie B. Jones
Magic Tree House
Bailey School Kids
Fudge (Judy Blume character)
Beezus, Ramona, Henry Huggins (Beverly Cleary characters)
Marvin Redpost
Geronimo Stilton
Animal Ark
"I Survived" series
Helpful Websites
Math Lines - This is my very favorite site for practicing math facts. It helps reinforce subtraction as well as addition.
Math Magician - This is a great site for practicing math facts in an organized way.
Interactive Reading Websites (Variety of sites here)
These will read the stories to your child as they read along:
Across the Curriculum - Reading, math, and just plain fun
Print your own worksheets - provides practice all across the curriculum - you choose the topic and the level, and print worksheets to practice the topic - This site provides skill practice through all grade levels.Select skills and grade level. Some activities are better than others. You'll just have to play to find things you like.
What's Happening NOW ...
Feb. 22 -- Family Reading Day -- 9:00-12:00
This Week's Rotations
     Please have your child bring in library books that need to be returned on Library day and wear tennis shoes on PE day.
Monday - Presidents' Day
Tuesday - Guidance
Wednesday - Library
Thursday - Music 1; Gym
Friday -  Art 1
Next Monday -- Art 2
and LATER . . .
Upcoming Events
Feb. 25 -- Language Arts Parent Academy -- 5:30 -- 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 27 -- Math Parent Academy -- 6:30-7:30
Mar. 3 -- Election Day -- No school
Mar. 6. -- Multicultural Night 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Mar. 12 -- Early Dismissal
Mar. 19 -- Conferences
Mar. 21 -- Family Reading Day -- 9:00-12:00
Mar. 30-Apr. 3 -- Spring Break
Apr. 10 -- Good Friday -- No school
Apr. 18 -- Family Reading Day -- 9:00-12:00
May 25 -- Memorial Day -- No school
May 26 -- Teacher Workday -- No school
May 27 -- Abbreviated Day -- Last Day of School
Wish List
  • HP ink cartridge 21 and 22
  • Zip-Lock Freezer Bags (Quart sized)
  • Hand Sanitizer