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Teachers old and new learn to love Simpson

Here at Simpson, we decided to find the teacher who has been teaching here the longest – then also to find the teacher who has been here the shortest amount of time. What we found was that Ms. Egger (who teaches fifth grade) is the teacher who has been at Simpson the shortest length of time, and Mrs. Ashlock, (who teaches fourth grade) has been here the longest.

We decided to interview these teachers and then compare their answers! We asked them the exact same questions. Here they are:

Ms. Egger

Q: What is your favorite part of Simpson School?

A: My students, and how beautiful the school is.

Q: What’s your favorite subject?

A: Reading and art.

Q: Other than the grade you are teaching now, what grade would you like to teach?

A: My heart belongs to fifth grade, but I also love kindergarten.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday craft?

A: A painting of trees to show depth in the fall season.

Q: What is your favorite time of the school year?

A: I like the beginning of the school year.

Q: What’s one reason you enjoy teaching 5th grade?

A: Because 5th grade students are very bright and capable.

Mrs. Ashlock

Q: What is your favorite part of Simpson School?

A: All of the photographs in the hallway.

Q: What’s your favorite subject?

A: Math, because there are many ways to come up with a correct answer.

Q: Other than the grade you are teaching now, what grade would you like to teach?

A: Third grade.

Q: What is your favorite holiday craft?

A: I like anything with angels.

Q: What is your favorite time of the school year?

A: The beginning of the school year when everyone is excited and fresh.

Q: What’s one reason you enjoy teaching 4th grade?

A: 4th grade is cool because students are extremely excited about learning. I like 4th grade because we do hands- on activities in the outdoors. We study the importance of keeping our environment clean.

In addition to interviewing Ms. Egger and Mrs. Ashlock, we also checked in with Mrs. Klinger, Simpson principal, and asked her about this year’s state test.

Q: We understand that Simpson students will be taking a new assessment this year. What is the new assessment called?

A: It is called the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Third through sixth grades will be taking the pilot test in math and language arts. The whole state will be taking this assessment next year but Simpson School will be piloting the Smarter Balanced Assessment this year. This assessment will test students’ understanding of Common Core State Standards that Washington recently adopted.

For more information, on Common Core or the Smarter Balanced Assessment, you may visit the following websites: www.corestandards.org and www.smarterbalanced.org.

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