Room 204 – Tom Reynolds

Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to Room 204! I’m excited about the 2019-2020 school year and look forward to providing instruction and opportunities to promote the academic growth and overall well-being of the students in my classroom!  Our educational programming focuses on preparing the students for post-secondary options by using a multi-modal approach to academics.  Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology, and 21st Century Life and Careers are aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.  Students are exposed to the same content as their peers while learning in a way that is meaningful to them.  Students learn through hands-on activities, lessons on the SMARTBoard, Chromebook, and iPad, as well as through manipulatives and worksheets.  Students work independently, as well as in small and large group settings.  All assignments/lessons are customized to meet the unique needs of the individual learner.  This approach empowers students to become productive members of society.  In addition to the content areas, the academic program also includes life skills activities, communication skills, social skills, community-based activities and behavior management.

During the new school year, our class will be focusing on various branches of science such as Paleontology, Evolution, Biological Life Cycles, as well as conducting various scientific investigations using STEM principles.  We will also explore United States history, specifically The American Revolution, The Civil War, World War I and II, as well as historical documents that have shaped our country’s government.  Students will also participate in lessons that will provide them with the opportunity to work with their individual Chromebooks, as well as our classroom’s 3D printer!  Students will work on budgeting skills, calculating sales tax, and “smart shopping” during Community-Based Instruction.

I look forward to working with you and collaborating on the best ways to practice and generalize the lessons learned in our classroom.  Maintaining open lines of communication is key to student success.  We may communicate through the daily Home-School Communication book or email.  Please be sure to let me know your preference in order for us to best share information.

If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to visit our classroom, or schedule a conference you can contact me at 973-542-0743  X204 or through email: treynolds@thephoenixcenternj.org.  The best times to reach me are 8:00-8:30am or 2:30-3:00pm.

Sincerely,

Tom Reynolds