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  • October Newsletter

    Posted by JOY GOMPAH on 10/3/2022


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  • Meet the 2nd Grade Team!

    Posted by JOY GOMPAH on 9/1/2022


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  • September 2022 Newsletter

    Posted by JOY GOMPAH on 9/1/2022


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  • NPCS Grade 2 Parent Orientation

    Posted by JOY GOMPAH on 9/10/2020 12:00:00 PM

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  • Virtual Becoming a Panther Day

    Posted by JOY GOMPAH on 9/8/2020

    Were you unable to attend this morning's Becoming a Panther Day or the Parent Technology Training? Download the documents below for the information that was shared. 

    Technology Training for Students and Parents

    Welcome Back Panthers!

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  • Mrs. Gompah's New Adventure.

    Posted by JOY GOMPAH on 8/18/2020 10:00:00 AM


    I have loved every minute of my years teaching students at School 81! Old photos and blog posts will remain on this website for families who are looking for memories of our time together. 

    I am excited to announce I'll be starting a new adventure at North Park Community School 50, but it's bittersweet knowing I never got a chance to say good-bye to my 2019-2020 friends. We had an unprecedented and abrupt end to our year and I wish we had gotten a sense of closure.

    Please know once my student, always my student. If your child needs anything, or if there's anything I can help your family with during the year, feel free to email me. And fair warning, if I run into any of my old friends in the neighborhood there will be plenty of hugs, fist bumps, and high fives (socially distanced if needed). I hope I'll get to see what great people they turn out to be.


    Mrs. Gompah


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  • Black History Program

    Posted by JOY GOMPAH on 2/26/2020

    The last two months have flown by! We spent our time studying important figures in Black History such as Ruby Bridges and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We also memorized large sections of Dr. King's I Have a Dream Speech and put on an AMAZING performance at the School 81 Black History program. Were you unable to attend? Check out the video below: 

    We welcomed a new student teacher to our class. Her name is Ms. Blackburn and she will be here until the middle of March.  We also took a winter field trip to the new Explore and More Museum at Canalside. Students enjoyed exploring the three floors. Thanks to all the parents who attended. I'll post more pictures of the event on my class slideshow.

    field trip

    Finally, this February we've been participating in a Valentine exchange with students around the country. It's been great fun whenever we get another Valentine in the mail. We're displaying them in the hallway. 


    Your children continue to delight and amaze me with their growth and hard work this year. Thanks, families for your continued support. 


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  • Contraction Surgery

    Posted by JOY GOMPAH on 12/15/2019

    This December, an elite group of surgeons operated on words to form contractions. Here was the scene before my team of doctors arrived:


    And here's a peek of a contractionectomy in progress:


    Students enjoyed working together to demonstrate their learning, and took their jobs seriously. I see future careers in medicine for this class. 


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  • November 2019

    Posted by JOY GOMPAH on 11/27/2019

    November just flew by! In math this month, students continued studying place value. We used base ten blocks, place value disks, and even snacks to represent three-digit numbers. 


    We celebrated Native American Heritage month with a great assembly in the auditorium where some students were called on stage to participate in cultural dances. Mr. Jud and Ms. Hill, the Native American coordinator for BPS, also visited our classroom to lead a game of Bingo with a twist, the numbers were called out in the Seneca language. 

    We read the book Balloons Over Broadway, a story about the beginning of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.


    Then students constructed their own balloon characters (they kept STEM journals during the process of planning and constructing their creations), and we put on a parade for the first and second floors. I'll post pictures of all the projects on my photo page.


    I'm thankful this November for such a great class and such a supportive group of parents. I'm so grateful for the people who volunteered on parade day to blow up balloons and help students bring their creations to life.  I hope all my friends have a happy, restful Thanksgiving break! 

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  • Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Posted by JOY GOMPAH on 11/15/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Report cards come home next week. I've set aside time during the next two weeks to have parent conferences with any parents who'd like to meet. Please use the sign-up link below, or follow the link in my Remind message to schedule a conference. 

    Sign Up!

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  • October 2019

    Posted by JOY GOMPAH on 10/31/2019

    This is such a fantastic time of year. The students have learned our class routines and they are working hard to grow their brains every single day.  I always brag that we are the hardest working and kindest class at School 81 and my friends consistently strive to live up to our reputation.

    Reading to himself

    In math, we've started learning about place value. Our unit began with me spilling over 1000 popsicle sticks on the rug. The students had to work together to bundle them into groups of ten and then into groups of one hundred (Mod. 3 Lesson 1). 

    bundling tens

    Students were polite and patient with each other as they worked together to make their bundles. 

    working together

    The last week of October was full of fun. We enjoyed a field trip to the BPO (a complete stranger approached our class to compliment us on our behavior) and a Halloween parade and party. We also took some time in reading groups to read and respond to The Headless Horseman by Natalie Standiford. Be sure to ask your child what he/she thinks ever became of Ichabod Crane.

    book cover

    Students did a great job on their spider science projects this month. I'll post a few pictures of them on the slideshow page of this website. Finally, we welcomed a pet fish to our class. After soliciting a few name suggestions, students decided to call him Darwin.

    Pizza and Piazza

     A pizza poses with Ms. Piazza (our music teacher).

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  • A new beginning

    Posted by JOY GOMPAH on 8/10/2019

    I know it's been a few years since I've posted on my blog, but our district website changed and I couldn't figure out how to update my page. The good news is, I made it my summer project to finally figure this thing out and now we're back in business for the 2019-2020 school year. Watch this space for fun updates!

    Also for families from the 2018-2019 year, I'm going through my cell phone and finally posting pictures of my second graders in the photo sections. Look for them there. 

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  • What a Wonderful Year!

    Posted by on 6/16/2017 8:42:00 AM
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  • Happy Mother's Day!

    Posted by on 5/12/2017 1:49:00 PM
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  • February 2017

    Posted by on 3/2/2017 1:52:00 PM
    Thanks everyone for your participation for our Valentine's Day party. We received some fantastic Valentine mailboxes. I wanted to share a picture of Avianna's particularly interesting beauty shop box:


    Our theme in February was Imagine it, Make it. We also learned all about construction vehicles. We read Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton then students made their own steam shovels. Take a peek at our digital presentation below:

    Finally, today was Dr. Seuss's birthday and we celebrated Read Across America by making green eggs and ham in the home and careers room. We also had some special readers from the middle school come down to read Dr. Seuss books to us during breakfast. 

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  • November 2016

    Posted by on 12/15/2016 2:10:00 PM
    The Big Day for Pre-K theme for November was community helpers. We had a special visit from Joseph's dad who brought one of his colleagues and all of his firefighter gear to show us. They taught us about fire safety and let us try on their suits. 


    We spent some time learning the story of the first Thanksgiving and we had our annual Pre-K Pie Tasting event. Thanks so much to the families who donated pies. The squash pie donated by Michael's parents was the class favorite (but the sweet potato pie Dakyrah's grandma made was a close second). 

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  • September 2016

    Posted by on 10/3/2016 3:23:00 PM
    Your children had a great start to the school year. I'm so happy they're in my class! This month we read great books like The Kissing Hand. It's a story about a raccoon who's nervous to start school. We baked kissing hand cookies to go with the story. 


    We've been learning the routines and procedures of being in school and your children are making so much progress. They're becoming pros at following the rules. 

    We also learned about apples this month. We weighed, sorted, and measured with apples. We took an apple taste test and we made applesauce. 

    This friend was 14 apples long:

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  • June 2016- What a Wonderful Year!

    Posted by on 6/15/2016 7:12:00 PM
    Thanks for sending your pre-kinders to my class. I will miss them all. Here's our end of year slide show: 

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  • Happy Mother's Day!

    Posted by on 5/5/2016 2:28:00 PM
    Here is the video we showed at our Muffins with Mom event today. Be sure to view it in full screen to see the captions under the pictures. Thank you all for joining us for breakfast!

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  • February 2016

    Posted by on 2/24/2016 2:12:00 PM
    We have had a great time in Pre-K with our construction and building theme. I owe a special thanks to Jaxon's mom for creating such an awesome cardboard bulldozer for the students to play with in the dramatic play center! 


    We read a great construction story called Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton and we used shapes to make our own steam shovels. Then we used the iPad to create this digital project of our work.  Take a peek!

    Mike Mulligan projects from Joy G on Vimeo.

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  • November/December 2015

    Posted by on 12/21/2015 9:29:00 PM
    The holidays are always a whirlwind in Pre-K.  Here are pictures some of our favorite activities from the last few months. You can find the rest of them in our slideshow
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  • October 2015

    Posted by on 11/10/2015 12:48:00 PM
    We had a great October in Pre-K!  We learned about community helpers. Mrs. Jaeckle's husband is a doctor and he came in to talk about his job. He also left some fun x-rays for us to play with in the dramatic play center. We polled the students on which community helper job they might like to have in the future and then we graphed the results. 

    In October we studied pumpkins. We learned about the stages of a pumpkin's growth. We weighed, measured, and compared pumpkins in the math center. We opened up some pumpkins and counted the seeds inside. We even made a fun pumpkin patch snack with jello pudding and candy corn pumpkins.

    The big finale in October was our Halloween parade and party.  You can find more pictures from October in our slide show here.
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  • September 2015

    Posted by on 9/3/2015 5:09:00 PM
    Did you miss our Pre-K Orientation? Here is the slide show I shared with parents today:  

    Untitled Haiku Deck - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

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  • End of Year Slideshow

    Posted by on 6/19/2015 9:29:00 AM
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  • December 2014

    Posted by on 1/5/2015 2:07:00 PM
    December is always a fun month in school and Pre-K is no exception. At the beginning of the month, Santa sent an elf named Snowflake to our classroom to compile a nice list.  

    This month we were thrilled to take our very first field trip!  We went to UB to see the Nutcracker.  The show was fantastic, but some friends thought riding the bus there and back was the best part.  

    We spent a whole week in class talking about the Nutcracker.  We listened to different versions of the story and watched clips of the ballet on YouTube.  The students learned what real nutcrackers were and used them to crack nuts.  We also turned the real nutcrackers into greater than/less than symbols to compare numbers.  In the dramatic play area, students used tutus to act out scenes from the ballet.

    We baked and frosted cookies this month and we made lots of craft projects for our families.  We are continuing to learn the letters of the alphabet and to practice rhyming and isolating sounds in words. 

    Parents, thank you for dressing your children so warmly for school.  We will continue to go outside during the winter months as weather permits.  Please don't forget to label those hats and mittens, though.  We have a teal set right now that doesn't seem to have an owner.  I'm including a picture, please let me know if it belongs to your child.  

    Don't forget to take a look at the rest of our December slide show here. If I do not have a photo release on file for your child, his/her face will be blocked out.



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