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Katherine Orsini » Ms. Kate Orsini

Ms. Kate Orsini

Fourth Grade Teacher 

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.
Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education."
Martin Luther King, Jr.


Fourth grade is amazing!  
When you walk into my classroom you will see colorful posters hanging from the ceiling. These are my "growth mindset" posters that are used as a reminder that you can achieve ANYTHING with a positive attitude. If something you are working on in class seems too challenging then look up and read a poster to get you back to believing, "You can do difficult things" or "Don't give up until you are proud". 
My classroom is a safe place for students to learn and to learn through taking risks and making mistakes.  After all, "Mistakes are proof that you are trying"!  Students will spend a lot of their time collaborating on different topics with other students in the class. This will give students a chance to take responsibility for their own learning. Group work also offers students the opportunity to build cooperation skills by working with others. Critical thinking skills are developed through proving and defending your personal ideas! Get ready to have the best year yet! 
In 4th grade students will learn math concepts such as place value, multiplication and long division, adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions just to name a few. In reading, we focus on comprehension, main idea and details, theme, and inferring. During writing, students will formulate a Narrative, Expository, and Persuasive piece throughout the year. Science and Social Studies topics will be taught over the course of the year. 
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About Ms. Orsini

For as long as I can remember I have loved children! I started babysitting at a young age and worked at a daycare for many years during high school and college. I just knew that I would become an elementary school teacher as an adult. My father was a PE teacher for 30 years. In elementary school he was my PE teacher! Every opportunity I had to help him out, I did! I believe that my father played a huge role in my dreams of becoming a teacher.  
I love teaching at Maple Hill School! The school is filled with the most wonderful, kind, and caring teachers. The principal always keeps us safe and comfortable at the school.  Students at Maple Hill are the best because they want to succeed, so they work hard and are respectful. 
Education: A.S., Early Childhood Education, Naugatuck Valley Community College
                      B.S., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut
                      M.S., Elementary Education, University of Bridgeport 
Years of experience: 11  years
Years working at Naugatuck Schools: 11 years
A few of my favorite things: coffee, baking, eating delicious foods, wearing dresses, tennis, staying active...
A fun fact about me: I have 8 year old twin daughters, named Mia & Ava. We have a cat named Luna!