The 2nd Grade year is full of experiential learning with a focus on community.  Teachers begin to work with students to hone their organizational skills.
2nd Grade is a pivotal year for our students as they begin to explore the world around them and the influencers that created it. In Reader's Workshop, students critically analyze more advanced books to understand the author's unique perspective. 2nd Grade students also study and perform music on the violin like "Twinkle Twinkle" and "Ode to Joy", while learning about the childhoods of the great composers Mozart and Beethoven. 
The highlight of 2nd Grade is Heritage Night, a longstanding Carlthorp School tradition.  Heritage Night is an extended international research and study program that gives students the opportunity to choose a relative to interview, after which they write and illustrate a “book” about their heritage. Students also dress a teddy bear in the traditional costume of their country of origin. Finally, after learning songs and dances from around the world, the children perform for their families at Heritage Night, a celebration of the things that unite us as humans and an homage to the similarities and differences in our heritages.
An experiential field trip to a senior living facility follows Heritage Night, solidifying the concepts they were taught throughout the project. Students have another opportunity to perform songs that they have learned as well as interact with members of another generation. Many of the students use the information they learned through their research projects as conversation starters with the senior residents. The field trip is followed up with a letter of gratitude to their new senior buddies drafted and finalized in writing class.  

Public Speaking

In addition to the excitement about the Heritage Night social studies program, 2nd Graders continue to focus on developing academic and social skills. Public speaking skills are further enhanced and every student is invited to present the Code of Conduct to the entire school at Flag Line at least once during the year.

Meet the Team

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  • Kate Cushman

    Born in Michigan, Kate graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, followed by her Master’s in Education at Pepperdine University.  She has taught for sixteen years, twelve of them at Carlthorp School. Yoga, running, hiking, biking, traveling, cooking and learning are Kate’s favorite pastimes.  She loves spending time with friends and family and is madly in love with her apricot poodle, Scully.  
  • Keara Devitt

  • Lisa George

    Lisa graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a double major in Liberal Studies and Dance. She was on both the swimming and the water polo teams there. Lisa has a Master’s in Educational Psychology from California State University Northridge. She began her teaching career in the 2nd Grade classroom at Pinecrest, Chatsworth, where she had also attended middle school.  Lisa joined the Carlthorp School faculty in 1998. Since then she has taught 1st and 2nd Grades, as well as reading to 4th, 5th, and 6th Grades. Currently she enjoys playing tennis, running, reading, volunteering, raising her two children and caring for numerous pets.
  • Kristen Morrissey