Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Language Arts (2012) Master of Education; Curriculum, Instruction, and Reading (2016) Master of Education, Educational Leadership (2018) State of Alaska Professional Teaching Certificate: Elementary Education GR K-5 Language Arts GR 6-8 Reading Specialist
A Note from Mrs. Bell...
Third Grade Families,
While we are encountering an unprecedented time in our community and school, I want to assure you that I will do my best to continue to support your student's learning and well-being. We may not be able to learn in the usual four walls of our classroom, but we will still have plenty of opportunities to learn together and from one another.
Moving forward, the structure of learning will be done through;
- Teleconference: We will be meeting on Monday-Friday from 9:00-9:25 am. Please dial in 5 minutes early to allow for troubleshooting. We will begin promptly at 9:00a and wrap up our conversations around 9:20 to be able to finish in time for Ms. Darst's teleconference.
-State your name clearly after joining our conference call so that I can record attendance.
-Remember to MUTE during our teleconference with the exception to share out or ask a question. This is important to keep background noises and echoes from disrupting our brief time together. If you are using a cell phone, you will be able to see the mute button on the screen during your call. If you are on a landline phone, please press *6 to mute and unmute your line.
-If you need the teleconference line number and access code, please contact me for that information.
*Whoever is not in attendance for these teleconferencing times, I will be calling the same day to check-in and ensure they are not missing out on the information shared that day.
- Individual Family Conference Sessions: I will be calling and checking-in regularly with your child to keep-in-touch and provide support. We will work together to determine a conferencing time twice a week that works best for your family and your child. During these calls, I will answer any questions your child may have about their work, answer any questions you may have and will be asking for feedback on the homework packets and content we are providing.
- Homework Packets: Ms. Duchene, Ms. Darst, and I will be working together to develop bi-weekly 3rd-grade homework packets to supplement instruction. Distribution of these packets will be announced on JNES' Facebook page and during our teleconferencing times. In the event you need a replacement copy, please contact me or see the "3rd Grade Homework Packet" tab on my page for PDFs available for print.
- Online Enrichment: While I understand not all families have access to the internet, I have listed websites we commonly use in our classroom under "Online Resources". These are websites and programs our students have used before and will need little support navigating. I have tried to indicate which websites are accessible on a computer or are an app available for download on a personal device.
*For guidance on other age-appropriate resources for your children I recommend https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ see ratings and recommendations on popular websites and media.
While this is an unpredictable time we are navigating and there are a lot of uncertainties moving forward, I want to remind you there are some things within our control to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Practice "The Five": 1. Hands, wash them often for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. 2. Elbow, cough into it. 3. Face, don't touch it. 4. Space, practice social distancing and keep a safe distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others. 5. Home, stay home and self-isolate from others in your household if you feel unwell (WHO, 2020). For more information, please see my "COVID-19" tab.
Finally, I have been reflecting on the unifying presence of the Iñupiaq Ilitqusiat and the values I have been seeing at work every day throughout this experience. At the center of our decisions and work has been that of Love of Children, Cooperation, Respect for Elders/Others, Sharing, and Responsibility to Tribe. While this is without a doubt one of the hardest things we may experience as a community and a school, I appreciate having my students and their families, NWABSD colleagues, and community to help me persevere.
Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me using the contact information provided on this page. If I am unsure, I will be happy to find the answer or connect you with someone who will.
Tracy Bell, M.Ed