Mrs. Delaney's Welcome Letter
As we begin the 2018-2019 school year, I am reminded of the saying, “The Sky is the limit!” This belief motivated me to follow my passion and pursue my dream of teaching. It is my goal to challenge students to follow their passion and demonstrate that they can achieve anything they put their mind to.
As a continued learner, I completed a Master's of Science Education degree through Lebanon Valley College in 1999. I earned my Bachelor of Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1993. This is my twenty-sixth year teaching sixth grade. For the past 25 years I have taught science and this is my first year teaching social studies. With voracity for learning, as a life-long learner I am actively engaged in a professional learning network allowing me to hone and grow my teaching repertoire.
Beyond the classroom, I am involved in a myriad of activities. I take advantage of professional growth opportunities. I was previously an adjunct professor at Lebanon Valley College. My love of photography has allowed me to enter the art world. I show my work on a regular basis at galleries and make presentations at local clubs. Bringing my photography passion to HMS, I offer photography club after-school. My son is a 2002 graduate of Hershey High School and graduated from RIT. He is a research & design/manufacturing engineer for Abbott Vascular in Temecula, California. My husband and I are very proud of him and enjoy occasional visits to the west coast!
I encourage my students to believe as I do that the sky is the limit! Over the course of the school year the children will be challenged to be geographers. Through inquiry, they will be constructing understanding to better understand their world. Geographers ask questions: Where is it? Why is it there? How did it get there? How does it affect people living there? How does it affect the natural environment in the area? Our virtual travel will allow your child to construct understanding while exploring the Western Hemisphere. Students will be provided an opportunity to use technology on a daily basis and will be accessing resources and completing assessments using Canvas. I encourage the children to use what they know, to challenge their minds, and explore their creativity.
To prepare children to practice good study skills, your child will be provided with an assignment book to write down his or her assignments. It is important that students learn to manage their time and complete assignments when due.
Keeping in mind that education is a partnership between school and home, we can work together to encourage the children to strive for their best. I look forward to working with you and your child this year! Please feel free to contact me at 531-2222 Ext. 4008 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. It is going to be an exciting and successful school year!
Sincerely,Jo-Ann Delaney, MSE