Lower School
Spaces and Places: "The Specials"

Second Grade


Second graders with their gap-toothed smiles are a marvel!  They look a little different from day to day, with some teeth falling out while others are coming in, and because they cannot always keep track of their growing bodies, they may stumble as they run across the playground.
Second graders can plan more than in years past, and as a result they may worry more about what “might” happen, such as what if nobody is home when they get home or what will happen if the playdate goes badly? But this ability to plan also means they can begin thinking more strategically. They can make plans with friends and recess games are more easily organized and can go on for days.  Negotiating the rules and fair play is an important topic during second-grade recess, one that teachers help students with throughout the year.

Second graders can do a lot! Their competencies are growing, and we work hard to help them feel grown-up and capable, while at the same time protecting their childhood and giving them time for fun and silliness – for it is that combination which is the special joy of second grade!

List of 6 items.

  • Art

    Instructor: Elisa Garcia

    Students will visit Swartley Art Center twice a week for 45 minute art classes
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  • Health and Wellness

    Instructors: Orestes Medina and Kim Franco

    The goal of the Health and Wellness program at Dwight-Englewood School is to educate students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make healthy lifestyle choices. In second grade, the primary focus is building on the understanding the basic terms and concepts for each lesson.
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  • Music

    Instructor: Mary Heveran

    Students come to music twice a week for 30 minutes each time. Students are introduced to concepts and skills such as tempo, dynamics, and musical form.
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  • Science

    Instructor: Beth Lemire

    Second grade students learn about animal classifications and plants during the fall continuing the thread that was introduced in preschool.  They continue to participate in garden activities and practice seed saving with their bean plants they grew the previous year.
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  • Spanish

    Instructor: Sandra Harrison

    In grades Preschool 3 through Grade 2, students are introduced to Spanish through our FLEX (Foreign Language Exploratory) program and meet with Señora Harrison twice a week for 30 minutes of instruction. The purpose of a FLEX language program is to introduce students to the foreign language and culture. The classes are taught primarily in English with some basic communication in the target language. Proficiency in not the goal of a FLEX program. Exposure, excitement and enrichment are the intentions of a FLEX program.   
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  • Technology

    Instructor: Christine Nicolaou

    The goal of the Lower School technology program is to develop activities and projects that make connections to the themes and curriculum that are covered in each grade level. Using a variety of apps and programs students learn the skills they need to move on to middle school and beyond.  The projects challenge students to think critically, organize their ideas, and present them using a variety of media.  Classrooms are equipped with smartboards and projection capabilities. There are several carts of iPads that are shared by classes and include a variety of apps that support the curriculum.
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Located in Englewood, New Jersey, Dwight-Englewood is a greater New York City area private school with a rigorous college prep curriculum for boys and girls in preschool through grade 12.