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Second Grade

Diversity and multiculturalism drive the second-grade curriculum.  We start the year with an in-depth project in animal research, focusing on animal life-cycles and accessing the material through dance, writing, visual arts, and music.  We take many exciting field trips throughout the year to places such as the NC Arboretum, Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville Museum Of Science, and an annual spring hike to Warren Wilson College.  In winter, we do our biggest most in-depth unit of the year- World’s Fair.  Students become experts on countries from around the world.  This global/social studies exploration highlights dance, music, theatre, and multiculturalism and culminates with a grand stage performance.  We teach an innovative integrated hands-on math curriculum called Investigations, with a strong focus on number sense and math critical thinking skills.  Additionally, we emphasize critical thinking skills with weekly art studies; the students are introduced to great works of art and learn to write and form educated opinions.  Reading instruction takes place throughout the day in small groups, whole class, reading buddies with kindergarteners and read-aloud. Second grade is an exciting year filled with learning, laughter, and art!

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Teaching Staff

Name Phone Ext. Title
Annabell Lisa 605 Second Grade Teacher
Susanne Olson Second Grade Teacher
Michelle Migyanka 326 Second Grade Teaching Assistant
Misty Green Exceptional Children's Teacher

Recent Classroom News

ArtSpace Charter School Elects and Inducts 2016-17 Student Council

On Wednesday, August 31st ArtSpace Charter School had their elections for the 2016-17 Student Council. Student Council serves as a student government program which provides opportunities for leadership and a “channel” for students to voice ...

The World’s Fair at ArtSpace

[caption id="attachment_7426" align="alignleft" width="300"] 2nd graders completing their tango[/caption] Wednesday, April 27th - ArtSpace 2nd graders took part in their annual World’s Fair. The fair is the culmination of a two month study of the ...


SWANNANOA, NC - March 3rd - Students at ArtSpace took part in the school’s third annual STEAM Expo.  STEAM is an expansion of the National Science Foundation’s acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to include ...

Collaboration: The Art Of Working Together

This is the third part in a series on the 4 C’s of 21st Century Skills - Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Communication - by long-time arts integration specialist, “Capt.” Josh Batenhorst - Enterprise and ...

Charlotte’s Web: 2nd Grade Arts Integration

As part of their 2nd grade arts integrated programming, Ms. Ali and Ms. Annabell’s second grade classes study the E.B. White classic, Charlotte’s Web.  While the students experience the book during “read-aloud” time, their study ...

Ms. Meg Implements Music Stations for Rewards and Assessment

[caption id="attachment_7012" align="alignleft" width="300"] Second graders playing musical memory made with recycled materials. Students are looking for musical symbol matches.[/caption] Swannanoa, NC September 17, 2015- This year, in music classes, ArtSpace K-5 grade students have ...

Second Grade Summer Letter

Greetings from 2nd Grade! We are so excited to learn and grow with you in second grade. You will get to spend time with both Ms. Ali and Ms. Annabell, as well as participate in ...

Recycled Flower Garden

Every student from the 2014-15 school year created a flower for this garden. Flowers were created from recycled vinyl records. The Old Depot Association in Black Mountain donated the money to finance this project. It ...