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Second Grade

Diversity and multiculturalism drive the second grade curriculum.  Foreign language instruction in Spanish enhances literacy skills and the understanding of Latin-American cultures. Integration includes family fiestas, Latin-American artist studies (eg. Diego Rivera, Frieda Kahlo), salsa dance and music, internet research, and a student-written theatre production. Math Investigations is integrated throughout the curriculum.

Crystal Pandas Newsletter – Ms. Annabell’s 2nd Grade

Teaching Staff

Name Phone Ext. Title
Alison “Ali” Mellander 606 Second Grade Teacher
Annabell Lisa 605 Second Grade Teacher
Elise Fuller 615 Second Grade Teaching Assistant

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 ...