Phone: 517.339.8253 ext 307
Degrees and Certifications:
2000 BA Michigan State University- Elementary Education 2007 MA Michigan State University- Early Childhood Literacy
Dear Fifth Grade Parents and Students,
Welcome to our fifth grade classroom at Murphy Elementary! With school starting in just a few short weeks, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and provide you with plans for the school year. It will be very exciting to see what the newly renovated school looks like and that we get to return to our classroom after completing last year as a remote learning district. I know that was not an easy time for students, parents, or teachers, so I want to thank you all for doing such an amazing job during our stay-at-home quarantine.
It is a pleasure to be working with you this school year. I'd like to start by telling you a little about myself. My name is Kevin Hatch and I was born and raised just down the road in East Lansing. After graduating from East Lansing High School in 1995, I continued my education at Michigan State University where I received my degree in elementary education in 2000. In the spring of 2007, I received my Master's Degree in literacy from Michigan State. As you can see, literacy will be a very important part of our school day. My first teaching experience was in a fourth grade classroom at Pinecrest Elementary in East Lansing from 2001-2002. In the fall of 2002, I began teaching fifth grade at Dansville Elementary. There, I spent eleven wonderful years before coming to Haslett. This will be my eighth year teaching fifth grade at Murphy Elementary and twentieth overall!!! I couldn’t be happier as an educator!!
My wife Holly and I have three children, Dane (thirteen), Gloria (twelve), and Porter (seven) years old. Dane and Gloria will be at the middle school this year and Porter will be in second grade at Murphy as well! Mrs. Hatch also works in Haslett as the library coordinator at Rayla. She is also a sales associate for Matilda Jane Clothing. Our family has a new addition with the arrival of Daisy May Hatch, our beagle!! She is super sweet and we love having her in our lives. We spend our summers in Bellaire, Michigan on beautiful Torch Lake where our family loves to swim, sail, and spend time with friends. During the rest of the year, you will see the Hatch family cheering on the Michigan State Spartans!
In our classroom, we will promote encouragement and positive reinforcement so all learners will succeed. Our classroom procedures and rules will be in place to ensure that all students will be respectful, responsible, and safe. By following these rules and procedures, we will provide a classroom environment that produces wonderful results and incredible people. It will be a fantastic place to learn.
I believe that family is very important and I look forward to fostering a relationship with you. I welcome and encourage your support, interaction, and presence in all that we do in school. I truly believe that a partnership between teachers and parents will lead to student success, which is my goal for your child this year.
Our school year is beginning very differently than in past years as we are staring remotely. Early on, we will work on how our virtual classroom will function, how the remote learning will be delivered, and how important Google Classroom will be. Our hope is to get back to our actual classroom as soon as we are safe to do so. I can’t wait to meet you in person in our new, beautiful classroom.
During the school year, the fifth grade will be filled with many fantastic learning opportunities. This year the other fifth grade teachers and I will be team teaching to provide the children with the best possible learning experience. Mrs. Lerch, Ms. Maxwell, Mrs. Rios, and I make a wonderful team of teachers who will provide a curriculum based education, while including the experience of multiple teachers. Mrs. Rios and I will work most closely this year, as we have for the past seven. In addition to our regular classrooms, Mrs. Rios and I have been teaching together at a fourth and fifth grade science program called, "Kids’ College”. We look forward to joining forces with Mrs. Lerch and Ms. Maxwell!
The first two weeks of school, we will be doing a great deal of assessments so I have an understanding of where our learning needs begin. As we adjust back to our classroom after the remote learning we experienced to finish last school year, we will be working hard to return to what the students and teachers consider “school”. We will also spend these first few weeks establishing and practicing rules and procedures, which will set the tone for our learning community. I encourage you to discuss these at home and I will be sending copies of this information home once it has been established by our class.
During the school year, our class will be taking an adventure in reading through the Reading Street Fifth Grade Program. It provides our students with lessons, activities, and an at-home extension which brings literacy to life. Writing will be a combination of Reading Street prompts and writing pieces carefully planned by the fifth grade team and is very effective in developing strong writers. Everyday Math will be our math curriculum this year which brings the real world into our math lessons. Our science program will allow the students to learn and experience science with the online curriculum, TCI. Finally, social studies will focus on the world around us and how we are all wonderful pieces to an ever-changing puzzle.
Homework will be an extension of our regular school program and a responsibility that students undertake. The homework will reinforce the lessons taught in all subjects. Parents, you can help by providing an environment that will promote completion of the homework, answering questions along the way, and making sure the homework is completed and returned promptly.
I look forward to getting to know all of you this year and see the remarkable growth you will all make. Usually, I would be mentioning our Back To School night date here, but with school renovation project finishing and the uncertainty of the state of large gatherings at the time of this being published, I do not know when that will occur. Once that date has been decided, the school district will send out that information.
I am honored to be your teacher and I promise that everyday will be filled with new and exciting things to learn. It is going to be an amazing time together.
School Phone Number - (517) 339-8253 ext.4319
School E-Mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
5th Grade Suggested Supply List- Materials that would be class donations or only used in a physical classroom are not necessary for the start of the year.
Here are the suggested supplies that the 5th grade teachers agreed would be helpful to have:
* pencils (2 packs of 24)
* glue or glue stick
* small pencil case
* colored highlighters
*2 1-inch 3-ring binder (any color, except white) with 5-tab divider inserts
* 2 spiral notebooks
* 2 composition notebooks
* ear buds/headphones in a plastic ziplock bag with the student’s name on it
Other classroom supplies that would be appreciated are:
*Dry erase markers
Mr. Hatch and Fifth Grade Teachers