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 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 sixth year teaching fifth grade at Murphy Elementary and I couldn’t be happier as an educator!!
My wife Holly and I have three children, Dane (eleven), Gloria (ten), Porter (five) years old. Dane will be at the middle school this year, Glory attends Murphy and Porter begins his Haslett journey in kindergarten at Wilkshire. Over the summer, Mrs. Hatch joined Haslett Public Schools by becoming the new library coordinator at Rayla. She is also a sales associate for Matilda Jane Clothing.. The last part of our family is our beagle, Gatsby, or as we like to call him, Georgie Boy. 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.
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 your child with the best possible learning experience possible. Of the five subject areas taught this school year, three will be taught in our homeroom with me. Those three are reading, writing, and science. The other two subjects, math and social studies, will be taught by the wonderful Mrs. Rios! Mrs. Rios has been teaching fifth grade at Murphy for the past thirteen years and brings a tremendous amount of experience to our team. For the past ten summers, Mrs. Rios and I have been teaching together at a fourth and fifth grade science program called, "Kids’ College". I am very excited to be working with her all school year. As a bonus, our class will be joining the other fifth grade classes for joint activities, projects, and events.
The first two weeks of school we will be doing a great deal of assessment so I have an understanding of where our learning needs to begin. 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 Elementary Reading Program. It provides our students with wonderful 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 myself and Mrs. Lerch. 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. The first opportunity to meet me as your teacher will be the Murphy Open House on Wednesday, August 22nd from 5:00pm-6:30pm. Please come in to see me and our classroom. Parents can sign up for conferences and other events during the school year and students can drop off supplies.
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.