5th and 6th Grade

English Language Arts and Social Studies

Hi 5th and 6th Grade Families,

My name is Sarah Allen, and I am your student’s English-Language Arts and Social Studies teacher! This is my third year as a classroom teacher at Grand Isle School and tenth year overall. Previous to being a classroom teacher, I was a paraeducator, substitute teacher and after-school director/teacher. 

I was born and raised in Southington, CT (about 20 minutes from Hartford) and spent my summers at my family’s summer place on the east shore of Isle La Motte. I worked at Ruthcliffe Lodge and Hero’s Welcome for many summers before working in a summer program here at Grand Isle. My favorite hobbies are collecting Yankee candles, decorating for holidays, reading (especially Harry Potter!), listening to all types of music, watching the Yankees, snorkeling and dancing. I currently live in North Hero with my husband and 9 year old son. 

I attended Castleton State and majored in history and secondary education. Upon graduating, I got my degree/license in ELA and middle grades education. I have worked with many age groups, and grades 5-9 is definitely my favorite! I love how students are coming into their own and challenging the world at this age. I also remember how hard upper-elementary/middle school can be and find that empathy goes a long way. The best part of my day is when I tell a cringy joke and the students actually laugh (it does happen occasionally!). I love building strong relationships with these students and want them to always know they can come to me

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please email or call my classroom! 

Sincerely, 

Sarah Allen 

sallen@gisu.org

802-372-6913 ext. 5117

Mrs. Allen's Classroom Expectations

Grand Isle CARES means being…

KIND: 

  • Giving our attention when someone is speaking (quiet and facing them)

  • Waiting our turn to speak

  • Cleaning up after ourselves

  • Checking up on people when they are hurt/upset but also giving them space when they need it 

  • Staying quiet in line  

SAFE: 

  • Walking in the classroom 

  • Sitting the right way in our chairs 

  • Using supplies properly especially sharp ones 

  • Taking a breath and/or break when we feel an outburst coming 

  • Keeping our bodies to ourselves 

  • Walking carefully down hallways and stairs 

  • Quietly walking into and out of classrooms 

  • Using chairs and floor to sit, not tables 

  • Trying to maintain calm bodies 

ENGAGED: 

  • Eyes on board, screen, book, work when asked to  

  • Paying full attention to someone 

  • Keeping distractions to a minimum  

  • Trying our best 

  • Following all directions and expectations 

  • Focusing as best we can 

We agree to follow these expectations as best we can, ask for help when we need it, help others to follow the expectations, and try again when we make mistakes. For every 100 PAWs, we will have a mini-classroom celebration!

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