Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's of Arts, Duke University; Masters of Arts Teaching, Manhattanville College; Reading and Language Arts Certification, Sacred Heart University
Welcome to Saxe Middle School! My name is Ms. Redden, and I am delighted you are in my language arts classes for reading and writing. My partner, Christina Hafkemeyer, is your math and social studies teacher. I have taught at Saxe for eightteen years, but every year I still get butterflies before the first day of school. I can’t wait to meet all of you and get started on a new and exciting year!
I am looking forward to our year together and hope to learn all about your special interests, hobbies, and families. I would love to know what fun adventures you had this summer, as well as, what you are looking forward to and your dreams for this year. For me, this has been a relaxing, wonderful summer spent with close friends and family. I stayed close to home mostly, but definitely got out on the water which I love by kayaking and boating. I also took many long bike rides along the marshes and shoreline near my home. I enjoy triathlon training and hope to be able to compete in the Boulder Ironman Triathlon in Colorado next summer, so I have been working hard. My daughter, Becky, lives home so we had fun swimming and walking on the beach and going out to our favorite breakfast spot together. My other two children live out west now, so we did not see each other, but we will soon. Jeff lives in Boulder and Carrie lives in Corvallis, Oregon. Traveling with my family to places we can hike or raft or just watch beautiful sunsets brings me great joy.
As you are beginning your school year at a new school, Saxe, there will be many new challenges in fifth grade. The best way to start the year is to be organized. Attached to my website is a list of the suggested supplies for all your different classes. Please try to label your supplies in black Sharpie at home before bringing them to school. It is not necessary for you to purchase a planner yet, as we will all use Saxe Student Planners for recording all homework assignments and long-term projects. I will provide you with information about how to purchase a Saxe planner during the first week of school.
Every summer, I spent much time reading so I can recommend my new favorite books. Many of these titles were recommended to me by my last year's class. My top three "Favorites" this year are The One and Only Ivan, A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity, and Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. I am curious to learn about some of the books you enjoyed this summer. Also, if you haven’t gotten started on your summer reading project yet, please do so. Remember to read at least two fiction books and take good reading notes. You will use those notes to complete an in-class assignment when we return to school. More detailed information about Fifth Grade Saxe Summer Reading can be found on the Saxe homepage under Summer Reading 2020.
You are invited to come to our Fifth Grade Meet and Greet on August 26th at 11:30-12:00. Come see our classroom and say hello. I look forward to meeting you all, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!