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, Mike Patrona, is your math and social studies teacher. I have taught at Saxe for seventeen 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. For me, this has been a relaxing, wonderful summer. I spent many days in my kayak, paddling on the sound in the Thimble Islands and took many long bike rides along the marshes and shoreline near my home. A few day trips with family to my favorite places- Block Island and Watch Hill made my summer complete.
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 supplies required for 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 the cost of the planner during the first week of school.
I have spent much time reading this summer, and I really enjoyed re-reading some "favorites" including The Tale of Despereaux, The Great Gilly Hopkins, and Ella Enchanted. I still love my last year's recommendations, too. These books are The Fourteenth Goldfish, Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, and Ghost. I am curious to learn about some of the books you read this summer. Also, if you haven’t gotten started on your summer reading project yet, please do so. Remember to read at least one biography and bring your reading project and book notes to school during the first week. You will use those notes to complete an in-class assignment. More information about Fifth Grade Saxe Summer Reading can be found on the Saxe homepage.
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!