Welcome To Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic School Second Grade

  • Course: Second Grade
  • Teacher: Mrs. Marinette Ridgeway      
  • Room Number: 2
  • Time: 7:45 am - 2:45 pm

My name is Mari Ridgeway and I hold a Bachelor’s from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and I earned my California teaching credential through National University. I have been teaching since 2008 and I enjoy being around children. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than when students beam with pride and joy because they learned something new that they are excited about!


Second Grade is the year when the students prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. I feel especially blessed to walk alongside the children in their journey of faith. In religion we are learning that Jesus is always with us and calls us to penance and reconciliation; Jesus gives Himself in the Eucharist and we learn about the various ways to live our Catholic faith. In English language arts, second graders build on their foundation of literacy skills. Discovering and inventing roles and rules are priorities for second graders. They learn to be active and capable readers of both fiction and nonfiction, including a variety of print and non-print texts, who enjoy talking about their reading with others. As a result, students engage in a wide range of comprehension activities designed to support both critical reading and continued growth as readers. Second grade students write utilizing a variety of genres, thus developing their ability to express ideas, emotions and beliefs while acquiring a firm, yet developmentally appropriate, foundation in the fundamentals of writing. The writing focus is on narratives, informative/explanatory, and opinion pieces. Phonics, grammar and handwriting are integral parts of the Language Arts curriculum as well.


Second grade is also a time for expanding mathematical problem solving skills by using more complex addition and subtraction strategies, as well as the new tools of multiplication and early division. Students learn numbers to 1,000, 2-digit and 3-digit addition and subtraction, number sense and place value, measurement and data, algebra, geometry, and fractions. The daily lessons are extended with centers which incorporate games, manipulatives, and integrating technology with iPads in the classroom. Our focus in social studies is on different cultures and places, families from the past, exploring our earth, learning how our government works, our wants and needs, and discussing famous Americans including everyday heroes. In science the students learn about rocks and minerals, technology and tools, plants and animals, our earth and weather.


To supplement the core subjects, students also have physical education, library, computers, music, and art. Field trips make learning hands-on and exciting for the students so we attend at least three each year. In addition, we visit the Life Care Center, an inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation center, twice a year, where the students interact with the residents; thereby learning the value of stewardship and service to others in the community… all this and more in a Christ-centered learning environment!!!

About Our Teacher

Teacher's Name: Mrs. Marinette Ridgeway

Mrs. Ridgeway holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and earned her California teaching credential through National University. She has been teaching since 2008. Her favorite part of her job is working with students and their families as they prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy First Communion. She has been married 21 years and has two children; a daughter in college and a son who is in the 5th grade here at St. Francis.