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USD 240 Elementary Grade 1

USD 240 1st Grade

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Mrs. Aksamit Mrs. Cheney Mrs. Gawith
daskamit@usd240.org dcheney@usd240.org egawith@usd240.org
785-488-3323 785-283-4774 785-488-3323
Bennington Grade School Tescott Grade School Bennington Grade School
Mrs. Aksamit's Lesson Plans Mrs. Cheney's Lesson Plans Mrs. Gawith's Lesson Plans

Get to know your teacher

Deb Aksamit - I am a Kansan through and through.  I was born in Valley Center, KS.  My family moved to Salina when I was 15, where I finished high school at Salina Central and then attended Marymount College and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. I moved to Bennington when I got married.  My husband and I have been married for almost 37 years.  We have one son.  He lives and works in McPherson. I was a stay at home mom until our son entered 6th grade.   I’ve been teaching 1st grade in Bennington for the past 16 years.  




Doris Cheney has a Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education from Kansas Wesleyan University.  She worked with families and children in her previous occupation as a Wrap Facilitator and Case Manager through Central Kansas Mental Health.  The 2016-2017 school year was her first year of teaching first grade at Tescott Elementary, which she has truly enjoyed.  She also loves learning new things that can be introduced in the classroom and new ways to teach them to her students. 

 Doris has two beautiful girls she enjoys spending time with and has been anticipating their new addition, a little boy, in April 2017.  She also enjoys playing a nice round of golf with her husband, when they can, and dancing and listening to music. 
Elisa Gawith - I am a native of the Chicagoland area.  I first came to Kansas to complete my first degree in Horticulture Therapy at Kansas State University (2009).  I met my husband there as well.  After living in the Chicago area we returned to Kansas and shortly thereafter began working on my Elementary Education degree at Fort Hays State University(2015).  This is my second year of teaching first grade at Bennington Grade School but I worked as a paraprofessional for five years prior to that.  I have one daughter who is two and a half and have another daughter due this July.

What students will learn in 1st grade


In ELA our students will be introduced to different genres in both fiction and non-fiction, new high-frequency words, vocabulary words in our reading series, as well as being introduced to different print concepts in our reading series, Journeys. 

In Math, first grades will learn their math facts in addition and subtraction within 20, understanding place value, telling and writing time to the hour and half hour, reading and interpreting data, and becoming fluent with numbers to 120 (counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s).

Monthly we will do various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities.


Strategies for success


ELA - Reading at home with or to your child daily and asking them comprehension questions are great ways to help your child with their reading.

Math - Asking your child real world questions as well as utilizing flashcards will help your child too. 

There are great free apps out there to help your child with math and reading. 


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