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USD 240 Elementary Grade 1

USD 240 1st Grade

Mrs. Aksamit Mrs. Ehlers Mrs. Gawith
daskamit@usd240.org rehlers@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 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.  




RacheI Ehlers - I was born and raised in Eastern Colorado, where I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher.  That dream came true after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in 2002 with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology.  My husband, Tom, and I moved to Kansas where I have taught for 16 years, 13 in the Twin Valley School District.  We are blessed with two wonderful children, Danni and Nate.  We enjoy spending time at the lake when we are not at school functions

Elisa Gawith - I am a native of the Chicago land 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 fourth year of teaching first grade at Bennington Grade School but I worked as a paraprofessional for five years prior to that. I have two daughters; one will be four this fall and the other just turned one. 

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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