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     Welcome to Mrs. Hopkins' Classroom Website!
     Name:  Anabel A. Hopkins
     School: Haine Middle School
     Grade/Subject: Grade 5 (ELA/Science)
     Room #: 213
     Email: hopkinsaa@svsd.net (Best method of communication)
     Phone: 724-776-1325 (EXT. 4318)
    Please visit our team website for schedules, monthly calendar, and daily assignments.
       Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  Join us in rooms 213 and 216 for a year full of fun and learning. I will be guiding you on your journey through ELA and science in fifth grade. I look forward to working with all of you and having a great year together!
        I grew up in California where I began my college years at San Jose State University.  Midway, I transferred and completed my undergraduate degree at  Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Hoping to teach right away, I moved to Houston, Texas where I taught second grade for three years.  It was a great experience, but other opportunities brought me to Pennsylvania.  And I have been here ever since.  I continued with my education at Slippery Rock University where I received my Master's Degree specializing in Reading. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was seven years old; it's a great honor living my dream!
     It's important to love what you teach, and I love reading and writing! In fact, I spent the majority of my summer doing just that.  I'm even a SCBWI member (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators).   I guess it's my passion and hobby.   It's just what I do for fun!  So that will be our goal this year: to have fun with writing!  Of course, reading is always fun, as long as you love the book you're reading.  So get ready to go on long journeys to unfamiliar places with people and creatures of different kind; all within the realm of your creative mind!
       Where would we be without science?  Our future depends on our continuous understanding of it.  There are many different forms of science, but our focus this year will mostly be on life science.  We will be working closely with isopods, beetles, goldfish, brine shrimp, and plants.  These organisms will guide us to our understanding of ourselves as human beings as well as all interconnected relationships on Earth.
       I'm excited to set out on this voyage with each of you! It's sure to be a great ride!
    "Your're off to great places!  Today is your Day!
    Your mountain is waiting.  So, get on your way!"
    ~Dr. Seuss