Who is Mrs. Levis?
I am beginning my 31st year of teaching. Although I graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio (1989) with a Bachelor's Degree and certifications in Elementary and Special Education, and began my teaching career in Ohio, the past 26 years have been right here in Lower Dauphin. 7th and 8th grade learning support, 4th grade and 5th grade are the levels of students I have taught in addition to 6th grade. I have a Master's Degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Penn State University, and I am certified as a Reading Specialist as well.
I mainly teach social studies for the Orange Team. There are four main units explored throughout the year: JA BizTown-Economics, United States Government, North America, and South America. We introduce the 5 themes of geography as well. It is my goal for you to want to learn about the world around you, so we will complete current events projects/activities using Scholastic News Magazines and watching CNN 10. Take pride in being a citizen of the United States, but be accepting of others who speak another language and do things differently.
Besides social studies, I also teach 2 sections of 6th grade math during the day. There are 5 units: The Number System; Ratios; Expressions and Equations; Geometry; and Statistics. It is important for you to be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers and decimals without a calcluator at the beginning of the year. Practicing these basic operations throughout the summer will likely increase your success in math. There are many online resources including Kahn Academy and Study Island, but paper and pencil and real life situations work too.
It is possible that your schedule will include me for morning homeroom, social studies, math, and afternoon homeroom. We will get to know each other well as we begin the year as strangers but end the year as LD family.
Beyond the regular school day, I am a middle school yearbook advisor along with Ms. Nissel. The yearbook staff meets once a cycle during 11th period every Day 3 during the school year, and we occasionally have after-school meetings to complete the many tasks of creating a book of memories for the school and community. I hope that you find an activity you enjoy here at school. There is a lot of research suggesting that participating in a school activity builds friendships and helps improve grades. Make it a goal to get involved in your new school in some way this year.
After the school day ends, I become a full-time mother of four boys: Collin Shae, Ethan Clae, Dylan Trae, and Brennen Jae.
Collin is in his senior year at Kutztown University, majoring in math. He works at Wegmans, a grocery store on the West Shore, when home. His favorite activities at college include going to the gym, participating in intramurals, playing pool, and listening to music. Upon graduation, he will be moving to Chicago to begin his first job as an actuary.
Ethan is a junior at West Virginia University and is studying global supply chain management. He also works at Wegmans as a cashier and Helping Hands assistant and Door Dashes when home from college. He loves the "city vibe" at WVU and is happy to live independently in his Sigma Nu fraternity house.
Dylan, an 11th grader at Cumberland Valley High School, loves to play basketball. AAU basketball tournaments fill our weekends. When he is not playing organized basketball, he can be found at the West Shore YMCA working out with his neighborhood friends or watching movies.
Brennen is my 15 year old who is in 10th grade at CV. He loves to cook and lift weights at the YMCA. YouTube videos often give him ideas for building obstacle courses in the backyard for mountain biking. Kayaking is another hobby, and he recently built a fire pit area in our backyard.
In addition to my children, I am the proud "mom" of a 12 year old morkie, maltese and yorkie mix, named Lola Mae. She provides our home with lots of laughs as she loves to steal the boys' socks or eat their breakfasts if they leave the table for even a few seconds! She weighs less than 9 pounds but finds herself in some kind of trouble every single day. Cosmo, is our calm and cuddly rabbit we have had for 6 years. He gets in trouble too when he chews on the electric cords of the TV or cell phone chargers. Usually, he likes to hang out on the cool floor of the kitchen. My husband and I find that our days pass by very quickly, but we enjoy every minute. This fall we celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary.
My friends and students have described me as highly organized, positive, strict, loud, fun, and energetic. I enjoy bicycling, walking, visiting the YMCA for weight lifting and spinning classes, listening to music, watching reality TV, watching and playing sports, playing outdoor games with my children, traveling, and reading. I hope that you will get to know me as the year moves along.
Food: Chinese or Mexican
Color: Lime green
Book: Me and Emma
Movie: Monsters Inc. or Toy Story
TV Show: Chicago Med, Fire, and PD or HGTV
Store: Target or Staples
Dessert: Chocolate ANYTHING!
Place: Any place I haven't visited
I look forward to learning all about you and your family.
Welcome to the middle school. Have a great year!