• Room 226

    Instructor: Ms McNicol

     Welcome to Room 226!  
    My name is Nora McNicol and this is my first year teaching at the William P. Fort Gorman Banks Elementary School. Over the past 5 years, I have taught in various private school settings utilizing the principles of ABA and serving children on the autism spectrum. I just recently completed my Master's in Special Education from Wheelock College. I am very excited to be a part of the Winthrop community and am looking forward to a wonderful year with your children! 

     greatly value the importance of communication between home and school. Please do not hestitate to contact me with any questions or concerns throughout the year. You are welcome to reach me via email (nmcnicol@winthrop.k12.ma.us) or by calling the school (617-846-5509) and asking to speak with me. 

    We are very fortunate to have a wonderful, dedicated group of staff members working with us during the 2013-2014 school year: 
    Anna Miles, ESP 
    Michelle St. Jean, ESP
    John Cross, ABA specialist 
    Jill Dorr, ESP 
    Sarah Mattera, Kindergarten general education teacher 
    Karen Wyson, First grade general education teacher 
    Tara Barron, First grade general education teacher

    Our class can always use the following supplies: 
    Paper towels
    Hand soap 
    Hand sanitzer 
    Disinfection wipes 
    Any donations are greatly appreciated! 


  • April 2014

    Spring is finally here and we are very much enjoying the warmer weather!

    Here is what we've been up to so far this month in Room 226:

    *Rainy Day Writing- Since "April Showers Bring May Flowers" we have talked a lot about what we like to do on rainy days! Students wrote about their favorite things to do on rain drops and used sequential words (first, next, then, last).

    *Spring Poems- …

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  • March 2014

    Spring is right around the corner! Our students are very excited about the arrival of Spring and are anxiously awaiting warmer weather (so are the teachers!)

    Here is an update on what we've been doing in Room 226:

    *St.Patrick's Day activities- We read several books about St. Patricks Day. The overwhelming class favorite was "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover" by Lucille Colandro. We …

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  • February 2014

    Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful February break!

    It's hard to believe the end of February is almost here! Our students have been incredibly busy. Here's what we've been up to in Room 226:

    *Curious Creatures- a visit from many different kinds of animals!
    *Valentine's Day activities and celebrations
    *100th Day celebration
    *Healthy Teeth- A visit from a local dentist
    *Let's talk …

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  • January 2014

    Happy New Year!

    What a cold and snowy January we have had so far! Even with a few snow days, the students in 226 have been hard at work!

    This month we are continuing to work on many seasonal math, reading, and writing activities. Here are a few things we have been doing: Using graphic organizers to complete various writing prompts ("How to Build a Snowman" and "In the Winter..") Snowman …

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  • December 2013

    Hello families!
    I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving! Here's an update on what we've been up to during the last month of 2013!

    We have been and will be doing a lot of fun seasonal activities this month in the areas of reading, writing, and math! Reading and responding to books about holidays around the world My Hannukkah books Writing letters to Santa Responding to …

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  • November 2013

    It's hard to believe that November is almost over! We have been hard at work this month. Here's a quick update on what we've been doing:

    GO Math:
    Kindergarten students have been working on identifying and describing 2 dimensional shapes. We are going to start working on representing, counting and writing numbers 6-9.

    First grade students have been working on identifying and describing both …

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  • Welcome!

    Welcome Parents! In an effort to increase communication between home and school, I will be posting and updating this page in order to keep you up to date on the happenings in our classroom! This page will be updated to inform you about the curriculum being implemented in the classroom and to provide you with resources that your children can access at home to reinforce their learning. I hope that …

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