Holy Cross School

Second Grade

Second Grade


In Second Grade, instruction is designed to meet each student at their own individual stage of development. Students begin to read more fluently and write various text forms using simple and then more complex sentences. Our curriculum allows students to read, write, and talk about each subject at multiple levels and fosters analytic, evaluative, and reflective thinking. Second Grade has a strong focus on developing a student’s written abilities and develops positive patterns of organization laying the foundation for effective study skills in the years to come.

Language Arts

Instruction is designed to meet each student at their individual stage of development. It includes systematic phonics and spelling instruction to strengthen phonemic awareness, and understanding of common spelling patterns.  For reading, instruction promotes fluency and comprehension, with an introduction of vocabulary and high frequency words. All genres are explored, with much of the expository reading linked to curriculum goals in science and math.  Second Grade students also strengthen their writing ability. Students look at the components of the four basic types of sentences, as well as paragraph structure. An absolute favorite of all Second Grade students is learning to write in cursive!


Second Grade focuses on strategies to build fluency with numbers. It incorporates a daily drill of basic addition and subtraction facts with and without regrouping. Students also work with fractions, telling time, measurement, geometry and algebra. By year’s end, students begin to develop an understanding of the concepts for multiplying and dividing numbers.


Concepts introduced help students understand the world around them. Students explore the characteristics of living and non-living things, plants and animals in their habitats, land forms, space, matter, and energy.

Social Studies

Curriculum introduces students to a basic understanding of local, state, and federal government structures. Second Grade also compares past to present to gain and understanding of history, and compare cultures from around the world through literature. Map skills are also developed.


Students prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. The class works towards a greater understanding of how to live our lives in accordance with the Ten Commandments, using the gifts that God has bestowed on each of us.

Enrichment classes:  P.E., Art, Music, Technology, and Spanish

Teacher:  Nicci Falcone

Nicci Falcone earned a Bachelor of Arts from American University. She began her career as a publications director for the National Association for Music Education. She added teaching Kindermusik™lessons to this schedule in American University’s early childhood department from 1999-2001. In 2001, Mrs. Falcone moved to St. Raphael’s School, in Rockville, MD, to teach a full day Pre-Kindergarten class. During this time she began teaching middle school religious education classes as well. In spring 2016, Mrs. Falcone accepted a long-term substitute teaching position in the Second Grade at Little Flower School, in Bethesda, MD.  She joined the Holy Cross faculty as the Second Grade teacher in 2016.

Mrs. Falcone feels fortunate to be able to combine the emerging drive for independence seen at this age with a chance to foster a long-term love of God and learning.



Teaching Assistant:  Lorraine Branson

Lorraine Branson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education from Rosemont College.  Mrs. Branson began her career at Holy Cross in 2011 as the Pre-Kindergarten Aide.  In 2016, she moved to the Second Grade classroom in the same capacity. Mrs. Branson loves working with the children on a daily basis as they grow and deepen their knowledge in their Catholic faith.