Mrs. Gilbertsen

Mrs. Gilbertsen

1st Grade Team

Welcome to First Grade!  This is my tenth year teaching at McKeel Academy Central, but it is my fourteenth year being part of the McKeel family. I attended Florida Southern College and earned my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education K-6. 

This is my eighth year teaching First Grade.  I look forward to getting to know each of you and your children this year.  To make this a successful year, we will become a partnership in working together to give your child the best education.  My goal for this year is for each of your children to have a great year of learning and growth, while at the same time having fun doing so in a safe environment. I believe if we work together we can be the BEST!  I look forward to many more years of teaching the brilliant students at McKeel Academy Central.


Students should read each night for 20 minutes.  Please list the book that was read on the reading log that is in your child's teal Monday folder or in your child's agenda. 

Students are welcome to go on to Zearn, IXL or Xtra Math for math practice.  

Field Trips 


Tentative Field Trip Dates 2020

Tuesday, February 11th - Goin Postal to Mail Special Letters (no chaperones)

Friday, February 28th - Lowry Park Zoo

Wednesday, April 22nd - Reading in Munn Park (Earth Day)

Thursday, May 7th - DEFY Lakeland (2Infinity Extreme Air Sports)

Dates To Remember  

Friday, January 17th: Distribute Report Cards

Monday, January 20th: No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, February 17th: No School - President's Day

Friday, March 13th: End of Third Nine Weeks

March 23rd-27th: Spring Break

Friday, April 10th: No School

Gilbertsen's Daily Schedule 

8:00-8:30 Morning Work/Mentor Sentences 

8:30-9:00 MAC TIME - Differentiated Instruction 

9:00-9:20 Phonics First

9:25-10:05  PE - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday    Art - Wednesday

10:10-10:50 Library - Monday

10:10-10:50 Music - Tuesday 

10:10-10:50 Math

10:56-11:21 Lunch

11:30-11:40 Phonemic Awareness

11:40-11:55 Calendar Math

12:00-12:15 Playground 

12:20-1:20 Ready Florida

1:25-1:55 Writing 

2:00-2:25 Science/Social Studies

2:30-2:50 Snack & Read Aloud  

2:50-3:00 Clean Up/Pack Up

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