Bre’Von Stewart

Welcome to 1st Grade

Hazelwood Elementary Middle School 2019-2020


Stephanie Mauk Drerup “Mrs. D” Bre’Von Stewart “Ms. Stewart”
ELA and Social Studies Math and Science
Room 116 Room 118


About Mrs. Drerup: This is my 12th year teaching, fifth year in Baltimore City Public Schools, and second year at Hazelwood EMS.  I am originally from New York, but I have lived and taught all over the world, before moving to Baltimore 5 years ago. I have degrees in Psychology and Linguistics.  I am also currently working on a third degree in Reading and Literacy. I believe learning should be fun!  To help engage students and encourage them to have fun while learning, I utilize all kinds of instructional practices, such as technology, hands-on independent learning time, and differentiated instruction, to encourage students to be active learners. In addition to making learning fun, I believe learning can take place in any environment, whether it’s in the classroom, on the playground, or at home (which is where I’ll need your help!).


About Ms. Steward: This is my 4th year teaching in Baltimore City Public Schools and first year at Hazelwood.  I am from Los Angeles, California, and have been in Maryland for 3 going on 4 years.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Master’s degree in Juvenile Justice, and am in current pursuit of my second masters in Education.  Outside of Hazelwood, I teach part time at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the Upward Bound program, I work for the Baltimore Ravens NFL team, and compete in pageants.  In 2017 I represented Baltimore in Miss Maryland USA, and in 2018 I was crowned Miss Central Maryland for Miss America.  Over the summer, I was crowned Miss Black Maryland 2020 for Miss Black USA.  I also have a mentor and intervention group for girls I founded in 2017 called L.I.T. (Ladies in Training).  Mrs. Drerup and I are an extremely cohesive team so far as classroom expectations, and we are teaming up to give your scholars the best educational learning experience possible.



Expectations: We hold our students to a high standard of responsibility and respect.  All students are expected to come to school on time (8am), in uniform, prepared with their folder and a pencil.  It is each student’s responsibility to ensure they are prepared to learn each day, as this will encourage them to take ownership for their own learning.  We recognize that not all students will get along at all times— as this is how the real world is too— but everyone is required to treat each other with respect.  This means treating others how they would want to be treated: keeping hands, feet, and objects to themselves, solving problems with words only, and treating people and property with kindness.  Physical fighting will not be tolerated.



2019-2020 Learning Goals

All goals are in accordance with the Common Core State Standards to prepare students for the next grade and, ultimately, become college and career ready.


Literacy Goals: All students will grow a minimum of 3 reading levels by May 2020.  All students will develop skills in phonics and decoding, which will help with reading and writing comprehension.


Math Goals: All students will grow according to Baltimore City Schools expectations.  Per the district’s Eureka curriculum, scholars will develop an understanding of addition and subtraction, whole number relationships and place value, linear measurements, and reasoning about attributes of geometric shapes.


Social Studies Goals: Students will gain a thorough understanding of community and neighborhood.  This includes understanding the role each person plays in a community, as well as their role in a school, family, and town community.


Science Goals: Students will experience a range of scientific learning ranging from sun and solar science and astronomy, to light, life science, and calls of the wild.



Suggested Classroom Supplies


5 composition notebooks 2 packages (4 pack) BLACK dry erase markers
6 glue sticks 2 large boxes of tissues
5 STRONG pocket folders 1 clean sock or dry eraser
4 boxes of crayons (24 pack) 1 box gallon size Ziploc bags
5 12-packs of #2 pencils 1 box sandwich size Ziploc bags
4 large erasers 1 tub baby of hand wipes
2 packs of 5×7 white index cards 2 bottles of hand sanitizer (pump style)
1 pencil case 2 containers of disinfecting wipes
1 pair of kid-friendly scissors 1 pair of headphones (no ear buds please)
1 backpack 2 packs 3×3 Post-It sticky notes
1 pack of washable markers


*Items to be donated at any time: stickers, pencils, erasers, post-it notes, books, small items for prize box


**Please NO handheld pencil sharpeners


***Please be careful to not buy items that could be distracting to your child’s learning (distracting items will be taken and returned ONLY to a parent or adult).



What we’ll learn this year in First Grade


English Language Arts We will be using FUNdations (an interactive student-led phonics program) for phonics, Wit and Wisdom (a whole-world curriculum that broaden’s students understanding of reading around the world using fiction and non-fiction texts) for reading and reading comprehension.
Math Addition and subtraction, whole number relationships and place value, linear measurements, and reasoning about attributes of geometric shapes.
Social Studies Baltimore City Public School’s Social Studies curriculum  will be utilized, which focuses on community and social interactions throughout the year.  There will also be several opportunities to engage in cultural theme topics, such as Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month.
Science Sun and solar science and astronomy, light, life science, and calls of the wild.
Resource/Extra Curricular Classes Art, P.E., Dance, Technology, New Fit


Grading Information and Communication


The First Grade team at Hazelwood Elementary Middle School use the following grading practices.  We will enter grades for each subject at least weekly.  You can find updated information about grades at


All grades are the average of the quarterly grades.


Component Definition
Assessments 70% This category includes both formative (ongoing) and summative (culminating) of assessing student learning with the goals of supporting student growth and success. This will include, but is not limited to end of Module assessments, vocabulary assessments, quarterly projects, weekly spelling tests, and daily Exit Tickets.
Classwork 20% This includes practice work completed in the classroom setting.
Participation 5% This includes but is not limited to participation in classroom discussion, group work, and activities.
Homework 5% This includes all work completed outside the classroom. Homework will be given WEEKLY on Mondays and collected the following Monday.  Encourage your child to try his/her best.  Homework is not checked for right or wrong, but rather if it was attempted and effort is present.  All work must be submitted with a name in order to be given credit.


Additional Information and Resources


Make-up Work:  We will provide makeup work within 3 school days of the student’s last absence (if necessary).  Students must turn in assignments within seven (7) school days after they are provided by the teacher. The time allowed for makeup work may be extended on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances.


Coach Class: Coach class will be offered bi-weekly on Tuesdays 3-3:45.  Parents are encouraged to attend with their student to ensure skills can be reinforced at home.


Class Dojo:  We will be using Class Dojo to track student participation, behavior, homework completion, and daily attendance.  Respect and responsibility will be heavily emphasized in Class Dojo points.  Points can be traded in for prizes and used for incentive-based activities.  Students MUST have 80% positive points per month to attend incentive-based activities (ex: Fun Friday). We will also send messages and post pictures on Class Dojo so you can hear and see what we’re up to!


Field Trips: Throughout the school year we will be going in several field trips, including the pumpkin patch, zoo, and aquarium.  If you have recommendations for any other great locations, please let me know!



Thank you so much! 

We look forward to working with you this school year!