Welcome to Mr. Forsline's Class...

Welcome to Loring Community School and our 1st Grade classroom.  I have been teaching with the Minneapolis Public Schools for twenty-one years, with the past thirteen at Loring.  During my years as a teacher, I have taught 3rd, 2nd, 1st, K/1, and Kindergarten.  

In my undergraduate work, I earned a B.A. in Social Sciences at Bethel University and my K-6 Teacher's license at St. Thomas University.  My Masters in Education was received through St. Mary's University.

As a teacher, I feel the classroom revolves around the child/student.  Meeting their academic needs and reaching their full potential as a learner is most important.  In our classroom, I provide a safe and comfortable learning environment which allows our students to excel. 

I welcome your thoughts and comments.  If you would like to reach me, I am available by e-mail.  It is rare for me to take phone calls once our class time begins with our students. If you can't reach me through my e-mail before or after my time with students, you can call and request the office to forward your call to my room.  Our school phone number is 612.668.2060.  My e-mail is: Mark.Forsline@mpls.k12.mn.us

Some Things About Our Class

ST Math:  ST Math is an online program that uses interactive, visual animation to convey math concepts and develop deep understanding.  Student’s progress through the software’s gently scaffolded games at their own pace, advancing to the next level only through mastering the previous level.  They also have access to the program for at-home use.

Homework:  Please help your child locate a quiet place at home where he/she can read and complete homework assignments.  Reading every night for 15-20 minutes is recommended.  Your child should be doing most of this reading, but it's also recommended that you read to him/ her each week as well.  Math skill pages will be sent home 2-3 times a week.  The work is review of what we've been studying in class and should take no longer than 10-15 minutes.  If your child finds the work difficult, please write a note to me directly on the sheet and send it back undone.  Homework is meant to have additional opportunities to practice what has been learned and is not intended to cause frustration.

Schedules:  Please look to our bi-weekly classroom newsletter for up to date learning, classroom, and school activities.