Paolo Chavez-Olguin, Cody Beason, Hadley Givens, Layla Torres, Jace Gerver, Ryanne Kettler, Gracie Powell, Levi Downs, Hudson Beck

Paolo Chavez-Olguin, Cody Beason, Hadley Givens, Layla Torres, Jace Gerver, Ryanne Kettler, Gracie Powell, Levi Downs, and Hudson Beck

When you’re in elementary school, the world might not yet be your oyster.

But the possibilities are endless   even if you don’t realize it at the time.

The Purcell Register went to Lexington Elementary School and there on the front lines got the scoop from nine students – three each from kindergarten, first and second grades – on what they learned in the first weeks of the 2019-20 school year and what they expect to know by the time the year ends next May.

It was interesting to say the least.


Paola Chavez-Olguin has a thing for numbers.

“I like doing math,” she whispered. “I think 

I’m going to learn all the numbers.”

All of them? Really? And how many would that be?

“I think there are 18 numbers,” she said.

She’s learning the alphabet, too, but likes numbers better.

Cody Beason likes his teacher and so far kindergarten has been “really good.”

“She’s so nice,” he said of his teacher, “and she lets us take little naps.”

We could all do with those power naps, Cody.

Kindergarten isn’t much harder than pre-K, he said, listing the highlights of his day.

“I like playing outside and I like to eat lunch. I like to play with my friends,” he said.

Between the naps and the play, however, there’s learning going on.

“Each day,” he said, “there are two letters we have to write and everyday we do numbers too.”

That alphabet work is already paying off and the other night Cody said he read a book by himself.

Hadley Givens’ favorite part of the day is “when we get to do tub time.”

Tub time?

“It’s when we get to play with toys,” she patiently explained

Kindergarten is a little hard – certainly harder than pre-K.

“We have tough papers, math papers,” she said.

Hadley doesn’t really like math, you see.

“I like writing letters,” she said.

And by the end of the school year, she thinks she might read a book.


Layla Torres has an entirely different attitude about math. She likes it.

“Because after math we get to play a math game,” she said.

Right now her class is mastering “pluses and equals.”

“We’re not really working on writing,” she said before returning to her favorite. “Maybe we’re going to learn to do minuses.”

She also likes reading and has read four books this year. Just in case anyone is counting.

The future in first grade?

Layla is ready for the lessons to get harder.

Jace Garver is having an easy time in first grade.

Reading is his favorite subject –”I think I’ve read five books this year.”

For the record, he doesn’t care for math and the jury is still out on science since there have been no science lessons yet.

“I don’t know what to expect by the end of the year,” he said, “but I will be smarter.”

After all, he’s smarter now than he was in kindergarten.

Ryanne Kettler said first grade is “good so far.”

“It’s not hard,” she added.

She likes math and knows some addition and expects she will know more by the end of the school year.

Second grade will be harder than first grade, she predicted, even if first grade so far hasn’t been more difficult than kindergarten.


Gracie Powell’s blue eyes light up when she’s asked her favorite subject.

“Math,” she declared. “It’s really easy for me.”

Addition, check. Subtraction, check.

Still, she had some misgivings about learning multiplication and division.

A science lover, she’s looking forward to learning about dinosaurs.

Toss in time for reading and Gracie is hopeful she will finish second grade smarter than when she started it.

Levi Downs is honest.

Recess is the highlight of his day.

But pressed for a favorite subject in the classroom, he answers math – with a caveat.

“When the numbers are adding up,” he said.

“We haven’t started multiplication and I really am looking forward to doing it,” he continued.

He likes reading, too, but isn’t sure what he will learn in the weeks to come.

Not that it dampened his confidence.

“I think I’ll be a lot smarter by the end of the year,” he said.

Hudson Beck is an atypical second grader – bright, mature beyond his years and oozing self confidence.

Still, he likes second grade. Especially math.

“Today we did patterns,” he said. “I think that’s the best of math.”

He likes reading, too, and said his handwriting is “pretty good.”

School, particularly second grade, is fun. For now.

“It’s going to be tough when I get through here,” he said.

In addition to math, Hudson likes science. But not just any science.

“The science I want to do is volcanos and blowing stuff up,” he said.

Like we mentioned earlier – not your average second grader.

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