Michael Baird

Where Are YoU From?

Question of the week


What makes a Hummingbird unique?

Riddle of the Day 04/08/2020
The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?  Footsteps
Riddle of the Day
Why didn't the quarter roll down the hill with the nickel? Because it had more cents! 

Distance Learning Schedule: March 25, 2020- April 17, 2020

Daily time for conferencing or support: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

I am available to answer any questions regarding your child's "Distance Learning" through School Status throughout the day and daily. 

Parents, if you go to the Desoto County School's website and click on your child's school, then click on your child's teacher, you can find several websites and the latest news regarding our schools. Talk soon! 

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End of School Year Message

School Year 2020 has come to an end, but your learning continues. As a whole group, you all have shown me what wonderful souls you all are, as well as what fabulous parents and family you have supporting you. Boys and girls, during these challenging times, I want you to focus on the positives of the situation, and learn from the negatives of each situation. Only then can we appreciate our blessings, and there's many!Remember to be kind to each other, to always have a craving for learning, and to welcome the challenges of tomorrow knowing that in all things there is good and bad, but you are beautifully made to welcome them all!

To my fifth graders moving to the middle school, and who I can now call 6yh graders, congratulations! Always show your "Tiger Pride!" My 3rd graders, who I now consider to be my 4th graders, I'll be waiting for you at OGCE! My new 5th graders, I already know of your fabulousness, so I expect only good,fun learning! Remember, in ALL you do take pride in who you are, and ALWAYS BE KIND to one another. Never forget: "In Lak'ech Ala K'in ~ I am you and you are me!"

With love of a teacher

El año escolar 2020 ha llegado a su fin, pero su aprendizaje continúa. Como grupo completo, todos me han mostrado qué almas maravillosas son, así como también qué padres y familiares fabulosos tienen para apoyarlos. Niños y niñas, durante estos tiempos difíciles, quiero que se concentren en los aspectos positivos de la situación y aprendan de los aspectos negativos de cada situación. Solo entonces podremos apreciar nuestras bendiciones, ¡y hay muchas! Recuerde ser amable el uno con el otro, tener siempre un deseo de aprender y acoger los desafíos del mañana sabiendo que en todas las cosas hay cosas buenas y malas, pero son hermosas hecho para darles la bienvenida a todos! A mis alumnos de quinto grado que se mudan a la escuela intermedia, y a quienes ahora puedo llamar alumnos de 6 grado, ¡felicidades! ¡Muestre siempre su "orgullo del tigre"! ¡Mis alumnos de 3er grado, que ahora considero mis alumnos de 4to grado, los esperaré en OGCE! Mis nuevos alumnos de 5to grado, ya sé de su fabulosa, ¡así que espero un aprendizaje bueno y divertido! Recuerde, en TODO se enorgullece de quién es y SIEMPRE SEA AMABLE el uno con el otro. Nunca olvides: "In Lak'ech Ala K'in ~ ¡Soy tú y tú eres yo!"

Con Amor de maestra

EOY- The Day You Begin


Happy Monday Boys and Girls! I wanted to remind you that today, at 12:00 noon, former First Lady, Michelle Obama will read another children story on PBS Kids. This is a great listening skill for you. On Wednesday, we will discuss her story via Zoom. This will give you your speaking practices that I'm sure you're missing with me.

¡Feliz Lunes Niños y Niñas! Quería recordarles que hoy, a las 12:00 del mediodía, ex Primera Dama, Michelle Obama leerá otra historia para niños sobre PBS Kids. Esta es una gran habilidad de escucha para ti. El miércoles, discutiremos su historia a través de Zoom. Esto te dará tus prácticas de hablar que estoy seguro que te estás perdiendo conmigo.

Check out our Class Certificate! Look at the number of skills practiced!


IXL News!I am so proud of you all for doing your best in practicing on this website. I know this way of learning is hard for all of you. Believe me, I much prefer to teach you in my classroom. Nevertheless, You all are amazing! Keep practicing!

Noticias IXL! Estoy muy orgullosa de todos ustedes por hacer todo lo posible en la práctica en este sitio web.   que esta forma de aprender es difícil para  todos ustedes. Créeme, prefiero enseñarte en mi  aula. Sin embargo, todos ustedes son increíbles  Sigue practicando!

¡Echa un vistazo a nuestro certificado de clase! ¡Mira el número de habilidades practicadas!
IXL Certificate


Good Day Boys and Girls! I am missing your smiling faces like I'd never imagine! This pandemic is hard for ALL of us, and the learnings look different for you, but what is important at this time is that you keep practicing your skills of Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking in English whenever possible. You can watch on PBS kids everyday and learn so much in a fun way. You can also help translate many things for your parents and that will keep your brain involved and on the right path to learning. I can't wait to see ya'll in our next school year or hopefully sooner, but for now, KEEP LEARNING! 

"During these challenging time we here at Oak Grove Central Elementary and Hernando Hills Elementary are currently working on ways to ensure all of our students have access to an education. Please continue to monitor teacher websites for additional information. We will also be utilizing School Status to send out messages of updates as we have them."
March 18, 2020


"Durante estos tiempos difíciles, aquí en Oak Grove Central Elementary y Hernando Hills Elementary estamos trabajando en formas de garantizar que todos nuestros estudiantes tengan acceso a una educación. Continúen monitoreando los sitios web de los maestros para obtener información adicional. También utilizaremos Estado de la escuela para enviar mensajes de actualizaciones tal como los tenemos ". 18 de marzo de 2020

News!!!! Week of 3/23/2020
Hello parents and students! I am really missing my students and their beautiful smiles. I am praying that everyone is safe in their homes surrounded by loved ones and learning. Parents you all have my number and can call me anytime if you have a question regarding your child's education. Boys and girls I need you to continue practicing on IXL.COM I will add more fun activities as soon as I can figure it all out. I love you all very much! Parents please continue to be in contact through school status and check this page for my week to week NEWS!

About the Teacher/Welcome Msg

I was born and raised in the beautiful country of Belize, and continued on my life's journey by immigrating with my three sons to my adopted home in Mississippi, USA since 1999. In search of giving back to my new home, I decided to switch careers from being a businesswoman to becoming a life long learner and teach. I attended Northwest Community College in my home town of Senatobia, while working as a paraprofessional at Senatobia Elementary School for nine years. During that time, I went on to complete my studies at the University of Mississippi earning a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education, followed by a Masters Degree in Modern Languages with emphasis in (TESOL) Teaching English to Students of Other Languages as well as a secondary license in English 7-12. I became a member of the Desoto County Schools in November of 2015, and am privileged to serve as an EL Specialist. I am currently serving two schools, Hernando Hills Elementary 's 3rd graders, and Oak Grove Central Elementary's 4th -5th grade ELs. My job is a rewarding one filled with diversity. I love my students, their families, their stories, as well as my co-workers. Together, I feel like we make a difference in this world. My philosophy embraces the Mayan Philosophy which is, " In Lak'ech Ala K'in" translated in English it simply means, " I am you~You are me!" When I look into your eyes I see me, so I treat you like I do myself. It goes hand in hand with what my upbringing taught and practiced...It takes a Village to Raise a Child. Thanks for letting me introduce myself.
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Class Schedule

7:00- 7:30 Group 1@ O.G.C.E.  (Cao, Damaso, Alcocer, & Panchal)

7:30 - 8:00 Group 2 @ O.G.C.E. (Balderas, Gonzalez, Pana, Ramos, Mejia)

8:00-8:30 Group 3 @O.G.C.E. (Lopez, Garcia)

8:30 - 9:00 Group 4 @ O.G.C.E. (Ochoa, Sanchez)

9:00-9:30 (Planning)

9:30- 10:00 Group 5 @O.G.C.E. (Valera)

10:00 - 10:30 Group 6@ O.G.C.E. (Bolanos, Lin, Angel)

10:30 - 11:00 Group 7 @O.G.C.E. (Remediation-newcomers)

11:00-12:00 Travel/Lunch

12:00- 12:30 Group 1 @ H.H.E. ( Remediation-newcomers)

12:30 - 1:00 Group 2 @H.H.E. (Arredondo, Illig, Galicia)

1:00 - 1:45 Group 3 @ H.H.E. ( Arias, Vasquez, DeLeon)

1:45 - 2:20 Group 4 @ H.H.E. ( Cruz, Vazquez, Vela, Castro, Davis)



In Lak'ech Ala K'in = I am you & you are me!

Websites for Distance Learning

IXL.COM - Boys and girls, we have been using this website since August. Please continue! I am monitoring and will be rewarding my students in a big way. I'd like for you to do all practices beginning  with Writing Strategies O 1-4 and onward. 

NewsELA is another great website for reading passages. You can create an account as a student if you don't have one.  

Wordscapes- Parents, wordscapes is a free app that you can download on a phone, iPad, or Laptop. I know that my students may become overloaded with some of the websites because many are using them, so a break is good. Wordscapes is a fun way to build vocabulary. it is relaxing, and will build their knowledge of words and their meanings.