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Welcome Porter Students and Families!

You are about to enter the most exciting grade at Porter. Welcome to First Grade! Hi! My name is Ms. Denise Chapman and I love being a first-grade teacher at Porter. This is my 5th year teaching first grade at Porter, and this is my 26th year in education. I am originally from Brooklyn, New York. My family and I moved to Virginia 16 years ago! My daughter Damaris will be an 8th grade student at Porter and my daughter Danica will be a sophomore at the University of Virginia.

You are going to enjoy your first year at Porter. I love to write, so from the very first day of school we will begin making and writing books. We will begin writing stories about ourselves, our favorite things, and we will even write books of poetry. I love reading and we will read lots of great books together. Who’s your favorite author? Mo Willems is one of my favorite authors and my favorite books are the Elephant and Piggie books! I also love teaching math, so we will do lots of activities to help us to become the best mathematician we can be! We will learn so many things about Virginia in social studies and in science we will use our senses to investigate our natural environment. We can’t forget about all the fun experiences you will have in P.E., art, and music classes!

I told you, it’s going to be an exciting year! I can’t wait to meet all my students and their families. We will spend a lot of time getting to know each other and I know we are going to grow to be community of learners that will always show the Porter Star Qualities of Respect and Responsibility to everyone in our class and school community. It is going to be an amazing school year!

As we approach the first day of school, I have a few reminders for you:

  • Please visit the Porter website (porter.pwcs.edu) for updates and important school related information. You will find the supply list, summer reading lists, uniform policy, school and PTO events, etc.
  • Please plan to attend the New Student Orientation and Teacher Meet and Greet. You may bring in your student’s school supplies during these 2 events. Don’t forget to label your student’s supplies with their name.
  • Your student can earn extra credit for their summer reading. Check the Porter website for the summer reading log and summer reading list. Return the completed summer reading log when school begins for extra credit in reading.

Enjoy your summer and I am looking forward to meeting you in August!


Ms. Denise Chapman

Contact Information:  [email protected]

Updated: August 21, 2021

Important Dates:

Monday, August 23rd-1st Day of School

Things To Remember for the 1st Day of School:

  • Students should know how they are getting home from school on Monday.
  • Bring a backpack. Students will received their laptops on Monday. Their backpack will help keep the laptop protected.
  • Bring a water bottle to school-a hydrated mind is an alert mind!
  • Bring a healthy snack-we learn best when we are not hungry.
  • Practicing tucking uniform shirt into skirts, pants, or shorts. We earn have to earn untucked days!
  • Monday's Encore is Music with Mrs. Kelsey.
  • Let your student know they are going to have an AWESOME LEARNING DAY!

Instructional Technology Homepage:

Mr. Fahy's Technology Help Page

Ms. Chapman's Class Schedule: 



Arrival and Getting Ready for Our Learning Day


Morning Meeting


Language Arts











1:50- 2:35


2:40- 3:30

Social Studies/Science





Canvas Information and Log Ins:

PWCS Student Password Reset:PWCS Password Reset

Link to Student Canvas Log in

Link to Parent Canvas
Link to Clever

Additional Canvas Resources
What Is Canvas?
Parent Canvas Orientation
Canvas for Students
Student Video Guides

How to Videos:
Canvas Walk Through
Moby Max Log In
Capstone Library


2021-22 School Year 





Our Classroom Schedule: 

 8:45-9:00 Arrival

 9:00-9:10 Class Meeting

 9:10-10:40 Language Arts

 10:45-11:00 Milers

 11:00-11:10 Snack

 11:15-12:45 Math

 12:50-1:20 Lunch

 1:25-1:45 Recess

 1:50-2:35 Encore

2:40-3:30 Science/SS

3:30-3:40 Dismissal



Our Encore Schedule
DAY 1 Music with Mrs. Kelsey
DAY 2 PE with Mr. Mathias
DAY 3 Art with Dr. Nicholson

Upcoming Events