Hello! My name is Tony Maahs. This is my thirteenth year teaching at
Lakeside. I love my job and am very excited about the 2013-2014 school
year and hope you are too. Please do not hesitate to contact
me with any questions or concerns. I want your child to have the best fifth
I received my education degree from St. Cloud State University. While
teaching, I continued my schooling at St. Mary's University of Winona where
I received my Masters in Education.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Jen, and our
two kids, Abby and Luke. Abby is ten years old and will be entering
fifth grade this year; she loves swimming, playing basketball, eating ice
cream, reading and riding her bike. My son Luke is five years old and
enjoys books, being dramatic and waking up early (followed by waking up the
rest of the family). He starts all day kindergarten this fall and is very
excited about that! As a family we love to travel and enjoy bike rides and
I love to play golf and basketball when time allows. I enjoy watching NFL
football on the weekends - especially the New Orleans Saints!
I want to set up a classroom environment that is comfortable for
everyone. We do this by practicing Lakeside PRIDE: Positive attitude,
Respect, Integrity, Discipline, and Excellence. I want your child to enjoy
coming to school everyday, but also understand that school can be
challenging and hard work at times.
It is very important for students to stay on top of their work in
fifth grade (especially math). The students will have homework daily
(especially math) and need to be responsible by getting their work in
on time. The kids will have homework notebooks where they will write
down all assignments that are due. These notebooks are to be signed
by adults at home to verify that students are completing assignments.
The students also have reading logs and journals in which they will set a
goal for reading minutes during the month. They will need to keep track of
their minutes and turn in their logs with a parent signature at the end of
each month. With the log, they will also turn in a reading journal in which
they write about the books they read that month.