Mrs. Lauren Madden

2nd Grade Teacher



Hello! I am Mrs. Lauren Madden. I have had the privilege of teaching second grade at St. James School for the past 19 years. I cannot believe my first class graduated from college in the Spring of 2017! Being a member of the St. James Community has been a blessing for me.  Not only have my own children been baptized and confirmed at St. James, but they are also St. James School alumni. It was during their early school years that I recognized the special atmosphere of St. James School. I was inspired to enroll in National Louis University’s Masters of Education Program and obtained my Teaching Certificate in 2001. I am honored to be a part of the SJS staff that guides and nurtures students to be the best they can be academically and spiritually. I myself am the product of sixteen years of Catholic education. In 2019, I completed the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Certified Catechist Level III Training. Teaching children about our Catholic faith and preparing them for their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion has been my greatest reward. My hope is that every child who passes through the doors of St. James School feels a connection with Jesus and knows how much they are loved and blessed!


Welcome to Second Grade!

I am so happy to meet my new class of second graders! Even though we are doing things a little differently right now, we are going to make the best of our time together! We have a few new faces in the crowd this year so let’s do our best to show them a big bulldog welcome! I hope you all have had a wonderful summer and are ready to learn a lot of great things. Second grade is going to be AWESOME!









Each day children should review their spelling list. Not only should they be able to spell the word correctly, they should also be able to use the word accurately in a sentence. In addition, students should be able to identify the word patterns found in their weekly list. Spelling assessments will be on Friday.

To improve reading fluency and comprehension, have your child read aloud for 20 minutes each day. During the third trimester students will complete biweekly book reports. Students will have a choice of activities to complete which will demonstrate comprehension skills. 

Practice… practice… practice math facts! This year students will use Xtra Math to assess and challenge their math skills. Ten minutes a day will lead to proficiency! Students are encouraged to use their IXL account for practicing math skills. Enrichment and review lessons are assigned daily.


As your child prepares to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist it is important for them to be present at Sunday Mass. Encourage their participation by sitting near the front and avoid distractions. Pray together everyday. Remind your child how much Jesus loves them!