WELCOME PARENTS!  DURING OUR ACADEMIC BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT, I HOPE TO ANSWER MANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS.  THE FOLLOWING CAN BE USED FOR REFERENCE OR FOR THOSE WHO COULDN'T MAKE IT.  PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THERE ARE OTHER THINGS YOU'D LIKE TO SEE POSTED ON THIS PAGE AS AN EXPLANATION OR RESOURCE.

                   

  • OVERVIEW OF YEAR:  2015-16 school year.  This link shows our focuses this year in science and social studies, and gives a bit of info about Engage Math, Expeditionary Learning, testing cycles for 4th and 5th grade, and our end of the year trip!
  • DAILY SCHEDULEDAILY SCHEDULE  This link lets you know (roughly) what we're up to on any given day.

  • MATH CURRICULUM: Changes in the math curriculum have you feeling flustered?  Start by viewing this short video clip to gain a better understanding of why some of the shifts around mathmatics are being made.  Don't forget that there's a great math homework help link on the "Ms. Lisa's Important Links" page (see blue bar to the left).
  • Student Mathmatical Practices are some of the ACTIONS that we expect children to engage in each and every day in mathmatics.  Abreviated as SMP, in case you hear your child mentioning it.

  • SPELLING: I often hear parents wonder what words their child needs to be responsible for spelling correctly.  TCSD has adopted a developmental word study program (Words Their Way) in which students explore and master spelling patterns.  There are, however, a list of words that students "just need to KNOW."  This list has the NO EXCUSE words as well as 4th an 5th grade lists of words to master.  Here are the 1200 SITTON SPELLING WORDS, which are the most frequently used written words.  If you want to work on spelling at home, you can guage where your child is and follow the continuum.  Rather than create "Friday Tests," the classroom bottom line is that studied and mastered words and patterns are used correctly in student's writing.  

  • SELF GOVERNANCE: Self Governance is our classroom system of recognizing the efforts of those who are able to manage their own selves.  Each week, students collectively decide on a perameters that falls under each of "Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible" and track their efforts each week.  If a student successfully manages their own behavior, they receive priveledges the following week (student generated).  If not, they get a fresh start the following week, but without priveledges.