Class Information



Comprehension strategies such as schema (background knowledge), inferring questioning, making connections, determining importance, and summarizing will be the focus in reading. We will also work on fiction and non-fiction text. Having students read independently both at home and at school is very important to practice and apply these skills. Students will apply and enhance these skills while reading within the content area and participating in reading groups.

We will be looking at the different genres and practicing them in writing. The genres include descriptive, narrative, expository, poetry and opinion. Sentence structure, grammar, organization, and conventions is our focus. Student will write in a draft book and publish some writing.

Our Math Curriculum is Ready Math. Math this year will begin with place value and move into multiplication and division. Fractions, geometric relationships, data will also be addressed. Mastering basic math facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is a priority. Practicing facts can be accomplished by your student using Xtra Math, flash cards, and math activities. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR STUDENT PRACTICES MATH FACTS DAILY. Knowing these facts will help your student in all areas of math.

Motion, such as balanced and unbalanced magnets, electricity interactions, life cycles, animal groups and weather makeup our Science curriculum. Creating and participating in Science experiments allows students to critically think, understand and develop a sense of inquiry.

Social Studies
Civics includes branches of government and civic responsibility. Influential people within the communities will allow students to connect to people in their lives. Geography will look at land forms and tie in with our rocks and minerals in science. Students will also participate in Market Day for Economics. Snacks - Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle with water ONLY and a snack each day. Please make sure that your child also brings in a healthy snack. No candy, cookies or soda.

Behavior Expectations
Our classroom is a respectful, caring and safe environment. Students are encouraged to make good choices with their behavior. Most behavior situations are handled with a conversation with the student.   

We focus on the strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning.  Every child’s needs — academic, social, emotional, and physical—are all equally important. 

Academic excellence and rigor is critical to your child’s education. Equally important is teaching them how to take turns, listen respectfully, work effectively with a partner or group, be a problem solver and critical thinker.

Birthday Celebrations  
For your students birthday celebration his/her name will be announced during the announcements and his/her picture will be displayed on our closed circuit TV in the lobby. At Prairie Crossing one of the expectations is that students not share birthday treats, therefore PLEASE DO NOT send in birthday treats.

Communications is key to making your student's 3rd grade year successful. The best way to contact me is through email as I check it several times per day.

Work sent home with a check mark means that I have looked at the work. Work with a number such as 14/15 or a 1, 2, 3, or 4 is work that I have taken a grade on.
1 - Does Not Meet Expectations
2 - Approaching the Expectation
3 - Meets the Expectation
4 - Above the Expectation
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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).