Classroom Information

Each student must come each day wearing a mask.  They will need to bring their backpack each day and carry their materials for school daily and bring them home. 

In our classroom and at home we will focus on learning, growing, and understanding all third grade standards.  Students will learn how to apply a growth mindset to move themselves forward in their learning and knowledge in reading, math, writing, social studies and science.  Here's what we will learn:

Our focus is on balanced literacy which integrates reading, writing, and word study.  We use Jan Richardson's Guided Reading Program to first assess students.  Then in guided reading groups students will learn a variety of strategies in reading, including understanding characters, making inferences, important details, questioning and making connections with both fiction and non fiction texts.  Students will be exposed to multiple genres in a variety of texts.  In writing students will learn the writing process, how to respond to text and how to organize a writing piece with details, grammar, sentence structure and multiple paragraphs.

Ready Math is the curriculum we use to support our teaching and student learning in Third grade.  We begin the year with understanding place value, rounding, addition and subtraction.  Understanding multiplication and division strategies in third grade is a primary focus.  Mastering basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division is a very important component for third graders to know.  Regular practice at home will help students gain strength in this area.  

Social Studies:
We begin our year learning about communities and government (Civics).  We learn about different types of communities and sustainability.  Our class will understand the Branches of Government at the National level, with our focus in Third grade on our local government and its connection to the community.  Later students learn about some of Colorado's History through migration of people, regions in Colorado and its Geography.  Economics is a fun unit where kids learn about supply and demand, profit, marketing, producers and consumers and apply sustainability to what makes a business successful.

Our science this year includes weather and climate, life cycles, and force of motion.  We use our new STEMscopes program to support our learning in science with online activities and reading.

Here's some more:

My primary communication with families is through email: [email protected]
There is a weekly classroom newsletter.  I read and respond to emails daily when I am not teaching.  Please feel free to email me and know that I will respond as soon as I can.

Student behavior management:
We focus on our PCE P.R.I.D.E for students to understand and follow each and every day.  They know that a Positive Attitude, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Effort guide us everyday to be the best students they can be.  The PRIDE chart in our classroom acknowledges positive behavior choices and serves as a reminder to make better choices.  If a student has difficulty making positive choices with their behavior they will talk with me as a first reminder; anything further will result in an email to their family.  

Restroom Breaks and Snacks:
Our classroom is in the mobile, which means we will be taking regular restroom breaks together in the building.  Students are required to sanitize/wash hands both before and after the restroom.  We will take our breaks throughout the day.  Students may bring an extra HEALTHY snack to school for recess in the afternoon.  I do not have a snack time in my room.   Students need to bring their own personal water bottle (Water Only) to school each day and take home everyday.  We do have a bottled water dispenser in the classroom to refill throughout the day.

Birthdays and Star Student:
We will acknowledge birthdays in our classroom.  Each student will get a birthday pencil from me.  We will also recognize each student as a STAR STUDENT where each child will be able to fill in a poster with fun information about themselves and share with the class.  Each classmate will write a letter to their STAR and it will go into a booklet for that student.  

Classwork will be graded for both classroom and E-learning activities and projects.  The grading scale agrees with both district and school instructions:
Exceeds: 4 
Meets: 3
Approaching: 2
Does not meet: 1

If we work together we can meet all the challenges that we face as this new school year begins...I am confident with all my third grade friends.

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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 ).