3rd Grade Back To School Night

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2014 - 2015
The 3rd Grade Team
STEM – Math and Science
Mrs. Sarah Gonnella and Ms. Jenn Warner
Humanities – ELA and Social Studies
Mrs. Mary Mechalske and Mrs. Leah Offutt
Specialized Instruction
Ms. Chrissy Bixler – ELA Specialist
Ms. Carey Sneska– G & T
Mrs. Miki Fitzgerald – Math Resource
Ms. Samantha Gostic and Ms. Kristi Pfeffer Resource Teachers
Our Schedule
8:55- 9:20 Homeroom
9:20-11:20 AM Rotation
11:25-12:25 Specials
12:30-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:20 Recess
1:20-3:20 PM Rotation
3:20-3:40 Flex Time
3:40-3:45 Pack-up
3:45 Dismissal
Flex Time
This is something new we are trying this year. It
is designed to be a time where we can provide
intervention and reteach as necessary. The
children will be expected to be working with a
teacher, an assistant, or independently.
Carroll County Public Schools recognizes the importance between
attendance and academic success.
Please contact the school every day your child will not be
present for learning.
Please make arrangements to obtain missed class work if
Please contact the school nurse or school counselor, if your
child’s absence will be more than three days due to illness or
emotional concerns. There may be supports available for you and
your child.
All student absences must be reported to the school office.
This can be done with a phone call, hand written note
signed by the parent, or by email to:
[email protected]
For more information regarding attendance and
attendance procedures please see the student handbook, or
the Student Services Manual located on the CCPS website
Cafeteria Account
• Personal Identification Number (PIN)
• Help your child remember his/her 5 digit PIN #
• Monitor your child’s account on www.schoolpaymentsolutions.com
$$$ Money $$$
• Parents/Guardians choose the amount of money to place in their child’s
• Money can be used for meals or snack
How do I start or add to my child’s account?
• www.schoolpaymentsolutions.com
• Check or Cash
Annual Parent Permission Process
• The annual parent permission process has gone online this year.
• Parents should have received an email last week about completing
the permissions through the ESP Center.
• These include: Disclosure of Directory Information, Students in
Media Coverage, Use of Student Work Product, and Indication
that you have received the Portable Electronic Devices School
Board Policy.
New Visitor Protocol
• A Camera and buzzer system has or will be installed at all schools
to increase student safety and school security.
Carroll County Public Schools
Visitor Entry Protocol
All exterior doors must be locked after AM
student arrival
All visitors must ring the main entrance buzzer
to request entry
Prior to allowing entry to the building, staff will
monitor visitor entry and ask the following:
1. Full Name
2. Reason for visiting
3. Visitor appointments with staff will be
Visitor Protocol
Staff will direct
visitors to the main office for
sign in
Visitors including volunteers, are required to
sign in through the computerized system (name,
date, time and purpose of visit)
All visitors must show photo identification card
All visitors must be issued a visitor’s badge
(exceptions: employees displaying a CCPS badge)
Contractors and service providers paperwork will be
reviewed and verified
Visitors must return their badges to the main office
and sign out when leaving
Portable Electronic
BYOD – Bring your own device, is a policy being piloted by several
elementary schools for the
first 2 quarters of this school year.
• Runnymede will be implementing the policy beginning at quarter 3 in
January 2015. At that time students will be allowed to bring devices to
school to use within the guidelines for students in grades 3 – 12.
• More information has been provided in the September Newsletter.
Student/Parent Handbook
• One Student/Parent Handbook is distributed to each family
including an insert with important information relevant to
RUE, and the CCPS calendar with policies and important
Birthdays - Birthday invitations can be distributed at school if done in an unobtrusive
manner. Please send InReminders
only non-food items. Alternative possibilities include pencils,
stickers, goody bags, etc.
•Tissues and Ziploc bags
•Please Visit our Lending a Hand Board
•Third Grade Memory Books – Gift Cards to Wal-Mart for photo printing
Volunteers - Please be sure to take a
volunteer training session 7 school days
prior to volunteering in the classroom
Toys and Electronics Policy
No electronic radios or games
No trading cards
No Toys/Stuffed Animals
PARCC Testing
Students in 3rd grade will participate in the State
PARCC testing for Reading and Math. Testing
Dates are TBD and you will be getting more
information about this as the year progresses.
Field Trips
• In order to chaperone, you MUST have completed a volunteer training at
least 7 days prior to the trip – THE SOONER YOU GET IT DONE THE
Field Trips
• Please send in a money order or check made out to Runnymede
• We will try to accommodate as many chaperones as we can for
each trip
• Be on the look-out for details on trip locations during the year!!
Book Orders
Homeroom teachers will be sending home Scholastic books orders throughout
the school year
You can order online or send a check into school with the order form (checks
made payable to Scholastic)
Scholastic allows you to…
• Choose from a variety of grade and reading level specific books for your
• Earn free books for the classroom library
• Homework Assignments
• 20 minutes of reading (Strive for 25)
• Word study
• Math practice
• Communication Source
• Code of Conduct
• Clip Chart Behavior Log
Report Cards
This is the first year that
you children will receive
letter grades on their
report card.
Discovery Education
A great resource for parents to use at
home is Discovery Education.
Steps on how to access Discovery
Education from Home:
1. Go to
2. Children log in with their
computer log in user and
password. (In the front of
their agendas)
What is PBIS?
The application of evidence-based strategies and
systems to assist schools:
to increase academic performance
increase safety
decrease problem behavior and establish positive school
PBIS Big Ideas
• Positive Behavior Support is a process for teaching
children appropriate behavior and providing the
supports necessary to sustain that behavior.
PBIS is not a curriculum - it is a framework for
systems to identify needs, develop strategies, and
evaluate practice toward success
• PBIS helps reduce challenging
student behavior through a
proactive, positive, and
consistent manner across ALL
school settings.
• Additionally, it helps improve
academic achievement and social
Be Respectful
Be Responsible
Be Ready to Learn
Grade Level Incentives
• Students earn tickets in all
classrooms and throughout the
school for displaying
appropriate behaviors
• Grade Level rewards given at
least twice a month:
• Bring a stuffed animal to
• Pajama Day
• “Hopper” Day
• Extra recess
reminder will be given
about appropriate behavior.
• Individual reminder/redirection
will be given about appropriate
• Chronic behavior will result in
a support room or office
• Certain actions warrant
immediate administrative
involvement such as fighting,
using inappropriate language,
harassment, threats, and
possession of contraband or
Classroom Clip Charts
Pink Outstanding
Purple Great Job
Ready to
Yellow Think About
Orange Consequence
Classroom Clip Chart
Log in Agendas
A u g u s t
S e p t
e m b e r
2 0 1 4
25 AM
26 AM
27 AM
28 AM
29 AM
25 PM
26 PM
27 PM
28 PM
29 PM
1 AM
2 AM
3 AM
4 AM
5 AM
1 PM
2 PM
3 PM
4 PM
5 PM
8 AM
9 AM
10 AM
11 AM
12 AM
8 PM
9 PM
10 PM
11 PM
12 PM
15 AM
16 AM
17 AM
18 AM
19 AM
15 PM
16 PM
17 PM
18 PM
19 PM
22 AM
23 AM
24 AM
25 AM
26 AM
22 PM
23 PM
24 PM
25 PM
26 PM
29 AM
30 AM
29 PM
30 PM
Pink = Outstanding
Purple = Great Job
Green = Ready To Learn
Yellow = Warning
Orange = Consequence
Red = Referral
Third Grade Commitment to Parent and
Parents will receive regular communication:
•Data Binders
•Agenda Books
•Quarterly Progress Reports
•Phone calls
Math Homework
Math Resource Folders
Basic Fact Bags
Homework Labels
Nightly Assignments and Unit
If your child is stuck, write
a note!
Mathematically Speaking Newsletters
• Inside your child’s Math Resource Folder, you will find a plastic
page protector. This page protector will house all of our
Mathematically Speaking Newsletters.
• The Mathematically Speaking Newsletters are a tool we use to
communicate with parents about the curriculum expectations and
standards. These newsletters will include parent-friendly language
and examples.
Online Resource for Parents at Home
• Carroll County Teachers with the help of Donn Hicks (Elementary
Mathematics Supervisor) have made this resource to help parents at
X-tra Math is a basic fact website that you will be receiving a letter
about in the future to help your child practice his/her basic facts.
STEM Data Binder
Means of tracking student progress
Way for student to take ownership in his/her learning
Form of communication with parents
Periodically you might see a label in your child’s data binder with an updated grade. Please contact
your child’s STEM teacher if you have any questions or concerns.
In the data binder you will find a bright piece of cardstock that says “New STEM Data”. This
divider will mark the new work samples in the data binder.
Work in the data binder is used when determining report card grades
STEM Data Binder Samples will include:
Unit Check-Ups (Post Tests)
Quizzes and Basic Fact Quizzes
STEM Grading Policy
Work in the data binder is used when determining report card grades
Math report card grades consist of an average of all of the samples in the STEM Data
When determining an overall letter grade, the specific indicators are used.
At the top of each assessment, you will find an indicator box that includes what your
child has earned for each of the included report card indicators as well as an overall
letter grade.
Fact fluency is an indicator on the report card but it is not used to determine the
overall letter grade.
STEM Grading
• Tests & Quizzes from the data binder.
• Grading Scale
90% - 100%  O = A
80% - 89%  S = B
70% - 79%  S = C
60% - 69%  N = D
59% & Below  N = F
Third Grade Specifics
Unit 1: Foundation of Multiplication, Division and Area
Unit 2: Strategies for Addition, Subtraction, and Measurement
Unit 3: Equal Partitioning and Naming Fractions
Unit 4: Multiplication and Division
Unit 5: Multiplication, Division, and Area
Unit 6: Equivalence and Comparing Fraction, Measurement and Data
Unit 7: Geometry and Measurement
Unit 8: Computational Fluency
What about high
ability learners?
In Grades K-5, CCPS teachers will utilize the
Progression Documents to meet the needs of
our high ability students.
Flexible Groupings
This year in math we will be using flexible groups to meet the needs
of all students. This means depending on the concept or skill your
child may work in a different math group or classroom.
We will assess the children’s knowledge and Ms. Warner and Mrs.
Gonnella will make groups to meet the needs of all learners.
SO just because your child is currently assigned to one of our classes
this does not mean that they will not be working with both of us.
Fact Practice
• Your child will bring home a Basic Fact Bag each night. Please
help your child review his/her facts at least three times per week.
• The facts that your child will practice will include any addition
and subtraction not yet mastered as well as all of the
multiplication division facts to 100.
Living Things
Road Trip Through Maryland
STEM Unit A work in Process
Physical Science
Ways to contact us
with ANY questions or
Good times to call us: before school (8:00-8:45), during
planning (11:30-12:15),
or after school (4:00-4:15)
Written notes or notes on the homework
STEM Website
Questions for STEM
This is not a conference; please refrain from
asking questions specific to your child.
Third Grade Instructional Materials
• Social Studies
• McGraw-Hill Wonders
Example of Daily Schedule
Using Wonders Series
Whole Group/Vocabulary
Introduction to the week’s
theme, vocabulary, listening
Example of Daily Schedule
When Teaching Social Studies
-Social Studies vocabulary
-REV It Up Vocabulary
Flexible Reading Groups
Flexible reading groups to meet Whole Group
students’ needs
Flexible Reading Group
Word Study
Flexible reading groups to meet
We are using Fundations this
students’ needs
year as
our word study this year
Word Study and Grammar
We are using Fundations this
year as our word study this year
Social Studies
Carroll County
Instruction will be integrated into
ELA. Parent letters will highlight
learning objectives and key
Determining Reading
• Houghton Mifflin (phonics)
•Running Records (comprehension,
fluency & decoding)
•Scholastic Reading Inventory Score (SRI)
•The Comprehension Benchmark Assessment (CBAs - reading
comprehension and writing
•Writing samples
•Daily classroom performance
Third Grade – On Grade Level
Reading Level
Scholastic Reading Inventory
Comprehension Benchmark Assessment
County Writing Rubrics – Dev. of Ideas
County Writing Rubrics -Organization
County Writing Rubrics – Clarity
County Writing Rubrics – Conventions
Quarter 1
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
≥ 70%
≥ 70%
Strive for 25
Students who read daily will grow as readers and be much more
successful when reading
• Students read books on their independent reading level.
• Students will write a brief letter discussing their reading
• Teachers will be sure that students are selecting books
appropriate for their reading level
Please be sure your child brings a book to school every day
Word Study Homework
Students will have nightly word study homework that will consist of
different engaging activities that reinforce spelling patterns/syllable
types taught through our Fundations phonics instruction. A parent
letter will go home at the beginning of each new unit with the
attached homework activities.
Cursive Handwriting
Why teach cursive?
Fluent, spontaneous handwriting makes more working
memory available to focus on higher level thinking.
The lack of an automatic command of handwriting can inhibit
a student's ability to write, affect his self confidence and
encourage him to avoid writing,
Data Binders
• Means of tracking student progress
• Form of communication with parents
• Way for student to take ownership in his/her
Data Binders
E.L.A. Sample work:
•Wonders assessments
•Writing pieces
•Responses to texts
•Graded class work
•Social Studies assessments
•Fundations assessments
•REV It Up assessments
Thanks for coming!