Runnymede Elementary School Third Grade Back To School Night 2012-2013

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  • Runnymede Elementary School Third Grade Back To School Night 2012-2013
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  • Our Third Grade Team Mrs. Sarah Gonnella STEM (Math and Science) Mrs. Mary Mechalske Humanities (ELA and Social Studies) Mrs. Leah Offutt Humanities (ELA and Social Studies) Mrs. Debbie Suter Humanities and STEM (ELA, Math, Science & Social Studies) Ms. Jenn Warner STEM (Math and Science) Mrs. Betty Bloomfield G & T Mrs. Miki Fitzgerald Math Resource Teacher Ms. Samantha Gostic & Mrs. Kristi Pfeffer- Resource Teachers Mrs. Cyd Pecoraro ELA Specialist
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  • Our Daily Schedule 8:55- 9:20 Homeroom 9:20-10:20 AM Rotation 10:25-11:25 Specials 11:30-12:25 AM Rotation 12:30-1:00 Lunch 1:05-1:20 Recess 1:20-1:30 Bathroom break 1:30-3:35 PM Rotation 3:35-3:45 Pack-up 3:45 Dismissal
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  • Determining Reading Levels Words Their Way (phonics, word study) Houghton Mifflin (phonics) Running Records (comprehension, fluency & decoding) Scholastic Reading Inventory (comprehension and vocabulary) Formative Comprehension Assessment (reading comprehension and writing ) Writing samples Daily classroom performance Quarter 1 Level N Quarter 2- Level O
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  • 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 Quarter 1- Fiction (Focus on story elements and examining characters) Please be sure your child brings a book to school every day
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  • 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, Gradual transition from manuscript to cursive in January
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  • Social Studies Economics Regions Carroll County Instruction will be integrated into ELA. Parent letters will highlight learning objectives and key vocabulary.
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  • The Specifics for Grade 3 On Grade-level pre-tests will be given to all students
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  • What About Our High Ability Learners? In grades K-6, the needs of high ability learners can most often be met through the addition of depth and complexity to the core standards. Teachers should use instructional methods that allow students to delve deeper into mathematics through tasks that are accessible to all, encourage extended thinking and develop advanced depth of knowledge. ~Common Core Authors
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  • What About Our High Ability Learners? Students who are capable of moving more quickly deserve thoughtful attention, both to ensure that they are challenged and that they are mastering the full range of mathematical content and skills without omitting critical concepts and topics. ~Common Core Authors In Grades K-3, CCPS teachers will utilize the Progression Documents to meet the needs of our high ability students.
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  • Fact Memorization Beginning of the year - addition and subtraction Middle to end of year - multiplication and division flash cards, playing cards, computer games
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  • Science Living Things Road Trip Through Maryland STEM Unit A work in Process Physical Science
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  • Maryland State Assessment (MSA) Students in 3 rd grade participate in the State testing. Testing Dates Mathematics- March 5 th and 6 th Reading- March 12 th and 13 th
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  • Report Card
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  • Data Binder Means of tracking student progress Form of communication with parents Way for student to take ownership in his/her learning Math Sample work: Assignments Pre & Post Tests E.L.A. Sample work: Treasures assessments BCRs (Brief Constructed Responses) Writing pieces Responses to literature
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  • Agenda Book Homework Assignments 20 minutes of reading (Strive for 25) Word study Math practice Communication Source Code of Conduct
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  • Wordopoly Homework Your child will be bringing home a Word Study homework sheet called Wordopoly on Monday. This sheet will serve as a menu for your child to select which activities they want to complete each week for word study words. Each homework assignment is given a value between $50 and $250. Your child must complete $400 worth of word study homework each week but has the freedom to choose which activities to complete.
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  • Wordopoly Card As your child completes his/her word study homework, your child will need to write the name of the activities he/she completes and the amount that the activities add up to. We are also asking that you and your child sign the card to ensure that the homework was completed.
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  • If a child doesnt know how to read, we teach. If a child doesnt know how to swim, we teach. If a child doesnt know how to multiply, we teach. If a child doesnt know how to drive, we teach. If a child doesnt know how to behave, we teach? punish? Why cant we finish the last sentence as automatically as we do the others? (Herner, 1998)
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  • What is School-wide Positive Behavior Support? The application of evidence-based strategies and systems to assist schools: to increase academic performance increase safety decrease problem behavior and establish positive school cultures
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  • 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
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  • Why a School-wide Approach? It reduces challenging student behavior through a proactive, positive, and consistent manner across all school settings and Improves academic achievement and social competence
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  • Code of Conduct Be Respectful Be Responsible Be Ready to Learn Bus Bathroom Halls Class Cafe. Recess Assemblies
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  • 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: Pajama Day Hopper Day Bring a stuffed animal to school Hat Day Extra recess Movie Day
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  • Consistent Consequences 1.General reminder will be given about appropriate behavior. 2.Individual reminder/redirection will be given about appropriate behavior. 3.Student receives a sticker in assignment book notifying parent. 4.Chronic behavior will result in a support room or office referral. Today your child struggled with. Respect _________________________ Responsibility ________________________ Ready to Learn _________________ Certain actions warrant immediate administrative involvement such as fighting, using inappropriate language, harassment, threats, and possession of contraband or weapons.
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  • Field Trips 2 trips in the spring: Carroll County Historical Society and Union Mills Homestead Thursday, April 25 th Baltimore Museum of Industry Thursday, May 30th Chaperones: Completion of Volunteer Training 7 days prior to trip
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  • Miscellaneous Reminders Birthdays Birthday invitations can be distributed at school if done in an unobtrusive manner. Please send In only non-food items Fees (No Cash) Field Trips -checks made out to Runnymede Book Orders -checks made out to Scholastic Books Supplies Tissues and disposable camera
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  • Toys and Electronics Policy No electronic radios or games No trading cards No Toys/Stuffed Animals
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  • Student Attendance Carroll County Public Schools recognizes the importance between attendance and academic success. Please contact the school every day if your child will not be present for learning. Please make arrangements to obtain missed class work if applicable. Please contact the school nurse or school counselor, if your childs absence will be more than three days due to illness or emotional concerns. There may be supports available for you and your child. Please provide written documentation (handwritten note sent in with your child, faxed note (fax # 410-751-3537), or email ( as to the reason for the absence upon your childs return to For more information regarding attendance and attendance procedures please see the student handbook, or the Student Services Manual located on the CCPS website
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  • Third Grade Commitment to Parent and Students Parents will receive regular communication: Letters Data Binders Agenda Books Quarterly Progress Reports Phone calls
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  • Questions? If you have specific questions about your child, please give the teacher a call. Thanks!!


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