Mrs. Stasney's 3rd Grade News

For the week of March 4th

Practice STAAR Testing This Week

On Tuesday & Wednesday, the students will be taking their first practice STAAR math and reading tests! Math will be on Tuesday, and reading will be on Wednesday. The students will have 4 hours each day to complete the tests, just like with the real tests in the end of April.

We will start the testing right after specials at 8:30. There will not be rotation on Wednesday; rather, the students will attend only PE for 45 minutes that day.

I have told the students that I will provide them with a snack (tiny twist pretzels). If the students do not want this snack, they are welcome to bring their own. However, please do not send your child with a snack that drips (such as oranges) or a snack that stains their fingers (such as Cheetos, Doritos, or Takis). I have told the students that they will not be allowed to eat these types of snacks during testing so that the test booklets and scantrons do not accidentally get stained. Thanks for your help with this! :)

Read Across America Last Friday!

March 1st was "Read Across America" in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday! Hopefully your child told you about some of the fun things we did that day!

After specials, our class headed down to Mrs. Owens's kindergarten class and read books with kindergarten buddies! Then we helped our buddies make a "Horton Hears a Who" craft with toilet paper rolls, paper, and glue! All kids (both K and 3rd graders) had so much fun that Mrs. Owens and I decided we would continue this on the first Friday of each month for the rest of the school year!!

Then, in the afternoon, 3 Aggie athletes (one football player and 2 swimmers) plus an Aggie Yell Leader came to Bowen! The athletes gave inspirational speeches about working through hardships and focusing on academics before athletics. The Yell Leader read "Green Eggs & Ham" to the school. There was a photographer there from "The Eagle." If you haven't seen some of the pictures from the event, check them out on the newspaper's website (

Biography Projects

We will continue working on our biography projects this week during writing and social studies times in class. My goal is to have the projects completed by Friday so that the students can present them to the rest of the class.

Your child can work on their projects at home as well as at school, but please make sure they bring their work with them to school each day. There will be time each day during class to work on these, and all students need to be working during this time, even if they are working on it at home.

Students who chose the pizza box biography project will receive their pizza boxes on Monday. Students who chose the biography poster will need their poster boards on Monday (or Tuesday at the latest).

Please email me if you have any questions about the project! :)

Upcoming Events

-Monday through Friday: Spring Book Fair (students can go during lunch after they've finished eating)

-Tuesday, March 5th: Practice STAAR Math test

-Wednesday, March 6th: Practice STAAR Reading test, no rotation today, PE only

-Thursday, March 7th: Math & Science Night at Bowen from 5:30-7:30 pm, Book Fair will be open this evening for family shopping

-March 11th-15th: Spring Break!!

-Friday, March 29th: No school for Good Friday holiday