Class News

Mrs. Rooney and Mrs. Hassman's Tribune

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

Watch for reminders in your child's assignment notebook this week. This week is a great week for students to get into the habit of having someone initial or sign their assignment notebook each day.

What is going on this week?

This weeks schedule:

Monday, 9/7--- No School --Labor Day

Tuesday, 9/8---- Day 2 (Hassman --Music and Spanish ), (Rooney -- PE and Spanish)

Wednesday, 9/9----- Day 3 (Hassman -- Spanish and PE ), (Rooney -- Art and Library)

Thursday, 9/10----Picture Day at Horizon; Day 4 (Hassman -- PE and Library ), Rooney -- Music)

Friday, 9/11----- Day 5 (Hassman -- Music and PE), Rooney -- Spanish, Music)

Monday, 9/14--- will be a Day 1 again.

What's Going on in Fourth Grade?

We are a TRIBES Community

This year students will not only learn academics, but many socialization skills utilizing the program Tribes.The clear purpose of the Tribes process is to assure the healthy development of every child so that each one has the knowledge, skills and resiliency to be successful in a rapidly changing world.

How It Works

Tribes is a step-by-step process to achieve specific learning goals. Four agreements are honored:

  • attentive listening

  • appreciation/no put downs

  • mutual respect, and

  • the right to pass

Students learn a set of collaborative skills so they can work well together in long-term groups (tribes). The focus is on how to:

  • help each other work on tasks

  • set goals and solve problems

  • monitor and assess progress

  • celebrate achievements.

The learning of academic material and self-responsible behavior is assured because teachers utilize methods based upon brain-compatible learning, multiple intelligences, cooperative learning and social development research. If you have further questions, you can ask Ms. Rooney or access the website at

On Friday, all fourth grade students met in the cafeteria with Mrs. Swanson, Mr. Gull, Mrs. Farrow, and Mrs. Berlin to talk about expectations. We modeled appropriate cafeteria/lunch behaviors and made posters to remind us what it should look like, sound like, and feel like in the cafeteria each and every day.

This week, fourth graders will meet with Mrs. Farrow to discuss what behaviors should look like, feel like, and sound like in the hallways.

Each classroom teacher is also looking to have students share their ideas about classroom expectations---looks like, feels like, and sounds like. It's a great way for students to give us their input and take ownership of expected behaviors.