Mrs. Strickland's Class


March 28-April 1

What a fabulous week we had last week!! I was really impressed with the level of hard work, focus, and determination the kids showed taking the STAAR Writing test. Proud doesn't even begin to cover it! We will be looking for those scores in the next few weeks.

We had an amazing trip to Austin on Friday! The students were so well behaved and had a fun time learning about our state capital and history.

This week we will be working on writing an expository composition about a famous historical figure from Texas. Also, don't forget that Friday is early release!!

Have a great week!!

March 7-11

Happy Spring Break!! What a wonderful week we have had! I really appreciate those of you that were able to come see me a Open House on Tuesday! I enjoyed finally meeting you and visiting with you about your student.

Mrs. Gravley and I are really seeing great progress in our small writing groups. We are working diligently to ensure that our kiddos are ready for that STAAR Writing test on March 29th. We are focusing on revising, editing, and expository compositions. Thank you for helping your student with their writing homework. As a working parent, I know that it is difficult to get it all in, but the more they practice these skills, the easier it will become.

Please remember to return Austin t-shirt forms and money as soon as possible. Money is due no later than March 29th. Also, if you are planning on attending don't forget that you will need to complete a background check with the office.

We have reached the time of year when supplies are getting low. We would so appreciate any help replenishing them. Our classroom is in need of


pencil cap erasers



Here are some reminders of things coming up...

  • March 14-18-Spring Break
  • March 21-Spring pictures
  • March 21-Camp Grady Spruce meeting for 4th grade parents 6:00
  • March 25-Bad Weather Makeup Day/No school
  • March 29-4th grade Writing STAAR
  • April 1-Austin Field Trip

February 29-March 4

Happy Friday! Next Tuesday evening is Open House. We will have several assignments that your student's have completed out, as well as, benchmarks so that you can see the STAAR questions. Please leave the writing samples and benchmarks at school, all the rest can be taken home.

The students will have the same type of writing homework next week. Please make sure that your child is working on this at home. If there is a problem with them getting it completed at home, please make arrangements with me. I am usually here by 7:15 AM; they can come down to work on it.

We will be focusing the next two weeks on Writing. Writing STAAR will be March 29th. We feel that to get more writing time, we are splitting all students into two classes; an AM class and a PM class. During writing, the students will be focusing on grammar, revise/edit, and composition. They will have math/science rotation the other part of the day. We have 9 good days of instruction and do not want to waste a moment. Students will still come to their homeroom first thing each morning and will leave with their homeroom at the end of the day. We are excited about the switch and all will resume back to normal homerooms after Writing STAAR. Please let us know if you have any questions about this.

This week we took a Math Benchmark and celebrated Texas Independence Day! Today we rotated through Texas stations having fun!!!

We sent home the first Austin field trip information. Please send back the order form for t-shirts; money is due March 23rd. If you plan on going, please let me know. Also, you will need to have a background check if you haven't already.

Please don't forget Reading tutoring in Monday and Math tutoring on Tuesday.

February 22-26

I am so very proud of these kiddos and their progress in writing. The benchmark was extremely difficult and they worked their little tails off! Overall class averages increased, as did passing percentages! We have 3 weeks left of instruction before STARR. It is imperative that they are at school every day! I will be targeting specific skills with each child to raise those scores even higher!

Next week, we will have homework in writing. They will be bringing home 3 Revising and Editing passages and a composition to write. We will be going over how to complete the homework in class on Monday. They should need very little help from you; however, if they need some support, have your student visit with me about coming in before school Wednesday or Thursday.

On Wednesday, we have an important Math Benchmark. Please ensure a good night's rest Tuesday and a great breakfast Wednesday morning.

Have a wonderful weekend!

February 15-19

What had another busy, productive week! We worked on distinguishing the correct homophone usage. We even corrected a letter that their concerned teacher wrote to them! The students analyzed a composition and wrote main idea sentences for the three main idea paragraphs. Finally, we collaborated with partners to put a composition in the correct order that follows our expository pillar and used transitions to order the supporting details. Please asked your children to share the parts of the expository pillar and what each part is! Organization is so important!

Next week is an important week for Reading and Writing. On Monday, we will review for a Reading Benchmark on Tuesday. Wednesday, we are reviewing for a Writing Benchmark on Thursday. It is imperative that everyone is at school and focused ready to learn and work hard! We will be rewarding students that use their strategies, prove their answers, and increase their score from the last benchmark. Progress is important, so we will also be meeting with students individually to discuss goals.

Mrs. Gravley and myself will be sending home updated progress reports for you to review.

We will not have Reading or Writing homework next week due to the benchmark tests. They will have math!

Six Flags Reading Logs need to be completed and turned in by Friday, February 26th. No late logs will be accepted. Please turn your class’ logs all together on Friday.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call or email me! Thank you!!

February 8-12

Hope you all have an enjoyable 3 day weekend!! This week has been fast and furious! We worked on annotating expository compositions to analyze the organization of others essays. We had an amazing visitor from the district office that is trained to grade STAAR compositions. She showed the students what a score 4 looks like and listed characteristics that they can add to their own compositions. In addition, we reviewed pronouns. The students worked extremely hard this week.

Remember, students do not have school on Monday. Next week, we are going to further develop our understanding of main ideas and supporting details. We are going to introduce homophones by identifying which is the correct homophone to use in a sentence.

On a final note, We finished our fun run on Thursday! What an amazing time we had! We are sending home pledging envelopes. Please collect your student's donations and return them by Wednesday, February 17th.

January 25-29

What a fabulous week! We introduced transitional words and phrases. We talked about why authors use them in their writing and the different types of transitions. Next, we will be including them in our compositions. In addition, we started a new expository piece. We are writing about someone that is special to us. I have really enjoyed listening and reading about the important someones in your student's life. For instance, I have learned about moms, dads, grandparents and even pets. We will continue this piece next week; writing our final copy by Friday.

I wanted to let you know that we went over this week's homework in class today. The students were to read the prompt to find the topic, complete a Pick, List, Choose with no less than 10 details, and finally, write 2 main idea sentences. We have done this process in class with every composition that we have written. The students know how to do it. We will have the same homework next week with different prompts.

A few reminders for the upcoming week:

Boosterthon begins! I'll be communicating with your daily about the progress and what we are learning about. It is a super fun, easy fundraiser that will help us build a track and post video announcement boards for next year! The Fun Run is 2/11- we hope you can join us!

2/2 – Hat day

2/3 – Athlete Day

2/4 – Crazy Sock

2/5 – Neon Day

2/9 – Crazy Hair

2/10 – Red, White and Blue Day

January 19-22

What a short week! With being off on Tuesday and assessments Wednesday and Thursday, this week flew by! We will be sending home a sheet informing you of your student's scores on each of the assessments. We are asking that you visit with him/her about their performance and sign the form. Please return it the following day.

We will also be adding kids to tutoring after school. Writing tutoring is on Mondays until 3:30 PM. If your student brings home a letter inviting them to stay, please check YES or NO and send it back.

Next week, we are working on transitions. We will also be starting a new expository composition about a special person in our life.

We are also bringing writing homework back. The students will be asked to complete a Pick, List, Choose and write 2 Main Idea sentences for 3 different prompts. If you have any questions, never hesitate to email or call me.

Have a great weekend!

January 11-15

We had another fabulous week! We finished up our expository compositions about New Year's Resolutions! I have learned so much about the students this week through their goals for 2016. Most of the boys are really wanting to improve in sports activities, while the girls concentrated more on school and respect at home. It has been fun reading each one!

Next week: We will continue our learning on adjectives and incorporating them into our writing to add interesting descriptions. We will also review verb tense consistency throughout our writing and adding adverbs to our compositions.

We also have a Writing Benchmark on Thursday. The assessment consists of an expository writing prompt and revision and editing skills. Please make sure that your student is well rested and ready to perform well!

I hope you enjoy your three day weekend! See you Tuesday!!

Here are some important dates to remember...

  • January 18-MLK Day/School holiday
  • January 26-Reading Night
  • February 2-Boosterthon Pep Rally 1:30
  • February 2-Good News Club starts
  • February 12-End of 4th six weeks/early dismissal at 11:45

January 4-8

Welcome back! I hope that your holiday break was blessed with fun times with family and friends! We have been hard at work this week!

In writing, we have studied main verbs, helping verbs, and linking verbs. We extended that learning with regular and irregular verbs through all three verb tenses. The end of this week we added adverbs.

The students also begin writing a new expository composition about New Year's resolutions. It was fun getting to hear what goals they have set for themselves in 2016.

Next week, we will introduce adjectives and transitions to our writing and start another expository composition.

We will also have a guest speaker on Monday morning. His name is David Bedford, and he is from the Science and History Museum in Fort Worth. He will be sharing his knowledge of cattle raisers.

Don't forget Science Fair Projects are due Thursday, January 14th.

As a reminder, please don't hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns about your student. I am always here to help!

Week of December 7-11

Last week we finished up our poetry books. If you have not sent the publishing form back please do. Even if you are not ordering an additional copy, I still need you to sign and return the form.

This week we are writing a letter to Santa asking for something we want, need and read. I will send these home on Tuesday in case you need ideas for presents. ;)

We have a lot going on next week. Please take note of these following events/reminders:

We are having our Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 18th from 8:30-9:30. We are asking the students to send in $2.00 to help cover the cost of our supplies and tasty treats. Please join us for fun!

Spelling Bee will be Wednesday, December 16th at 9:00am.

Fourth grade performance Thursday at 7:45am and Thursday at 6:00pm. Dress up as pirates!

Christmas School Store

Tuesday Dec. 15 @ lunchtime

We will have Christmas presents available to purchase for $1-$2, Giftwrap included!

We will also have regular school store items & special Christmas stuff for .25-$1.

Science Fair Registration forms were due on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. If you did not sign up and still want to PLEASE do so by the end of this week! ONLINE is best- so please go to the link below and sign up. Just click on the link below or type in the link to register. If you can not access the form please fill out and return the attached form.

Registration Form

Resources available at:

Acton Elementary Science Fair – January 14, 2016

GISD District Elementary Science Fair – February 24, 2016

November 30 to December 4

We had a fabulous week back! I hope you all were able to relax and enjoy the rain during our break. It is hard to believe that we are into December and Christmas break is two weeks away! We have a lot of learning to do in a short amount of time. It is so important that the students are at school everyday, so that they do not fall behind.

This week we worked through our revising and editing check point to justify our answers. I am wanting the students to think about the questions and answer choices to eliminate the incorrect answers with justification and tell me why the correct answer is right. We also continued to compose poems for our Student Treasures book. The students learned about how to write a good lead for an introduction of an expository composition that makes the reader want to read more.

Next week, we will start to write the final copies of our poems to send to the publisher by Thursday! I will be sending home a form that asks if you would like to purchase more than the one copy that the student will be receiving. If you do, please complete the form and send it back with payment by Thursday. If you do not want to purchase another copy, please check the box at the bottom of the form, sign, and send it back by Thursday.

We will also be planning an expository composition about Christmas decorations, writing a good lead and central idea for an introduction. They will compose their main idea paragraphs and supporting details.

Here are a few dates to remember:

December 10-Return the Student Treasures form

December 16 - School Spelling Bee

December 18 - Christmas party/early release at 11:45

December 21-January 2 - Christmas Break

January 7 - Report Cards/College Shirt Day

November 16-20

Happy Thanksgiving! This Thanksgiving I am so thankful for your wonderful children. I feel blessed to be a part of their lives. Everyone of them bring their own special joy to mine. Have a fabulous holiday and we will see you on November 30th!

This week in Writing we continued to write poems using figurative language for our Student Treasures books. We also worked on writing main ideas and supporting details for our Thankful Expository compositions.

Science Fair papers were sent home yesterday, Thursday. They need to be returned Wednesday, Dec. 2nd if your child is participating.

Spelling Bee Winners:

Gravley- Bailey, Runner Up- Dillon

Strickland- Emily, Runner Up- Trinity

Egdorf- Zach, Runner Up- Dominique

Club 4 Members!!

Dominique Martinez

Tessa Day

Milo Hall-Jacobson

Lucas Hyde

Trenton Davenport

Hello! Week of Nov. 9-13

What a fabulous first 2 weeks we have had!! I feel so fortunate to have joined such an amazing school and team of fourth graders. The last couple weeks we have spent time getting schedules situated and learning about one another.

We have started working on our first Expository Composition about things in our life that we are thankful for having. We will finish these up next week. We have also started writing poetry for our Student Treasures book. This week we learned what a simile and a metaphor are and how to incorporate them into our writing in an acrostic poem about ourselves.

I wanted to also take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself. I am originally from Kansas, but have lived in Texas five years. We moved to Granbury in late August. I have taught for 13 years and most of those years have been in fourth grade. I love this age!! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me; or if you would like to set up a conference to meet me in person, my conference time is 1:00 PM. Please email me to set up an appointment.

Important Events and Dates

Please Remember!

The classroom Spelling Bee will be in next Thursday , November 19th during class time. Each child will have a chance to participate. Words came home this week. If you need another copy of the words, please let me know and I’ll send another set home. If your child is the classroom winner, they will go on to the campus Spelling Bee. They will get a new set of words to review. The campus Spelling Bee will be December 16th at 9:00. Happy spelling!

Here are some other important reminders

Please make sure your child continues to complete and return their homework. Assignments are sent home on Monday and should be returned on Friday. It is so important to reinforce concepts taught at school, at home. Thanks!

November 18 - Thanksgiving Feast during lunch

November 19 - AES Chick-fil-A Spirit Night 5:00-9:00

November 23-27 - Thanksgiving break