Welcome to Third Grade!

Back-to-School Night 2016

Field Trips & Special Events

September 22, 6:00-7:00 p.m. - 3rd Grade Math Night

October 13 & 14 - Red Bud Center

Fall Date TBA - Jackson School of Geosciences, UT Campus

November 11 1:30 p.m. - Story Wranglers Performance, HP Cafeteria

November 18, 10:00 a.m. - ZACH Theatre Charlotte's Web

December Date TBA - Nutcracker

December 16, 8:00 a.m. - Medieval Faire

December Date TBA - Birds of Prey demonstration, Soccer Field

April 7, 1:30 p.m. - Story Wranglers Performance, HP Cafeteria

May Date TBA - Texas State Cemetery

Enrichment Fees

Third grade enrichment fees are $65. This includes the processing fee to pay with a credit card online. Please visit https://austinisd.schoolcashonline.com/ to pay your 3rd grade enrichment fees!

Enrichment fees cover:


Field Trips and events (listed above)

Academic enrichment (Story Wranglers, Medieval supplies, etc.)

Scholastic News magazine subscription

Grade-level supplies

Please pay enrichment fees online by September 30.

Living Tree

Highland Park will be sending out regular communication via Living Tree.

PLEASE check your account settings to ensure you are receiving communication from teachers, administration, and PTA. Need help? Email: support@livingtree.com

Upcoming communications through Living Tree:

*PE Volunteer sign-ups

*Parent-Teacher Conference sign-ups

*Medieval Volunteer sign-ups

*Important information from Homeroom Parents

ABCs of Third Grade - Highlights

'The ABCs of Third Grade' was posted on Living Tree last week. Please refer to that document for a complete explanation of the most important parts of third grade.

A few highlights:

*Absences - Please make every effort to be at school, on time, every day. If you know ahead of time that your child will be out of school for a few days, please let the teachers know at least a week in advance so that a work packet may be prepared. Students are responsible for work/tests missed due to illness, appointments, travel, etc. If your child is ill, please make an effort to come and pick up missed work. If you are unable to pick up an absence packet, please contact the homeroom teacher if another student or sibling can take the work to you.

*Agendas - Please sign/initial each night.

*Dress Code - Please adhere to AISD's dress code. For example, spaghetti straps are not allowed, shorts should be an appropriate length, and tennis shoes (not sandals) should be worn.

*Flexible Seating - All third grade classes are implementing flexible seating options this school year. After piloting stand-up desks last school year, we are confident that these options help increase focus, decrease behavior issues, and optimize student work output.

*Morning drop-off - Please encourage your child to unpack and enter the classroom independently.

*Snack - Third grade has the LAST lunches of the day. Please pack a healthy and filling snack for your child to ensure their stomachs are happy throughout our long morning of learning.

*Tardies - We run the track immediately after the tardy bell, so it is imperative that your child is on time. If you are a couple minutes late, please come find us outside.

*Transportation - If your child's typical after-school transportation changes, please send a note/email or write one in the agenda. Please also communicate the change to the after-school program, if applicable. If there is a last-minute change, please call the office to ensure that your child and his/her teacher are notified in time.

*Weebly website - You and your students will both find many helpful links on this site.


Third Grade Curriculum Highlights


*Major focus on analyzing and deciphering multi-step word problems

*Continue to develop numerical fluency, especially multiplication and division facts

*Enhance awareness of financial literacy, especially debit, credit, savings, and interest


*Major focus on reading comprehension across all genres

*Developing higher-level thinking skills, like making inferences and predictions, summarizing, and drawing conclusions

*Vocabulary study throughout the year in multiple contexts


*Conventions and spelling practice daily

*Writing process practiced across many types of texts

*Paramount Story Wranglers - 7-week internship in Language Arts classrooms


Fall Semester - "Matter and Energy," "Force and Motion," "Sun, Earth, and Moon"

Spring Semester - "Dynamic Earth," "Organisms and Environments"

Social Studies:

*Communities Past and Present

*Medieval Studies

STAAR Testing:

*Math - Monday, May 8, 2017

*Reading - Tuesday, May 9, 2017

*We will administer benchmark tests in both subject areas throughout the year, and your child's scores will be sent home.

Middle Ages - A Third Grade Enrichment Study


Medieval Faire performance - Friday, December 16th, 8 a.m. in the HP Cafeteria

Birds of Prey - December Time TBA on the soccer field


Get a costume!

Sign up to help prepare for the Faire!

Cross-curricular academic enrichment:

Social Studies: Comparing Feudalism to present-day communities

Science: Using the Design Process to create a catapult

Lang. Arts: Writing a research report on Medieval castles; Reading a fictional novel centered around an element of the Middle Ages