3rd Grade Newsletter

August 12-August 21

Smore Links

Claggett's Corner: https://www.smore.com/9mx62

Welcome to 3rd Grade Newsletter: https://www.smore.com/rza3p

If you would like to submit a photo of your fun adventures, please email it to Emily Marks at emarks@okvirtual.org.


NewRow is Here!

This year, we are using a new platform for our live class connect sessions called NewRow. The great thing about NewRow is that it's web-based and doesn't require extra downloads on your computer. It is also accessible through tablets and mobile devices if needed.

Here are some helpful tips for using NewRow for our class connects:

  • Use Google Chrome for your browser.
  • Once logged into NewRow for class, use the Quick Tech Check to test your devices and make sure everything is working properly. (Bookmark this page!)
  • If you come across any issues during classes, refresh the page.

NWEA MAP Growth Screener

During the week of August 17th, students will be taking the NWEA MAP Growth Screener live in classes. Before we take the screener in class, make sure that you can access the NWEA testing website here. Be sure to check that your pop-up blocker is disabled for this site. Once on the site you should see the "Log In" page. See the video below for more information on the NWEA MAP Growth screener.
Lyla's Explains MAP Growth
NWEA Information & Practice Test

Username: grow Password: grow

NEW Student View for OLS

This year, we have a new student view for the OLS. It is fun and easy to use! We strongly encourage students to use this new view, as the old OLS will not be available next year. The learning coach account view will remain the same. As a reminder, both students and learning coaches should be logging in daily!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • August 12th: First Day of School
  • August 12th-August 17th: Bison Bootcamp
  • August 18th-August 21st: NWEA MAP Growth Screener LIVE in Classes
  • September 8th- Quarter 1 Writing Work Sample Due
  • September 10th- Quarter 1 Math TGA Due

On-Track Calendar

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Course Information


Our goal for 3rd graders this year is for them to grow in not only their knowledge but also their LOVE for reading. Take the time to read for at least 20 minutes every day in a book on your level and that you enjoy! A great resource we have is the Big Universe library, located in the quick links on your OLS. Check it out today!


During the school year, you will notice that some lessons will have a "Part 2" in addition to the main lesson. The reason for these supplemental lessons is to meet the rigor of the Oklahoma Academic Standards. Please do not skip these lessons. During the first two weeks, these additional lessons will fall on the day after the lesson, but throughout the year, these lessons will fall on the same day as the main lesson. When this happens, we will make adjustments to let you know exactly what will be required that day. This will not be more work, just different. Please be sure to refer to the newsletter each week for the adjustments.


Elective (Art, Music, Foreign Language) and PE courses will not start until September 1st.

Important Websites

Bison On Track Calendars and Newsletters

You will be able to find current and past Bison On Track Calendars and Newsletters on the school website.

IT Support

If you are experiencing technical issues, please use the link above or call 866-512-2273 to submit a ticket.

Teacher Contact Information