The Thomas Times

Science & Math Happenings for the Week of February 15, 2016

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Thank you all so much for all of the Valentine treats and goodies. I could definitely feel the love on Friday!!
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If you have any of the following items around the house, please send them to school. We are beginning our unit on measurement, and are in search of items to use as benchmark measurements. Thank you in advance!


  • Gallon jug
  • Quart jug
  • 1 Liter bottle
  • Pint Container (like the larger size white/chocolate milk, not the size from the cafeteria)
  • yogurt container (small, not the large container)
  • medicine cup (the kind that comes with cough syrup)

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February 15: Student Holiday


February 19: Plano Symphony Orchestra field trip


February 24: Cici's Spirit Night


February 29-March 4: College Week


March 3: PTA Meeting


March 7-11: Spring Break

4th Grade Math Checkpoint Assessment

This week, your student will be bringing home their Checkpoint report. There is A LOT of information included in these reports, including:


  • your child's score and whether they met/did not meet expectations or were commended
  • which TEKS/student expectations they mastered and which they did not
  • the standards in each reporting category they did not master


Students have had the opportunity to look at their score on the 3rd grade STAAR test and their score on the Checkpoint. We've worked together to come up with a goal for each student to score on their 4th grade STAAR test. These goals are attached to the Checkpoint report, as well.


There were quite a few questions (22) on the Checkpoint covering objectives we have not taught in class yet. You will notice on the report that those are the questions/objectives NOT shaded. Students are not expected to have mastered those TEKS not in the shaded portion of the report.


Our team has been working hard to formulate an intervention plan for our students to meet their needs. All students will be receiving appropriate intervention on those TEKS/student expectations in which they have not yet mastered.


Please sign and return the bottom half of the letter that is stapled to the report. After you've looked over the report, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let me know.

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This Week in Math....

We have/will:


  • Begin looking at benchmark measurements for both customary and metric units
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This Week in Science...

This week we have/will:


  • Look at and identify phases of the moon
  • High and low tides
  • Weather patterns and symbols

Please feel free to contact me at anytime. My door is always open!

Jodi Thomas

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