4th Grade News at JCT

Week of March 21- 25

A Peek at Our Week

Writing

As we approach Writing STAAR, we are reviewing the traits of effective expository writing and sharpening our revising and editing skills by reviewing conventions and proper grammar usage is small groups.


Great Resource!

A wonderful website to practice revising an editing at home is

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/ed...


Science

This week we will explore the life cycle of meal worms.


Math

This week we will explore the partial quotients strategy for division.

Upcoming Events

March 25 Bad Weather Day No School

March 28th Progress Reports

March 29th 4th Gade Writing STAAR Test

March 29th & March 30th Closed Campus - No visitors due to STAAR

Grade 4 STAAR Writing Test

Tuesday, March 29th, 7:15am-2:45pm

440 Wishbone Lane

Haslet, TX


As we enter our standardized testing season, please have conversations at home about STAAR testing. We encourage students to always give their best effort; they should be proud to show what they've learned! We never want students to feel anxious and conversations can help alleviate some anxiety students may be facing.


Please mark your calendars and take note that the campus will be closed on this day due to the STAAR Test Administration of both our fourth grade and fifth grade students.


Please have your child practice their writing at home. Penmanship, use of proper sentence structures, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling are some things that your your child can be working on at home now and throughout the rest of the school year. Below is a kid friendly version of the Expository STAAR Rubric which will be used to grade your child's published piece.


On the day of STAAR, students will be given a four hour window to answer about 24 multiple choice revising and editing questions and write an expository response to a prompt. Students are expected to use the writing process to produce a polished response. There is a link below where you can access STAAR tests that have been previously administered; these are a great tool to help your child prepare and practice. I am also providing a link to a student friendly Expository STAAR scoring rubric. Students need to score a total of 5/8 to pass the written portion of the test (one scorer scored their response a 2 and the other scored their response a 3).

STRIDE ACADEMY

Stride Academy is a fantastic adaptive program that our students can use to build and practice their skills in reading, math, and language arts. NISD has purchased a plan for each campus enabling every student to have his/her own account. It is an expectation that students are logging in at home every week and completing lessons in all three areas.


Mooneyham/Chambers Homerooms: http://Texas.StrideStart.com

Class Code: KCC04814

Password: student id number


Macheca/Reich Homerooms: http://Texas.StrideStart.com

Class Code: KCC38536

Password: student id number

Parent Communication Folders

Parent communication folders are being sent home each night. They will be a daily communication tool between you and your child's teachers. The folders must be signed each evening and return with the student every day to school. We will communicate both positive and negative choices made by the student, and this record will help to determine the behavior grades on each six weeks report card. The calendar in there also lists upcoming events during this six weeks. Work that needs to be completed, as well as graded work will be sent home using this folder. Thank you in advance for helping to establish a routine with your child where they can talk to you daily about their learning. It is so important for kids to know that their parents value their education and are willing to take an active part in it. Signing the folders is one small way to show your child that you will take the time out of your day to ensure that they are being successful at school. If it is important to you, it will become important to them.
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Changes in Dismissal

PLEASE email the front office and your child's homeroom teacher should you have a change in how your child will go home. Ride changes must be made in writing, either in a note sent with the student, or in an email. Requests must be made prior to 2:00pm in order to ensure that it is properly communicated. Your child's safety is of our utmost concern.