Mrs. Stasney's 3rd Grade Newsletter

For the week of January 21st

Practice STAAR Test

One of my least favorite things about the spring semester is that big, ugly test looming ahead of us. The real test is in April (Math is on April 23rd, Reading is on April 24th), but this is the time of year when we start to practice. Our first practice test will be on Wednesday. The test is similar in length to the real STAAR test (46 questions) and in format (multiple choice, questions over all math concepts).

3rd grade is the first year for state-mandated standardized testing, so this is a new experience for the students. They have become accustomed to taking CUAs, but those are usually only 10-14 questions in length and take less than 45 minutes to complete. The real test is much longer and the students have 4 hours to take it.

On Wednesday, the students will get their first taste of what this is going to be like it. The test will be difficult for them because it will have questions over some concepts we have not covered yet (fractions, area, perimeter). The hardest part for the students, however, will be sitting and testing for 4 hours.

There is not much you can do to prepare your child except make sure they have a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast!

Upcoming Events

-Monday, January 21st: No school!

-Wednesday, January 23rd: Practice math STAAR test

-Thursday, January 24th: Pajama Day!

-Thursday, January 31st: Math CUA (Patterns)

-Friday, February 1st: Reading CUA

-Thursday, February 7th: Spring Pictures

-Thursday, February 14th: Valentine's Party at 1:30 pm

Photography Permission Slip

As you may recall, our classroom received our document camera by posting a grant and receiving donations to fund it on a non-profit website, As a condition of receiving the document camera, I have to create a "Thank You" package for Donors Choose. Part of this package includes uploading 6 photographs of students using the resource that was given to our class. The students' names will not be posted with the pictures. I will take pictures of students working together on the document camera. I am sending home a green permission slip for you complete and return. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! Thanks!

TAMU Students

This week we have 2 education majors from TAMU that will start helping in our classroom on a weekly basis! Last semester, we had Miss Nelson on Mondays and Miss Williamson on Wednesdays & Thursdays. This semester, we will have Mr. Almon on Wednesdays & Thursdays and Miss Lee on Fridays! They will be working with the students individually, in small groups, and even teach the entire class throughout the semester! I'm sure you'll be hearing about them, so I just wanted to give you the heads up! :)