Mrs. Jackson's

4th Grade Class

PARCC Testing

Our All Stars gave it their all for the Big Game today! I am so excited to see each and every player “Knock it out of the PARCC!” Our Braves will face the follow schedule over the next couple of weeks:

· Wednesday, March 3rd: Reading Testing

· Thursday, March 4th: Reading Testing

· Tuesday, March 10th: Math Testing

· Wednesday, March 11th: Math Testing

· Thursday, March 12th: Social Studies Testing

In order for athletes to perform at their highest level, please help make sure they get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty and healthy breakfast!

Testing will happen during the mornings, after Unified Arts but before recess and lunch. They will have a snack break before testing, so please make sure to pack fresh fruits or veggies to give them some extra brain power!


With testing, our schedule and academics will look a little different. The fourth grade teachers have worked hard to plan lessons that will keep a balance with the testing each day. Today, students will be creating motivational billboards to decorate our room for testing. These billboards will be based on the Values.Com billboard of Adam Bender, an incredible kid that we learned about last week. Adam is a true inspiration in overcoming challenges and facing life head-on with a positive attitude. Learn more about Adam by watching this ESPN segment (just a warning—you might want to grab some tissues!):

In math, students will be reviewing key learning concepts we have studied this year. Some topics include place value and rounding, multiplying and dividing large numbers and comparing fractions and finding equivalent fractions.

Next week in social studies and language arts, students will be working in small groups to research a famous inventor and create a presentation to share with others. Something a little bit different is that students will not have homework over the next couple of weeks to allow their brains a break after the “game” each day. I do still encourage our class to read each night, as that is really more pleasure than homework.

Important Dates

March 13th: End of 3rd Quarter

March 16th: Yearbook orders due

March 20th: Report Cards available online

March 21st-30th: Spring Break

Progress Book

Many students have mentioned that they have not seen their report cards from 2nd quarter, and do not know how to access their grades online. This can be done through Progress Book - which is linked through Blackboard. Each child has a unique username and password. If you are unsure of your log-in information, please email Mark Richardson at as soon as possible. Third quarter report cards will only be available online, and I want to make sure everyone can see them.