School Office: 940-369-0800
OUR CLASS SCHEDULE
(subject to change)
7:30 Arrival/ Morning Work/Announcements
7:45-9:05 Block 1
9:05-10:10 Block 2
10:15-11:00 Special Areas
11:05-12:25 Block 3
12:30-1:00 Martin/Mullins Lunch
1:00-1:30 Recess/ Bathroom Break
1:30-2:50 Block 4
A Note from the Teachers:
We are very excited and blessed to begin another school year at Stephens. We will be working together in Third Grade this year- Ms. Martin will teach Language Arts/Social Studies. Mrs. Mullins will teach Science and Mrs. Fuller will teach Math. We look forward to getting to know you and your family. Please feel free to contact us if have any questions or concerns.
Ms. Martin’s Information
I am beginning my ninth school year at Stephens. I have taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Third Grade. Prior to working at Stephens, I worked at Sam Houston Elementary and Ann Windle School for Young Children. I grew up in Denton and attended TWU. I have three children- Oliver (a junior at Guyer HS), Lauren (a fifth grade teacher in Seattle), and Jacob, my son-in-law(a graphic designer in Seattle). I live in Denton and have a dog and a hamster. In my spare time, I spend time with family, watch movies, and read.
PERFORMANCE LEVEL DESCRIPTORS
1= BEGINNING (Students achieving at the beginning level are not meeting the grade level standards; they are not successful with performance opportunities.)
• Demonstrate minimal understanding of basic concepts and skills
• Occasionally make obvious connections among ideas
• Have difficulty applying basic knowledge and skills
• Communicate in an ineffective manner
“I Need Help- I still need some instruction. But I am working on it!”
2= DEVELOPING (Students achieving at the basic level are starting to meet, and occasionally do meet, the grade level standards; they are approaching acceptable performance but have not achieved it.)
• Demonstrate partial understanding of basic concepts and skills
• Make simple or basic connections among ideas
• Are starting to apply knowledge and skills using appropriate
• Communicate effectively at times
“I Can Do It- I understand but I may make an occasional mistake.”
3= INDEPENDENT (Students achieving at this level regularly meet the grade level standards; they demonstrate acceptable performance. The goal is for students to obtain a 3.
• Demonstrate understanding of concepts and skills
• Make meaningful, multiple connections among ideas
• Apply knowledge and skills using appropriate strategies
• Communicate effectively
“I Can Explain It- I can do it without mistakes and I can explain my thinking.”
4= ADVANCED (Students achieving at the advanced level consistently meet, and at times exceed, the grade level standards; they demonstrate skilled performance.)
• Demonstrate in-depth understanding of concepts and skills
• Make abstract, insightful, or complex connections among ideas
• Apply knowledge and skills effectively and independently using efficient strategies
• Communicate effectively and thoroughly
“I Can Connect It- I can make a connection to my learning.”
→Read texts from a variety of genres with fluency, accuracy, and comprehension
→Understand literary & informational text using comprehension strategies to become a self-directed, critical reader
→Compose a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization, and sufficient detail; using applicable information from a variety of sources
→Understand that civic engagement impact their government/society; important ideas in historical documents
→Develop an understanding of how people view, construct, and interpret history within and across nations and cultures
→Use tools and concepts of geography to apply knowledge and understanding of the interdependence of human behaviors to the physical and cultural environment
→Understand the concepts of map skills
→Acquire knowledge and economic reasoning skills to make sounds financial decision in a free-enterprise system
→Recognize that there is change & constancy in natural world.
→Understand that the natural environment is made up of many systems and cycles that are related and/or connected
→Identify the planets and their position in Earth’s solar system
→Identify the flow of energy in a food chain and how environmental changes affect the food chain
→Use models to explain how the world works & identify the limitations of models.
→Plan and implement an effective scientific inquiry/ investigation to develop a curiosity about the world
→Understand and apply place value & properties of operations to solve problems involving addition & subtraction of whole numbers within 1,000
→Solve problems with multiplication & division within 100
→Understand fractions as numbers & represent equivalent fractions
→Describe characteristics of 2-D and 3-D geometric figures
CLASS MANAGEMENT PLAN
► Do your best!
► Listen & follow directions at all times
► Resolve conflicts in a positive way
► Show respect to teachers, all Stephens’ staff, & peers.
► Honor class created Respect Agreement
►1 warning= verbal reminder
►2 warnings= Note home/ 5 minutes or laps at recess
►3 warnings= Note home/ 10 minutes or laps at recess
►4 or more warnings = Parent Phone Call and/or Office Referral (removal from classroom)
Rewards: Students may use their earned Bulldog Bucks to purchase coupons from the teacher. Coupon choices include a one-day pass for: No shoes, Bring a small stuffed animal, Use the Teacher (rolling) chair, No Homework, Lunch with the Teacher, Wear a hat, Computer Time, Share music with the class,…
Discipline Plan: Each group will have an “OOPS” book that will follow them from class to class. If necessary, the students will write in the journal to document the specific issues that need to be addressed. Notes will be posted in your child’s Agenda as needed. If they do not have behavior notes written in, then they have had a terrific day.
School-wide Behavior Plan: At Stephens, we use the CHAMPS program to give students specific expectations for behavior. CHAMPS stands for Conversation, Help, Activity, Movement, Participation, Success. Also, we use a Bulldog Buck (token) system where students may earn tokens or pay “fines” for positive or negative behaviors.
What to bring each day:
→BINDER/ AGENDA (includes guided reading book, parent notes, and homework)
→WATER BOTTLE (must be kept in cubby)
→SNACK (ready-to-eat, healthy snack; water only)
→BACKPACK/ BAG to transport items to and from school
→EMAIL will be the primary means of communication this year. Please be sure to let me know if your email address changes.
→AGENDAS must be signed daily.
→ TUESDAY NEWSDAY FOLDERS should be signed & returned ASAP.
→CLASS WEBSITE will include up-to-date news and info.
Parents must sign Agendas daily. Nightly Homework will include: Read 15-20 minutes (reading log MUST be signed daily); Complete Language Arts Readers Response task; Practice Spelling/ Dictation; Complete a brief review task in for Math, Science, &/ or Health
Will be used to complete make up work, get extra tutoring on a specific concept, or to complete homework, etc.
Absences/ Tardies: It is required by the Texas Education Agency that students bring a written note (regardless of phone or email contact) within 72 hours of an absence, explaining the reason for the absence. Unless your child is running a fever, vomiting, or has diarrhea, please make every effort to have your child at school. Also, tardies are taken very seriously; every minute matters when it comes to your child’s education. Although the tardy bell rings at 7:40 a.m. each day, we would prefer that students arrive prior to this time (first bell rings at 7:30 a.m.) Ideally, student belongings should be put away & students should be seated/ working when the tardy bell rings.
Transportation: If there are changes in your child’s transportation, please send a note or email in advance. Last minute changes must be made prior to 2 p.m. by calling the front office at 940-369-0800. If there is no communication by the parent/guardian, for the safety of your child, we must send them home normally- as instructed at the beginning of the year.
Volunteers: If you would like to volunteer at Stephens (in our classroom, anywhere on campus, at special events, during class parties, on field trips, etc…), a DISD volunteer and Background check must be complete.
Field trips: Field trips are an extension of classroom learning; therefore, they are not mandatory. If you prefer that your child not attend a field trip, your child will stay supervised at school. Going on field trips is considered a privilege, student behavior will be a deciding factor whether or not a child may attend. See Volunteer info above If you would like to volunteer as a Chaperone on any field trip. Chaperones must provide their own transportation to and from field trips.
Birthdays: You may send cupcakes or other store-bought treats for your child to share with their classmates; we will share these treats during recess or at the end of the day. If your child has a summer birthday, please feel free to celebrate their “half birthday” or bring items at the end of the year. Please let me know in advance if you are bringing treats.
Book Orders: Our class will participate in Reading Clubs. When monthly flyers are sent home, you may purchase affordable, quality books for your child while helping to earn free books for our class library. It's easy & optional!www.scholastic.com/readingclub