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Welcome to 4th grade. I am excited to be your teacher. I love teaching, and I am blessed to be at Decker Prairie doing what I love each day. We are going to have a great year of learning together, and I can’t wait to get to know all of you. Here is a little bit about me:
I graduated from Texas A&M in 1987. This will be my fourteenth year in public education and my eleventh year to teach the 4th grade. It is my third year in Tomball ISD, and my second year at Decker Prairie.  
I am married and together we have five children. I have a son who was married last spring and a daughter who will be married this December so my family is growing. My son is 26 and his wife is 25. My daughter is 24 and will be married soon. I have a daughter who is 20. She will be in Italy this fall enrolled in a study abroad program with Texas A&M. I also have a son who is 16. He is a junior at THS. The youngest is a daughter who is 14. She is also at THS. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I believe it is important to have an open line of communication with all parents. I am looking forward to a another great year at DPES.



Recent Posts

May 15 -May 19

District Social Studies Benchmark - Tuesday 5/16
Reading Assessment - Thursday 5/18
Economic in Texas Unit Assessment Friday 5/19
Spelling Test - Friday 5/19

April 24 - April 28

Important Dates:
4/28/17 - Spelling Test List #26
4/29/17 - 4th grade field trip
5/8/17 - Math STAAR Test
5/9/17 - Reading STAAR Test 

April 17 - 21

Important Dates:

4/21 Field Day! 

4/21 Spelling test 25

4/29 Austin Field Trip!

What we're learning this week

Language Arts: We are continuing our nonfiction research project this week! We will focus on organizing our paragraphs using text structures like sequence, cause & effect, or description. We will also use our research notes to start drafting our paragraphs. This projects has a due date of 4/28 and will be a major writing grade. In reading we will continue to strengthen our reading skills and strategies in testing situations.  

Social Studies: We will begin our unit on business and economic growth in Texas. Our focus this week will be on vocabulary that will help us to understand concepts later in the unit like profit/loss, supply/demand, import/export, free enterprise, consumer, and producer. Your student will have all of the vocabulary for this unit in their notebooks by the end of the week.

Texas Reads One Book: Visit Mrs. Watson's page to learn more about our participation in Texas Reads One Book!

Writing STAAR exam will be next Tuesday, March 28.

I will be sending homework for extra practice each day this week. One passage to be completed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

March 21 - March 24

I am sending revising and editing homework this week. Students will have one passage to revise and edit Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as homework. We will not have a spelling test this week. Our Writing STAAR exam will be next Tuesday, March 28.

January 30 - February 3

This week in Reading we working on our nonfiction unit. In writing we are working on an expository essay about an activity we enjoy doing in our free time. We will begin our Civil War unit and the role Texas played in it. We have our District Spring Writing Benchmark this Thursday, February 2. Our Friday spelling test is over list #18.


January 23-27

Reading - Poetry Unit Assessment on Wednesday 1/25
Writing - Expository Essay Due - Tuesday 1/24
Social Studies - The Republic of Texas Unit Assessment Friday 1/27
Spelling Test List #17 Friday 1/27 

January 9-13

Our spelling test is list #15 change y to i. 
We will begin our reading poetry unit this week. Our students will comprehend, make inferences, and draw conclusions about the structure and elements and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding. Our test is currently scheduled for January 24. 
In writing we will be revising our own writing by choosing one of our previously written essays and making changes to improve it. This essay will be due January 20. 
Our new social studies unit is over the Republic of Texas. Our test is currently scheduled for January 27. 

January 4-6 Welcome Back

No Spelling - We will not have a spelling test this short week. Spelling tests will resume next week. 
Please have your student read 20 minutes each evening. This will promote success across all academic areas.
We will be reviewing school wide and classroom expectations over the next two weeks. I will forward them to you through dojo so you know what is expected of your student. 

December 12-16

No spelling test this week. 
Christmas Party - Friday, December 16, from 11-12. 
Early Release Friday, December 16 12:50-1:10. 

December 5 - 9

12/9 - Texas Revolution Assessment 
12/9 - Spelling Test List #14
UIL and Chess Club will meet next week in the morning before school, but afternoon clubs and UIL events will not.  

November 28-December 2

Reading benchmark 11/30
Revising and editing assessment 12/1
Spelling test list #13 on 12/2
Choir program Thursday, December 12/1

November 14-18

Important Dates:

11/15 - European Explorers Test  
11/18 - Spelling Test #12
11/18 - DPES Classroom Spelling Bee 
Language Arts
Students are using comprehension strategies to analyze fiction in Reader's Workshop. In Writer's Workshop we are learning to plan our expository essays. 
Social Studies
We will assess our knowledge on our European Explorers on Tuesday and then begin our unit on the Texas Revolution. 

November 7-11

Important Dates:

11/8 - Fall Writing Benchmark 
11/11 - Spelling Test #11
Language Arts
Students are using comprehension strategies to analyze fiction in Reader's Workshop. In Writer's Workshop we are beginning our expository writing unit. 
Social Studies
We will continue our European Explorers unit.