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I started my journey teaching in 2006 at Decker Prairie Elementary after graduating with a degree in Academic Studies from Sam Houston University. I have taught both 2nd and 3rd grade and absolutely love teaching! This will be my 11th year!
A little bit about myself:
My husband and I live in Cypress with 3rd grade son Aiden and our feisty 3 year old daughter Brenna. We have several pets that include our dog Riley, our box turtle Slash, and our assorted fish. I enjoy researching my family's history in my spare time.

I think I have the best job in the world! I get to help students reach their fullest potential, learn new and exciting things, and have fun doing it! I believe that we are going to gave an amazing year!

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The end of the year is nearing!! We have the privilege of getting snow cones for our end of the year party. This means we have to have party money a bit sooner in order to have time to order everything. If you can, please think about donating $5 for our snow cone end of the year party. Thank you so much in helping us provide the most amazing end of the year party for our class!
Mrs. Heniff 

  • May 24- 3rd Grade Field Trip to  W.G. Jones State Forest-DON'T FORGET TO SEND IN YOUR PERMISSION FORMS GOING HOME TODAY!
  • Chaperones Needed:
    We will be taking a 3rd Grade field trip on Wednesday, May 24th!   If you are considering chaperoning you must have a background check complete and on file with the district.  Please click the "volunteer application" on the right to fill out the district form. (Yes, it looks like you are filling out a job application for TISD.) Apply now so it is all back in time! LINK IS BELOW!

This Week
We are reviewing for the STAAR test this week.  The  Math test is next Monday, the 8th, and the Reading test is Tuesday, the 9th.  Please make every effort to have your child in school, all week, this week.  Please also have them wind down early Sunday night and have a good breakfast Monday morning.  Remind them how awesome they are and how awesome they will do.  The test doesn't define us; however, the state takes the scores very seriously.  So, we do want the students to perform as well as they can.  
An email was sent by Mrs. Velchoff about the Parent Encouragement Letter we give students every year from parents before the STAAR test. We tell them all day long that they can do this, but sometimes that extra special surprise encouragement letter means the world to them. Please send your letter back in a sealed envelope by Friday. The blank copy will be in Wednesday folders with an envelope. Thank you for helping us support your children.

What’s happening at DPES?

  • May 2- STAAR Tutoring, Field Trip Permission Slips sent home for Field Trip
  • May 4- STAAR Tutoring (last opportunity)
  • May 5- Fun Run!!! Go Heniff Hoppers!!!
  • May 8- STAAR Math Test
  • May 9- STAAR Reading Test
  • May 12- Moms and Muffins
  • May 14- Mother's Day
  • May 19- All Library Books Due
  • May 24- 3rd Grade Field Trip to  W.G. Jones State Forest
    Chaperones Needed:
    We will be taking a 3rd Grade field trip on Wednesday, May 24th!   If you are considering chaperoning you must have a background check complete and on file with the district.  Please click the "volunteer application" on the right to fill out the district form. (Yes, it looks like you are filling out a job application for TISD.) Apply now so it is all back in time!
  • May 26- Reading Rally
  • May 29- Memorial Day, No School
  • May 31- End of Year Parties
June 1- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, Early Dismissal/Report Cards Sent Home

Week of April 17
In Math, we are learning how to create, use, and draw conclusions from tally tables, dot plots, pictographs, and bar graphs. We are continuing time division and multiplication facts.
In Science, we are learning about plant adaptations and life cycles.
This Friday is Field Day! 3rd grade's time is from 12:15-1:45. Sack lunch is appreciated because we sometimes get to eat in our own classroom this day.  
Please make sure your child comes to school wearing sunscreen as we are not to apply it at school. All students should bring a plastic sack to put wet clothes in. I recommend bringing a towel, a change of clothes (including socks, shoes, and underwear), and a water bottle. 

Week of March 27
In Math, we are finishing up area and perimeter. We begin Elapsed Time and measuring capacity and weight. Under the What We Are Learning tab, there are some pictures attached of the Elapsed Time, Capacity, and Weight anchor charts we will be using in class.
In Science, we are beginning our unit on animals by discussing various animal adaptations and learned traits.

This week has been a bit crazy. I did not take up homework, nor did I hand it out. I will hand out our next homework on Tuesday when we get back to school and give everyone until Friday to finish it. Don't forget that Solar System projects are due on Tuesday! We will begin presentations next week. I hope everyone has a restful and enjoyable break. 
Mrs. Heniff

I made a mistake on the date that the Solar System projects are due. The Solar System projects are due on Tuesday, February 21. Sorry for the confusion!!

There are many important things going on this week and next!
  • This Friday, both of my classes have an oral quiz on the order of the planets. Please make sure to help your child memorize them! 
  • Due this Friday: Solar System Project form. Make sure to ask your child for his/her form and decide on a project. The project is due February 17!
  • Every week, we take a timed fact proficiency test. Each test is averaged together to equal a portion of their major grades. Each week, I have seen a decline in the grades for multiplication facts. Please practice nightly on multiplication facts, even if only for 5-10 minutes.
  • We have begun our Fraction Project at school! The students are super excited about it! Please ask them about it as I know they would love to share what they get to do.
  • Next Friday is our Fractions test. Please take the time to look over some of the fraction assignments that are coming home this week and next.
  • Lastly, Math STAAR homework has started coming home. It is due every Thursday. Please make sure your child shows work or the assignment will be considered unfinished. The students have been learning all year to show their thinking so I can best help them. If there is no work shown, I don't know what kind of errors they have made. Students who do not bring their STAAR homework in ON TIME will lose 5 Dojo points and will spend their recess doing it in study hall.
Thank you for all of your support!

At the end of next week, students will have an oral quiz on the order of the planets and a few facts about them.
Students will need to know:
  • The order of the 8 planets.
  • What the 1st 4 planets are called.
  • What the last 4 planets are called.
  • Where the asteroid belt is located.
  • What is at the center of our solar system.
Please help them to know this information!
Next week, students will also be bringing home a paper that has various solar system projects on it. Students must pick one, work on it at home, and present the project at school. This is for a grade! Please make sure your child knows all the information about their project so they are able to talk about it and "be an expert". 

Week of Jan. 23
In Math, we are starting a new unit! We begin learning about Fractions as equal parts of a whole. We will explore fractions this week with fraction pieces, drawings, models, and number lines.
Please continue studying multiplication facts. Take the time this Wednesday when Wednesday folders come home to look at last Friday's fact proficiency. If your child is making a 75 or below on the fact proficiency, he/she needs to practice daily. The Math Magician links on my links page are great for practicing facts.
In Science, we begin our new unit over Space. We will explore various objects in the sky such as the moon, sun, constellations, and the planets of our solar system.




is coming up!

WHEN: January 26, 2017

TIME: 6:00-7:30

WHAT: Come have a fun filled night of learning with your family. 

You will use math and science to make a lava lamp,

snow, ice cream and much more!


Tomball Papa Johns will be selling pizza and drinks.





**download a free QR reader to  your phone to skip

the line when the doors open!



Since this is a shortened week, I am not sending home a worksheet for homework. Instead, I want students EVERY night to practice their multiplication and division facts. In order to study this week for the Division assessment, students can access the division word problems link on my Links page and view the strategy posters on my What are We Learning page. Don't forget that we have a Fact Proficiency and Soil Assessment this Friday. 

Students have a Division Assessment on Thursday. I have added some pictures of our division strategy posters to our What are we Learning page. You will need to scroll down and view the last 4 photos. These will help your child be successful for the test. I also have a link to Division word problems on my Links page. Please have your child practice to get ready for the test. We are still doing multiplication facts so make sure to study those facts!!