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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. Here is a little bit about me:
 
I graduated from Texas A&M in 1987. This will be my fifteenth year in public education and my twelfth year to teach the 4th grade. It is my fourth year in Tomball ISD, and my third year at Decker Prairie.  
 
I am married and together we have five children. We have a 27 year old son who is married and lives in Houston, a 25 year old daughter who is married and lives in London, a 21 year old daughter who is a senior in college at A&M, a 17 year old son that is a senior at THS, and a 15 year old daughter who is a sophomore 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Classes

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January 18-26

Well this was another crazy start to the semester. Seems like we can only make three days without a significant weather delay.
Spelling Test - no test tomorrow. We will take our Spelling Test #14 next Friday, January 26.
Social Studies - Our test was scheduled for today, but canceled of course. We will take it next Monday, January 22. We did a gallery walk of the major events of the Texas Revolution today as a review and daily grade. Tomorrow we will play Kahoot to review and then test next Monday, January 22. All students should have taken their social studies INB home to study only the highlighted material on the Texas Revolution.
Reading - We will have our Poetry Unit test next Friday, January 26. There really isn't anything to study at home. It is reading comprehension, inferencing and drawing conclusions about what they read. We are going over those skills in class continuously.
Writing - we started writing a poem today. So fun. I love this unit!

January 10-12

Spelling - We will not have a spelling test this short week, but I did go ahead and give the next list of words list #14 to students today to tape into next weeks pages in their planners as next week is a short week as well. A spelling list can also be found here on my website by following the homework link to the right, then scroll down to see the list. 
 
This week in: 
Reading - we started our poetry unit today. This week we will discuss free verse and lyrical poetry. We will be learning about: lines, stanzas, line breaks, punctuation in poetry, and rhyme and meter. This unit will go quickly and we are looking at a test date of Thursday, January 25. 
Writing - Students will also begin to write poetry this week. We will start by collecting ideas and writing poetry nuggets that we can later add to and use in longer poems. We will also practice rhyming words. They will turn in completed poetry to be graded with a district poetry writing rubric. The rubric will be shared with students before actual writing takes place this Friday.
Today we also discussed expectations for revising and editing exercises in preparation for our Writing STAAR test in April. Be looking for our completed classroom practice (some graded and some checked together) to come home in Wednesday folders. This will give you a better idea of what is expected of your student,  where their strengths are, and potential areas that may need additional support. 
Social Studies - Texas Revolution - our test will be some time next week. I will be planning with other grade level team members tomorrow and we will firm up the exact test date. I will start sending their social studies INB home daily tomorrow, Thursday, January 11, in order for them to have a full week to study.  

Christmas Party

Tomorrow we will have our Christmas party from 11:30 - 12:30. You are welcome to attend and may take your student as it concludes as tomorrow is an early dismissal day. 

Spelling Bee

Permission slips to participate in our classroom spelling bee were sent home in this week's Wednesday folder. Students who would like to compete need to return this by Monday, November 6, 2017. 

October 30-November 3

Reading Unit #4 test next Monday, November 6
District Reading CBA Thursday, November 9
Writing Unit #3 Narrative Timeline Project Due Friday, November 3
Spelling Test over List #8 on Friday, November 3 
Social Studies Native American Unit Test on Thursday, November 2
The writing project was completed in class. 
The reading tests do not have materials to study. They are assessments of mastery of reading skills taught in class. 
Social Studies INB's and study materials have been sent home each day starting 10/26/17.
Spelling List #8 is on the homework page and in student planners. 
 

Native American Test - Thursday, November 2

I will begin sending social studies INB's (interactive notebooks) home today. 
They need to study the following foldables: Native American Shelters, 5 Texas Tribes, Nomadic vs. Sedentary (these are the only two definitions on the test but they will be required to write a short definition for each) and Regions of Texas. This gives them seven days to prepare. Please don't wait to review the night before as it will overwhelm maybe go over one piece each evening. We will be doing fun reviews such as Kahoot in class as well. 
 

Fall Picture Make Up Day - November 3

Families that would like their student's picture retaken will need to return their original picture package to the photographer on the day of the retakes. Students that were absent on picture day or were not enrolled at DPES at that time will have their picture taken that day as well. 

October 23-27

This week in:
Reading -  analyzing author's craft (mood, theme, flashback)
Writing - raising the quality of our narratives by revising and editing 
Social Studies - Native Americans
Spelling Test #7 Friday 10/27
1st 9 Weeks Awards Assembly Friday, October 27 at 2:00pm 

October 16-20

This week in:
Reading - analyzing characters test on Wednesday, 10/18. We will begin our unit on analyzing author's craft. 
Writing - raising the quality of our narratives, we will continue to practice and improve our narrative writing skills 
Social Studies - Native Americans
Spelling Test #6 Friday 10/20 

October 6-13

This week in:
Reading - analyzing characters 
Writing - raising the quality of our narratives
Social Studies - Native Americans

Early Release/Student Holiday

Friday, October 6 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 12:50pm.
Also Monday, October 9 is a student holiday. 

October 2-6

This week in:
Reading - We will continue to analyze fiction and work on our Story Elements Project. (due Friday, October 6)
Writing - We will continue to write narratives and work on our Narrative Timeline Project (due Friday, October 13)
Social Studies - We will complete Regions of Texas and begin our Native American Unit. Wednesday, October 4 we will test on symbols of Texas material. Social Studies INB will be sent home daily to study. Please study highlighted material in INB ONLY. We will review in class on Tuesday and test on Wednesday. 

September 18-22

This week in: 
Writing - publish our first personal narrative, writing celebration/gallery walk, collect more ideas to write about, understand stories usually follow a plot line. 
Reading - readers respond to their reading by writing about it, using the blurb on back of the book, identify primary and secondary characters, identify the setting
Spelling - List #3 uploaded on homework page...click the link
Social Studies - Constitution Week, Texas regions

Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation for 3rd and 4th Grade will be on Thursday, September 28 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.