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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 sixteenth year in public education and my thirteenth year to teach the 4th grade. It is my fifth year in Tomball ISD, and my forth year at Decker Prairie.  
 
I am married and together we have five children. We have a 28 year old son who is married and lives in Houston, a 26 year old daughter who is married and lives in London, a 22 year old daughter who lives in Tomball, an 18 year old son who is a freshman at A&M, and a 16 year old daughter who is a junior 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

Please note: update - All student inventories have been completed. I will let you know when testing will resume. 
 
This week: 
Reading - Nonfiction unit - author's purpose, text structures (sequential) 
Writing - revising and editing our own work and the work of others
Social Studies - The Republic of Texas - Assessment on Friday, February 8
Grammar - -er or more (example: taller or more beautiful) 
Spelling - no spelling test this week

January 22-25

Please note: There will be no spelling tests until further notice. The district is having us transition to Words Their Way. This will be individualized for your student instead of a one size fits all approach. I will let you know when your student will begin, but I am thinking it will be at least 2 more weeks to set up and complete spelling inventories for each student. 
 
This week: 
Reading - We will continue to analyze literary nonfiction - an informational text that is written like a story and usually follows a timeline.
Writing - revising and editing our own work and the work of others
Social Studies - The Republic of Texas - Successes and Challenges, Leadership of the Republic
Grammar - Commas in a series to separate a list of three or more actions by a subject
Spelling - no spelling until further notice

December 17-20

This week:
Reading: Readers Analyze Poetry; Poetry Unit Assessment - Wednesday, December 19.
 
Writing: Revising and editing
 
Social Studies: Texas Revolution Unit Assessment - Tuesday, December 18 
 
Spelling: No spelling test this week

December 10-14

This Week:
Reading: Readers Analyze Poetry
 
Writing: Breathing Life into Expository Writing: central idea, topic sentences, supporting details, leads, and conclusions Publish Wednesday, December 11
 
Grammar: possessive or plural
 
Social Studies: Texas Revolution - Important people of the Revolution - District Social Studies Fall Benchmark Wednesday, December 11
 
Spelling  Last spelling test of the semester - Test on Friday, December 14  - Lesson 17 

December 3-7

This Week:
Reading: Readers Analyze Dramatic Literature Through Story Elements - theme, infer, summary. Friday, December 7 Unit 6 Drama Assessment
 
Writing: Breathing Life into Expository Writing: central idea, topic sentences, supporting details, leads, and conclusions
 
Grammar: possessives and apostrophes
 
Social Studies: Texas Revolution - Battle of Goliad Masacre, Runaway Scrape, Battle of San Jacinto, Santa Anna captured, Treaty of Velasco
 
Spelling Test on Friday, December 7 - Contractions 

November 26-30

This Week:
Reading: Readers Analyze Dramatic Literature Through Story Elements - a play is a story with a specific structure: characters, setting, stage directions, scenes
 
Writing: Breathing Life into Expository Writing: central idea, topic sentences, supporting details, leads, and conclusions
 
Grammar: possessives and apostrophes
 
Social Studies: Texas Revolution - Santa Anna, Battle of Gonzales, Battle of Goliad, Battle of the Alamo
 
Spelling Test on Friday, November 30 - List 32
 
 
 

November 14 - Last Day for Food Drive!

Wednesday, November 14th is the last day to send food for our food drive!

Thanksgiving Food Drive - November 5-14

DPES will be collecting non-perishable food items for TEAM (Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministry). Suggested food items are canned groceries (meats, soups, beans, fruits, veggies), peanut butter, rice, stuffing mixes, powdered milk, packaged pasta, instant potatoes, canned juices, etc.

November 12-16

This Week:
Reading: Using comprehension strategies to analyze fiction: making inferences, summarizing 
 
Writing: Breathing Life into Expository Writing: central idea, topic sentences, supporting details, leads, and conclusions
 
Grammar: complex sentences with subordinating conjunctions
 
Social Studies: Nationalism - Settling Texas, Empresarios, Stephen F. Austin, Law of 1830 - Test on Thursday, November 15
 
Spelling Test on Friday, November 9 - List 16

Classroom Spelling Bee

Our classroom spelling bee will be held on Wednesday, November 14. 

November 5-9

This Week:
Reading: Message/Theme, Unit 4 Reading Assessment, use text evidence to justify answers with when making inferences and drawing conclusions
 
Writing: Breathing Life into Expository Writing: conclusions, publishing, start new expository piece/plan, narrative vignette, similes to compare
 
Grammar: complex sentences with the subordinating conjunction - as
 
Social Studies: Nationalism - Settling Texas, Empresarios, Stephen F. Austin, Law of 1830
 
Spelling Test on Friday, November 9 - List 11

October 29 - November 2

This Week:
Reading: Analyzing the Author's Craft;  theme, word choice, sensory language, figurative language, flashbacks
 
Writing: Breathing Life into Expository Writing; topic sentences, supporting details, leads, central idea (thesis statement), conclusions
 
Grammar: joining two sentences with the conjunctions: and, but, so, or compound sentences; complex sentences with the subordinating conjunction - when
 
Social Studies: Nationalism - Settling Texas, Empresarios, Stephen F. Austin
 
Spelling Test on Friday, November 2 - List 25

October 22-26

This Week:
Reading: Analyzing the Author's Craft;  authors use stories teach lessons or they have a message - theme
District Required Interim Assessment for reading 10/24-10/25
 
Writing: Breathing Life into Expository Writing; topic sentences, supporting details, leads, central idea (thesis statement), conclusions
Grammar: joining two sentences with the conjunctions: and, but, so, or (compound sentences)
 
Social Studies: Explorers in Texas: Spanish and French; impact of exploration on Native Americans, mission and presidio system, colonization 
Unit Test Friday, October 26
 
Spelling Test on Friday, October 26 - List 5