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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 12th year!
A little bit about myself:
My husband and I live in Cypress with 4th grade son Aiden and our feisty Pre-K 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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Week of October 30
In Math, we begin estimating differences using rounding and compatible numbers.
In Science, we are finishing our unit over Sound Energy.
Many students have lost their earbuds or their earbuds have quit working. Please ask your child if they need new ones. Many students have also lost their dry erase markers. Talk with your child to see if they need replacements. Thanks!

Week of Oct. 16
In Math, we are estimating using compatible numbers and representing addition using pictorial models and number lines.
In Science, we are learning about buoyancy, mixtures, and solutions.

Week of Oct. 2
In Math, we are rounding,comparing, and ordering numbers up to six digits. We are continuing addition and subtraction facts. Begin practicing basic multiplication facts at home.
In Science, we are studying the properties of solids, liquids, and gases.
Parent conferences are well on their way! If you have not signed up for a parent conference, please do so. Make sure to check your email for the link!
If you didn't come to Parent Orientation, please make an effort to go through the google slide on my Edlio.

Week of Sept. 18
Math: We are learning how to compose and decompose numbers up to 6 digits in various ways. We are learning the relationship between places is ten times as much as the one before it.
We will have our first PLACE VALUE TEST on Thursday. 
We have a Fact Proficiency over adding and subtracting doubles.
Homework started last week. It consists of studying math facts each day and one worksheet. Please be on the look out for this homework.
Science: We are beginning our Matter Unit and our ongoing Weather Journal. 
Starting next week, we begin our ever-popular Traveling Scientist. Each student will get a chance to become the Traveling Scientist this year. A bag will be sent home with several science experiment books, a journal, and directions. Students will have a week to complete a science experiment of their choice, document it with pictures and a write up, and teach the class as the "Traveling Scientist". We will have one Traveling Scientist each week, so get ready!

Week of Sept. 11
Math: We have begun our place value unit up to 6 digit numbers. We will be composing, decomposing, and representing numbers up to 999,999.
Science: We are learning about Science Safety and Science tools. 
Homework will be coming home soon. It is important that you check your child's planner daily. Students will receive homework on Mondays and will be due every Thursday for Math and Science. You will rarely have Science homework. Homework usually consists of studying math facts and a review worksheet over what we have learned in class. After the Christmas break, we will have STAAR homework come home.
Ask your child what fun Science or Math activities they have had this past week. There are a few photos of our germ activity in the photo album!

DPES is looking for volunteers for our Parents as Coaches program!  Parents as Coaches are weekly parent volunteers that work with small groups of students in a Kindergarten or First Grade classroom for thirty minute increments.  A language arts or math activity/game will be provided for the parent to play with the students.   We believe that our community and parents play a significant role in our students’ success.  All volunteers will need to submit and pass the district background check on the TISD webpage.  If you are interested in volunteering for the Parents as Coaches program, please contact Mrs. Hudson at  or complete the application form at

 Dear Parents,
This year is getting off to a great start! We are really enjoying your children and can't wait to dive into our curriculum! If you have not already signed up for Remind, please do so. I am attaching directions to sign up for Remind.
Be on the lookout for another email coming soon about Class Dojo.
Mrs. Heniff

 Welcome parents to my Teacher Page! I am so excited to begin teaching your child this year! We have a great year planned! Please make sure to send your child's supplies with them on the first day of school.

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