Ms. Rhoads - Fourth Grade

Hello My Name Is...

Kourtney Rhoads!

I am very excited to have your child as one of my fabulous fourth grade students! This will be my fourth year teaching fourth grade, and I can already tell it's going to be a great one! As we work together to build up a constructive community in Room 42, we will be diving in to some exciting content and participating in fun activities all year long.

Teacher-parent communication is extremely important and I encourage you to contact me with any and all questions or concerns.  I will be available by e-mail or school phone, as well as the Class Dojo app, and you can always feel free to send a note in your child’s “Home” folder. You will be contacted often with updates and information. 

Classroom Management

Our Class Promise (developed by the students):

*Students will develop this the first week of school.

1. Whole Class Incentive
Students will collect marbles for excellent whole-class behavior. These can be earned if the whole class is following procedures, receives a compliment from another teacher, or has excellent behavior when outside of the classroom. As the marbles stack up, students will work their way towards a special treat (like a no-shoes day or game-time). Be careful, though! Those marbles can be taken away.

2. Teams
Class teams (modeled after Kagan guidelines), which change every 2-3 weeks, collaborate and work together while competing for team points. I might issue points for being the first table quiet and ready after a transition, for having neat and clean desks, or for generally being a model team for the other students. Team points can be taken away for disruptions and other situations. At the end of the team cycle, each member of the team with the most points will get to choose a coupon giving them a special privilege.

Members are also responsible for certain jobs within their teams. These include iManagers, Supply Masters, Team Captains, and Inspectors. These jobs are expectations, so students will not be paid for doing them and are expected to perform them diligently for the good of their teams and the classroom.

3. Individuals
As of now, individual behavior management will be monitored and assessed using a "clip chart." Students always begin the day (no matter what) on the middle level, "Ready to Learn." Throughout the day, students may be asked to clip up or down depending on their behavior. Sometimes an individual may be recognized for excellent behavior or thoughtful actions. Other times, a student may be asked to move his or her clip down a level to serve as a warning for a certain behavior. Often, students stay at the middle level all day (which means they are cruising along just fine). If a student reaches the highest level, he or she is awarded a star for their clip. If a student reaches the lowest level, he or she is awarded a formal behavior documentation or referral. Results will be communicated to the parents/guardians each day in agendas, sometimes accompanied by a short note of explanation.

I am a firm believer of the idea that a system like this should suit the students' needs. It functioned well in the past, but it is subject to change if that is what this class requires. :)

4. Goal Setting and Progress Monitoring 
Students will have many opportunities this year to set goals related to their progress in reading, writing, and mathematics. I will also help them to develop some whole class goals related to behavior and classroom expectations. At this time, I plan to tie these in with our marble incentive described above.

Each student has been provided with a HOME folder. This folder is designed to hold the student's homework packet for the week. This homework packet will typically involve math review and vocabulary/spelling exercises. It will grow and change as the year progresses, but it will usually be handed out on Monday and be due on the following Friday. Students work on it at their own pace. If a student turns in their completed packet by 2:00 on Friday, he or she will be invited to participate in Friday Free-Time! Those students whose packets are missing or incomplete will be required to work on their packets or read silently during this time.

Students are also encouraged to read and practice multiplication facts at home, but they are not monitored. Students should practice spelling words/vocabulary words during the week to prepare for weekly tests, as well. 

The packet will also include a brief classroom newsletter, which will include important upcoming dates, reminders, and a quick overview of the topics to be covered that week.

During the week students will take part in several activities outside of the classroom:
Library (scheduled check-out): 

*Students will also have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities throughout the year, including track, talent shows, and dances. Keep an eye out for permission slips and flyers.

Basic Curriculum Information/CSCC (California State Common Core)

English Language Arts


We will also be working on 21st Century skills as we integrate technology and problem-solving strategies into our curriculum.