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! As we work together to build up a constructive community in Room 42, I want to establish a line of connection between my students’ homes and their classroom.  

Having graduated from a rigorous four-year Teacher Education program at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, I decided to take my passion for children and their education a little closer to “home,” which has been wherever the Navy sends us. I was so excited to apply for a position in Central Union School District, and even more excited to be hired as a teacher at Akers ! My first two years were amazing, and I am so looking forward to this one.

Teaching is a commitment I take very seriously.  I recognize that each of my students has his or her own way of learning and, as the teacher, it is important for me to determine these styles to help all of my students achieve success. Throughout the school year, I will not only be helping my students learn content, but to be cognitive of their learning and thinking, and to be understanding of others’ perspectives and learning styles.  I also believe that I can learn from my students. I am sure they have a lot to teach me! 

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):

"We are the intelligent students of Ms. Rhoads' class. We promise to work hard and learn something new every day so that our work pays off in the future. We do this because we want to be better learners."

*Students have signed this "constitution," and are expected to uphold their promise. :) 

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 the homework packet, often 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. :)

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, vocabulary/spelling exercises, and possibly daily in-class activities. 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. 

Please see your child's agenda each day in order to be kept up to date on classroom goings-on!

During the week students will take part in several activities.  
P.E.: Monday and Thursday
Art: every other Tuesday
Library: Friday
Fitness: Friday
Music: Wednesday
*Students will also have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities throughout the year, including track, talent shows, and dances.

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.