Hello My Name Is...
I am very excited to have your child as one of my fabulous fourth grade students! The year is already off to a great start. As your child and I work to build up a constructive community in Room 42, I want establish a line of connection between my students’ homes and their classroom.
I am the oldest child of one of the chaplains stationed here at NAS Lemoore. Having recently 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.” 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! I love to work in the upper-elementary levels, and have stepped into a position with a stellar support system. I consider myself to be very blessed to have the opportunity to work with your children in this capacity.
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 to the best of their ability. Throughout the school year, I will not only be helping my students learn content, but to be cognitive of their learning and thinking and 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, 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.
Our Class Promise (developed by the students):
We are the hard-working fourth graders of Ms. Rhoads' class. We promise to be responsible and persevere every day, so that we can be successful in the future. We do this because we believe we should be diligent in all that we do.
*Students have signed this "constitution," and are expected to uphold their promise. :)
1. Whole Class Incentive
Students will collect letters to spell out a reward for excellent whole-class behavior (usually a special day). These letters 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.
Class teams, 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 with a special privilege (i.e. use a pen, sit by a buddy, bring a stuffed animal to class, show and tell).
Teams 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.
3. Individual Discipline
Situations that arise with individual students will be handled with specific needs in mind. This may result in emails/phone calls to parents, meetings with the counselor or principal, moving desks in the classroom, the creation of an individual behavior system, taking unfinished work home, and other methods. My response will depend on what I, admin, and the parents believe the students needs in order to succeed.
*At anytime if a student has engaged in severely disrespectful behaviors and/or broken school-wide rules, the student will be issued a ticket and will receive consequences according the the severity of the action. See school manual for details.
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 exercises, and in-class activities like Daily Oral Language and Daily Math. 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. Each time the student turns in his or her homework packet on time, he or she will receive a punch in his or her H.O.T (Homework on Time) card. At the end of the trimester, the more punches a student has, the better a reward her or she will get. Occasionally, students will have additional responsibilities, such as reports or projects. Students are also expected to study their vocabulary words throughout the week and be prepared to take a quiz on them each Friday.
During the week students will take part in several extra-curricular activities.
P.E.: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30am-11:00am
Art: Monday/Tuesday 8:05am-8:55am
Library: Thursdays @ 8:30am
Fitness: Tuesdays 1:00pm-1:30pm
Music: Fridays 8:45am-9:25am (Fourth grade will be learning to play the recorder!)
*Students will also have the opportunity to participate in other 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.