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Academic Credentials:

Certification in Elementary Education PK-6

Endorsements K-12 in English Speakers of Other Languages and Reading.

Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, Saint Leo University

Masters degree in Instructional and Curriculum Design, Saint Leo University


Career Highlights:

I have been teaching for 14 years. I have taught grades VPK to 3rd and currently teaching 3rd grade.


Personal/Profile:

I have lived in Lake City all my life, besides when I left for college. I have been married for 10 years to my husband, Vernon and have 2 children- Macyn, 9 and Ramsey, 5 who both attend Belmont.

 

In my spare time, I love traveling, working out, swimming, taking pictures and of course, learning more on how to be the best teacher possible.

 

 

 

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Week of November 28th-December 2nd

Week of November 28th-December 2nd
STUDY ISLAND NEWS:
Assigned for this week are:
Unit Square and Area (Math)
Literary Element (ELA)
U.S. Regions (S.S.)
The assignments are only worked on at school.

A.R.- 18 points by Friday with an 85% average or higher

CONGRATS! HOOORAY! YAY! These students earned 15 points this week with an 85% average or higher: Genevieve, Aaliyah, Ella, Chance, Daelyn, Adelyn, Keira, Nora, Jack, Michael, Silas, Ariel, Thomas, Laurel, Nate, and Kaylee!

Focus for the week:
Reading: Folktale, Visualize, Problem and Solution, Combining Sentences with Verbs, Diphthongs oi and ou
Test: Cold Read Story #1 (Thursday), Cold Ready Story #2 (Friday), Grammar (Friday), and Spelling (Friday)
Math: Beginning Chapter 6 Place Value
Science: Energy
Social Studies: Week 12 Point of View

Important Dates coming up:
November 30th-Early Release
December 6th- FAST ELA
December 8th- FAST Math
December 12th-16th Candy Gram Fundraiser
December 15th - Winter Band Concert
December 21st - Winter Games
December 22nd - January 9th - Winter Break/No School

Week of November 7th-November 10th

Week of November 7th-November 10th

STUDY ISLAND NEWS:
Assigned for this week are:
Points, Lines, and Line Segments(Math)
Figurative Language (ELA)
North American Natural and Man-made Landmarks (SS)
The assignments are only worked on at school.

A.R.- 12 points by Thursday with an 85% average or higher

CONGRATS! HOOORAY! YAY! These students earned 9 points this week with an 85% average or higher:
Genevieve, Aaliyah, Ella, Chance, Daelyn, Axton, Adelyn, Keira, Nora, Jack, Michael, Silas, Ariel, Thomas, Laurel, Nate, and Kaylee

Focus for the week:
Reading: Expository Text, Main Idea and Detail, Summarize, and Past-Tense Verbs
**Grammar, Spelling, and Cold Read Thursday
Math: Chapter 5 Quadrilaterals
Science: Stars
Social Studies: Holocaust

Important Dates coming up:
November 11th- No School-Veteran's Day
November 21st-25th- Thanksgiving Break
November 30th-Early Release

Week of October 10

Week of Oct 10
SHOUT OUT! KUDOS! BRAVO! ENCORE! CONGRATULATIONS!
AR ROCK STARS
Jack- 28.8 points with 89% accuracy
Adelyn- 27.7 points with 88% accuracy
Laurel- 27.3 points with 90% accuracy
 
Congrats to Genevieve, Chance, Adelyn, Nora, Jack, Joshua, Michael, Silas, Ariel, Thomas, Laurel, Nate, and Kaylee on earning atleast 25 AR points this 9 weeks and earning a pizza and movie party! 
 
AR points do start over on Monday so those who were close have a chance to make it next time =) 
 
Also kudos to my study island superstars who earned 3 more blue ribbons this week by passing their lessons with atleast a 70%: Genevieve, Aaliyah, Ella, Chance, Daelyn,  Adelyn, Nora, Jack, Joshua, Silas, Ariel, Tommy, Laurel, Nate and Kaylee.
 
STUDY ISLAND NEWS:
Assigned for this week are:
Composing and decomposing 4 digit numbers (Math)
Syllables (ELA)
Collecting and recording data (science) 
The assignments are only worked on at school.
 
Focus for the week:
Reading: Theme (moral/message of a story), predictions, ,combining sentences, 
Math: Chapter 4- Using multiplication facts to find unknown division facts
*WILL HAVE A CHAPTER TEST ON THURSDAY* 
Science: Animal research project 
Social Studies: Studies Weekly - week 8 
 
Important Dates coming up: 
October 8th- Fall Festival - 3pm at Belmont 
October 12th- 3rd grade field Trip!
October 14th- Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness 
October 17th-21st- Fall Break
October 27- Trunk or Treat at secondary campus 
October 28th- Early Release & $2 Jean Day
October 28th- 1st Quarter Awards (9am for 3rd grade) 

Week of October 3

Week of Oct 3
SHOUT OUT! KUDOS! BRAVO! ENCORE! CONGRATULATIONS! AR ROCK STARS
Jack- 28.8 points with 89% accuracy
Ariel- 24.5 points with 90% accuracy
Chance- 23.2 points with 90% accuracy
 
Congrats to Chance, Adelyn, Nora, Jack, Joshua, Silas, Ariel, Thomas, Laurel, and Nate on earning atleast 21 AR points with 85% accuracy this week!! WHOO HOO!
 
Also kudos to my study island superstars who earned 3 more blue ribbons this week by passing their lessons with atleast a 70%: Genevieve, Chance, Axton, Adelyn, Nora, Jack, Joshua, Silas, Ariel, Tommy, Laurel, and Nate.
 
By Friday, Oct 7- everyone should have at least 24 points with a test average of 85% or higher:) Readers are leaders...F.A.S.T. will be much easier for those that read consistently…READ, READ, READ, READ!
 
Those that have 24 points with 85% by Friday will earn a pizza and movie party next week! They will also be invited to our school AR party. 

STUDY ISLAND NEWS:
Assigned for this week are:
Odd and even numbers (Math)
Theme (ELA)
Structure of Government (Social Studies)
The assignments are only worked on at school.
 
Focus for the week:
Reading: Theme (moral/message of a story), predictions, silent letters (scr, str, squ, thr, spl), combining sentences, 
Math: Chapter 4- Using multiplication facts to find unknown division facts
Science: The Plant Kingdom
Social Studies: Hispanic Heritage Month
 
Important Dates coming up: 
October 7th- End of the 1st 9 weeks (report cards to be sent home next week) 
October 8th- Fall Festival - 3pm at Belmont 
October 12th- 3rd grade field Trip!
October 14th- Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness 
October 17th-21st- Fall Break
October 27- Trunk or Treat at secondary campus 
October 28th- Early Release & $2 Jean Day
October 28th- 1st Quarter Awards (9am for 3rd grade) 

Week of September 12

SHOUT OUT! KUDOS! BRAVO! ENCORE! CONGRATULATIONS! AR ROCK STARS
 
Jack- 15.8 points with 96% accuracy
Ariel- 12.4 points with 87% accuracy
Nora- 12.3 points with 97% accuracy
 
Congrats to Chance, Adelyn, Keira, Nora, Jack, Ariel, Silas, Thomas, Laurel, and Nate on earning atleast 12 AR points with 85% accuracy this week!! WHOO HOO!
 
Also kudos to my study island superstars who earned 3 more blue ribbons this week by passing their lessons with atleast a 70%: Aaliyah, Ella, Chance, Daeyln, Axton, Adelyn, Keira, Nora, Jack, Silas, Ariel Tommy and Laurel, and Nate! 
 
By Friday, the 16th- everyone should have at least 15 points with a test average of 85% or higher:) Readers are leaders...F.A.S.T. will be much easier for those that read consistently…READ, READ, READ, READ!
 
STUDY ISLAND NEWS:
Assigned for this week are:
Academic and Domain Specific Words (ELA)
Multiplies of 10 (Math)
Organism Classification (Science)
The assignments are only worked on at school.
 
Focus for the week:
Reading: Argumentative, main idea and details, nouns, long i and long u, multiple meaning words, ask and answer questions.
Math: Chapter 3 Lesson 3-7. We will have homework Monday-Thursday this week.
Science: Classification of Animals
Social Studies: Our U.S. Constitution
 
Important Dates:
September 28th- Early Release & $2 Jean Day
September 28th- ALL permission slips and money due
October 3rd- Picture retake
October 7th- End of the 1st 9 weeks
October 12th- Field Trip!
October 17th-21st- Fall Break
October 26th- Early Release & $2 Jean Day
October 28th- 1st Quarter Awards

Sept 5-9

Week of Sept 5-9

No School Monday- Sept 5 Labor Day 

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, SEPT 5. 
 
AR Hip Hip Hoorays to these AR SUPERSTARS :

Jack- 11.1 points with 86% accuracy
Chance- 9.4 points with 93% accuracy
Laurel- 9.3 points with 90% accuracy

Congrats to Aaliyah, Chance, Axton, Keira, Nora, Michael, Jack, Ariel, Silas, Thomas, Laurel, and Nate on earning atleast 9 AR points with 85% accuracy this week!! WHOO HOO! 
 
Also kudos to my study island superstars who earned 3 more blue ribbons this week by passing their lessons with atleast a 70%: Chance, Axton, Keira, Micheal, Jack, Silas, Ariel Tommy and Laurel! 
 
Focus Skills:
Reading: Main Idea and details, asking questions simple and compound sentences oa, ow, oe words. We will also spend this week focusing on UNWRAP strategy to help make those cold read tests more successful. 
 
Math- Chapter Review (Monday) **Please study at home. The reviews are almost identical to the test. If they know what is on chapter review- they will do amazing on the chapter test. 
Chapter Test (Tuesday)
Chapter 3 begins on Wednesday.
 
*Many students will also be working on addition and subtraction with regrouping as well. Please work on at home if you see a sheet with problems on it. Students should fluently know how to add and subtract coming into the 3rd grade. I am having to spend ALOT of time reteaching this skill. I would LOVE for you to help me at home, please.* 
 
Social Studies: US Government (studies weekly) 
 
Science: Classifying animals. 
 
Study Island: Central Idea and details, Multiplication, and map skills. 
 
AR: 3 points for the week and a total of 12 by Friday
 
HAVE A WONDERFUL 3 DAY HOLIDAY! SEE EVERYONE ON TUESDAY! 
 
**Do not forget- permission slip and money for field trip is due 9/28** 
 

Week of 8/29-9/2


Thank you to all those who came to open house this week =) For those who did not make it, I will be emailing my PowerPoint on Monday morning to you. Please let me know if you have any questions.

SHOUT OUT TO THESE STUDENTS FROM MAKING 6 AR POINTS WITH 85%+ CORRECT

Genevieve, Aaliyah, Ella, Daelyn, Axton, Adelyn, Keira, Nora, Michael, Jack, Joshua, Ariel, Silas, Thomas, Laurel, and Nate!

Focus for this week will include:
ELA/Reading: Author’s purpose, ask and answer questions while reading, realistic fiction, subjects in sentences.
 
Vocab and comprehension test will be on Wedesday. STUDY those vocab words on spelling sheet =) 
Cold read test is Thursday.
Spelling test and Grammar test are on Friday.


Math: Chapter 2- How can I use what I know about equal groups to help multiply numbers? 

Science: What features do we use to classify animals?

Social Studies: Studies Weekly Week 3. We will work through the newspaper throughout the week and have an open "newspaper" test on Friday.

Reminders:
AR point and averages are entered in as a grade weekly. Each student should earn at least 3 points a week and keep their test average at 85% or higher. By the end of this week (8/20), students should have 6 A.R. points. Please make sure students are reading each night.

Study Island- Each week students will be assigned 3 study island assignments. They'll have center time, tech lab time, and free time in the class throughout the week to complete these.

Study Island is NOT to be done at home, please.

On Friday, we will take their best grade on the assignments and put it in the gradebook. This week their Study Island lessons are: "Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers, Behavior Responses, and Context Clues"

Thank you!

Important Dates:
Aug 29 and 31st: FAST testing. Please have child at school on these days please.
August 31st: Early Release 12:45pm pickup -  $2 to wear jeans and hat. Must wear Belmont house polo or regular uniform top. 
Sept 2: Odanost day. All students may wear BLUE head to toe to celebrate Odanost being champs last year. 
Sept 5: No school! Labor Day. 
 

WELCOME TO THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL!

I am so glad to have you all in my class this year!! I know I have done many updates on classroom dojo but also will be updating (usually the same information) on here as well. 
 
Here is an update on my conduct/work habit grading guideline:
 
Sorry for all the updates! Usually have a handbook we give out on meet the teacher but wanted to save it for Open House, which is August 25. 
Conduct and work habits will be a weekly grade and will come out to an E, S, N, or U on report cards. 
 
Conduct is behavior. If your child loses dojo points daily- you may see an N or U on focus for that week. So far, everyone is doing amazing and hopefully I will not have to put an N or U. 
 
Work habits is turning in homework daily, completing weekly study island and meeting weekly AR goal. If your child has more than one 0 in any of those categories on gradebook, their work habits grade will be lower than an E. 
 
Behavior guideline is this:
85%-100% dojo points = E 
75%-85% = S
60-75% = N 
Below 60%- U 
 
Work habits: 
More than 1 zero for the week, missing any study Island and 85-95% of AR goal met - S
2-4 zeros for the week, missing 1-2 study island and 70-85% AR goal met  - N
4+ zeros, more than 2 study island not complete and less than 70% of AR goal met- U 
 
Please message me if you have any questions =)

Last 5 days!

Dear Parents/ Guardians,
The next 5 1/2 days are going to be filled with numerous activities to close the 2021-2022 school year. We are providing as many details as possible below to make the next few days as easy as possible.
 
Wednesday, Regular Day
Elementary students, K-5, will not be participating in the Summer Games this year. We will have a regular school day this day!
 
Thursday, May 19th- ALEKS Party
On Thursday, students who have completed 100 % of 3rd grade ALEKS will be provided an ice cream sundae party. Students who have not finished ALEKS by 5/18 @ 2:45 pm, will not be participating.
 
Friday, May 20th-AR Party
School A.R. Party @ 1:50-2:10 ----The AR party will be for students who met their 25-point AR goals for the 3rd AND 4th quarter. To qualify, students must have had an 85 % test average accuracy to qualify, even if they had met the point requirement.
 
Monday, May 23rd- Movie Day
To wrap up our book study on Holes, we will be watching the movie as we enjoy popcorn and a drink. The students are very excited!!
 
The 3rd grade teachers will host an A.R. breakfast for those students who met their 25-point goal for the 4th nine weeks. To quality, students must have an 85% test average and 25 or more A.R. points.
 
Tuesday, May 24th- Awards Day
3rd grade awards will be at 10 AM in the church auditorium.
 
Wednesday, May 25th- Last Day of School and Early Release-- Students will be dismissed at 12:45 PM. Please make sure to send an empty backpack so we can send their stuff home.

Week of 5/9

Week of May 9th

We have conquered the 3rd grade round of FSA tests! The class handled the pressure like champions.

May 12th- Elementary Concert @ 6 pm at big church
May 17th- Camp K from 10 am-2pm (parents must bring and pick up from Camp K)
May 18th- House Games (more info to come)
May 19th- Last Day for A.R. Goals (25 points - 85%)
May 19th- Aleks "Ice Cream Sundae" Party for those who finished 100% of 3rd math skills. (Sign up to come)
May 20th- School A.R. Party for 3rd and 4th nine weeks
May 23rd- Class A.R. Breakfast Party for those 25 point/85% goal for 4th nine weeks (Sign up to come)(Sign up to come)
May 23rd- Movie Day (We're watching Holes that goes along with our book study)
May 24th- Awards Day @ 10 am at big church
May 25th- Last Day of School!! & report cards go home


- Study Island Blue Ribbons are due by Friday May 13th in order to go to Camp K.

-3rd grade Aleks needs to be completed by May 18th in order to participate at the Aleks Party.

-4th Quarter A.R. goals are due by the end of the day on Friday, May 20th!

We are continuing our book study on "Holes", working on A.R., Aleks, and Study Island.

Please message me should you have questions!

Week of April 25

Week of April 25th

FOCUS:
Reading/ELA: Story of the week: Alligators and Crocodiles (Vocab and Comp test Thursday).

Grammar: Prepostionals (Test Friday). Spelling: Test Friday
Cold Read: Test Friday.

Study Island: Linking words , task purpose and audience, planning for writing. 

Math: FSA Math Review--Math homework Monday-Thursday

Science: Taking a break to review FSA Math skills.

Social Studies: Taking a break to review FSA Math skills.

AR- 18 points total by Friday ; 85% test average
Reading every night, ready to test the next morning!
 
CONGRATULATIONS!
*AR STARS that are on track to make their AR goal by end of nine weeks* (They currently have 15+ points with 85% or higher) 
Brody, Conan, Macie, Nayson, Parker, Lizzy, Lexi, Hayden, Ethan, Dominique, Tillie, Kaelyn
 
AR STARS 
Lizzy with 25.5 points 86% 
Ethan with 23.8 points with 85%
Conan with 22.2 points with 98% 
 
STUDY ISLAND- must have 106 blue ribbons (all of 3rd grade assignments complete in order to go to Camp K) 
 
These students are on track with
 
85% of study island done 
Brody, Zach, Nayson, Parker, Lizzy, Lexi, Tillie, Kaelyn 
 
80% of study island done 
Chloe, Addison, Dominique, Patricia, Hayden
 

Important Dates:
April 27th- Early Release at 12:45pm
May 5th and May 6th- FSA Math
May 12- Spring Concert 6pm
May 17- Camp K trip (must drop off and pick up! but would love for parents to stay!) 
May 18- House games (more info to come)
May 20- AR 100 points celebration
May 24- 3rd grade awards 
May 25th- Last Day of School!!! 

We are almost to the finish line of 3rd grade (22 more days!!). Please keep reading with your child, encouraging them to read independently, and checking their homework!

April 18

Week of April 18th
FOCUS:
Reading/ELA: Story of the week: King Midas and the Golden Touch (Test Thursday). 
Grammar: Adverbs (Test Friday). Spelling: Vowel Team Syllables (Test Friday). 
Cold Read: Test Friday.
 
Study Island: Introducing and Closing Topics and Supporting Facts and Details
 
Math: FSA Math Review--Math homework Monday-Thursday
 
Science: Planet Research (in class)
 
Social Studies: Taking a break to review FSA Math skills.
 
Study Island: Social Studies Post-Test
 
AR- 15 points total by Friday ; 85% test average
Reading every night, ready to test the next morning!
 
Important Dates:
April 19th- Progress Reports sent home 
April 22nd- Volunteer Dinner (please RSVP)- 6pm
April 27th- Early Release at 12:45pm
May 5th and May 6th- FSA Math
May 18- House games (more info to come) 
May 19- 3rd grade awards 9:30am at big church 
May 20- AR 100 points celebration 
May 25th- Last Day of School
 
We are almost to the finish line of 3rd grade (26 more days!!). Please keep reading with your child, encouraging them to read independently, and checking their homework!
 
"True education does not exist in the acquiring of facts but in the development of true character." DMcKay

Week of April 11

Week of April 11th

The 1st round of the FSA is finished! The entire class was wonderful in their effort and focus. We had 2 different proctors during the tests. Each one complimented the class on their behavior and their great concentration! The results will take weeks to be processed. The tests are scored off site so, Belmont is not in control of the results timeline.
 
FOCUS:
Reading/ELA: 
Reviewing skill in prep for 4th grade and adjectives. We will have a cold read, spelling, and grammar test on Friday.
Math: Chapter 14 Review (Monday) and Chapter 14 Test (Tuesday). We'll spend the rest of the week reviewing 3rd grade skills for our FSA Math.
Study Island: Shape Partition and Post Test
Science: Reading "Looking up to Ellen Ochoa" and still working on mastering those 3rd grade ELA skills. 
Social Studies: Taking a break to review FSA Math skills.
Study Island: Government and Laws
 
AR- 12 points total by Friday ; 85% test average
Reading every night, ready to test the next morning!
 
Important Dates:
April 14- Muffins with Mom 715am 
April 15th- Good Friday (No School)
April 19th- Progress Reports
April 27th- Early Release
May 5th and May 6th- FSA Math
May 13th- Class of 2022 Graduation
May 19th- Awards Day 930am for 3rd grade
May 20- AR goal celebration day! 
May 25th- Last Day of School
 
We are almost to the finish line of 3rd grade (31 more days). Please keep reading with your child, encouraging them to read independently, and checking their homework!
 
"True education does not exist in the acquiring of facts but in the development of true character."  DMcKay

Week of April 4

Week of April 4th
 
FSA for ELA will be April 6th and 7th...please remember your secret mission to be turned in by TOMORROW (April 5th). I've only got 5 of these back so far, please let me know if you are unable to do this assignment.
 
Focus this week:
Reading: FSA Practice on Monday and Tuesday. Students will be taking the FSA reading on Wednesday and Thursday. We will start exactly at 8 am. Students are to have a goodnight's rest, breakfast, and be on time. We will not have a spelling, grammar, or cold read test this week. There will also be no vocabulary words.
 
9 points total in AR by Friday the 8th
Study Island- Simple Sentences 
 
Math: Finishing up Chapter 14--- Lesson 6 (Monday), Lesson 7 (Tuesday), and Chapter Review (Friday). We will not have any math homework on Wednesday and Thursday night.
Study Island- 2D Shapes
 
Social Studies- We're taking a break on Social Studies this week to focus on our FSA ELA review.
Study Island- Money and Bartering
 
Science- We're taking a break on Science this week to focus on our FSA ELA review.
 
Please keep up all your work in reading, reviewing and encouraging your child. Your support makes all the difference !

Week of March 28

Week of March 28th
March 30th-Early Dismissal @ 12:45
April 6th and 7th- FSA Reading
April 15th- Good Friday (NO SCHOOL) 
April 27th- Early Release @ 12:45

FOCUS FOR THE WEEK :
Reading/ELA: We will be reviewing multiple skills in prep. for the FSA test. You will see these papers come home throughout the week. We will be having our spelling, grammar, and cold read test on Friday. We won't be doing vocabulary or a comprehension test this week due to our FSA Prep.

We will have cold read homework that is due Friday.

By the end of the week students should have 6 points in A.R.
Study Island- Plurals and Conjunctions

Math: Chapter 14 Lesson 2-Lesson 5, Thursday is a CMP Quiz, multiplication quiz daily ; multiple skills review to prep for the FSA; daily math homework
Study Island- Measure Volume and Mass

Science: We're using this time to focus on FSA Reading Prep.

Social Studies: We're using this time to focus on FSA Reading Prep.

SHHHHHHHHHH.... you will be receiving a large manila envelope this week-directions will be sent via DOJO. This is something special that all of you can share with your child during the FSA days. Please return the envelope with your surprise for your child no later than Friday, April 5th! Once you read the directions, let me know if you have questions. Thank you!

"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”

– Clay P. Bedford