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Welcome to
Open House
Mrs. Spencer’s
rd
3 Grade
Pickett’s Mill 2014
Pickett’s Mill Mission Statement
Engaged in Learning, Leading in Excellence
Our Class Mission Statement
Do our best
Ready to lead
Earn respect
Always be awesome
Make good choices
• Born in Georgia, but have lived where the Army took me
• Married 18 years
• 1 son Maxim, 5 years old and 1 daughter Hannah, 14 years old
• Taught 3rd grade for 5 years, Preschool for 8 years, and first year in Cobb
County
• Love to read, go to the movies and spend time with my family
Classroom Goals
 To develop and inspire leadership in
each of our students.
 To provide a supportive, safe and
fun classroom environment.
 To build the self-confidence and
interpersonal skills children need to
become successful learners.
7 Leadership Habits
Be Proactive
Begin With the End in Mind
Put First Things First
Think Win-Win
Seek First to Understand, Then to Be
Understood
 Synergize
 Sharpen the Saw
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• My Website
• Email [email protected]
• Agendas
• Phone (least effective)
• Red PTA Folders
BINDER
The purpose of the binder is to help students
develop organizational skills and learn to be
proactive by putting first things first. Helping
your child stay organized is very important. It can
be a struggle for many children. Establish a
routine at home for going through their binder
each night and doing homework. You'll be happy
you did.
Sign agenda on a daily basis
• Weekly Curriculum – Mondays
• Spelling Words
• Important Reminders
• Daily Behavior
• Signed EVERY Night
• No signature = No ticket
• Papers with a comment, check, star, etc are practice pages
• Papers with a 3+, 3, 2, 1 are graded for assessment purposes
• Grading Scale:
3+ Exceeds Standard
3 Meets Standards
2 Progressing Towards Meeting Standards
1 Limited Progress or Does Not Meet Standards
• Any grade of “1” is to be signed and returned
• Progress Reports at 4 1/2 weeks in areas of concern
•The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent,
clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so
teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.
The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the
real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young
people need for success in college and careers. With American
students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be
best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
•You can also visit this link for more information, videos, and
FAQ's. http://www.corestandards.org/
• Agendas
• Tickets (Weekly Raffle)
• Coins
• Seven Habits Fish
•Homework packets will be given on Mondays and are due the following Friday.
•Help your child with his/her homework if he/she gets stuck. You should not have to help with every problem.
•Check your child’s homework for accuracy and quality of work
•Homework is not used as a grade. It’s meant to reinforce the skills learned in school.
•Your child should be responsible for making sure his or her homework is in the binder and is returned to school.
•Homework should not take more than 30 minutes per night.
•In addition to the weekly homework packet, your child should be reading AT LEAST 20 minutes per night.
Sometimes part of the
homework packet will be a graphic organizer to be used on a
book of choice.
• Make-up work will be sent home with a “Homework” stamp on it
• After 10 absences the school will
(regardless of absence notes)
• Not all work can be made up
• Send in an excuse letter/doctor’s note
• After 5 absences I must contact you
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contact you
Joy Cronauer
Will keep you up to date on class events.
As events come up you will be emailed.
Would be glad to accept help 
Daily Schedule
7:15-7:50
8:00-9:00
9:00-9:45
9:50-10:35
10:40-11:25
11:30-11:45
11:51-12:21
12:25-12:40
12:45-1:55
2:00-2:10
Morning Work
Math
ELA
Writing
Specials
Science
Social Studies
Recess
Lunch
DEAR
Reading
Pack Up
Dismissal
Cafeteria News
• Menus are available on the website.
• Prices
Student-$2.15
Adult-$3.25
• Lunches may be pre-paid. Make sure to put
student ID on all checks.
• No fast food is permitted.
• Side Items--$.30-$1.00 (must have parent
permission to purchase)
• Genre Focus each 9 weeks
• Not learning how to read now,
we’re reading to learn
• Mostly Strategies
• Fluency Passages
• DRA/Lexile
• Words Their Way (Spelling)
• G.U.M.S.
• Writing – 6 Traits of Effective Writing
• Whole Group Mini Lessons
• Independent Writing
• Writing Conferences
• Writes in variety of genres such as narrative,
informational, persuasive, & response
to literature
• Number
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Sense
Multiplication & Division
Fractions & Algebra
Measurement
Geometry
Data Analysis
Math Journals
Math Busters ~ Timed Tests
PROBLEM SOLVING!!!
Science
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Rocks & Minerals, Fossils, Soil
Magnets
Heat
Georgia Habitats & Organisms
Conservation & Recycling
• Science Journal
• Units will alternate
• Generally no homework other than
studying for a unit test
• Study Guides will be posted on blog.
Social Studies
• Roots of Our Democracy, Our
Economy, Geography, Maps & Globes
• Paul Revere
• Fredrick Douglas
• Susan B. Anthony
• Mary McLeod Bethune
• Franklin Roosevelt
• Thurgood Marshall
• Lyndon B. Johnson
• Cesar Chavez
Technology
• Every morning begins with PBS Morning
Announcements
• Many of our lessons will be on the SMARTboard
• I-Respond
• Downstairs computer lab/laptop cart
• Students will create their own GA Habitat
Slideshow
Assessments
October 7-9 Cognitive Abilities Test
Oct 10-17
Iowa Assessment
April 15-24
End of Grade Assessment
(formerly CRCT)
• Birthday Treats ~ shared at
lunch so please make sure they
are individually cut!
• Snacks ~ send in a healthy
snack daily
•Join PTA
Thank You!
THANK YOU
for taking the time to attend Open
House!
I look forward to working with you and
your child this year. It is going to be a
wonderful year filled with exciting
learning activities!
Please write your child a quick note on the
paper provided. They would love to see a
message from you in the morning!

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