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Curriculum Night 2013. 3S. Information sheet— Northpoint is going Green! . I’ve got an information page going around. If you can complete I would appreciate it. Your preferred name, email addresses, phone numbers and who is likely to answer. Ex. Home, Mom, Dad etc.

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information sheet northpoint is going green
Information sheet—Northpoint is going Green!
  • I’ve got an information page going around. If you can complete I would appreciate it.
  • Your preferred name, email addresses, phone numbers and who is likely to answer. Ex. Home, Mom, Dad etc.
  • Also remember to sign up for conferences
who is teaching my student
Who is teaching my student?
  • Bobby Scott
  • Lived in Bloomington-Normal my whole life.
  • I went to Glenn, Chiddix, NCHS and then ISU.
  • Taught eleven years of fifth grade at Colene Hoose.
  • Beginning 8th year of 3rd grade at Northpoint.
  • I have my masters degree in administration.
  • Married and have two sons and one daughter

I enjoy sending time with my family.

  • I enjoy being outside.
  • We like to travel and often go camping.
  • I enjoy sports—playing and watching– I incorporate a lot of sport stuff into the classroom.
goal in life
Goal in Life
  • Have fun!
  • I try to transfer that to the classroom.
  • Balance school with life.
I take this job very seriously. It’s a job that never ends. I think about school all the time, knowing that there is always something more than can be done.
  • I recognize that it is not your typical 9-5 job, and that it’s difficult to reach me during the day (since I’m with the students most of it).
  • Feel free to call me at home 451-1955 if you feel it is necessary. I may not get back to you until the next day.
Best way to reach me is email.
  • I always try to respond– it might just be a “thanks” or short response.
  • Typically the shorter the email the quicker the reply.
  • Class website
class make up this year
Class make up this year
  • 26 students
  • 14 boys
  • 12 girls
  • Student Teacher- Mr. Wilkinson
personal beliefs goals for third grade students
Personal Beliefs/goals for third grade students
  • Respect and polite to all
  • organization
  • learning is fun
  • Goes well with “Get your Armorrr on”- (Respect, Responsibility, Ready)
  • We will have some– Likely not too much
  • Enough to create good organization habits and enrich classroom learning
  • If you find your student spending too much time with it, let me know
  • I don’t believe in giving homework for the sake of giving homework
  • Chance of assigned reading from text books.
assignment notebook
Assignment Notebook
  • We will do this daily
  • Students have the responsibility to get their assignment notebook signed.
  • Signing it means you have communicated with your child about their day and assignments.
  • Feel free to leave a note. I try to respond back.
  • We will be practicing cursive handwriting throughout the year.
  • Students are encouraged to use cursive.
  • I will not be grading handwriting practice sheets but usually review them.
  • I occasionally give out a “cursive writing bonus” on assignments.
  • Please encourage your students to write neatly and use cursive.
  • I typically update Skyward every Sunday.
  • I give each student a note of missing assignments on Monday mornings.
  • Check it every couple weeks or so, but don’t micro manage.
  • Don’t panic if you see a low grade– if you see many then we should talk.
my philosophy on grades
My Philosophy on Grades
  • What students know is the most important.
  • Don’t put too much pressure on students.
  • Don’t compare students to each other.
  • Encourage and praise effort.
  • Grades aren’t perfect.
  • I believe skills are more important than grades
  • Working toward a workshop approach
  • We will use journals daily.
  • Home Links nearly everyday
  • It is helpful if you indicate how much assistance you provided.
  • Circle the “A lot, some, little, none”
  • I encourage you to assist them– but please let me know if they are not grasping a skill or concept.
  • If a student always has a perfect paper and I don’t know they are receiving a lot of additional help can create problems.
  • Mastery of every skill is not expected-series spirals
  • Games
  • SRB (Student Reference Book)
  • Flash Cards are great!
  • Multiplication 0-12 are to be mastered by end of year.
  • esuite
  • 90 minutes a day.
  • We are using a workshop approach.
  • Still new at this approach to teaching—grading is a big part of the challenge
  • I’ll read out loud to the class daily.
  • Always assign 15 minutes to read– adjust as necessary.
  • I let students borrow my books. Please help see that they get returned.
reading cont
Reading cont.
  • 30 minutes a day for SWORD time.
  • Students Working On Reading Development
  • Strategic grouping

Difficult for many students

  • moving toward a workshop approach
  • Grading is somewhat subjective– less important than skills
  • Goals:
    • Make it fun
    • Provide a lot of ideas
    • Understand that writing is a process– even the best writers complete several drafts before they are “done”
  • Teach students about plagiarism and tips for avoiding it. Parental help is usually necessary.
  • Writers Notebook
    • Will come home tomorrow and students can decorate it
  • Hope to include parents in “Writers’ Workshop”
  • Words there way
  • A word study
  • Learn about letter patterns
  • Lots of grouping
  • Not sure it will be graded
science social studies
Science/Social Studies
  • Extension of reading
  • Less time will be spent on these subjects
  • Social Studies- Good mix of geography, history, economics and government
  • Science- spirals, many topics may seem like they repeat from previous years
  • Hope to make both fun and interesting!
  • Hope to use the netbooks often for research
  • May have to assign reading from text books at home
  • Music- with Mrs. Ogdon
  • Art- with Mrs. Cunningham
  • P.E.-with Mrs. Leake
  • I.M.C.- Mrs. Tindall
  • Try to write a weekly newsletter
  • Students will do writing and eventually the typing.
  • Hopefully it will improve throughout the year.
  • Student perspectives are very interesting (I’ll believe part of what they tell me about you if you believe part of what they tell you about me).
  • We will likely start it next week. They will partner write the first time then move to self writing.
  • Almost all written communication will come through emails.
parent helpers
Parent Helpers
  • Writers’ workshop– hopefully???
  • Math workshop– hopefully???
  • PTO
  • IMC
  • Mrs. deFreese is in need of help as well
  • A note will come home about these as they become available.
classroom discipline
Classroom Discipline
  • Stop Signs/ Warning Signs
  • Positives: add a penny
  • Students created our 3S Classroom Constitution
  • Get your Armorrr On!!
  • Tickets/drawings/auctions
peanut free classroom
Peanut Free Classroom
  • One confirmed and one suspected peanut allergy
  • Fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and cheese sticks. (NO DIPPING SAUSES).
  • Remember to send a spoon if necessary
  • Otherwise students will receive 5 animal crackers.
  • I will be asking for donations of animal crackers or animal cracker like snacks.
  • I used to let the class bring their own snacks, but realized I was in violation of the district policy.
  • We watch Rusty almost every day.
  • He give tips and reminders on how to be a better citizen.
various items from the office
Various items from the office
  • Volunteers need to be screened.
    • Sign up in the office
  • Pick up and drop off must occur out front
  • Eating with child
    • Space is a real problem
    • Call office by 9:00
    • No fast food
  • All visitors need a badge
  • Please contact the office (and me if possible) your student will be missing school.
  • Remember to sign up for a conference when we are done.
odds and ends
Odds and Ends
  • Assignment Notebook $5
  • Time for Kids (TFK) $5- only need 4 more
  • Calculator (optional)
  • Book orders once a month—due tomorrow
  • Water container– with lid.
  • Camera
  • Netbooks
  • Passwords
  • Room is often cool– students can leave sweatshirt/sweater here
  • Student council- paragraphs due Tuesday.
3s code
3S Code
  • A star or P= paper was reviewed but not taken for a grade. Often I’ll spot check just one problem.
  • C & R= Student can correct and return for partial credit.
  • Remember to sign up for conferences and room parent help!
  • Also sign parent contact sheet.
  • Feel free to leave a note for your student
  • Thank you in advance for all your support
  • Show class website; esuite