Welcome to the 4th Grade!
A GREAT PLACE TO BE!!
Welcome Fourth Graders
I hope everyone made some wonderful memories this summer, and are ready to make more in fourth grade! Fourth grade is very much a transition year where the students begin to develop more responsibility for their actions and their learning. You will see tremendous changes this year as the class develops into great students.
As the fourth grade grows academically and socially, the overall expectations will be higher. Scotland Elementary School has become one of the top schools academically in the state. Our kids are also kind and respectful, demonstrating good work ethic and cooperation as well as leadership. This is a result of our school having high expectations for all of the children in our district. With our smaller classes and fantastic facility, our teachers are able to really focus on each student and meet each child’s individual need. Our school environment promotes each student reaching their potential both academically and socially. SES is a very exciting place to teach and learn!
We have two big new items this year that we will be using. The first is a terrific new science program that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards. these standards promote higher order thinking skills to construct and design solutions to problems rather than memorizing facts. This program has all kinds of elements that will promote student engagement. There is a very strong online emphasis as well as hands on investigations, research and project based learning. As a science person, I am very excited about using this new program.
The second curriculum support that we will be using is an online program called “Study Island”. This program again encourages high student engagement and learning in math, reading, writing, science and social studies through the use of video games and assignments that are completed on-line. There are also very quick assessments that will allow me to collect data on the specific instruction each student needs. There is also a way for you as parents to see how well your child is doing.
Both of these programs will be very exciting for the students, but will take some time for the teachers to completely utilize. Please be patient with me and all of the SES teachers as we learn how to best use these tools to improve your child’s learning.
I will be sending copies of our specials and weekly schedules home so you can have an idea of what your child will be doing when. I also update my homework page nearly every night. Expect your child to have about 40 minutes of homework on average per night. There will be many nights that it will be less than 40 minutes and some nights it may be more. Math, reading, spelling or grammar will have assignments most nights. Students may also have to complete morning work that was not completed that day. Most long-term assignments will be worked on both in class and at home. I usually send a copy of the long-term assignment home as well as a timeline for what should be completed when for your child to finish the entire project on time. I will also send home a rubric that will show you how I will be scoring that assignment.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call using the school number and leave a message. I usually respond with in 12-24 hours.
I’m looking forward to this year as I have had the opportunity to watch your children grow across the hallway. This is a very nice group of students that have tremendous curiosity and are very willing to work hard. I’m also looking forward to putting faces with names at open house on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
Enjoy the first few weeks of school!