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Rachel Gill

2018-2019 School Year

I feel very privileged and excited to join the amazing community at STEM this year.  I bring with me twenty-three years teaching experience at four different grade levels.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of Education in a school where student achievement and accountability is held in such high regard by staff, students, parents, and administration.  I look forward to working with your student and you in this phase of his/her educational journey in fourth grade.  If you have any questions or information that you feel will contribute to making your child’s year a successful one please contact me by e-mail, or call to set up a time to visit.  I look forward to an exciting year of growth and learning with your child.

What is a STEM Education?

Infographic: The Value of a STEM Education

 

https://www.edutopia.org/stw-college-career-stem-infographic

Classroom Wish List

Supplies

 

Meter Sticks

Single hole punch

2" Die-cut Stencils

 

 

 

Books

(1-15 copies, they do not need to new)

 

Max and Me and the Time Machine by Gerry Greer

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe  by C.S. Lewis

Tales of the 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

Non-Fiction Books on Idaho Native American Tribes

 

Classroom Expectations

Homework policy:  Students have time during the day to work on assignments that are given.  Most assignments are to be completed in class and I will tell the students at the time given when they are due.  If an assignment is given that can be taken home it is the student’s responsibility to complete the assignment and turn it in on time.   If an assignment is not completed and turned in, on time, the assignment will be considered late.   A homework slip will be sent home to communicate that this was the case.  A slip may also be sent home to inform you of work turned in without a name or that is not turned in completed.  Please sign and return the slip the following day.  This is to keep you informed of these cases at the time.  These assignments will receive a grade of zero.  Your child will have math homework daily.

Khan Academy:  We will be using Khan Academy in the classroom as part of our math curriculum.  Each student needs to have his/her own account for this. If your child already has an account, please send their log-in information to school on an index card, to be on file, so it is available to the student if needed.  If you child does not already have an account you will need to set one up for him/her.  You will need to add me as his/her coach.

Water Bottles, Snacks, and Birthday Treats:  

  • Students may have a water bottle and only water in the classroom.
  • There will be an opportunity for the students to have a healthy snack both in the morning and the afternoon.  Please do not send cookies, candy, pudding, etc. or other high sugar snacks.
  • Students may share Birthday treats at school only if his/her birthday falls on a school day. Any treats must be store bought and dropped off at the office that morning. The treats will be shared with the students at lunchtime.

Classroom expectations: These expectations are designed to maximize the time spent on instruction and learning, and minimize the time spent on discipline.  This will allow me to maintain a safe learning environment for all students.

Students will:

*Follow directions the first time given.

*Be courteous when others are speaking.

*Keep hands, feet, and objects to themselves.

*Ask permission to leave the room.

*Use personal and school supplies correctly and respectfully.

*Be respectful of the learning environment in all settings.

*HAVE FUN!

Consequences:

First Offense:   Warning

Further offenses will result in a loss of recess time and if necessary a parent/teacher conference.

Severe Clause:  Any behavior that is violent or insubordinate will be directed to the Principal immediately.