Week of August 18-22, 2014

 - by Julie Riley

Homework went home today for our third-graders on the Grizzle-Riley Team.  Students should have written their homework in their agendas (Read 20 minutes, spelling, math)  and have their homework papers in their Homework Folder.  The spelling list and reading log is stapled in their agenda.  Homework should be completed daily and all papers should be turned in Friday morning.  If you have any questions, please call, email, or write a note in the agenda.  Thank you!  🙂

Invitation from Dr. Howard

 - by Julie Riley

You are invited to the
Jackson County Community Stakeholder Meeting
August 25 ~ 6:00 p.m.
East Jackson High School

The quality of our communities are defined by the quality of our schools!

Your voice and vision are valued!

Please join us!Jackson County Schools will be hosting a Community Feedback Session on Monday, August 25th at 6PM at East Jackson Comprehensive High School.  We need your help in advertising this event and encouraging participation.  We have 45 trained conversation facilitators who will be conducting small group feedback sessions.  Our community’s voice and vision are valued and needed.  Please plan to join us and encourage your friends and colleagues to invest in our community through our schools.

Welcome to Third Grade

 - by Julie Riley

We have had a great first week of school!  We got to reunite with old friends and meet some new ones.  The students became familiar with their new school, administrators, and teachers.  They are doing a good job learning the procedures of our classrooms and enjoying having a team of two teachers.  We learned about the Writing Process (brainstorming, rough draft, revising, editing, final copy, and proofreading) and wrote a piece called “Summer Fun”.  In social studies we are learning all about maps.  In math we learned about Place Value and investigated magnets in science with Mrs. Grizzle.  Next week we’ll focus on the parts of speech, as well as the writing process, start reading groups, learn how to round numbers,  and continue to learn about maps and magnets.

We will visit the Media Center and Mr. Uhlir (topic:  Citizenship) on Monday, we’ll go to PE on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and Art on Thursday.  Homework will start the week of August 18th-22nd.

Thank you for all of the school supplies.  We appreciate them.  🙂  If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at jriley@jackson.k12.ga.us.

Have a relaxing weekend!

 

Wednesday, May 21st: Brunch and Awards

 - by Julie Riley

Just a reminder that it is not too late to sign up for our brunch!  It is from 9:30-10:30 and awards start at 11:30.  We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow morning and celebrating the students’ success in 4th grade!

Week of May 19-22, 2014

 - by Julie Riley

Our school year has just flown by!  I can’t believe this is our last week together in 4th grade.  We have had a productive year and you have all grown so much!  I am very proud of each and every one of you.  🙂

Monday we will go to the PC Lab to work on AR and Math Facts in a Flash.  It is the last chance to earn points for awards!  We will also be presenting our projects for meeting and exceeding standards, so be sure you are ready to present to the class.  The essay contest entries for the Important Historical Places in Jackson County are due May 22nd to Mr. Johnson.  You may work on these at home and at school.

You do not need to bring your backpack or binder on Wednesday or Thursday.  Be sure you have both on Monday and Tuesday.  If you haven’t signed up for our brunch yet, please go to this link:

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4FAEA92EA4FE3-endofyear

Brunch is from 9:30-10:30 and our 4th Grade Awards Ceremony is at 11:30 in the cafeteria.  We can’t wait to celebrate all of your achievements!  Report cards will go home on Thursday, the last day of school.

 

 

 

 

 

End-of-Year Brunch and 4th Grade Awards Celebration

 - by Julie Riley

Please come celebrate your child’s accomplishments this year!  We would like to invite you to a brunch in our classroom before our 4th Grade Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 21st.  The brunch is from 9:30 to 10:30 and the awards start at 11:30.  Please note that brunch ends an hour before our awards, but we want parents who also have 3rd graders to be able to attend. Our 4th graders must eat lunch and get ready for awards during that time.   The awards ceremony is in the cafeteria.

 

Click here to sign up for our brunch:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4FAEA92EA4FE3-endofyear

Updated Information

 - by Julie Riley

Tuesday, May 13th will be DEAR Day and Book Character Dress Up DayDEAR means Drop Everything And Read.  We will read all day long on Tuesday, so we will go to the Media Center on Monday to get books.  You may also bring books from home to read.  Book Character Dress Up Day was previously scheduled for Thursday of next week.

We would like to share the following letter from Dr. Howard concerning student safety.  Words that are important for elementary students are bolded.  Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Hitzges have offered an incentive for good behavior for the rest of the year that includes an extra 30 minutes of recess and ice cream or popsicles on the last day of school if we get through the year without any writing on bathroom walls, etc.  We know our students make good choices and are confident they will earn this reward.  Lastly, we have parent volunteers in the hallways to monitor.  Please know that your child’s safety is of upmost importance to us.

 

Good Evening Jackson County Leaders,

Unfortunately, our school disruptions have not ceased as a result of the video message shared by me and Sheriff Mangum.  The safety, security, and integrity of our school district is being jeopardized and will not be tolerated.  Please plan for the following:
  • Staff should be on high alert at all times; ANY suspicious activity should be reported and investigated immediately.
  • Restrooms should be monitored as students access them; custodians should limit access and may choose to close some restrooms to ensure school’s ability to monitor.
  • Middle and High Schools will be on Level 1 Lock Down for the remainder of the year.  
    • Level 1 Lock Down includes:
      • All exterior and interior doors locked; all students accounted for at all times.
      • If a student must leave the classroom, they must sign out with destination and time noted, as well as, return time noted.
      • Outdoor activities suspended (including field day events).
  • Elementary Schools will be on a soft lock down for the remainder of the year.
    • Soft Lock Down includes:
      • All exterior and interior doors locked; all students accounted for at all times.
      • If a student must leave the classroom, they should sign out with destination and time noted, as well as, return time noted. 
  • Should a statement be discovered or any threat arise, schools should:
    • FULLY Implement the safety plan
      • book bags and all belongings should be left in the classroom; only what students have on their person should leave; account for all students.
      • SRO immediately notified and school safety plan enacted.
      • NO students will be dismissed until the entire building and premises are clear of any threat.
      • ANY lost instructional time will be made up through Saturday school and/or extended school day/year.
Please share these expectations and procedures with all staff.  Our high school students have very important EOCT’s upon them and deserve a focused learning environment to ensure optimal performance.  Graduation is an exciting milestone in students’ and families’ lives.  We have a responsibility to ensure a positive and productive end to the school year. Thank you for your commitment and professionalism!
 
 
April Howard, EdD
Superintendent
706-367-5151

 

 

Week of May 5-9, 2014

 - by Julie Riley

We have a very busy week ahead of us!  On Monday the Music Paws Club will sing for the 2nd Graders as they visit WJIS for Second Grade Transition.  On Tuesday, you will have a quiz on inventions.  Wednesday is our Field Day.  Please bring a towel, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, sunglasses for the outdoor activities in the afternoon.  Put you name on all items.  You may also want to bring some money for the concession stand.  Thursday evening there is a Westside Community Meeting at 6:00 in the WJPS gym.  Parent input for the new construction at WJIS is welcome.  At 7:00 our 3rd and 4th graders and Music Paws club will entertain us with some music.  Friday is Career Day.  What a great week!

You will have some math tests this week.  We will also be working on meeting standards we have not yet met this year and working on enrichment activities.  Monday you will learn about an essay contest.  The topic is “Why do historic places in Jackson County Matter?”  You may begin researching historic places in our county this weekend if you’d like to get a head start.  Keep working hard!  Stay focused!

Wednesday, May 7             4th Grade Field Day

Thursday, May 8                 6:00 Westside Community Meeting at WJPS gym

7:00  3rd and 4th Musical/PTO Meeting at WJPS

Friday, May 9                      Career Day, CRCT Cookout

Tuesday, May 13                 DEAR Day

Thursday, May 15                Book Character Dress Up

Wednesday, May 21            11:30  4th Grade Awards

Thursday, May 22                Last Day of School, Report Cards Go Home

 

Week of April 28-May 2, 2014

 - by Julie Riley

You are doing a GREAT JOB on the CRCT!  I am so proud of you!  You are arriving to school early, taking your time on the CRCT, and doing your best!  Keep up the good work!  Continue to study for science and social studies this week.  Please study 30 minutes each day for the CRCT.  Use your study guide, Study Island, or CRCT links on this page.  Monday is the last day to earn points for AR and Math Facts in a Flash.  We’ll go to the PC Lab on Monday.   We have three class photos available for $10.00.  Please send in your money this week and you will go home with a photo!

CRCT Schedule:

Tuesday, April 29              Science

Wednesday, April 30        Social Studies

Free breakfast will be served each day and the PTO will provide snacks.  :)

Friday, May 2 at 1:15         Panther Pride Assembly

 

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, May 7             4th Grade Field Day

Thursday, May 8                 7:00  3rd and 4th Musical/PTO Meeting at WJPS

Friday, May 9                      Career Day, CRCT Cookout

Tuesday, May 13                 DEAR Day

Thursday, May 15                Book Character Dress Up

Wednesday, May 22            11:30  4th Grade Awards

Thursday, May 23                Last Day of School, Report Cards Go Home

Week of April 21-25, 2014

 - by Julie Riley

The CRCT is here and we are ready to SHOW WHAT WE KNOW!  We will be testing this week and next week.  Please see the schedule below.  Your homework this week is to study 30 minutes a day for the CRCT (packet, Moby Max, Study Island, or CRCT websites).

Links to Learning  is a really cool link to practice tests online!  You will choose Georgia, and then CRCT practice, 4th grade, and then whatever subject you would like to practice.  You can put in your email, and it will send the results to you, or you can have them put in my email address, and it will send the results to my email.  It’s only ten questions per section, so it’s not too overwhelming to practice:)   CRCT Games and Practice Tests is another great resource.  See the links on the right side of the webpage.

CRCT Schedule:

Tuesday, April 22              Reading

Wednesday, April 23        Language Arts

Thursday, April 24            Math

Tuesday, April 29              Science

Wednesday, April 30        Social Studies

Free breakfast will be served each day and the PTO will provide snacks.  :)

Friday, May 2 at 1:15         Panther Pride Assembly

Week of April 14-18, 2014

 - by Julie Riley

This week in language arts we will be working on grammar and opinion writing.  In social studies, we will learn about  inventions and the abolitionist and suffrage movements of the early 1800’s.  You will have a science test on Thursday and in math you are working on measurement.  Your homework is to study for the CRCT for 30 minutes each day by working on your packet, CRCT Games & Practice Tests Link, Moby Max, or Study Island.  Get creative…  see “Homework” tab for ideas!  Show what you know!  🙂

 

Come to WJIS Trivia Night on Thursday, April 17th to show what you know!  Doors open at 6:30 and Trivia begins at 7:00.  Tell Mom and Dad you can buy dinner there:  hot dogs, drinks, sno-cones, popcorn, and candy!  Tables are $5.00 each with no limit to number of people on team.  See green flyer that went home Friday.

CRCT Schedule:

Tuesday, April 22              Reading

Wednesday, April 23        Language Arts

Thursday, April 24            Math

Tuesday, April 29              Science

Wednesday, April 30        Social Studies

Free breakfast will be served each day and the PTO will provide snacks.  🙂

Week of April 7-11, 2014

 - by Julie Riley

Welcome back to school!  I hope you had a restful and enjoyable spring break!  The weather was beautiful!  🙂  In social studies, we will be finishing up our unit on Westward Expansion and testing on Thursday (Grizzle)  and Friday (Riley).  In language arts, we’ll review parts of speech, coordinating conjunctions, and comma usage.  See Mrs. Grizzle’s website for news on science and math.

The students who completed any part of their CRCT Study Guide will be rewarded for their hard work!  Again, we strongly encourage you to complete the study guide.   Students who take the time to work on their study guide generally do quite well on the CRCT.   🙂  Show what you know!

Important Upcoming Events

April 17                Trivia Night at WJIS

April 22-30         CRCT Testing

May 2                   1:15 Panther Pride Assembly

May 5                   Second Grade Transition

May 6                   3rd Grade Field Day

May 7                   4th Grade Field Day

May 8                   5th Grade Field Day

May 9                    Career Day, CRCT Cookout

May 13                  DEAR Day

May 15                  Book Character Dress Up

May 19, 20           CRCT Retest

May 21                  11:30 4th Grade Awards

CRCT Study Guide

 - by Julie Riley

Mrs. Grizzle and I will be sending home a CRCT study guide for every student to study spring break week if he/she so chooses.  It is not mandatory, but we have found out that students who take the time to do it generally do quite well on the CRCT.  We will be discussing it with the students.  There will be a reward for students who complete any of it.  🙂  Spring Break is March 31-April 4th.  Have a safe and happy spring break!  See you April 7th!

 

REMINDERS

 - by Julie Riley

Wednesday is the last day to order Field Day T-shirts!  Please send in $8.00 and the form indicating the t-shirt size you want.  Our class color is red.  Report Cards went home yesterday.  Please sign and return the envelope.  If you’d like to order Spring Pictures, please choose the sheets you’d like and send in the money by Friday.  If you do not wish to purchase pictures, please return them.  There is no math homework this week.  Thanks!  🙂

Week of March 24-28, 2014

 - by Julie Riley

This week in language arts we are writing informational paragraphs on math, science, and social studies topics.  We’ll also look at writing we completed earlier in the year to see how we’ve grown as writers.  We’ll learn about modal auxiliary verbs and relative adverbs.  In social studies, we continue to study Westward Expansion.  We’ll focus on the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, and the Oregon Trail.  Be sure to check out the cool internet activities on the Westward Expansion Bundlenut.  If you did not meet the Branches of Government standard (Bill of Rights, Articles of Confederation, and Constitutional Convention), you will get another chance on Tuesday, March 25th.

**Field Day T-shirt orders are due Wednesday, March 26th.  Please send in form and money.  Our class color is red.

**Spring Picture payment is due March 28th.  Please return the photos if you do not wish to purchase them.

**No school March 31-April 4 for Spring Break.  Students return to school on Monday, April 7th.

 

 

Week of March 17-21, 2014

 - by Julie Riley

I hope you had a relaxing weekend and got to spend time outdoors among “living” things!  🙂  (At little science humor!)  This week kicks off our Book Fair!  It will continue through March 25th.  Our class will preview on Monday and shop on Friday.  Be sure to come to our Family Science Night on Tuesday, March 18th from 6:30 to 7:30.    Experience hovercrafts, mysterious mixtures, air cannons, film can rockets, magnetic “magic” and more!   The Book Fair will be open from 3:30-7:00 that evening also.  Come shop and check our stupendous Science Fair projects, too!

In language arts, we will write a narrative piece, learn to write dialogue, and learn about verbs like can, may, and must. We start our new unit, Westward Expansion, in social studies.  We get to learn about the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail, and the War of 1812.  Check it out on Westward Expansion Bundlenut.  We continue to read short stories in reading.  See Mrs. Grizzle’s website for news on science and math.

**Students who did not complete the  Challenges of a New Nation Study Guide will be writing a paper on the unit.  A note with instructions will be coming home with the test.  The test needs to be signed by your parents and returned to school.

**Spring Pictures:  Please choose the pictures you’d like to purchase and send payment along with pictures you don’t want back to school.  Thanks.

**Book fair will be March 17-25 from 8:30-3:30.

**Science night will be March 18th.  That will also be family night for the book fair.  Please make plans to attend.  It will be loads of fun!

**Field Day T-shirt order forms are due by March 26th.  Our class color is red!  🙂

 

Week of March 10-14, 2014

 - by Julie Riley

Can you believe that this is the last week of the third nine weeks?  Our school year is flying by so quickly!  In language arts, we will be revising our personal narrative rough drafts on Monday.  If you did not finish your rough draft in class, please complete it and bring to school on Monday.  The final copy is due Tuesday.  Later in the week, we will discuss verbs, pronouns, write poetry, and review figurative language.  Since you have three tests this week, I have decided not to have a spelling test Friday.  No spelling homework this week.  Our Challenges of a New Nation assessment is this week.  You have a study guide and other resources to study.  Mrs. Riley’s class will take the assessment on Wednesday and Mrs. Grizzle’s class will take it Thursday.  Please be sure to look at Mrs. Grizzle’s website for info on science and math.  She has a lot of new information posted.  Have a great week!  🙂

**Don’t forget that we do have school on Friday, March 14th!

**Book fair will be March 17-25 from 8:30-3:30.

**Science night will be March 18th.  That will also be family night for the book fair.  Please make plans to attend.  It will be loads of fun!

**Field Day T-shirt order forms are due by March 26th.  Our class color is red!  🙂

Language Arts Reminder:

 - by Julie Riley

If you did not finish your personal narrative rough draft in class today, remember that it needs to be done by Monday.  We will be revising and editing during class.  Have a great weekend!  🙂

Congratulations to YGA Winner! Week of March 3-7, 2014

 - by Julie Riley

CONGRATULATIONS to Breanna Hornyai in our class for winning the Young Georgia Authors contest for the 4th grade at WJIS.  Breanna’s entry is a narrative piece based on her favorite reading series, The Warrior Cats by Erin Hunter.  She worked on her entry for months and even posts her stories on her own blog.  Congratulations, Breanna!  We are very proud of you!  🙂

In social studies, we continue to study the Bill of Rights.  Many students have not turned in their Three Branches of Government poster that was due last week.  At the end of the week, students will get a study guide for their test next week over the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, the branches of government, and the Bill of Rights.  Students may work on Study Island assignments, too.  Don’t wait until the night before the test to study.

This week in language arts, we continue to work on writing fact-filled informational paragraphs.  We will also begin a narrative writing piece.  Students will not receive new spelling words this week.  We are going to study the words from last week again.  See the Homework tab for specific spelling homework instructions.  If you spelled all words correctly on Friday’s test, you will not have any spelling homework this week.  🙂 Enjoy!  Please see Mrs. Grizzle’s website for news on science and math.

*Students are encouraged to work on math, reading, and language arts on MobyMax.  Parents, you may log in to the Parent Portal to see your child’s performance level.  The standards on MobyMax are aligned with our Georgia standards and are great practice for the CRCT.

*Field Day T-Shirt order forms will come home on Monday.  They are due March 26th.

*Our next PANTHER PRIDE ASSEMBLY is Friday, March 7th at 1:15.  Read and work on math facts!

Week of February 24-28, 2014

 - by Julie Riley

Change is in the air!   Starting Monday, both Mrs. Grizzle’s class and Mrs. Riley’s class will be having language arts and math in the morning.  We will have social studies and science every other day in the afternoon.  Specials and ELT will stay the same.  Here is our new daily schedule:

8:00-8:45 Math with Mrs. Grizzle

8:45-9:25 PE

9:25-10:00 Math with Mrs. Grizzle

10:00-10:45 Reading

10:45-11:35 Language Arts with Mrs. Riley

11:35-12:05 Lunch

12:05-12:20 Recess

12:25-1:15 Extended Learning Time

1:15-2:35 Social Studies Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (Week B) and Science Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (Week A)

2:35-2:40 Pack Up and Dismissal

This week in language arts we’ll be reading informational text and citing evidence.  We will work on writing really interesting, fact-filled paragraphs later in the week.  In social studies, we’ll finish our Three Branches of Government Mini Webquest on Monday when we make our posters.  You may research at home this weekend.  We will study the system of checks and balances and the Bill of Rights the rest of the week.  In reading, we’ll work on sequence of events  and inferencing. Please see Mrs. Grizzle’s website for information on math and science.

*SPRING PICTURES are Monday, February 24th at 9:40.  Bring your order forms if you wish to purchase pictures.

*HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT is Tuesday and Wednesday, February 25th and 26th from 8:00-8:45.

*SIX FLAGS READ TO SUCCEED Reading Logs are due February 28th.  Please write in your minutes and have your parents sign the form.

*Our next PANTHER PRIDE ASSEMBLY is Friday, March 7th at 1:15.  Read and work on math facts!

From Dr. April Howard: Forgiveness Days

 - by Julie Riley

The Georgia State Board of Education granted a waiver for local school systems to forgive days missed due to recent inclement weather. Jackson County Schools will continue with regularly scheduled school days as reflected on the calendar approved by the BOE on Monday, February 10th.  As previously communicated, students will attend school on March 14th and May 22nd. However, Jackson County Schools will not add May 23rd, nor will any potential change to start and end times be implemented.  We are committed to providing focused instruction to ensure student preparedness for upcoming assessments and advancement in their educational careers.  Thank you for your patience as we are committed to our students, families, and their success!

 

Homework Due Monday, February 17th

 - by Julie Riley

All learning this week will not be lost thanks to the internet and books you have at home!  Watch this short, funny video, play outside in the snow, and please do your homework for this week.  🙂  http://www.ijreview.com/2014/02/114776-video-awesome-school-closing-announcement-north-carolina-going-viral/
Boys and girls, there is no school until Monday, but because it is so important to keep up your skills, your homework for this week is due on Monday when you come back.  We will have our spelling test that was scheduled for Thursday on Monday.  You will get new words for next week on Monday. Reading logs (for those with less than 25 AR points), math, spelling, and science homework will be collected.
You may also go to Study Island (go to My Class for assignments) and to MobyMax (log in is your lunch number and password is zero and your lunch number).
Read, read, read!

I miss you and can’t wait to see you on Monday!  🙂

*Spring Pictures are February 24th.

*Six Flags Read to Succeed is due February 28th.  Be sure to have your parents sign your reading log.

 

 

 

School will resume on Monday, February 17, 2014

 - by Julie Riley

Jackson County Schools will be closed Thursday, February 13th.  School will resume on Monday, February 17, 2014.  Friday, February 14th is a system holiday on the 2013-2014 calendar. While it was considered as a potential make up day, many families have existing plans which would result in high absenteeism. Weather conditions for Friday are still questionable, as well.  Your patience and understanding are appreciated.

Stay safe and keep warm!

**Spring pictures will be February 24th.

**You may get on Study Island and do assignments.  You may also get on the new website, MobyMac, that Mrs. Grizzle showed you on Monday.  Login is your lunch number and the password is zero and your lunch number.

NO SCHOOL Wednesday, Feb. 12th

 - by Julie Riley

**Please do your homework.   It will still be due this week.   🙂

Jackson County Schools will be closed to students and staff on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. We will carefully monitor the development of this significant weather event and notify parents and students of any updates for resuming school by mid-day Wednesday.
Potential Make-up Days: The state allows for school systems to have four “forgiveness days” each year on a 180 day calendar or the instructional time equivalent. Unfortunately, Jackson County Schools has a 176 day calendar for 2013-2014. Therefore it will be necessary to make up these instructional days/time for students and staff unless the Governor provides additional forgiveness days due to the state of emergency. With this in mind, stakeholders will be provided a survey for feedback on the optimal weather make up plan. Please look for this link Wednesday afternoon on our website and Facebook. Thank you for your patience, support, and feedback as we thoughtfully navigate these unique weather challenges.

NO SCHOOL Tuesday, Feb. 11th

 - by Julie Riley

Jackson County School leaders have carefully monitored weather predictions. Governor Deal has issued a state of emergency for Jackson and surrounding areas. In an effort to ensure student safety, Jackson County Schools will be closed on Tuesday, February 11th to all teachers and staff. All school activities will be canceled or rescheduled. As conditions develop, we will determine when it is safe to resume school. We apologize for the delay in this announcement. We were very hopeful that we would be able to provide an instructional day, but we will err on the side of student and staff safety. Please monitor the district website for further updates.

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