Welcome Back!!!!

Dear Parents,

Let me introduce myself. I am a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and I have completed my Gifted Certification. I am looking forward to a new school year as your child’s 3rd grade teacher. This year will be an exciting time for all of us.

My husband and I have been married for 10 wonderful years and we have two beautiful little girls, Taylor and Madilynn, and a little boy on the way.  In my free time I like to spend as much time as possible with my girls. We have three fur babies named Zoe, Georgia, and Hunter.

Students and their parents are naturally curious about the amounts of homework to be assigned throughout the year. The only homework that will be required every night is for your child to read 20 minutes. Other homework will be assigned as needed.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to email me at Sunny.Mulkey@cobbk12.org or call me at school. Our number is (770) 578-7248.

I am looking forward to working with my new students this year. I am also looking forward to meeting you and working with you to help your child succeed.

Best Wishes,

Sunny Mulkey

Foundation Patron Drive 2018

If you haven’t supported our Foundation yet, please consider it. Today I attended an MIE (Microsoft Innovative Educator) training here at the school to become certified. We are learning about different technology tools that can be used in the classroom. The Foundation has graciously provided us with this opportunity and many others.

CogAT and IOWA Testing

Dear Parents,

From September 5 to September 7, 2018, first and third grade students will take the Cognitive Abilities Test, and from September 13 to September 18, 2018 third and fifth grade students will take the Iowa Assessments™. The purpose of this communication is to inform you about the tests so that—with your support and encouragement—your child will do his or her best on the tests.

About the Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test

The Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. The Cognitive Abilities Test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in three areas that closely relate to success in school; verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning. The Iowa Assessments measure achievement in several important content areas including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

The tests help teachers identify a student’s strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. The Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year and may provide information about college readiness for older students. The assessments produce information that enables sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction.

Each test includes sample questions to help students become familiar with the content and format of the tests. Samples help students understand what to do—how to mark answers and move from question to question.

For most tests, students read the questions and mark their answers by filling in a circle for each question. All test questions are multiple choice, and the tests last about 10 to 35 minutes.

How your child can prepare for test taking—and what you can do to help

A student who is well rested and well fed and has a positive attitude about testing is best prepared for testing. You can help your child do his or her best by considering these tips:

  • Make sure that your child is in school and on time on test days.
  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.
  • Remind your child that these tests are only one measure of what he or she has learned.
  • Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.
  • Remind your child to listen to the directions and read each question carefully during testing.
  • Encourage your child to ask the teacher for help if he or she does not understand the directions.

Score reporting and how we use test results

The school will receive test scores in about 6-8 weeks and parents will receive an individual student score report for the Iowa Assessments. These scores will indicate how your child performed on the tests compared with students across the nation in the same grade.

Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your child during testing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kevin Johnson or Jaime Davies at (770) 578-7248.

Sincerely,

Kevin Johnson & Jaime Davies
Assistant Principals

Welcome to 3rd Grade!

Dear Parents,

Let me introduce myself. I am a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Two years ago I completed my Gifted Certification. I am looking forward to a new school year as your child’s 3rd grade teacher. This year will be an exciting time for all of us.

My husband and I have been married for 9 wonderful years and we have two beautiful little girls, Taylor and Madilynn. In my free time I like to spend as much time as possible with my girls. We have two fur babies named Zoe and Georgia.

Students and their parents are naturally curious about the amounts of homework to be assigned throughout the year. The only homework that will be required every night is for your child to read 20 minutes. Other homework will be assigned as needed.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to email me at Sunny.Mulkey@cobbk12.org or call me at school. Our number is (770) 578-7248.

I am looking forward to working with my new students this year. I am also looking forward to meeting you and working with you to help your child succeed.

Best Wishes,

Sunny Mulkey

January 8-12

Weekly Standards:
Math: The students learned about area and perimeter before winter break, so we have been reviewing those standards and will conclude our review on Tuesday with a mini assessment to make sure all of the students have mastered the standard. On Wednesday we will start our fraction unit, which will cover the standards and essential questions listed below.
Standards:
MGSE3.NF.1, 2, 3: Understands fractions as numbers
MGSE3.NF.1, 2, 3: Understands, explains, and represents fractions as equal parts, and a number on the number line. (use models as representations)
MGSE3.NF.1, 2, 3: Understands, explains, and represents non-unit fractions
Math Essential Questions:
What is a fraction?
What is a unit fraction? What are numerators and denominators?
How can I determine if two fractions are equivalent?
How can I use the size of the numerator and denominator to help me compare fractions?

Reading: We are going to begin our third reader’s workshop unit with Lucy Calkins. Our read aloud will be Because of Winn Dixie. The students are going to learn how to analyze characters and how to use precise words and phrases to describe characters. They will use example character actions and dialogue to support their character analysis.

Writing: We are going to begin our third writer’s workshop unit with Lucy Calkins. This unit will focus on Opinion. This Bend helps students to gather and support bold and brave opinions as they write many persuasive speeches.

Homework: The students are going to get a weekly reading log that will need to be completed and turned in on Friday. The reading log will focus on characters this week. The students will also get a practice math page that I will send home nightly and will need to be returned the following day. Our math lessons may not always go as planned, so a nightly practice page may not always be sent home. Sometimes we may need to continue a lesson to the following day or I may notice that the homework is not challenging enough or it may be too challenging, so the math homework may need to be tweaked on a day by day basis. I like to send things home with the students that they should be able to complete independently or with little assistance. The students will write their homework in their agenda each afternoon, so you will be informed daily.

Upcoming Dates:
January 8: College Spirit Day
8:30 am – Jill Hawes presents Family Book Clubs in Learning Commons

January 11: 8:00 – 8:45 am – Target Open House for new to Target parents
January 15: MLK, Jr. Holiday
January 22: FACT Programs resume