Third Grade Welcome Letter!


    All About 3rd Grade!


    Welcome to third grade!  We are eager to work as a “teacher and parent” team to help make your child's overall learning experience a positive and challenging one. Third grade is a critical year and can be very difficult for some students. The material will be more in depth and rigorous. Students will be taking the Georgia Milestones Test this year and are expected to pass the reading portion of this test in order to be promoted to the fourth grade. Remember the educational process begins at home. To help build on that education, we need a helping hand from home– that hand belongs to you!


    General Curriculum Overview


    Language Arts - Our reading program is called Benchmark Literacy. We will read stories that align with state standards and participate in activities to enhance the students’ reading and comprehension skills. We will also be working with graphic organizers such as character maps, Venn diagrams and many others. During reading class, we will also spend time developing students’ phonetic, vocabulary, and spelling skills. As we develop students’ writing skills, they will write narratives, opinion pieces and informational reports.


    Math - Envision is our math series this year. We focus on place value, rounding numbers, regrouping with addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, graphing, geometry, measurement, time, and fractions.


    Social Studies - We will read, study, and participate in lessons about the United States. This includes understanding of: historical events, geography, government/civics, and economics.


    Science - This year we will be learning about physical attributes of rocks and soil, fossils, heat energy, habitats in Georgia, and pollution and conservation.  


    Homework Policy


    Students will be given at least 30 minutes of homework Monday-Thursday. Homework can be found in your child’s homework folder. Parents are expected to view it daily with your child and sign your name at the bottom of the page, ensuring that all work has been completed. Homework that is not completed will negatively affect your child’s conduct grade.


    Academic Progress


    Students’ graded classwork will be sent home every Wednesday. This will enable you to monitor your child’s progress routinely.


    Grading System: We use a Standards Base Scoring System. Teaching and learning is guided by Georgia State Standards for third grade in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science. We use the following Grading/Scoring Scale:


    Grading Scale


    1 = Beginning Learner: Students demonstrate progress toward foundational skills of the standard.

    2 = Developing Learner: Students demonstrate some understanding of the standard/skill/topic.

    3 = Proficient Learner: Students demonstrate proficiency of the standard/skill/topic.

    4 = Distinguished Learner: Students demonstrate understanding beyond proficiency and has exceeded the grade level standard.



    Course Assessment Plan


    Students will be given both formal and informal assessments. Most of the formal assessments will be given on Friday.  Students will respond to constructed response questions in Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science using the RACE (Restate the question, Answer the question, Cite evidence, and Explain your answer) strategy.


    Students will take a pre-test before each unit to assess what the students already know and concepts that the students are unfamiliar with. At the end of each unit, students will be given a post-test to assess what the students learned. Opportunities are allowed for students to redo assignments and tests, although they may not be allowed to redo every assignment or test.


    Classroom Expectations


    Every student has a right to learn in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning. Deer Chase Trailblazers are Prepared and Respectful while demonstrating Integrity, Dependability, and Excellence.


    Students are expected to:

    • come to class with a positive attitude ready and prepared to learn with all the necessary tools to work with each day.
    • follow all school and classroom rules at all times.
    • respect the rights and property of others


    General Consequences

    • 1st Offense: Verbal Warning
    • 2nd Offense: Reflection Sheet/MIR/Parent Contact
    • 3rd Offense: MIR/Parent Contact-Conference
    • 4th offense:  MIR/Office Referral

     I will be using a daily behavior chart to manage, review and reward your child’s behavior. This program allows you to monitor your child’s behavior each day. Each day, students begin with 100 points in conduct. For each behavior infraction a student receives, I will subtract 10 points from their daily conduct grade.  The behavior infraction(s) will be noted on the behavior chart in the take-home folder. Daily behavior grades are averaged together to obtain the students’ weekly conduct grades.  In addition to 100 points, students who remain “Ready to Learn”, “Make Good Choices”, “Do a Great Job” or “Show Super Behavior” will be rewarded with stickers, treats and special opportunities.


    Contact Information

    Front Office: 706-772-6240

    Email: Masonju@boe.richmond.k12.ga.us

    Remind: This is my preferred way for us to communicate. 



    We have reviewed the welcome letter for Ms. Mason’s class.  Please sign and return by Friday, August 16th.


    Parent signature: _____________________________________   Date: ____________________


    Student signature: ____________________________________   Date: ____________________