Miss Keshawna Harrell

Phone: 252-356-4714

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors in Elementary Education and Masters in Reading Education

Miss Keshawna Harrell

Please note that some of these procedures are more necessary when we return to face-to-face instruction. We are adapting instruction for remote learning but many of the same concepts apply for both learning methods. 

Welcome to third grade! I am excited to work with you 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 students. The material will be in depth and rigorous. Students will be taking several assessments such as the Reading and Math EOG, Reading and Math County and State Benchmarks, Read to Achieve Test and I-Ready Assessments. Students are expected to pass these assessments in order to be promoted to the fourth grade. Remember the educational process begins at home. 

Academic Overview

We will read several stories that align with the 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 and Venn diagrams. There will be a spelling and reading assessment once per week. During reading class, we will also spend time developing our phonetic awareness, vocabulary, and spelling skills. Most importantly, we will be working to develop your child’s writing. In math, we will focus on place value, regrouping with addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, graphing, geometry, measurement, time, and fractions. In social studies, we will read, study, and participate in lessons about the United States. This includes understanding of historical and geographic elements, government/civics, and economics. In science, we will be learning about body systems, the earth and moon, transfer of energy, and plants/life cycles. 

Homework Policy

Students will be given at least 30 minutes of homework daily. Homework can be found in your child’s take-home binder. Parents are expected to view it daily with their child and sign their name at the bottom of the page, ensuring that all work has been completed. Parents should monitor their child’s agenda for updates of their child’s behavior and grades. If a child receives a letter grade of D or lower on an assessment, the assessment will be sent home to be signed by the parent and returned to school.

Course Assessment Plan

Students will be given both formal and informal assessments. The majority of the formal assessments will be given on Friday. The assessments will include: spelling test, comprehension test, vocabulary test, quizzes, math timed test, etc. Students will have constructed response questions for Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies that they will be required to answer in writing. Opportunities are allowed for students to redo assignments. However, they will not be allowed to redo every assignment. 

Classroom Expectations/Classroom Rules

∙ Follow directions quickly 

∙ Raise your hand for permission to speak 

∙ Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat 

∙ Make smart choices 

∙ Keep your Dear Teacher Happy 

General Consequences 

∙ 1st Offense: Verbal Warning 

∙ 2nd Offense: Written Infraction- Note in agenda 

∙ 3rd Offense: Parental Contact-Phone Call 

∙ 4th Offense: Guidance Referral 

∙ 5th Offense: Parent Conference 

∙ 6th Offense: Office Referral 

Agenda Notes:

Great Day- No problems during the school day. 

Good Day- Verbal warning was given during the school day. 

Okay Day- Two verbal warnings were given during the school day.    

Our class will also use a program called Class Dojo to manage behavior. This program allows you to monitor your child’s behavior during the day. Your child earns a point for each Great Day in their agenda. They can also earn more points for classroom performance.