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my class photo IMPORTANT DATES:

* January 16 and Jan 19 there is NO SCHOOL in observance of the MLK Holiday.

* 3rd Grade Honor Roll Ceremony will be held on Mon., 1/26/15 at 8:15am (not at 9:15am)

* Tuesday, Jan 20th begins the 3rd Nine Weeks of the school year

* Wednesday, Jan 21st is Solar Bear Night!!!

* Report Cards go home on Friday, January 30th.

PTA Website: www.hillcrestpta.net

A message from the 3rd Grade Teachers:

Our third grade classrooms are risk-free and a positive learning environments. It is our goal to have students feel comfortable in their surroundings and know that they can be themselves and make mistakes freely. We strive to create a warm and inviting classroom. From the first day of school to the last day of school, we focus on building a classroom community. Expectations are also a huge part of our classroom environment. We spend time reviewing expectations for behavior, actions, and classwork. We believe in every single one of our students. Each of them has the potential to succeed in school and in life. We encourage my students to strive to do and be their very best.

Most of the lessons we teach require lots of planning and preparation outside of the normal school day. As a third grade team, we enjoy and take pride creating these lessons and activities, which promote student achievement. Our curriculum is ever changing, and it is our job to stay on top of it and figure out which lessons or ideas will best suit the needs of our students. Some of the lessons require lots of peer-to-peer collaboration and incorporate technology. We can always help and learn from one another.

Need to contact us:

Mrs. Defrin: Elizabeth.Defrin@ocps.net

Ms. Hoogvorst: Gisel.Hoogvorst@ocps.net

Mr. Worley: Ronald.Worley@ocps.net

Mme. Manna: Jacquelyn.Manna@ocps.net

Ms. Perez: Lisa.PerezMaldonado@ocps.net

RE: STANDARDIZED TESTING: We wanted to share the following information about the FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) with all of you since we all are wondering what the new standardized test will be like.

As of today, testing window for 3rd graders is from March 30th through April 10, 2014. (Additional assessment date information can be found on OCPS website at www.ocps.net ) Your child will be tested on ELA (English/Language Arts) and Mathematics. It will be a timed test and this time around it will be a paper/pencil assessment.

The FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) website has sample tests for ALL grade levels. SCPS (Seminole County Public Schools) has a comprehensive overview about the testing on their website. Please take a few minutes to look over the information. This affects all Florida counties, so feel free to pass the information along to family and friends.

FSA Sample Testing link: http://www.fsassess...org/training-tests

SCPS website: http://www.scps.k12..ardAssessments.aspx

class notes: Weekly Due Dates

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Early day
Thursday

Friday

Weekly Assessment Day! Due Today: Reading Log, Spanish Vocabulary HW