SBAC, Black Oregon History, Art Night

This week, students are taking the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts Performance Task.  Students will read information from a few sources, answer questions, and then write a five paragraph essay showing what they have learned. We are continuing our study of Black History in Oregon this week.  Students are currently researching topics such as the … Continue reading

Mid-April Days

Students are taking the first portion of the Smarter Balanced Reading Assessment this week.  Next week, they will take the second portion of the assessment, which focuses more on writing. We are doing a lot of art this week to balance out all the test taking.  Students are completing their folk art cityscapes and we … Continue reading

Smarter Balance Testing

Next Monday, April 17th, students will begin taking the Smarter Balanced State Reading Assessment.  This is the official standardized testing that 4th graders are now taking nationwide.  It is a very long computerized test and will be challenging for a variety of reasons.  PLEASE make sure that your child gets a good nights sleep on … Continue reading


I hope you and your family had a lovely Spring Break!  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this beautiful, sunny weather continues. Students began their times tables quizzes on Monday.  They will have the quizzes every Monday and Friday for the duration of the school year until they master all their facts.  I suggest students … Continue reading

Spring has arrived…

Monday was the first official day of Spring, and in Room 22, we spent some time thinking about what that means for us.  As we move towards the final third of 4th grade, our focus is on what kind of a person we want to be.  Here are our goals: 1.  Speak up.  2.  Be … Continue reading

Two Weeks Until Spring Break

Our “Wall of Women’s Empowerment” is complete and hanging in the hallway between classrooms 16 and 17.  Please go down and take a look when you get a chance.  We are very proud of the work our students, families, and teachers did to create it. In the last two weeks before Spring Break, our main … Continue reading

Women’s Day Teach-In

Today was a special for us as we spent the whole day learning about how women have changed the world.  We started in the morning by watching clips from a PBS documentary about the history of the Women’s Rights Movement.  Then, students had time to read books about important women in small groups.  Thank you … Continue reading


We’ve got four full weeks of school until Spring Break and plenty of work to get done before then!  On Wednesday, students will be taking their Unit 3 Post-Assessment in math on fractions and division with remainders.  Then we will do a mini-unit on measurement conversions. We are dedicating a large chunk of class this … Continue reading

Word Work, Art, and Reed Science

We launched a new word study program called “Words Their Way” about a month ago.  Students are in groups based on spelling ability and are studying word patterns.  Each week they work with a new group of words and then have an assessment on them.  You should start seeing graded assessments coming home every week. … Continue reading