Third-Fourth Grade Classroom
Ms. Hettenhausen teaches third and fourth grade. Students start school at 8:45 a.m. Third graders are dismissed at 2:40 p.m., and fourth graders are dismissed at 3:05 p.m., except on Wednesdays, when all students are dismissed at 12:30. Ms. Hettenhausen is assisted by Amy Glogovac and Leah Pellerin.
“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.”
I strive to create a nurturing learning environment where everyone feels safe and valued while providing challenging, child-centered activities. Students will be active participants in their own learning by engaging in hands-on-minds-on experiences, reflecting on the learning process, and setting personal goals. Art, music, and movement will be integrated throughout the curriculum to help bridge connections and honor learning styles and interests. Students will explore, investigate, connect, reason, analyze, communicate, justify, and support each other in our quest to learn about the world around us.
Family participation is encouraged! There will be several opportunities to feel connected to your child’s learning throughout the year. Participation opportunities will be tailored to suit different family needs and schedules. Be on the lookout for ways to stay connected with at-school learning through our communication platforms.
Life Lab: Learning comes to life outdoors in our Life Lab garden where students work and study.
Reading Buddies: Students improve fluency and self-confidence while reading with our younger school partners.
Mystery Readers: Students will be surprised when different Mystery Readers join us in Room 1 to share a favorite book.
Pen Pals: Each student will make a new friend in another state while working on writing skills.
Music: Third graders will have weekly Orff music with Kristin Allen-Farmer. Forth graders will participate in the instrumental music program, receiving small group instruction in marimba, cello, or violin. All fourth graders are expected to practice their instruments a minimum of 120 minutes per week, or approximately 15-20 minutes each day.
Art: In 2016-17, instructors from Tandy Beal & Company will provide professional dance instruction to 3rd and 4th graders during a 13-week residency program. Aside from the obvious connections to physical education, the dance program will be integrated into the class' curriculum through art and writing.