How Our Class Works

Classroom Expectations:
I have high expectations for all of my students. This means that my students will try their hardest in everything that they do. There is no "I give up!" in our class. I will always do my part and teach my students the best that I can with hands-on experiences, cooperative groups, and structure. My students are important to me, and I will do everything possible to help them become the best they can be.

Classroom Rules:
In order to give your child the best learning environment possible, we need to implement rules and consequences:

1. Be respectful.
2. Be responsible.
3. Keep hands and feet to yourself.
4. Follow directions.
5. Be there and be ready.

If a student chooses to break a rule:
1st time: Verbal warning
2nd time: Time out or loss of privilege
3rd time: Stage 1
4th time: Parent conference or contact

Standardized Testing (STAAR):
Your child will be given three parts of the STAAR test. They are: Writing- to be administered March 27 and 28; Math and Reading- to be administered the last week of April 2012.
Your child will receive many practice opportunities for these assessments. If your child is struggling with either Writing, Reading, or Math, I would encourage you to consider placing your child in tutoring for these areas. This will allow me to better assist your child with a one-on-one basis.
Together, we can ensure your child is ready for the STAAR!

Grading Procedures:
Grades are an important part of our class in that they give you the opportunity to see your child's progress. Two grades per subject (Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies) are documented every week for 9 weeks at a time. Weeks 3 and 6 you will receive a Progress Report, and the 9th week you will receive a Report Card. If at any time your child scores below a 74% (Progress Report or Report Card), I request that I meet with you to discuss ways in which we can help your child succeed to his/ her fullest.

Field Trips:
This year are fourth graders will have the opportunity to go on a field trip. It will be on October 28. We will be going to the LBJ Ranch near Johnson City. Our children will learn about Lyndon Baines Johnson, our 36th President of the United States, and visit the place where he grew up. In addition, our fourth graders will visit the Sauer Beckman Living History Farm located within the LBJ Ranch. Our students will learn about what it was like living back in the 1800's when there was no electricity or running water.

Contact Information:
If for any reason you would like to conference with me, I am always available at christina.vela@eisd.net. If you do not have internet access, or would like to speak with me in person, please feel free to call 210-444-8250 and leave a message with the office. I will gladly return your phone call.

Together, we can help your child succeed!!

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