Dr. Laurie Jones-Curtis

"Education is not preparation for life. It is life itself!" - John Dewey
Contact Info:

Email: lauriejones-curtis@lorenaisd.net
Phone: 254-857-4613
Cell:    254-644-0235
Remind
    Home Room:  Text: @drcurtishr to 81010
    Math:  Text: @drcclass to 81010
Twitter: @LaurieC11111

Daily Schedule:

7:45 - 7:50      Assembly


8:00 - 8:10      Home Room / Family Meeting


   8:15 - 9:20       First Period


9:25 - 9:55      GAP

10:00 -11:10     Second Period

10:15 -10:35   Recess   

11:38 -12:13    Lunch / Recess

 

 12:30 - 1:00     Social Studies


1:05 - 2:10      Third Period

  2:15 - 3:15     Specials/Electives


3:25                 Home Room



About Me:

Welcome to Lorena Elementary School!! I teach 5th grade math and am very excited to work with your child this year. I want to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and give you information about my classroom. I am married and have three sons. Luke and his wife Becca have 4 precious children and live in Waxahachie. Josh is a 30 year old bachelor mixologist and lives in Arlington.  My youngest Micah (25) owns Quick Move Waco, a local moving company and is getting married in November to Hannah.

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska, a Master’s from Texas Wesleyan, and a Doctorate from Baylor University. This is my 29th year to teach in public schools and my 18th year at Lorena ISD. Previously, I have served as an Educational Consultant for schools across Texas, worked with education reform with the United States Chamber of Commerce and taught at Baylor University.

Teaching is my passion and I will do everything I can to help your child be successful in math!  

Students often believe they are not “good” in math and/or that math is hard. I want to dispel that myth this year. I try to tie every single activity and lesson to real life for the students to help them understand the importance of math in everyday life. We also spend a great deal of time with estimating and mental math. The majority of us do math calculations in our head – at the grocery store, at the gas station, estimating bills and budgets. I want the students to acquire that ability. Frequently ask your child to help estimate the total cost of items while you are out. This too, will help your child see how often you use math.

Another area that is vitally important and often determines how successful a child will be with math is basic math facts. Students should have ALL facts learned – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division – prior to entering 5th grade.  If your child has not memorized all of the facts (multiplication and division should go through 12 X 12), please work with him/her every day until they are memorized.  This will only increase your child’s success and confidence in math.


My number one rule for the classroom is simply this, “Respect each other and each others’ stuff.” We must learn to live together as a family and a community, so I work hard to create that family/community atmosphere in my classroom.

I remind myself everyday that the future of the world is sitting in my classroom. It is my responsibility to encourage, uplift, motivate and educate your child - the future of our world.

If you ever have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email.

#FUTURE FOCUSED
Announcements:

February
  • WednesdayFebruary 6 - Reading Mock STAAR
  • Tuesday, February 12 - Family Engagement Night 6:00
  • WednesdayFebruary 13 - Progress Reports
  • Thursday, February 14 - Valentine's Parties
  • Friday, February 15 - Field Trip to Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Monday, February 18 - NO School
  • Tuesday, February 19 - College Spotlight
  • Wednesday, February 27 - Early Release 12:20
  • Thursday, February 28 - ScienceMock STAAR
March
  • Tuesday, March 5 - Math Mock STAAR
  • Friday, March 8 - End of 3rd Quarter
  • Monday - Friday, March 11-15 - Spring Break
  • Monday, March 18 - 4th Quarter Begins
  • Friday, March 22 - Award Ceremony - PAC
  • Friday, March 22 - Report Cards
  • Tuesday, March 26 - College Spotlight
April
  • Wednesday, April 3 - Spring Pictures
  • Tuesday, April 9 - STAAR Math
  • Wednesday, April 10 - STAAR Reading
  • Wednesday, April 17 - Progress  Reports
  • Thursday, April 18 - Leopard Olympics
  • Friday, April 19 - NO School
  • Tuesday, April 30 - College Spotlight
May
  • Monday, May 13 - STAAR Math Re-Take
  • Tuesday, May 14 - STAAR Reading Re-Take
  • Wednesday, May 15 - STAAR Science
  • Monday, May 20 - LES Field Day
  • Wednesday, May 22 - Award Day at PAC
  • Thursday, May 23 - End of 4th Quarter
  • Friday, May 24 - End of Year Assembly
  • Friday, May 24 - Last Day of School!! 12:20 Release
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