Mrs. Jackson's Third Grade Class

Welcome back to another year at Dennis Chavez! We are looking forward to a wonderful school year!

Friday, August 10th-Meet the teacher 12:15-1:15

Monday, August 13th-First day of school

Tuesday, August 28th-Curriculum night for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

Welcome to Mrs. Jackson’s Third Grade Class. I am very excited to be working with you and your child throughout this school year. I graduated from UNM with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. This is the start of my 21st year teaching. I have taught Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade and Third Grade. I am thrilled to be working in the Dennis Chavez community.

In my classroom you will find:

*Our classroom is a community that is built on trust and kindness

*Organization and structure

*A focus on the Common Core State Standards

*Focus on the fundamentals with enrichment opportunities as appropriate

*Variety of learning and work formats

*Weekly assessments in core curricular areas

*Homework Mon-Thurs (math facts/math problem solving and nightly reading)

*A philosophy that everyone can learn and excel (growth mindset)

Specials Class Schedule 11:00-11:45

Monday: Computer lab

Tuesday: Library

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: Rotating schedule

Friday: PE

Morning Drop off

After the first bell rings all the third grade students will be expected to line up with their class on the pavement between the grass field and portables.

Scholastic News

Our class will be using Scholastic News magazine to enrich our Science and Social Studies curriculum.

Curriculum Night

Mark your calendars for our Curriculum Night on Tuesday, August 28th. Please plan on coming to learn more about our curriculum, classroom procedures and your see child's learning environment.


Our lunchtime will be from 11:50-12:20. We will have a short snack while we work in the morning. The students are encouraged to bring in a small, healthy and easy clean up snack each day.

Agendas/Homework Folder

Please check for information in your child’s homework folder daily. The folder and agenda should be taken home and returned every day.


Each Friday we have tests. It is very important that your child is present and on time every day. We will spend each week reading one story and we will have a reading comprehension test over the story and the vocabulary words from the story. We will have math fact quizzes (timed addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division tests based on your child’s level). Please help your child prepare for these tests and be sure he/she is studying throughout the week.


Students will have homework Monday-Thursday. Each night they will have a math worksheet. This worksheet is to practice the concept we covered in the daily lesson. Students will also be expected to read Monday-Thursday. The students need to record the book title in their agenda and have a parent sign the agenda. All homework must be completed to earn our "Fun Friday."

Book Orders

Throughout the year your child will receive book orders from Scholastic. If you would like to order something you may order online with our class code. The class code will be given with the order form. Please do not send checks or money to school. The order needs to be paid online. The books should arrive within 2 weeks of our ordering deadline.

Class Dojo

Class Dojo is an online program that gives students instant feedback on their behavior. It also allows parents to view the points rewarded throughout the day. It has a feature that allows parents to message the teacher instantly. This a great tool for home/school communication! Very soon I will be sending you a code and instructions for connecting. Please sign on as soon as this info is received. This is my main form of communication with families. Please check your messages daily!

I look forward to an amazing year of learning with your child! If you have questions or concerns, you may email me at


Melissa Jackson