Ms. McCullough's Class

Mrs. Miears', Mrs. Slocombe's, and Ms. McCullough's

3rd grade newsletter


On the Calendar for September…

September 18th-22nd- Celebrate Freedom Week which also includes Constitution Day-September 17th

Monday, Sept. 18th- Watch Dog Pizza Night-1st meeting of the year @ 6:30PM! Free pizza and drinks! We love to have dads at school working with kids. This is a great opportunity to be a role model for all students in the school. Be there! :0)

Tuesday, Sept. 19th-

Bus evacuation drill for the entire school will be in the morning.

Quest starts today! Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Wednesday, September 20th-Vista Ridge Homecoming Parade- Cox Elementary students are encouraged to participate in the VR Homecoming Parade. Meet Mrs. Hawthorne at the VR tennis courts between HMS and VR at 5:30. There will be at least 3 jeeps and a trailer for the kids to ride on. The parade route will be from Vista Ridge High School to the Gupton Stadium parking lot. Wear red, white, and/or black colors, bring pompoms , paint signs, or paint your face!

From Mrs. Hawthorne! Regarding the VR Homecoming Parade

Our next Campus-Wide Event is THIS WEDNESDAY!! The Comets participate in the Vista Ridge Homecoming Parade! We will have a trailer, and at least 3 Jeeps. If you have a Jeep (and I know many of you do because I see you in the car-rider lane!!) and would like to participate, please let Mrs. Hawthorn know as soon as possible (! Students should report to the area next to the VRHS tennis courts. The participation form is attached, will be available at the front office, and at the line up location. To speed up the process of checking in, I recommend completing the form prior to arrival. Students are encouraged to wear Red & Black, bring noise-makers, and a bag of candy to "gently" pitch to the crowds. We will need parent volunteers to walk beside the students. Students will have the option of riding in the trailer (a big trailer this year!), walking, riding a bike or scooter, and a few will be able to ride in the Jeeps. STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE BETWEEN 5:30 AND 6:15 PM. The parade starts at 6:30. Parents must pick up their student at the final destination behind Gupton stadium. Students must be signed out, and will not be released to go into the stadium without an adult. Please pick up your child quickly following the parade so everyone has the opportunity to attend the pep rally. Cox has always had the largest turn out of the elementary schools! Come on comets, Let's show some Comet and Ranger Pride!! Parade Participant Consent Form.pdf

Wednesday and Thursday, September20th and 21st-Hearing and vision screenings by the LISD nurses for all 3rd grade students.

Friday, Sept. 29th- American Indian Heritage Day

In our classrooms…

Language Arts-(Continuation from previous week)

In Reading we are learning about Reader's Workshop and what we need to do at each station during the week. We will continue our class read aloud, Clementine by Sara Pennypacker. Also, Please look for an iStation Parent Letter that will be in your child's last Wednesday folder. It has their username and password to get into iStation at home. Students may do iStation at home as well as in reading stations in the classroom. You can review your child's reading progress and print reports from this portal .

Writer’s Workshop- We will be talking about what "procedural writing" is and look at the form. We will start a procedural writing over the next several weeks after discussing ideas, forms, rough draft, editing, copy.

Cursive handwriting- Working on 4 letters- Hh Tt Pp Ee


Unit 3 (All spelling units are listed in the green spelling book that will come home daily for the entire year and they are also listed on our 3rd Grade website.)

Math/PACE Math-

This week in math were are reviewing addition facts, subtraction facts, turn around facts, and starting on reviewing basic multiplication that was introduced in 2nd Grade. We are also working on gathering data to create bar graphs, number rack review, and building and addition and subtraction table. (continued from previous week)

Facts tests are listed on Mrs. Slocombe's website on the front page at the bottom regarding order and times

Science/Social Studies-

We are learning about reading maps, cardinal and intermediate directions, compass rose, scale, map key, grid coordinates (latitude and longitude) and types of maps. We will also start learning about different types of landforms this week as well.


Spelling Homework- Unit 3 (10-15 minutes) Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday-1 activity per day. Activities are listed in the green spelling book right behind the units. Examples-write your spelling words in chalk on the driveway or with a squirt bottle. Write your spelling words-using red for vowels and blue for consonants. Please do “Dear Parents” in the green spelling book on Wednesday for homework.

Reading Homework- (30 minutes) read 25 minutes a day for 4 days for a total of 100 minutes for the week. Reading Log-will go home on Fridays and will need to be returned completed the following Friday.

Math/PACE Math- (6-8 minutes) practice Math facts daily 2 times. Every student has an individual weekly goal that they are working on.

-worksheet- Addition Fact Review (front and back) was given to the students last Friday, Sept. 15th and is due on Sept. 22nd (Friday)


FUN(d) run pledges from last Friday- Send them in asap!

This week in P.E.:

As part of the Health TEKS, Tobacco Awareness will be covered in gym this week. All grade level students will name harmful effects of Tobacco and identify and use refusal skills to avoid unsafe behaviors.

Please contact Coach Pando for any questions or concerns.​


PTA is hosting a membership drive. The class with the most members will win a part and the teacher gets a gift too! Membership dues are just $10.00! Contest ends on Wed., Sept. 27th. Join online at or look for the blue membership form that was sent home with your student.

PTA Membership Contest.pdf (1 page)


Math Pentathalon will be starting very soon. There is a limited number of students who can participate so get your application in asap. This group does practice after school and goes to competitions on some weekends.

Please see the attached PDF's regarding Math Pentathlon.

Math Pentathlon4-5.pdf (For 4th & 5th grade students) 3 pages long

MP help flyerkg-3.pdf (For KG-3rd grade students) 1 page

If you have any questions, please contact Tiffany Schoppe at

Destination Imagination

It's time for our DI teams to start forming! What is DI you ask??

Destination Imagination is an extracurricular, school-sponsored program that fosters creativity and team-based problem-solving skills and life skills for students. Leander ISD DI is open to all students in third through twelfth grades. The goal of Destination ImagiNation is to cultivate the creative problem solving process and make it an unconscious part of students’ everyday lives.​ Any Cox students can participate, so sign up with a friend!

If you/your child is interested in participating in DI this year, please visit the Cox QUEST website ( ), or come by the QUEST room, 409 to pick up a registration form. Registration forms are due to Mrs. Dickson by Friday, September 29.

Cox Comet Choir starts tomorrow! Be there 7:20 in the Performing Arts room!

Cox Run Club- online registration is on Mrs. Pando's website under SPECIALS classes-

Comets on the Run!

Parents and runners, consider joining RUN CLUB! Running will take place at the school track on THURSDAYS. The fee this year is $20.00, which includes a t-shirt. We encourage all Cox Comets grades 2-5th to take part in this challenge!

What: “Fun” Runs EVERY Thursday(weather permitting)

When : 1st run is on September 28, 2017

Where : Meet in the gym at 2:50 for stretching/start/walk to track


Parents please be here no later than 3:45 for pick up on the Play Ground side near the bike racks

******Tennis Shoes required to participate******

Parents, your help is greatly needed and appreciated! Your coaches need your help by tallying laps as the kiddos run by!

Please contact Coach Pando via email at

In the event of cancellation, a call and/or email will be sent out for notification by noon the day of the run.