Third Grade Syllabus

Welcome to Third Grade!

2021 - 2022


Thank you for sharing your third grader with us this year.  We are looking forward to a great year of learning.  We would like to share a few important notes with you that will be beneficial for the first couple of weeks of school.




Student grades will be updated on RenWeb at least once per week and parents can access grades at any time.


ATL Reporting

The following is the rubric for the reporting of ATL’s for the trimester report cards:

  • 0 – 3 notifications = 4
  • 4 – 6 notifications = 3
  • 7 - 9 notifications = 2
  • More than 9 notifications = 1

ATL’s can be tracked by subject on RenWeb



Your child’s planner is always your best source of information and the place where you will find any daily communication between school and home.  All homework assignments should be written in the planner each day and a parent should sign the planner each evening.  We will be checking planners each morning after the homework assignments have been written.  Any communication between school and home will be placed under the binder clip.  Please leave the binder clip in the planner and it would be helpful to us if you move the clip to the next week over the weekend.


Friday Folders

Each week’s classwork and assessments will be sent home in the Friday Folder along with any pertinent information from the school office.  Please be aware that work or tests from Friday will not be in that Friday’s folder as there will be time needed for grading. 


School Liturgy

The school liturgy is celebrated each Tuesday morning at 9:00 and students are welcome to sit with their parents during Mass.  There are a few instances when Mass is celebrated on different days of the week and this information is communicated via the MTC website.  During Phase 1, students will attend Mass virtually from their classroom.



Homework is typically assigned Monday-Thursday evenings and should not require more than 30 minutes of time.  Students should also be reviewing their Journeys textbook selection and reading from their AR book each evening.  There is not typically homework assigned on the weekends though there are instances when a test may fall on a Monday and require study time over the weekend.


PE Class

Third grade students will have PE classes on Monday, Thursday, and Friday.  Students should wear their PE clothes and sneakers to school each of those days. 


Book Covers

Please send your child to school with a book cover for their Journeys textbook.



Please make us aware if your child has any allergies.



Third graders do not have snack during the school day. 



Your child may bring a treat to share with the class on his/her birthday.  Birthday treats must be store bought and ingredients must be listed.  Birthday treats can be dropped off in the school office and are typically distributed during lunch.  Please send treats that do not need to be cut and can be served with ease.


Uniform Policy

Please be aware of the school uniform policy and have your child adhere to that policy.  Students in violation of the uniform policy will be given a uniform violation notice.


Water Bottles

Students may keep plastic water bottles at their desk during the school day. 



Third Grade Curriculum Notes

2021 - 2022



  • Summative Assessments are given at the conclusion of each chapter.
  • Formative assessments include textbook pages, activity pages, writing, and vocabulary work.
  • Prayer recitations are summative assessments and will be assigned periodically throughout the year.  There are no formative assessments leading to the summative prayer recitation. 
  • In addition to the textbook chapters, there will be units on both Advent and Lent and students will participate in school-wide retreats and service projects.



  • The reading curriculum is built around the Journeys textbook and leveled readers that accompany the textbook:
  • Single lesson Journeys Reading tests given at the conclusion of each story – Summative Assessment.  This is the book test plus a writing piece scored on a 10 point rubric.
  • Journeys Unit Benchmark Test at the conclusion of each unit.  Cold Reads – Summative Assessment
  • Formative Assessments included Reading Checks, Reader’s Notebook pages, Vocabulary Checks, & IXL Reading Practice – IXL Reading Practice is assigned to match story skills and a formative grade is taken based on the Smart Score.  Students earning 90-100 Smart Score receive a formative grade of 100 and all others receive the grade that they earn.
  • AR Reading Log – Kept by each student.  Book choices are approved by the teacher prior to reading.


Language Arts


  • Six Traits of Writing – Formative Assessment grades for each trait as they are being taught and trimester summative assessments.
    • 1st – Narrative
    • 2nd – Persuasive
    • 3rd  - Expository
  • Grammar Workshop – Formative Assessments for lessons and Unit Summative Assessments
  • Vocabulary Workshop – Formative Assessments for lessons and Unit Summative Assessments on Sadlier Online
  • Spelling Quizzes for each lesson – Formative Assessments and a Unit Spelling Test at the conclusion of each unit as a Summative Assessment
  • IXL Grammar and Vocabulary Practice – Assigned to match skills being taught in GW and VW and a formative grade is taken based on the Smart Score.  Students earning 90-100 Smart Score receive a 100% and all others receive the grade that they earn.


  • The Math curriculum is built around the Sadlier Math textbook and workbook.  There are 16 chapters in the book and summative assessments will be given at the completion of each chapter. 
  • Formative assessments will be given throughout each chapter including book pages, practice masters, and fact quizzes.
  • When we begin multiplication, the students will take timed fact quizzes approximately every 2 weeks that will focus on one fact at a time.  Once we have gotten through 12, mixed fact quizzes will be given.  It is imperative that students practice these facts nightly at home, in addition to the practice they receive at school in order to become proficient with their multiplication facts. 
  • Students can expect to have math homework nightly (Monday-Thursday) and this will mostly be pages in their math workbook.  Students will not be given a hardcover math textbook.  The content in the hardcover book is available online and is good additional practice leading up to the summative assessment.  If your student would like to bring home a hard cover book to study, they will be able to check one out from me and would be asked to return it the day of the summative.


**Science and Social Studies will alternate with only one subject being taught at a time.


  • The Science curriculum is built around the Elevate Science textbook. 
  • There are 7 Units covered and a summative assessment will be given at the end of each unit.
  • Students will also have summative projects that will be assigned at the end of several of the units.   These projects do not offer a retake option as they are completed over several days and the students are able to ask questions and are given corrective feedback.
  • Formative assessments will be given throughout the unit and will consist of open book quizzes for each lesson, in class labs, vocabulary practice, and practice masters.   Because the quizzes are open book and the students can ask questions, they are typically not announced prior to the quiz. 


Social Studies

  • We are using the Pearson Interactive series entitled My World.  The curriculum will be built around the textbook and leveled readers.
  • There are 7 Chapters in the text.  Students will have a summative assessment at the end of each chapter. In addition to the standard summative assessments, students will have a combined Social Studies and Language Arts writing piece at the end of most chapters where they will receive a summative grade for both subjects.  Because these writing pieces take several days with corrective feedback, no retake option will be available.  Formative assessments will include practice masters, open-book quizzes, and vocabulary practice. 
  • Students will also learn new note taking strategies using informational text.




Accelerated Reader

2021-2022 Third Grade


Each child’s individual goal will be determined by their initial STAR Reading assessment which will be administered during the second week of the school year.  Once the diagnostic assessment is complete, you will have access to your child’s individual goal through the Accelerated Reader link on the MTC website.  You will also be able to see your child’s personal bookshelf of tests taken and each test score. Third graders will keep an AR log in their planner and each book that they are reading for AR must be approved by Mrs. Nevitt before they begin reading.  At the  end of each trimester, each child will receive a grade on their report card for Accelerated Reader based on the percentage of their goal which they achieve.  AR grades will be determined as follows:


                                        4 = 100% of their trimester goal

                                        3 = 89.5% - 99% of their trimester goal

                                        2 = 79.5% - 89.4% of their trimester goal

                                        1 = Less than 79.5% of trimester goal


Goal checks will take place after each three weeks of the trimester and at those intervals, children should have reached 25%, 50%, and 75% of their goal respectively.  These benchmark intervals are put in place to keep students progressing toward 100% of their AR goal by the end of each trimester.  Parents will receive an email at each of these intervals so they can check their child's progress towards their goal.


Students may read and test on books from their own personal library, our classroom library, the local libraries, or the MTC Media Center.  Most importantly, students should be reading chapter books at their independent reading level.  Students must be challenged as readers in order to grow as readers. 









Intermediate Discipline Policy

2021 - 2022


  • Discipline will be used as a consequence for negative behavior with the purpose of the discipline being to change the negative behavior to a positive behavior.
  • There will be at least two teacher interventions prior to a child receiving a behavior event notification in RenWeb as a consequence for negative behavior.
  • Upon receiving the 9th behavior notification, a child will also receive a detention.
  • Teacher interventions for behavior will be communicated to parents through the RenWeb Behavior Management System.
  • Using the RenWeb Behavior Management System, parents access their child’s behavior history for all classes in a single location.


Conduct Reporting for Report Cards

  • 0 – 3 Notifications = 4
  • 4 – 8 Notifications = 3
  • 9 - 14 Notifications = 2
  • Greater than 14 Notifications = 1

Automatic Detention

  • Disrespect to property/person
  • Dishonesty/cheating/copying assignments
  • Conduct that is un-Christian or contrary to the character of a Catholic school

**When a child receives a detention, there will be an automatic reduction in the Conduct Grade for the trimester.  This reduction is at the discretion of administration based on the infraction for which the child receives the detention.**

Intermediate ATL Reporting

  • ATL’s can be tracked by subject on RenWeb.
  • ATL notes will be posted regarding incomplete classwork and homework assignments.
  • All students will begin with a four and the grade will be reduced as infractions occur during the trimester.

ATL Reporting for Report Cards

  • 0 – 4 Notifications = 4
  • 5 – 8 Notifications = 3
  • 9 – 12 Notifications = 2
  • Greater than 12 Notifications = 1

**Students will visit with Mrs. Caraker after the third notification to discuss ways to modify behavior.**

Intermediate Retake Policy

2021 - 2022



The focus of our Catholic schools is to always encourage and support the learning process that leads to mastery. This retake policy supports this emphasis on learning and relearning. Teachers have the discretion to refuse retakes to students who do not fully engage in the learning process prior to the summative.



Criteria for Summative Retake Eligibility

Grades 3-5

  1. All students are eligible for a retake assessment.
  2. Retakes can earn up to an 85%.
  3. The higher grade (out of the retake or the original grade) will be recorded for credit in the grade book. The highest possible grade on the retake is 85%.
  4. The retake assessment will cover all of the same standards, but may not be the same format. 
  5. The retake process must be initiated by the student or the parent/guardian.
  6. The Application for Retake should be completed and signed by both the student and the parent/guardian, and returned to the examining teacher no more than five (5) school days after the grade has been posted.  Apllications for Retake are found on the MTC website.
  7. Students may be required to participate in additional practice in order to qualify for a retake.
  8. Retakes will be administered during the school day on the assigned date.



Limitations and Deadlines

  1. Only one retake is allowed per summative.
  2. All notes, assignments, and formative assessments must have been completed prior to the original summative assessment.
  3. Semester/Trimester exams and summatives that are extended projects with ongoing feedback and clear completion deadlines do not qualify for retakes.
  4. The student will forfeit the retake opportunity if either the scheduled retake date or a scheduled teacher required additional practice is missed, unless excused or rescheduled by the teacher.
  5. Teachers reserve the right to deny a student from a retake before, during, or after the retake form is completed if the teacher can show due cause as to why there should not be a retake. This may include, but is not limited to, situations that involve academic dishonesty.


Retake applications are available in each classroom or can be completed electronically.




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