Energy Efficiency an Important Area of Study for Students

Energy efficiency is quickly becoming a key player in Virginia’s growing economy. The field has been shown to generate more than $300M in economic activity, supports 9,400 jobs, according to a report released today by the nonprofit trade association Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC).

Based on a census conducted last fall to which 300 firms responded, the report underscores energy efficiency’s critical role in meeting energy demand, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, cost savings, job creation and other state and national goals.

This is an important area for us to consider as we continue to enhance our career and workforce development opportunities for students.

Zoe Parrish and Margaret Dickerson Present at VA Reading Conference

GCPS Reading Specialist, Margaret Dickerson, and ITRT, Zoe Parrish, presented a session entitled, Learning Mashup, for the Virginia Reading Conference. The session was designed to show how to use technology tools to integrate reading instruction with service learning projects to develop develop better readers, mindful citizens, and 21st century skills.

See the Learning Mashup Website Here!

The partnership between Parrish and Dickerson is an evidence of the strong connection between instructional delivery and the use of technology tools. Their presentation displayed the division’s emphasis on leadership and character development, inseparable from our commitment to maximizing every learner’s potential.

Zoe Parrish (left) and Margaret Dickerson (right) at the VA Reading Conference.


April is here!

This week our 3-5 students will be finishing up their softball skills with a softball/whiffle ball game!  Our k-2 students will be finishing up their tag games unit.  Next week all classes will be jumping rope for Jump Rope For Heart.

April is here! Examples of perimeter and area are all around us!

It is so nice to the sunshine again and to be able to enjoy some time outside!  As your children are outside, ask them to point out some examples of where perimeter or area could be used.  For example, to determine the amount of mulch to go around the bushes you would need to know the area.   Maybe you have a garden and are putting up a fence to keep the bunnies out, that would be an example of perimeter.  This is what we’ve been exploring this week in class.  Students have been working on problems that involved border and problems that involved putting tile in a bathroom.  Students have discovered patterns and different strategies for solving these problems.  The most important thing is that they are not  memorizing a formula for finding area and perimeter, but are thinking about the problems and what they would need to do if they were really in that situation.  Tomorrow they’ll be using their knowledge of area and perimeter to develop a floor plan for a bumper car ride.  Before the end of our unit students will also explore volume of rectangular prisms. This is a fun unit!

The Last Stretch


This week, students will be combining Science and Math through probability experiments. Students will review the  meaning of probability and examples of an outcome being likely, impossible, unlikely, or certain. Students will complete both individual and partner experiments and then discuss the results with the class. Later in the week, we will begin talking about elapsed time. Students will use number lines, addition/subtraction, and clocks to determine the answer.

Virginia Studies

This week, we will be talking about life after the Civil War and the work that the nation needed to do to rebuild the South (Reconstruction). We will also be talking about Jim Crow laws that were put in place to discriminate against others. Lastly, we will be talking about the changes that Virginia made from a farming economy to an industrial one.  We will be talking about how the railroad allowed Virginia to expand and also allowed people to explore new opportunities/jobs.

Language Arts

This week, we will be continuing to talk about prefixes and suffixes. Students will use their knowledge of prefixes/suffixes to create made up words. They will also need to create a sentence to go along with the word to assist others to determine the word’s meaning. Students will also be introduced to author’s purpose and how it can change depending on the setting, plot, and characters. We will review the meaning of author’s purpose and practice changing the author’s purpose from inform to persuade, entertain to persuade, and other examples. Lastly, students will continue with their journal entries and work on getting to the editing stage by the end of the week.

Tutoring Help Available!

Reminder:  Tutoring help is available for Geometry and Functions every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30-5:00.  Transportation is available if 24 hours notice is given to the front office.  Bring your homework or questions about material previously covered.  There will be extra work sheets available if you need more practice.

Geometry SOL remediation is available every Thursday from 3:30 -5:00.

Please take advantage of smart block for additional help or make-up work.

March 31st Newsletter

Read on to learn about this week’s happenings:

Math:  This week we are learning about Probability.  Yesterday, the students graphed and analyzed the results of their jelly bean experiments.  They found that their predictions were not always confirmed by their results.  Today, they conducted another probability experiment in which they flipped a dime and penny and recorded how many of each head/tail combination they saw out of 20 flips.  Throughout the rest of the week, the students will learn how to draw tree diagrams to solve combination problems.  Each day this week, the students will also take a multiplication speed quiz to earn more scoops for their multiplication cones in the back of our classroom. They are doing a great job!

Probability Vocabulary:  certain, likely, possible, impossible, unlikely, equally likely, mathematical probability, experimental probability


  • Nightly skills practice sheet
  • Practice multiplication facts


Reading:  This week during FUNdations, the students will learn to read and spell words containing the consonant –le syllable.  This is the last of the six syllables we will learn this year.  I will collect your child’s completed homework packet on Friday.  This Friday’s check-in will assess the spelling and marking of words containing the consonant-le syllable.  As we have finished adding new word wall words for the school year, there are no new word wall words for this week!

We are wrapping up our Biographies unit during Reading.  The kids have researched a biography subject by using a library book, the encyclopedia, and informational websites.  They have taken notes on the most important facts about their subjects and are now organizing their notes into first-person reports.  They will edit and peer edit these reports before publishing them.  Later in the week, they will animate their reports using the iPad app, Morpho.  As a whole group, we will have reading mini-lessons this week on sequencing/timelines in biographies as well as comparing biographies and autobiographies.


  • Read for 20 minutes each day and record on Reading Log sheet.  (Parents, please sign your child’s reading log each night.)
  • Complete Fundations packet by Friday (nightly dictation and trick word drill)


Science/Social Studies:

This week during Science and Social Studies, the students are reviewing this year’s content in preparation for Thursday and Friday’s MP3 tests.  We are revisiting each topic for each subject as a whole group.  The students are also reviewing through the SOL Pass website activities for Science and Social Studies (  This is a very useful website that will not only help us prepare for the MP3 tests, but the SOLs as well.


  • Study for Thursday’s Science MP3 test
  • Study for Friday’s Social Studies MP3 test


Important Dates:

  • April 3:  County-wide 3rd grade Science MP3 test
  • April 4:  County-wide 3rd grade Social Studies MP3 test
  • April 4:  3rd grade FLE talks during Encore


Mrs. Corinne Case

Tuesday, April 1 – Day 1

Blocks 1 & 3 (honors) – We got a lot accomplished today!  I gave students notes on passive & active transport, they watched the brain-pop videos for each and completed and graded the brain-pop quizzes for each; I gave students a break down of The Cell Cycle with diagrams & descriptions, as well as, explained DNA replication.  Students watched the Mitosis brain-pop video and completed the quiz.  Homework – Study Chapter 2 hand-outs – TEST on Thursday.

Block 4 (co-lab) – Students had a pop-quiz on identifying the parts of a cell; we reviewed the cell cycle and checked a couple of the worksheets that they had for homework.  They completed the mitosis brain-pop quiz.  Homework – complete the cell cycle sheets & study for the Chapter 2 Test – on Thursday.


D1B1 A Math 6:

Today we continued to work with finding mean, median, and mode of sets of data.


HW- p. 568 Lesson 2-4 #1-12





D1B2 Pre-Algebra 7:

Today we had a lesson from the Math-Science Innovation Center called “Wrap and Fill,” an introduction to finding volume of 3-dimensional figures.


HW – none





Block 4 Math 6:

Today we went over finding mean, median, and mode of sets of data.



HW- p. 71 #3-9


D2B1 and D2B2 A Math 6:

Today we went over data sets in line plots, frequency tables, and stem-and-leaf plots.  Then we went over mean, median, and mode.



HW- p. 66 #3-11 AND p. 71 #3-9




Block 4 Math 6:

Today we continued to work with line plots.


HW- finish p. 567 Lesson 2-1 #2 only, make into a line plot

and p. 567 Lesson 2-3 #1-4 make into line plots

12 powerful verbs activities for you!

Try these activities to help you learn the 12 powerful verbs.  These words are often used on standardized tests!

12 powerful verbs

  1.  Quiz:    12 powerful verbs quiz

  2.  Testing words flash cards:  Testing words flip cards

  3.  Crossword puzzle, 12 powerful verbs:  cross word puzzle, 12 powerful verbs

  4.  powerful verbs word search:  powerful verbs wordsearch (online)

  5.  hangmouse with 12 powerful verbs:  Hangmouse

  6.  Audio word match:


  1.  Alphabetize the power verbs:  Alphabetize the power verbs!


How did you get that answer?

We talk a LOT about “talking math”.  The emphasis being on HOW to do the problem and not on the ANSWER to the problem.  This shifts the focus of students so they can really own the concepts and be able to apply them in a variety of situations.  Here’s what it looked like today in third and fourth grades!

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Tuesday, April 1

Day One

Blocks One and Four: English 10 

  • MUG 15.3

  • Review of literary terms: Pun, simile, and foil

  • We handed back research papers and went over the scores

  • We read Julius Caesar, Act I, i-ii

Homework: None

Block Two: PreAP English 10 

  • Pronoun case exercise 1

  • Review of literary/dramatic terms

  • We read Julius Caesar, Act I, i-ii


Complete the first dialectical journal; vocabulary quiz on unit 14 on Thursday

Spring Testing Schedule

Important 3rd Grade SOL Dates:

Tuesday, May 13th-Reading, part 1

Wednesday, May 14th-Reading, part 2

Friday, May 16th-Science

Wednesday, May 21st-Social Studies

Friday, May 30th-Math, part 1

Monday, June 2nd-Math, part 2


Team Handball

Students will use the skills of dribbling and passing to play the game of team handball. Team Handball is an Olympic Sport. The sport uses the skills of soccer and basketball. Students dribble down the floor with their hands and try to throw the ball in the goal.

GRIPs in 4th and 5th Grade

Students are finishing up their Gifted Research Interest-Based Projects.  Jack learned all about the dangers of steroids and is sharing his knowledge with athletes.  Haiden learned about the safety features of football helmets while Ryan learned about sports injuries.  Together, Ryan and Haiden have created a brochure for athletes.  Keeley learned about softball and made the case for restarting a professional softball league.  Olivia learned all about the controversy over the Washington Redskins franchise name and wrote a petition that students signed and we are sending to the Redskins Franchise.

Simon is sharing his new found knowledge on the safety rating of cars with young teachers looking to purchase a new vehicle.  Dallas learned about flight safety and is sharing what he’s learned with the Air Line Pilots Association, International.  Lily learned about quilting and even did some.  Meanwhile, Joshua is looking to raise money for the training of dogs used in de-mining missions.

Alexander is putting together a brochure with information about snakes and what to do if you are bitten.  Caleb continues his interest in weather and created a brochure about preparing for a tornado.  Christian learned all about pouching of birds of paradise and has written a letter to an ambassador asking for some changes to the traditional celebration in places like New Guinea that include using feathers from the birds of paradise.

The variety of subjects is very interesting and it is wonderful to see students asking and answering questions and working to make a positive impact in the world.

In the pictures below, students are working on final touches.  :-)

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