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I am so excited for my fourth year as a member of the Tara Oaks family! I previously taught at Bartlett Elementary for seven years. I graduated from Union University in Jackson,Tennessee with a degree in Public Relations. I worked in business management for ten years before I decided to pursue my teaching career. I received a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Memphis. I have two children. My daughter, Hope, is in the eleventh grade at Macon Road Baptist School. My son, Jimmy, is in third grade here at Tara Oaks! I am also blessed to be able to work with my sister, Jana Blanchard, who is the guidance counselor at Tara Oaks ! Have fun exploring the wonderful world of Howlett's Heroes!
 
Be sure to also follow me on Twitter @TambeHowlett in order to see all of the exciting things we are doing in the classroom.
 

Recent Posts

Tiger Walk Update

Way to go Team Howlett! We went from 31st place to 18th!  We are just $180 away from our first goal of $750 (Water gun battle with the principals!)
Remember you can donate online at http://www.thegetmovincrew.com or you may send in the money with your child to school!  Let’s see if we can ace our first goal by Tiger Walk day this Friday!  Thank you!  Each student that raises $200 will get to participate in our Pancakes with the Principals!
 
Tomorrow is BLUE OUT DAY!  Wear your blue!  
 
Friday is Tiger Walk Day.  A big thank you to Mrs. Spicer for coordinating this fun day for us!  Remember to wear your red class t-shirt Friday.  Students may also bring any other spirit Superhero attire that they may have:  socks, hats, headbands, hero masks, etc. for this fun event.  They will wear their awesome capes on this day as well.  Our time is 2:55-3:45.  

Week of September 19th

Reading- Vocabulary this week: (Found on pages 380-381) in small reading book) bulletin, contributions, diversity, enlisted, intercept, operations, recruits, survival
Focus Short Passage:  "Shipped Out"- pages 382-385
Reading Skills Focus:  Point of View, Summarization, Story Elements
Scholastic Homework, "Protecting the Past" cover article.  Complete your close read questions using RACE on each question
English- Daily Grammar, Focus Skill- Adverbs
Writing- Homework page 391 "Your Turn" activity- Complete in your writing section of the L/Arts spiral.  Minimum length of 2 paragraphs
 
Scholastic Quiz will be Thursday of this week.
Daily Grammar/Vocabulary Quiz is Friday

Week of September 12th
ALL homework is due on Thursday
Reading- Read "Buying Dory" in your Scholastic News.  Answer questions using RACE on each one.
Writing-In your small reading textbook, read pages 22-25.  Complete "Your Turn" writing activity on p. 31 in the 3rd section of your spiral.
 
Vocabulary Words this week:  rendezvous, ponder, quagmire, harmonious
 
Thursday Quizzes- Vocabulary/Grammar/Scholastic News

This week in our Scholastic News, we read about "Mo" Bridges, the 14 year old founder of Mo's Bows in Memphis,TN.  We were quickly in awe of this incredible teenager, so we began our #BringMoToTaraO Persuasive Letter Writing Campaign.  Stay tuned for the latest updates!
 

Week of November 9th

Important Dates to Remember
November 11th- No School on Wednesday
November 20th-Class Pictures
 
ELA Topics of the Week
Opinion Writing
Story Elements
 

What a great time we had at Tiger Walk this year! Thank you HERO parents for helping us to make our goal so that we can participate in the Water Blast Event with the Principals!
We had an exciting time in ELA class on Wacky Wednesday! After listening to the Dr. Seuss story, Wacky Wednesday, we had to write our own story UNDERNEATH our desk! Now, that's some wacky writing indeed!

Class Schedule 
Art-Fry- Tuesday 
PE- Bullough- Wednesday
Music-Millikin-Thursday
Library-Valentine- Friday
 
All classes are from 2:55-3:45.