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Trimble’s Task Force

“We Can Learn!  What is Your Super Power?”

Fourth Grade

        Welcome to the "Task Force"! Trimble's task Force is going to exploit their powers and abilities for the greater good this year by inspiring greatness, one child at a time! There is no task that is too difficult for your fourth grader to complete! I am so excited to have your child in my class this year. Your child will learn about social studies and language arts in my class. For clarification, language arts is made up of the following subject areas: vocabulary, reading, grammar, spelling, and writing. In my class, your child will use a variety of problem solving strategies that will better equip them to complete missions that Trimble'sTask Force will face in fourth grade. 

"Everyone is a leader, because everyone influences someone!"-John Maxwell

About me:

    This year will be my 14th year in the teaching profession. I received my teaching degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. (Hotty Toddy!!!) I started out teaching fourth grade in Mississippi and continued in that particular grade level for six years. The next three years, I transitioned to middle school in Bartlett teaching seventh grade language arts. Then, I returned to the fourth grade classroom at my new home, Tara Oaks. I have had so many memorable and rewarding experiences as an educator. I look forward to working with your child this year. 


     In language arts, your child will be taking the building blocks of third grade and applying new strategies and concepts to this year’s language arts objectives. Your child will learn language arts through music, movement, repetition, and student modeling. I take any opportunity that I can to feature the student as the teacher and have he/she model his/her own problem-solving strategies. I feel that many times, students are more willing to learn from their peers; therefore, student modeling and collaboration is key in the learning environment. 
    In social studies, your child will learn about the history of America to 1850. We will become familiar with native civilizations in North America, European explorations to the New World during the 15th and 16th centuries, and the political, economic, and social development of the British colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Students will also study the early development of democratic institutions, including the ideas and events that led to the independence of the original thirteen colonies and the formation of a national government under the Constitution. Students will also discover the history of Tennessee's role in the development of the United States and how our state impacted our nation. The purpose of fourth grade social studies to give students an understanding of the formative years of the United States and Tennessee history through research, analysis, critical thinking.  

Class Schedule

9:00-9:10 Arrival/Homeroom

9:10-9:15 Transition

9:15-10:20 1st Class Period ELA

10:20-10:30 Activity Break

10:30-11:00 1st Class Period Social Studies

11:00-11:05 Transition/Restroom

11:05-11:40 2nd Class Period Social Studies

11:40-11:45 Transition to Lunch

11:50-12:20 Lunch

12:25-12:45 Recess

12:45-12:50 Transition/Restroom

12:50-2:00 2nd Class Period ELA

2:00-2:05 Transition

2:05-2:55 L.A.M.P.’s (library, art, music, and P.E.)

2:55-3:00 Transition/Restroom

3:00-3:45 Intervention

3:45-4:00 Pack-Up/Dismissal

LAMPS/MAPS Schedule:

Monday-STEM with Mrs. Elder (Week A Only!)


Monday- Library with Mrs. Burns (Week B only!) 

Tuesday- Music with Mrs. Millikin 

Wednesday- Enrichment 

Thursday- P.E. with Mr. Bullough 

Friday- Art with Mrs. Fry


Grading Policy

93-100= A

85-92= B

75-84= C

70-74= D

69 and below= F

Homework- Every student begins the nine-week period with a free 100/A+. For any incomplete homework assignment, five points will be deducted from your child’s 100/A+ homework average. Please see the attachment titled "Homework Policy 2016-2017" on my site for further details regarding homework.  


***Conduct sheets are sent home on yellow or orange (depending on the 9 week period) construction paper each Friday. Please sign and return by the following Wednesday. 

Our Classroom Rules:

qBe Attentive

qBe Prepared

qBe Responsible

qBe Orderly

qBe Courteous

Positive Rewards:

Verbal praise / Reward for good conduct “Reading Party”/ E.S.N. Party (given at the end of each semester) Good notes home (via e-mail, agenda, etc…)


Conduct mark

Student conference with teacher

Phone call/email to parent

Parent conference

Office referral


IMPORTANT!!!! If your child’s dismissal plan changes, we MUST have a WRITTEN note or you must call the office on the specific day informing us of the change. You may email your child’s homeroom teacher, but you must get an email confirmation that the homeroom teacher has received the change. If you do not receive a note/email, we are required to send your child home in the customary manner.  Parents are not allowed to check students out after 3:30 p.m. due to dismissal.  Parents cannot call and change the way their child goes home unless a note or fax is sent in the morning. 901-854-2349.

***Parents are not allowed to park in the front parking lot for arrival or dismissal as this is reserved for our students with special needs.


Your child may receive daily assignments when he/she returns to school. You may also choose to have another child bring the assignments to the office by 3:00. Please email me by 9:00 if your child will be checking in late or leaving early. Thank you.

A “study buddy” will be assigned by homeroom teacher to write down assignments and collect handouts as needed for your child on the day he/she is absent. 


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4th Grade Signs Yearbooks/Class T-shirts...

Fourth grade will assemble together today to sign yearbooks and class t-shirts. If you can, please send your child with his/her yearbook and class t-shirt today to school. Students may sign class t-shirts/yearbooks on field day as well. Thanks!

The Bill of Rights" Explanation and Definitions

This video was filmed during Mrs. Carpenter's Intervention class. Mrs. Carpenter shares her tricks and hand motions to help learn "The First 10 Amendments" easier.

4th Graders present (The First 10 Amendments) "Bill of Rights"

Mrs. Carpenter's intervention class performs the hand motions and definitions for the "First 10 Amendments"/ "Bill of Rights."

Snow Day Update!

As we approach returning to school on Thursday, I wanted to send out a few updates and reminders for the next week.

  1. Reading Pirate Adventures will continue this nine week period. Please see the note attached to the class email with the reading requirements for 3rd nine-week grading period along with incentives and the list of books for testing.
  2. We were scheduled to have a vocabulary test over “Word of the Day” Greek and Latin roots “aqua/hydra” on Friday of last week. Please make sure your child reviews last week’s bell work handout before returning Thursday. We will resume this assessment on Thursday.
  3. Also, last week, your child’s agenda had a cold-read assessment scheduled for Friday. We will take this assessment on Friday of this week. I plan to review the weekly skills: Point of View and Primary and Secondary Sources before testing. You may want to have your child complete an online review of the skill: Point of View on Study Island. (Log in information is located at the front of your child's binder.) I have assigned this to my students already. Information/notes on Primary and Secondary Sources is located in their binder in the ELA section as well.
  4. Last day to purchase a yearbook online is January 26th.
  5. Pastries with Parents will take place over a three-day period starting January 30th and continuing through February 1st. Please see Tara Oaks’ webpage for details.
I look forward to returning with hearing EPIC stories from the students!

Pirate Reading Adventure-2nd Nine Week's Reading Incentive

Ahoy 4th grade readers!  You are about to embark on a reading adventure of a lifetime! This adventure will serve as one of your weekly homework assignments.   You will receive a reading treasure map of various book choices each nine weeks.  Each fourth grader must select one book from the reading list. An in-class test will be given over your book on Tuesday, December 12th. In addition, during this week, you will be completing an in-class technology project over your book as well.

Pirate Points to Remember….

  1. This is a part of your weekly homework in Language Arts. You should be reading each week in your book.  You may get the book from the school library, visit the Collierville library, or you may wish to purchase it at a local bookstore.
  2. Remember, you will be given a written assessment over your book on December 12th, so be sure you are reading your book very closely. Have your parents ask you questions about the book to check your comprehension.
  3. Your book choice will count towards your year-long 30 Book Challenge.

Parents, please sign-up for...

  • Please sign up for our administrative "Remind" account.  Text @taratigers to 81010.  We will send out school announcements, important dates, and bus information through this account.
  • Students can wear pajamas for $1 in an effort to support Go, Jim, Go!
  • Tiger Tones Chorus Auditions on Thursday, August 31st @ 8:00 a.m.