Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! My name is Jenny Lockhart and I am a 3rd grade teacher here at Seven Hills Preparatory Academy. This will be my first year teaching at SHPA and I am so excited to join this amazing community! I am looking forward to meeting your children and building relationships with them through out the school year. It is very important to me to establish an inclusive and supportive classroom community and to uphold the SHPA mission. Please feel free to contact me via email or phone. I check my email multiple times a day and will make sure to get back to you as soon as possible.
To tell you a little bit about myself, I am from Edina, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota from my undergraduate and graduate degree. I received my Masters in Elementary Education in the spring of 2014. During the 2013-2014 school year, I co-taught within a multi-grade classroom (3rd-5th) at Highlands Elementary in Edina. I really enjoyed working with a variety of ages and ability levels within one classroom and differentiate my instruction to meet each student's needs. In July of 2014 I decided to make a big life change and moved to Gothenburg, Sweden to teach at an International English school. From August 2014 to June of 2016, I taught 6th grade math and science. The school represented over 50 different countries and there were over 16 different languages spoken within my classroom. It was an incredible experience to work with so many different people and learn about various cultures and new perspectives.
A few of my favorite things are...
- Food: Sushi, pizza or ice cream
- Drink: Coffee
- Hobbies: Traveling (I have been to 23 different countries--how lucky am I!), taking our family dog Scotty on walks, yoga, anything outdoors and up at my cabin, and of course spending time with my family and friends
- Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Ms. Lockhart’s Classroom Expectations
To School: Each day, students should bring their water bottles, planners and communication folders, their C.A.R.E.S., their willingness to learn, and a positive attitude! Students are asked to adhere to the SHPA uniform policy! Please consult the SHPA Parent Handbook for an updated version!
Communication Folders/Planners/Signatures: Students should keep track of their planner and take home folder (we will be using them daily). Our planners are a wonderful source of communication. Parents, please look for the AMA (ask me about) section in your student’s planner. In this section students will write down something they have learned and this will give you an opportunity to talk with your student about the topic listed. I will be checking and initialing them each day. The students will write their assignments in their planner daily, and show you nightly to earn your signature. Signatures will not be mandatory this year, but are highly recommended. Signatures may also be required for a student due to incomplete homework as the year progresses. Signatures may become mandatory if necessary.
Communication Folders will hold homework or important information to be taken home to either be kept at home or completed and returned. Notes to me may either be written in your student’s planner or put in their folders.
Homework: Please complete homework in pencil. Math homework will usually consist of a selected section of a workbook that our math curriculum provides, and possibly some supplemental work that comes home when necessary. Students will also be bringing home a letter explaining IXL. This is a math website that we will use for practice and homework. The letter will have website information and password information.
For reading homework students are expected to spend 30 minutes reading each evening. This could include independent reading, time you spend reading to your child, or reading that occurs naturally throughout the day (ie. reading recipes, street signs, reading signs at grocery stores, playing games, etc.) We will be sending home a homework contract for the parents and students to sign and bring back to school.
Water bottles/Healthy Snack: Each day your student should bring their water bottle to school. We believe it is important for students to stay hydrated in order for the most learning to take place. Students may bring a small, health snack for the afternoon. Please refer to the school wide snack list for nut free items. Any snack not on the approved list will not be allowed in class and will be sent home unopened.
Birthdays: Third Grade loves to read AND celebrate birthdays! To honor your student’s special day, we welcome them to bring in their favorite age appropriate book to read to the class. They may then take home or donate, the book, to our classroom library! If your child has a summer birthday, please let me know if/when you would like to celebrate during the school year. Please do not send a birthday snack to school.
Classroom Expectations: During the first week of school we will be discussing together which expectations we think are most important for us a classroom community. We will describe what these expectations will look like, sound like a feel like. By the end of the week, all students and I will sign our class rules so that we are held responsible to them for the remainder of the school year.
Color Chart: Each student is accountable for their own behavior and learning. If a student is having trouble following the classroom expectations or the school rules we have a “Color Chart” to help keep track of student behavior. We are adding an additional layer of clarity to the color chart system this year. Every day all students start with the color GREEN. Students who do not follow one of the established rules will receive a positive correction. If a student needs a second positive correction, the student will receive a check. For each consecutive need for a positive correction, students will receive a check. 3 accumulated checks will equal a color change to YELLOW, ORANGE and RED. If a student changes his or her color to RED they will be sent to the office to discuss their actions with Dr. Woog or Mrs. Farrell. Some serious behaviors might result in an automatic color change.
Volunteers: One of the things I love about Seven Hills is the enthusiasm and desire of parents to volunteer in our classroom and I am so appreciative of the time and energy that you share with all of us. Volunteer opportunities will be available throughout the school year and those opportunities will be communicated by me or a volunteer coordinator. If there are special things that you can do (talents, hobbies, jobs, abilities) that you wish to share with the class, please do not hesitate to let me know. Please be sure to read the updated policy for volunteering in the Parent Handbook.