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Welcome to Ms. Jackson's home page! I am thrilled to be a member of the TCES 5th Grade team and I look forward to encouraging each of your students to grow as mathematicians and scientists this year.

I am a graduate of Rice University and have taught in Houston ISD, Onalaska ISD, and Conroe ISD.  I also founded a K-12 private independent day school in Livingston, TX that promoted project-based learning (PBL), collaboration, and critical-thinking skills for students. I have taught many different subjects during my career and have served as a GT Specialist for grades K-8, been a K-12 curriculum developer, a swim coach, and a cheerleader sponsor. I have also had the honor to receive a certification from the prestigious Columbia University Teacher's College Summer Writing Institute.

In my spare time, my significant other Paul and I enjoy our dogs and cats as well as running and traveling. I also love, reading, photography, and even flying trapeze!


Recent Posts

Homework: Week of 9/25 including Test Review for Thursday's Add/Subtract Whole# and Decimal Test

Every student has been working so hard this last week and they have had a great time playing "Get to Zero" while practicing the addition and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals. I hope some of you parents got to play as well....
Just a reminder about next week's homework assignments that will lead up to the mid-unit test on Thursday. All of the homework can be accessed through the Pearson online text at this link: https://goo.gl/cxBo6T (Login directions are on my Student Resources page.)
Due on TUES 9/26: p. 75-76 (even # problems only)
Due on WED 9/27: p. 81-82 (even # problems only)
Test Review Problems Due on THUR 9/28: p. 87 & p. 89 (all problems) Students do NOT have to complete pages 88 or 90. We will go over the solutions and any questions about these problems before the test on Thursday.
Hope the weekend has been a good one!

Math Mid-Unit Test: Addition & Subtraction of Whole Numbers and Decimals: Thursday 9/28

Our mid-unit test for unit 2 on Thursday 9/28 will cover rounding & estimation of, and the addition & subtraction of whole numbers and decimals. This will be a major grade.   
All students have access to their online Pearson etext book. (See my "Student Resources" tab for login information.)
Please note: The grades for the Unit 1 test covering Place Value are posted in the gradebook and can be accessed through the Parent Access portal.

Science Unit 2 (Matter & Physical Properties): Tuesday 8/26

Our Unit 2 test will be on Tuesday, 9/26 and will cover physical properties of matter, types of mixtures and solutions, and ways of separating mixtures and solutions. 
All students have online access to their Pearson Science textbook if they would like to review the material at home. We will have an in-class review on Monday 9/25. 

STEAM Dreams is a half-day conference designed to expose 

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics

to 3rd-12th grade girls through: 

  • Hands on activities
  • Education about majors, colleges, and careers
  • Mentoring opportunities with college students, professors, and professional women
  • Critical thinking and discussion exercises
  • Discussion on current STEAM issues
  • STEM professionals
  • Concurrent sessions that allow students to learn about all disciplines of STEAM
For the TCES yearbook's "Back to School" section, we need your photos from Meet the Teacher Night. If you have a photo or two of your student from that evening -or from the first day of school - that you would like to be considered for use in the yearbook, please email them to me at amyjackson@tomballisd.net
Thanks in advance for sharing!! :-)

Place Value Unit Test next Thursday 9/14

Our first unit test in Math will be next week on Thursday, 9/14 and will cover all of the topics in the Place Value Unit including:
  • Representing Whole Numbers and Decimals (from millions to thousandths)
  • Comparing and Ordering Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • Rounding  Whole Numbers and Decimals
The students received their homework assignments today, Friday 9/8, for next week and the homework includes a test review page from the enVision book (p. 41-42) that will be due on Thursday before the test. (I will post the key to that test review next Wednesday after school.)
One online game we used this week to practice place value is linked here.
Have a great weekend!

Lab Safety Rules 5th grade Sci: TEST Wednesday, 9/6

Students have reviewed the lab safety rules for several days, and now it is time for the test on Wednesday, 9/6. This review sheet can be used for a final review before the test. As well, see the earlier post that has a new Quizizz code for the same online quiz (if students would like to take it again). 

Welcome Back (Again!) **Reposting of email from earlier today Sept. 4**

 Dear Parents,
I hope this post finds all of you safe and doing well after what turned out to be quite a disastrous event for so many! We are so lucky that in the Tomball area relatively few of our families suffered major damage and we also will be doing all that we can as a district to support and aid those TISD students and families who were affected by Harvey.
To help ease transportation worries on the first day back we are asking that you fill out this very short Google form for each of your children. The information you provide about your child will be seen only by the teachers and administration and will help facilitate our new "first day back" after-school experience. :-).
Thank you in advance for helping to make Tuesday a great re-boot for the new school year. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Science Lab Safety Quizizz Review** Updated link

On Wednesday, 9/6 each student will be taking their Science Lab Safety Test. I put together a Quizizz review that will help them practice over the break. Once they have gone to the join.quizizz.com page, they can enter this code to play: 571985
They do NOT earn extra points for speed, so they should take their time in answering the questions! Please have them review the questions after they are finished.

Growth Mindset: The Basics

  I am so excited to be working with our 5th graders on developing their Growth Mindsets, and I welcome your help at home! Attached is a nice summary of what that means for you as a parent. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or would like more resources about mindset and how it impacts your child's success.

You Can Learn Anything (A Khan Academy video)

As a 5th grade team,we are learning about our individual mindsets toward learning. Today your students took a mindset survey and we watched this video produced by Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy. I hope you can take a moment to watch, as well, and to read the PDF attached in the next post that explains more about developing a Growth Mindset.

A Message from PTO: Please Join!

The 2017-2018 PTO Membership Drive is going on NOW until September 15th
Stay connected and informed by registering through our quick and easy online portal. Membership is a great way to find out about upcoming fun family events, opportunities and activities for your student(s) and how YOU can get involved in your child's school! 
Go to join.myschoolanywhere.com and enter TCESPTO to register
  • The $10 Annual Membership fee per family will give parents access to the secure online school directory
A strong partnership between parents and faculty at TCES helps your child succeed!! 
Help our class win extra recess, the class in each grade with the highest participation will win extra recess and if the PTO reaches the membership goal of 80%, ALL STUDENTS will get extra recess!! 

Welcome Parents & Students! Some great advice from Kid President...

I am really excited about the new school year: it is going to be a great one! I love this advice from Kid President, and I hope you can take a few minutes and watch this as a family. I wish KP was in our class! :-)