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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

Hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful long weekend!!
  • I am guessing that many of you have been mystified by the Magic Cards that came home. Did anyone guess the secret to this mathematical magic??
  • On Friday for our Career Day activity, all 5th graders used Jenifer Fox's "Hat, Vest, Shoes" strengths inventory to explore the unique strengths that each student uses each day. Our focus was on doing more of what you do best and volunteering your strengths to become an even stronger team member. Make sure to ask your student about his/her strengths!
  • See you all next week at our End-of-Year events!!! I can't believe this year is already over. I will truly miss this special group of young people!! 
This THURSDAY 5/24 students will be asked to clean out their lockers. They will be bringing home any consumable texts that we will not be using for the last week of school. Students will still need to bring their backpacks to school with materials for class!!
Also: in the WEDNESDAY folder you will find an information sheet about the 5th Grade PICNIC scheduled for 5/29. Keep you eyes out for it! :-)

In the next few weeks you will be receiving information about the upcoming 5th grade picnic.  This years picnic, "The Amazing Race to Middle School," will take place at Wendtwoods Park on May 29th from 10-2.  Please be on the lookout for the permission slip coming home on May 16. 

We have lots of fun activities planned and are really looking forward to celebrating the hard work that our 5th graders have put into these elementary years.  In order to make this event a success we need your help, please visit the following sign up genius link, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4EA5AC2EA1FE3-5thgrade.

Its going to be one awesome celebration and of course parents are welcome to attend so mark your calendars!

As a reminder, per TISD safety guidelines, only designated chaperones are allowed to be responsible for students other than their own.

Science STAAR Test Review:
We have been working hard to review our Science TEKS that we covered this school year in preparation for Wednesday's STAAR test. Students should be bringing home these study aids:
  • Science INB
  • Science Terms Index Card Fan (made today)
  • STAAR Folder (green) with practice test and practice problems
  • "ABC" book (has been worked on in class)
Thank you for all that you do at home to help our 5th graders shine on STAAR!!
This has been hands-down the all-time BEST teacher appreciation week I have ever experienced (and Ms. Jackson has been teaching for a while...)!! The thoughtful gifts, the sweet smiles, and the most wonderful notes that had me in tears several times this week!! It is hard to express how much your words of appreciation mean to me... Each word that was written was so, so meaningful to me. What an amazing group of students and families we have in 5th grade this year!! I am one lucky teacher!! 

Dear Parents,

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, our 5th graders will travel to Minute Maid Park for their field trip. Go Astros!

Here are a few helpful reminders in preparing your child.

1. Wear your 5th grade t-shirt and if you don’t have one wear a shirt in your class color or TCES shirt. (Abrams: pink, Budd:  purple, Jackson: royal blue, and McCann: mint)

Wear comfortable shoes for walking (no heels on the field).

2. Pack your lunch in a large zip lock bag with your name clearly labeled. Bring a drink and be sure it in a disposable container. 

If you ordered a lunch from the cafeteria, your child will pick it up in the morning before we leave. 

3. The tour starts promptly at 11:30 and will finish at 1:00. 



*Parking Maps have been sent home with your child last week, if not found let me know and I’ll send another by email. 

We’ll need to walk in together as a TCES group.

*Parents might go through a metal detector, so please leave at home any item that might prevent you from touring with us.

Week of 4/30

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! 
**** Lost & Found Notice: The lost and found items are all located on the stage in the cafe (and there is a LOT up there!) so if you think something didn't make it home one day, we are asking students to look through the items this week. 
MATH: We will continue our "Step Up to 6th Grade" unit this week with more integers and then the modeling of more complicated fraction division.
SCIENCE: This Friday, students will turn in their Ecosystem Booklets which are being completed in class. As well, on Friday they will take their Ecosystem Unit Assessment.
Science STAAR: In addition to our in-class review activities, students should be bringing their Science INB home every night to review topics for their Science STAAR test which will be administered on Wednesday, 05/16. As well, each student can access the online Pearson textbook to review topics that were covered earlier in the year. Click the "Student Resources" tab on this page for login information.
Have a great week!

A Message from Mrs. Culver

Good Afternoon 5th Grade Parents!

I just wanted to remind you that your child's 5th Grade music program, "Rock and Roll Forever," is THIS Thursday! They need to come to school dressed in their costume for their performance at 9am and then come back at 5:45pm dressed for their 6pm program. Please read the information below dealing with times and their costumes (speaking part people and dancers),and let me know if you have any questions! 

I am SOOOO excited! They sound so well and I can't wait for you to see all of their hard work in action!

Britney Culver




It is time for our 5th Grade Program, “Rock and Roll Forever,” and I need your help! The information is as follows:


Date: Thursday, April 26th

Start Time: 9am – for the school

                   6pm – for parents (arrival time is 5:45pm)

Location: Timber Creek Elementary Cafeteria

Dress (for those that don’t have speaking parts):

Girls: Poodle skirt, shirt and a scarf around their neck

                        Boys: Blue jeans, white shirt and a blue jean or leather jacket (if they have one)


*PLEASE NOTE: If you can’t find a poodle skirt, Girls can wear jeans rolled with a shirt and scarf around their neck



Every child has an important role in this program and they have been working so hard. We need your help in getting them their appropriate attire.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at britneyculver@tomballisd.net, or call the school at (281) 357-3060 EXT 4675.

            Thank you for your time and cooperation. We are looking forward to presenting this great program!


Britney Culver

Music Specialist - Timber Creek Elementary



*If your child has a speaking part, this is what they need to wear:

- Announcers – Same attire as above

- Surfers and Beach Boys– Long swim shorts, shirt, glasses, flip flops, mini surf board (optional), blond wig (optional)

- Students 1-4– Poodle skirt, shirt and a scarf around their neck

- Little Richard – Flashy suit, glasses, wig (Google a picture of him for an idea of his look)

- Elvis – Elvis costume, side burns, glasses, cape

- Ed Sullivan – Suit jacket, shirt, tie, dress pants, dress shoes

Week of 4/23 - 4/27

**Please see the additional post re: the 5th grade program this Thursday
6TH GRADE information is in the Wednesday folder and you are also invited to visit the CPJHS PTO website to get involved: CPJHS PTO
MATH: This week we will finish up our Financial Literacy Unit with a review Mon/Tues and the unit test on Wednesday 4/25. Our final unit of the year that follows will preview these 6th grade topics: integers, more dividing fractions, & percents as ratios.
SCIENCE: We are still learning about the Cycles in Ecosystems and this week we are adding our knowledge about complete metamorphosis and incomplete metamorphosis to the Ecosystem Booklet each student is completing in class. In addition, flex-grouping during enrichment time is being used to continue to prepare each and every student for the Science STAAR test which is on Wednesday, 05/16
Thank you, as always, for all of your support at home!

MATH & SCIENCE for the Week:
Last week The Stock Market Game session ended and we are proud to have regional champions in the 5th grade... Way to go!! I hope you will all take the opportunity to ask your student about their team's holdings and the ups and downs we all experienced since the game began in February. We are looking forward to another quick end-of-year SMG session beginning next week. May the best investors win! :-)
Some dates to add to your calendar (and should already be in each student's planner!): 
MATH Unit 7 Assessment - Financial Literacy - will be next Wednesday, 04/25
SCIENCE STAAR Test - Wednesday, 05/16

It's Time to Show What You Know: Math STAAR 4/10/18

The 5th graders have all been working SUPER hard to achieve the goals they have set for themselves in Math this year. On Tuesday, they will be given the opportunity to surpass those personal goals as they tackle the Math STAAR test. 
Each student will be bringing home a STAAR Study Folder today that contains many things including their math practice test, a list of the Math TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills) they can celebrate, and those they've been working to sharpen. They will also have example practice problems covering different TEKS that have been addressed individually or by the whole grade level. (Be sure and ask them to explain how important the "story" is when working with fractions!)  
Thank you in advance for your support at home in making sure that the kids are rested and reassured for the challenge that they will take on Tuesday (& Wednesday with ELA). They have worked hard and are on track to crush their goals next week!! :-)
Have a great weekend...