Mr. Schum

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Third Grade

Dear Parents,


My name is Paul Schum, and I will be your child’s 3rd grade teacher for the 2019-2020 school year at Sierra Nevada Academy.  It is going to be a year full of excitement, fun, discovery, and academic growth for your child. I have a master’s degree in education, a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and I have been teaching for several years. I have an eighteen-year-old daughter who is starting college, and I love to fish and hike as hobbies. We are all going to have a great year!


Students in third grade will receive an A, B, C, D, or F on their report card for reading/writing, math, social studies, science, PE, and school behavior. When class assignments are completed, students will go to our “choice board.”  They can choose projects such as lego robotics, build a diorama, write their own book, use a microscope, plus many more!  This allows the student to focus on their interests and help guide their own education.  There will be approximately 20-30 minutes of homework each night.  It will be mostly reading, math or assignments that were not completed in class.


The four founding principles of all expected behavior in the classroom and at school are keep self to self, follow instructions, be safe, and show respect for others and their property.  We have a class behavioral system using a stop light.  Every student starts every day in Green. If a student goes above and beyond expectations, they could move up to Gold Star or even make it onto the flag with their clip showing they are a true superstar!  If a student does not follow the classroom rules, they will move their name to yellow.  If the behavior continues, they will move their name to Red, and have a note sent home or a phone call home.  Students ALWAYS  have a chance to get back to green by showing remorse, and by fixing their behavior.


If your child is nervous about coming into third grade, please tell them all they have to do is to try their best, and I’ll take care of the rest.  Effort is the key to achievement and growth.


Please check out our school website at for updates and news about the school.  If you ever have any questions, or you would like to volunteer in class, please do not hesitate to contact me or call the front desk at 677-4500.  I am very excited for the upcoming year!





Paul Schum



Mr. Schum’s

Third Grade Class

October 24, 2019

Upcoming events.

October 30th—Harvest Festival.

Reading: Our reading focus this week is identifying main ideas and supporting details.


Math: Our math focus this week is understanding multiplication patterns.

Notes from the teacher:


Elementary school fee is $80, and can be paid in the front office.  Also, please read with your child for 30 minutes Monday through Friday.




Mr. Schum

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Here is a list of supplies you will need when you come to third grade:

*Please label the following with your child’s name:

_ 1-hard plastic school box/cigar box sized and please make sure it snaps closed

_ 1-pair of Fiskars brand pointed tip scissors

_ 2-double pocket folders with the pockets on the bottom

_ 2-three-ring hard covered binder 1″ width

_ 2-spiral one-subject notebooks

_ 1-box of Crayola washable markers

_ 1-ruler

_ 2- Rolls of Paper Towels


**Please DO NOT label the following with your child’s name:

_ 1-pack of 24 crayons, and/or markers

_ 1-pack of eraser tops for pencils

_ 4-packages of #2 pencils (pre-sharpened if possible)

_ 1-box of Kleenex

_ 1-canister of Clorox wipes or equivalent

_ 1-six pack of Expo dry-erase markers

_ 2-large packages of lined paper


Mr. Schum

Our Daily Schedule:

  • 8:00-8:15– Lunch Count, Pledge, Daily Announcements

  • 8:15-8:30- Journal

  • 8:30-10:00– Reading, Writing, Choice

  • 10:00-10:15– Nutrition Break

  • 10:15-11:30- Reading, Writing, Choice

  • 11:30-12:00– Recess

  • 12:00-12:30– Lunch

  • 12:30-1:45– Math

  • 1:45-2:45 – Science/Social Studies/Choice

  • 2:45-3:00– Dismissal to go home


This Week’s Homework

  • Reading: You should be reading an AR book each night for at least 30 minutes ( or more if you want to). Working on a story map also counts as reading homework.


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25% of goal due: October 28

50% of goal due: November 13

75% of goal due: December 1

100% of goal due: December 17













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677-4500 ext.23