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 2018-2019 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 a seventeen year old daughter, a yellow lab named Stella, and I love to play guitar and hike as hobbies. We are all going to have a great year!

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The four founding principles of all expected behavior in the classroom and at school are keep self to self, follow instructions, and show respect for others and property, and be safe. We use a behavioral system using a stop light. Every student starts every day in Green. If a student does not follow the classroom rules, they will move their name to yellow and lose 5 minutes of recess. If the behavior continues, they will move their name to Red, and have a note sent home. If that consequence does not work, we will need to have a conference. If that consequence does not work, the student will get an office referral. Also, students always have a chance to get back to green, and have their recess back by showing remorse, and by fixing their behavior.

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.

If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or call the front desk at 677-4500.


Paul Schum



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


Weekly Newsletters:

Please click the link to view newsletters:

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Our Daily Schedule:

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

  • 8:15-8:30- Warm-Up

  • 8:30-10:00– Reading, Writing

  • 10:00-10:15– Nutrition Break

  • 10:15-11:00- Reading, Writing continued

  • 11:00-11:30– Recess

  • 11:30-12:00– Lunch

  • 12:00-12:15– AR Reading time

  • 12:15-1:45– Math

  • 1:45-2:15 – Science/Social Studies

  • 2:15-2:45- Core Lab

  • 2:45-3:00– Dismissal to go home

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This Weeks Common Core Curriculum Focus:

Reading Street/ ELA:

This Weeks Story: Tops and Bottoms

  • Text Based Comprehension: Compare and Contrast, Story Structure

  • Vocabulary–bottom, cheated, clever, crops, wealth

  • Spelling Words: leveled spelling words for each reading group

  • Fluency Skill: Expression

  • Phonemic Awareness: Digraphs

  • Media Literacy: Recognize and Explain Author’s Purpose

  • Writing and Conventions: Trait: Organization Writing Mini Lesson: Friendly letter Conventions: Singular possessive nouns

enVision Math:

Topic 5: Multiplication patterns

  • Lesson 5-1: Introduction to multiplication

  • Lesson 5-2: Multiplying by 2, and by 5

  • Less0n 5-3: Multiply by 9

  • Lesson 5-4: Identity one property, and Zero property

  • Lesson 5-5: Multiply by 1, and by 0

Interactive Science:

Chapter 3

  • Lesson 1: How to classify plants

  • Lesson 2: Plant parts

Social Studies: Learning about community and qualities of good leaders.

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.

  • Math: Mad Minute, and any unfinished assignments

*Please click the link to view the class handbook*


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Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School –

*Infinite Campus Parent Portal

*You can also track your students progress towards their AR Goal by using their log in and password and clicking the link below:

*As well as using renaissance home connect, you can log on to to see what books in your home library can be counted for AR tests.


Important Dates:



4/29/16–First and second grade field trip to Discovery Museum



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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

Thanks for stopping by!

677-4500 ext.23