Mrs. Weiss



Welcome Back to Mrs. Weiss’ Home Page

for the 2019-2020 School Year

This web page is designed to keep students and families informed of classroom happenings, school events, homework and assessment updates. Please check back weekly to ensure you are up to date with all of our information and thanks for visiting this web page. You can reach me at anytime through my email of



January 22—25%

February 7—50%

February 25—75%

March 13—100%

Information for Fourth Grade Students and Parents/Guardians




In order to succeed in school, students must attend classes every day. Our daily schedule includes activities appropriate to each student’s unique learning style and academic needs, therefore it is important that all students participate.  To accommodate absences, your child will have the number of days absent plus one more day to make up any assignments.  It is the responsibility of the student to speak with me concerning missed work.


Average daily homework for 4th Graders is typically up to 40 minutes of per day.  Homework generally includes AR reading and math reinforcement worksheet or activities.

Extra Credit:  I am always happy to accept assignments beyond those that are assigned, for extra credit points.  Extra credit assignments may include and are not limited to:

  • A written summary, drawing, diorama, power point, or class presentation of any mathematics, science, engineering, or agriculture topic as well as visits to museums, and local/state/national parks. (Photos optional)
  • Demonstration of a math or science concept presented to the class

The third quarter of the 2019-2020 school year will again include 30 minutes of AR reading and written summary due 5 days a week.  A daily grade of 10 points will be assigned and will impact your child’s ELA grade.  Please be sure to monitor this activity and sign or initial the Homework Reading Log.  Reading growth depends on this daily activity!


Parent/Guardian, Student, and Teacher conferences are held three times per year.  However, conferences can be held whenever the need arises.  Conference sign-up forms will be sent home preceding conference dates.  The next conference dates are January 30 and 31, 2020.  Early dismissals both days at 11:00 am.


Water bottles are encouraged and students may keep them on their desks.  Water is the only drink that is allowed during the academic periods.  Other healthy drinks are allowed at Snack Break and Lunch.


Hello and a warm welcome to another wonderful year of academic and social growth at Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School.  I am Maxine Weiss and I have been teaching for 29 years, 20 of those years have been at SNACS.  I will be instructing 4th Grade Mathematics, Science, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Agriculture, plus Math).


Nevada Academic Standards for Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts, and Social Studies are the guide lines I use for planning lessons and activities. Our curriculum will consist of Envision MATH Common Core, Pearson Reading Street, Project Tahoe and Weekly News, Pearson Interactive Science, and Agriculture in the Classroom Matrix .

is an important key in a successful learning program and weekly tests in Science, Math, Writing and Reading will help me plan and present lessons based on each child’s academic needs. Quarterly STAR Reading tests and trimester Measure of Academic Success tests (MAPS) will all play a part in preparing for the Smarter Balanced assessment at the end of the school year.


On task behavior in the classroom is advantageous for everyone for it allows students to experience a productive learning environment.  Individual, small group, and class “positive points” will be accumulated for rewards such as extra physical education time, parties, board game time, etc.  Behavior grades are placed in Infinite Campus weekly so that parents/guardians can see how well students are doing.


Parents, you are encouraged to read with your child the Sierra Academy Charter School Student Handbook which is found online at  The dress code and 4th Grade grading scale is found in this handbook.  Weekly attendance recognition drawings will be held for those students who are in school daily.


THE REALLY BIG PROJECTS FOR THE YEAR: (Written requirements for each project will be sent home.)

  • September—Tissue paper balloons for the Great Reno Student Balloon Launch
  • October–Farm-Ranch-Mining Day Demonstration/Model/Info Poster Project and Nevada Brownie which is a project to celebrate our state’s natural resources
  • November—Young Author Published Book and Build a City
  • December–Graham Cracker Homestead Engineering project to practice scale model construction
  • January–Science Fair Investigation, Journal, and Project Board for SNACS Science Fair
  • February—Science Game and Invention Convention
  • March –Math Game
  • April–Egg Drop Engineering project
  • May–Earth Day Conservation Project with Information board plus Recycled Art Project Competition
  • May–Dream Theme Park Competition
  • Our class will engage in community service through the following activities
  • The Reno Great Balloon Race
  • Farm Day
  • Fall Fund Raiser
  •  SNACS-giving
  • Reindeer Grams Fund Raiser
  • Holiday Boutique Fund Raiser
  • Floating Valentine Fund Raiser
  • Spring Baskets Fund Raiser
  • Fun Run and Earth Day


Miss Lilly will instruct this weekly activity for our class.  Students will prepare for a mini production to present to an audience.


SNACS follows nutritional guideline and promotes healthy snacks and lunches.  Sodas or any drinks with caffeine are discouraged.  Microwaves are available for heating food during lunch time only. School breakfast and lunch can be purchased daily.  The cost for breakfast is $2.20, lunch is $3.85, and milk is 75 cents.


Parents and Guardians please know that you are always welcome in the classroom. I am often in need of volunteers to assist students with daily classroom activities, correct papers, or set up labs for math, science, and engineering. You can fulfill your required volunteer hours in this way. Please be sure to complete the volunteer requirements of forms, fingerprinting, and background check in order to help in the classroom or assist with field trips and other school activities. The school office staff will be happy to assist you with this. Volunteer hours can also be accumulated by donating items for the school and classroom. Please check with the school office for a list of needed items.


It is the expectation of SNACS that all students will attend field trips and participate in all school activities.  If you have questions concerning this expectation, please let me know.  


You can always speak with me by phone before school starts and after dismissal (3:15 pm).  My cell number is 775-230-1603.  During the school day, you may call the SNACS school office at 775- 677-4500, and they can transfer the call so that you may leave a message.  If you prefer to contact me through email, my address is




A quick and easy way to reach me on a daily basis is through the Class Dojo program. You simply need to sign up on line and send me messages on your phone.  Students will receive information concerning this program the first day of the new school year





Math Common Core State Standards


4.NBT.A.3 Use place value understanding to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place.

4.NBT.4 Fluently add and subtract numbers using the standard algorithm

4.NBT.3.a Read and write decimals to thousandths using base ten numerals, numbers names, and expanded form.5. NBT.3 Read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths.

4.NBT.A.3.b Compare two decimals to thousandths based on meanings of the digits in each place using inequality signs to compare and contrast.

4.NBT.A.4 Use place value understanding to round decimals to any place.

4.NBT.B.5 Fluently multiple multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.

Mathematical Practices

  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Look for and make use of structure
  • Look for and express regularity in reasoning
  • Model with mathematics
  • Attend to precision
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of other



That’s Scientifically Exciting!!!

4th Grade STEM Activities for January

Science Process Skill–Observation

Water Tension

Let’s Build a Garden (Includes math and reading Common Core State Standards)

Pumpkin Science

Build a Paper Bridge to Hold Weight

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4th Grade Science Concept Standards for January

Students who demonstrate understanding can:
4-LS1-1. Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water. [Clarification
Statement: Emphasis is on the idea that plant matter comes mostly from air and water, not from the soil.]
The performance expectations above were developed using the following elements from the NRC document A Framework for K-12 Science Education:
Science and Engineering Practices
Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Engaging in argument from evidence in 3–5 builds on K–
2 experiences and progresses to critiquing the scientific
explanations or solutions proposed by peers by citing
relevant evidence about the natural and designed
 Support an argument with evidence, data, or a
model. (4-LS1-1)
Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
 Plants acquire their material for growth chiefly from air and water.
Crosscutting Concepts
Energy and Matter
 Matter is transported into, out of, and
within systems. (4-LS1-1)
Connections to other DCIs in  grade 4: 4.PS1.A (4-LS1-1)
Articulation of DCIs across grade-levels: K.LS1.C (4-LS1-1); 2.LS2.A (4-LS1-1); MS.LS1.C (4-LS1-1)
Common Core State Standards Connections:
ELA/Literacy –
RI.4.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. (4-LS1-1)
RI.4.9 Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably. (4-LS1-1)
W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. (4-LS1-1)

         Reading opens doors to our world”

4th Grade English Language Arts Common Core Standards for January

CCSS Literature 1. Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS Literature 2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

CCSS Literature 3. Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

CCSS Writing 3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

CCSS Writing 3.d. Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.

CCSS Writing 4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS Writing 7. Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

CCSS Language 1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

CCSS Language 1.f. Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.

CCSS Language 2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

CCSS Language 2.d. Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.

CCSS Language 4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

CCSS Language 4.a. Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

CCSS Language 6. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).

CCSS Speaking/Listening 1.a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

CCSS Speaking/Listening 1.d. Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion


“Our History is the Key to Our Future”

Social Studies Nevada Academic State Standards for January

Geographic representations (G)
SS.4.23. Create maps that include human and physical features and that demonstrate spatial patterns in Nevada.
Human environment interaction (G)
SS.4.24. Examine how and why Nevada’s landscape has been impacted by humans.
SS.4.25. Analyze how technological changes have impacted the environment and economy of Nevada.
Human population movement, and patterns
SS.4.26. Describe the differences in population distribution across Nevada.

Science: www.pearson

Home Connect is a W\website that allows parents to check Accelerated Reading Goals:

Accelerated Reader List that shows reading level as well as points:

A.R. practice tests to check for comprehension:

Infinite Campus Parent Portal:

Engineering Website:

School Success Tip: Plan for Reading Time Everyday!

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Plan for a time to read each day as a regular portion of your homework so you don’t end up overloaded trying to reach your goal at the end of the quarter.

Parents/Guardians: Please ask your student for the test result of the STAR READING assessment, it also shows the Zone of Proximal Development  (ZPD) as well as point goals.

ACCELERATED READER GOALS:  25 % of goal is January 25, 50% of goal is February

Please note that each 4th Grade student is required to read his/her Accelerated Reading Book for at least 30 minutes, 7 days a week and write a 1/2 page summary due Monday through Friday (only) for a daily grade. The summaries are extremely helpful to review in preparation for the computerized test required to receive points. Please ask your child daily about her percentage toward her goal.

Questions or comments contact Mrs. Weiss at 677-4500.