Khan Academy


Posted by shelly.colvin | Posted in Math | Posted on October 27, 2016

We will be using Khan Academy for math this year.  Please make sure you have signed up for an account from home.  The account needs to be set up with an email.  The fourth graders do not have an account at school so, I will need you to set it up.  They can access it online with a password you set up from home or they can use download the app for their account and it keeps them logged in.

Welcome to 4th Grade!


Posted by shelly.colvin | Posted in 4th grade | Posted on October 24, 2016

Dear Students and Parents,
I am really excited about this school year. I have met almost every one of
you either through the years or during registration. My love for teaching
started at Camp Yorktown Bay in Mt. Pine, Arkansas. I worked there several
years with the campers and realized then that I wanted to pursue a degree in
education. My educational background includes attending Ozark Adventist
Academy, Southwestern Adventist University, and also Louisiana State
University in Shreveport. I have taught 10 years in the Texas public school
system and I have 18 years in denominational teaching that includes Preschool
Director and teaching grades Pre-K through 5th grade. I chose to teach in
Adventist schools to help each student develop – spiritually, intellectually,
physically and socially. The only thing we can take from this life into our
heavenly home is people and I plan on meeting each and every one of my
students there. I am here to help my students become independent thinkers
rather than reflectors of others’ thoughts. Also, to help them develop a
character that is Christ-like and to form a friendship with God in their
daily lives. The home is society’s primary and most basic educational
agency. Parents are the first and most influential teachers and have the
responsibility to reflect God’s character to their children. Moreover, the
whole familial setting shapes the values, attitudes, and worldview of the
young. The church and the school, along with society are other educational
agencies, build on and supplement the work of the home. It is imperative that
the home, in turn, supports the educational work of the school. As a child of
God, the student is the primary focus of the entire educational effort and
should be loved and accepted. The purpose of Adventist education is to help
students reach their highest potential and to fulfill God’s purpose for their
My family consists of my husband, Dean, who is a product of Burton Adventist
Academy. I have two sons, Bradley and Stephen. Bradley is a teacher at Dallas                                                                                                                                                                                                             Christian Academy. Stephen is a junior at Southern Adventist University.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have a 3 year old Chihuahua/Yorkie mix, Pixie.  I also have three turtles that                                                                                                                                                                                                                       are the classroom pets. We live in Venus, but it is actually closer to
Mansfield. Some of my favorite things to do when I am not teaching are:
Life guarding, boating, traveling, scrap-booking and watching the Pittsburgh
I am looking forward to a great school year. Please let me know if there is
every any concern or question you may have. Please feel free to call me
anytime; it is very important that we communicate with each other. My cell
number is 501-318-8301. My extension at school is 109. My email is  Class Dojo is a great way to see what is                                                                                                                                                                                                                         going on in our classroom and a great way of communicating.

Together we can help each child have a successful year!
Thank-you for your support,
Shelly Colvin
The 10 Classroom Commandments
• Thou shall respect thy teacher and classmates
• Thou shall trust everyone equally
• Thou shall raise thy hand to speak
• Thou shall listen carefully
• Thou shall be willing to learn and ask questions
• Thou shall be patient and wait thy turn
• Thou shall be thankful for recess
• Thou shall be pleasant and remember to smile
• Thou shall be honest and not cheat
• Thou shall be responsible and do thy homework
I am very familiar to the Love and Logic techniques to teach students
responsibility for their actions. It is very successful when the students
have the tools needed to help them become successful. This technique also
encourages me to become creative when trying to help a student learn and grow
from their choices. This also provides choices and consequences that will be
different in different situations. Please feel free to make an appointment
to visit about Love and Logic techniques. Also check out their website at In the event of a reoccurring problem I will be
calling you, if something major comes up I will have them speak to the
principal and then we will be contacting you. Please keep our class in your
prayers this school year!
Citizenship– The grades for citizenship will be based on 5 citizenship points
awarded a day. They will begin the day with 5 pts. They will lose points due
to breaking rules, not keeping up with their responsibilities, uniform
compliance. Parents will be able to check Dojo for citizenship grades
and RenWeb for attendance and other grades. If you are not set up to check
grades on RenWeb please try to do that soon. The grades are updated bi-weekly.
Work that is assigned for a particular day will be due the following day.
Work that is not completed by the next day will require the student
to complete it during recess.

Lunch– Remain seated while you are eating your lunch. Take blue tray to the
designated area. Clean up around your area.

Hall Pass – There is a hall pass available to use when instruction is not
taking place. Students will pass from classroom to their areas quietly.
Talking in the hall will be acceptable in emergency situations.

Outside Intrusions – When the phone rings, intercom, or someone outside of
the classroom knocks or enters the room should become quiet. Students will
need to work on quiet seat work:  read a book, work on lessons draw a
picture, study their memory verse, etc.

Morning Procedure– If you arrive before 7:50 please go to the new gym to line-
up and wait to be picked up. Then enter the classroom ready to begin, put
your things away, sharpen pencils, and fill up water bottles, morning work and                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in your seat and quiet about 8:05. Remain quietly in your seats and wait for worship to
begin. (Pull out your memory verse and study or write it. If you already
know it, read your Bible. (You only need to do this if you see that your
teacher is preoccupied with something else and cannot start class immediately)

Sick/Absent-If your child is sick/absent please come by after school to pick
up their work (not before school). I will do my best to have their
assignments ready for pick-up at the end of the day. If they have an older
sibling at school, they may stop by and pick-up at the end of the day.

Lesson switch– When switching from one subject to another, quietly and neatly
put your books away. Pull out your next textbook or wait for directions.
Fourth grade will be going to Mrs. Solomon’s class for Social Studies. At
the same time, Fifth grade will be coming into our classroom for Science.
Assignments- The students will have work assigned during class time, if they
have not finished their work during the allotted time they may take it home
with them. They may take any work home and have it checked over if you would
like for them to do so. All work assigned is due the next day. There will be
a penalty for late work. There are times your child may be sick and unable
to complete their work, please write a note explaining the situation and send
it with them the next day. Redo papers will be averaged with the original
grade for a final grade.

Cubbies– Each student has their own cubby in the classroom. Hooks are
provided in the hallway for jackets, lunches, and backpacks. Papers will be
passed back in the cubbies. The graded papers will be sent home on Tuesday.
Papers can be taken home any day after school. IPads will have a designated
area in the classroom when not in use.

Homework–  The usual homework will be to work on memory verses, math                                                                                                                                                                                                                              timed sheets, book projects, Book-It reading with a monthly goal,
and spelling words. There will not be much other work to do outside of the
classroom. In the case that the student does not use his/her time wisely in
class and refuses to complete his/her work in school it will be sent home for
him/her to complete. Sufficient time is allowed in class for each student to
complete the assigned work. Any work that is not brought back the next day                                                                                                                                                                                                                          will have to be completed during recess.

Birthdays-All birthdays will be celebrated in our classroom. You are
welcomed to bring a treat to the class if you desire. Birthdays in the
months of June and July can be celebrated on another day during the year.

Grading Papers– Student papers are graded and filed in their cubbies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Please look them over carefully when they bring them  home.
If there is a question regarding grading I encourage the students to
check them over when they are returned and ask if there are any questions.

Reading– We will have several different chapter books that we will be using.
There will be chapter quizzes over the material. We will be reading some in
class but please help your child read and look over the chapters that are
assigned. There are supplemental books that would enhance the reading
curriculum. Please stop by and check with me or I have also registered the
books we could use on under Shelly Colvin. We will have book
projects over our reading books. They will be a variety of projects. We have a                                                                                                                                                                                                                      reading note book that helps teach the different reading components.


Bible– The Memory verse list is available under Bible for the
year. Please check with your child and the assignment sheet to see what
memory verse we are working on for the week. We will be using the
International Children’s Bible for the verses. The test will be a written
test on Fridays. On occasion we will have a fill in the blank for the test.
Written test can be difficult for some, so I do give them the opportunity to
recite it orally to me by Wednesday if they choose that option. If it is a shorter                                                                                                                                                                                                                         verse the option to recite it might not be available.

Field Trips-Field trip money and permission slips were taken care during
registration. I have scheduled tentative dates for these trips in plenty
of time for you to accompany us if you choose to do so. Some trips are
limited to how many parents may attend Listed below are some of the trips we
are working on: Texas State Fair, Omni, Stockyards, and Fossil Rim.  Fossil Rim                                                                                                                                                                                                                     is quite expensive. To help offset the cost we try to have some fund raising                                                                                                                                                                                                                           options/pine car derby, walkathon……
Specials- Students that are having a hard time following directions in P.E.,
Music, and Library will be held accountable in the classroom when they


90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
69-0 F

—————————Please sign and return!
Name of child _____________________________________________________
I have access to a computer and I can check grades and receive emails.
Yes No

Email address______________________________________________________

Home Address_____________________________________________________

Best name/phone number to contact in the event of a concern, problem or

I have signed up in the office to be able to check grades on RenWeb
Yes No

I am able to receive texts for updating and reminding purposes.
Yes No

If you circled yes, list number/numbers you want included in the texting


I have reviewed the classroom rules with my child.


Parents’ Signature

Red Ribbon Week October 24-28


Posted by shelly.colvin | Posted in 4th grade | Posted on October 24, 2016

Proud to be Drug Free!  Monday wear all Red

Peace out to Drugs!  Tuesday wear tie-dye

Team up against Drugs! Wednesday wear sports jerseys

Lei off Drugs!  Thursday wear a lei and or Hawaiian clothes

Burton chooses to be Drug Free! Friday wear school colors


Memory verse list


Posted by shelly.colvin | Posted in Bible | Posted on March 30, 2015

The theme of series 3, Accepting his Plan, is the study of God’s plan to redeem this world. It begins with the problem that Lucifer created in heaven when he became jealous of God. This jealousy leads to a rebellion in heaven and results in Satan’s temptation of Adam and Eve. Students learn of God’s Plan to fairly address the charges that Satan has leveled against God as they study stories in the Bible that illustrate His Plan. They learn of his desire to have each one with Him in heaven, which is possible through belief in the life, death, and resurrection of His Son. The final lesson assures students of the promise of Jesus’ return to this earth to gather and transport to heaven those who believe in Him.
All memory texts are taken from the International Children’s Bible. Students should expect to learn one – two lessons per week and, depending on the length of the memory texts, 1-2 verses for required memorization.  Students will be introduced to the text(s) to be memorized on Mondays and tested on the verse on Fridays. Memory verse tests will be oral, written, and fill in the blank. It will be different each week to try and reach all learning styles.
You will find the entire set of memory verses below.  Please note that not every verse will be required for memorization.
Accepting His Plan Memory Verses

1.            Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking. You were all called together in one body to have peace. Colossians 3:15

2.            I will be happy because of you. God Most High, I will sing praises to your name. Psalm 9:2

3.            People who are proud will be ruined. But those who are not proud will be honored. Proverbs 18:12

4.            Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Don’t depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

5.            John said, “Look, the lamb of God. He takes away the sins of the world!” John 1:29, last part.

6.            It was by faith that Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. God said he was pleased with the gifts Abel offered. So God called Abel a good man because of his faith. Hebrews 11:4                      first part.

7.            Noah pleased the Lord. Genesis 6:8

8.            Noah did everything that God commanded him. Genesis 6:22

9.            I am putting my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of the agreement between me and the earth. Genesis 9:13

10.           The Lord God says, ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the One who is and was and is coming. I am the All-Powerful.’ Revelation 1:8

11.            A man named Job lived in the land of Uz. He was an honest man and innocent of any wrong. He honored God and stayed away from evil. Job 1:1

12.            Depend on the Lord. Trust him, and he will take care of you.       Psalm 37:5

13.            Abram believed the Lord. And the Lord accepted Abram’s faith, and that faith made him right with God. Genesis 15:6

14.            It was by faith that Abraham offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice, God made the promises to Abraham. But God tested him. And Abraham was ready to offer his own son as a sacrifice.                         Hebrews 11:17

15.            I will walk with you and be your God. And you will be my people. Leviticus 26:12

16.            A child will be born to us. God will give a son to us. He will be responsible for leading the people. His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince                    of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

17.            ‘I will make this agreement with the people of Israel,’ says the Lord. ‘I will put my teachings in their minds. And I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my                  people.’ Jeremiah 31:33

18.            He gives wisdom to people so they become wise. And he helps people learn and know things. Daniel 2:21

19.            I will save you. And you will be a blessing. So don’t be afraid. Be strong. Zechariah 8:13

20.            I will send my messenger ahead of you. He will prepare your way. Mark 1:2

21.            She will give birth to a son. You will name the son Jesus. Give him that name because he will save his people from their sins.       Matthew 1:21

22.            I have seen your Salvation with my own eyes. Luke 2:30

23.            Jesus continued to learn more and more and to grow physically. People liked him, and he pleased God. Luke 2:52

24.            Jesus asked, ‘Why did you have to look for me? You should have known that I must be where my Father’s work is!’ Luke 2:49

25.            A voice came from heaven and said: ‘You are my Son and I love you. I am very pleased with you.’ Mark 1:11

26.            Jesus said to the devil, ‘Go away from me, Satan! It is written in the Scriptures, “You must worship the Lord your God. Serve only him!’” Matthew 4:10

27.            They saw the children praising him in the Temple. The children were saying, ‘Praise to the son of David.’ Matthew 21:15, middle part

28.            Whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty again. The water I give will become a spring of water flowing inside him. It will give him eternal life. John 4:14

29.            I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness. He will have the light that gives life. John 8:12, last part

30.            Think carefully about the things you hear. Mark 4:24, first part

31.            Shout for joy, people f Jerusalem. Your king is coming to you. He does what is right, and he saves. He is gentle and riding on a donkey. Zechariah 9:9, middle part.

32.            Love the Lord your God. Love him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. Mark 12:30

33.            The good person gives without holding back. Proverbs 21:26

34.            I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you. All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other. John 13:34,35

35.            He was wounded for the wrong things we did. He was crushed for the evil things we did. The punishment, which made us well, was given to him. And we are healed because of his wounds                   Isaiah 53:5

36.            For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son. God gave his Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. John 3:16

37.            He is not here. He has risen from death as he said he would. Matthew 28:6

38.            Jesus said to the followers, Go everywhere in the world. Tell the good news to everyone. Mark 16:15

39.            The Holy Spirit will come to you. Then you will receive power. You will be my witnesses. Acts 1:8, last part

40.            What do you think is right? What would God want? Should we obey you or God? We cannot keep quiet. We must speak about what we have seen and heard. Acts 4:19, last part, 20

41.            They praised God, and all the people liked them. More and more people were being saved every day. Acts 2:47, first part

42.            I send you to open their eyes that they may turn away from darkness to the light. Acts 26:18

43.            To God every person is the same. God accepts anyone who worships him and does what is right. It is not important what country a person comes from Acts 10:34, last part, 35

44.            To me the only important thing about living is Christ. Philippians 1:21, first part

45.            When I am afraid I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3

46.            Be full of joy in the Lord always. I will say again, be full of joy. Philippians 4:4

47.            The Father has loved us so much! He loved us so much that we are called children of God. 1 John 3:1, first part

48.           Ruth said, “Don’t ask me to leave you! Don’t beg me not to follow you! Every place you go, I will go. Every place you live, I will live. Your people will be my people. Your God will be my                   God.” Ruth 1:16

49.            I want your joy to be the fullest joy. This is my command: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:11, last part, 12

50.            All of you together are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of that body. 1 Corinthians 12:27

51.            You should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do. Live so that they will praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

52.            You did well with small things. So I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my happiness with me. Matthew 25:21, last part

53.            Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

54.            After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back. Then I will take you to be with me so that you may be where I am. John 14:3

55.            They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing here looking into the sky? You saw Jesus taken away from you into heaven. He will come back in the same way you saw him go. Acts 1:11

56.            The Good News about God’s kingdom will be preached in all the world, to every nation. Then the end will come. Matthew 24:14

57.            We will be taken up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:17, last part

58.            No one has ever seen this. No one has ever heard about it. No one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9, last part

59.            Now God’s home is with men. He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them and will be their God. Revelation 21:3, last part

60.            His goal was to carry out his plan when the right time came. Ephesians 1:10, first

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Posted by shelly.colvin | Posted in 4th science | Posted on January 26, 2015

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