Amanda McMurphy
3rd Grade ELA
Amanda McMurphy

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       I am so excited to be teaching 3rd grade at DeSoto Central Elementary. To have a place of growing knowledge and acceptance is what I want for my classroom.  I hope that we will be able to work towards a successful year together.

        I was born and raised in Columbus, MS, and graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Elementary Education, grades Kindergarten-8th. I am also National Board Certified. I have two amazing boys! Jordan is in 5th grade and Gage is in 3rd grade at DCES. They keep our family extremely busy with baseball and basketball, but we wouldn't have it any other way. 

        Teaching has always been a passion for me. I have a love for learning and I hope that my students will also learn to love learning as much as I do.  By making the classroom a safe, fun, and disciplined place for my students, I know that they will enjoy coming into our classroom and learning something NEW every day! I feel that all children are different and require attention and affection for them to flourish. I will strive to be that for each of my students; as an educator who loves each child that walks in her door and gives each one of them not only an education but a passion to learn.

       This year will definitely be a fun year, but as in every school year, things can and will come up.  I believe that a successful year starts with an open communication line between parents and teachers.  Please feel free to text, call or email me when needed.


Daily Schedule:


7:55-8:30  Morning Conversations/ STEM

8:30-9:00  Read Aloud/ Morning Meeting

9:00- 9:30  Whole Group

9:30- 10:20   Stations/Conference

10:25- 11:10  Activity

10:25- 12:00  Grammar/Writing

12:00-12:10 Switch Classes


2nd Block

12:10-12:20  Read Aloud/ Carpet Time

12:20- 12:50  Whole Group

1:05-1:50  Stations/Conferences

1:50-2:00  Grammar

2:00-2:30  Writing

2:30-3:00 Pack-up/Recess

3:00-3:15 Bathroom/Dismissal


Activity Schedule:

Monday: Computer

Tuesday: Library

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: Music

Friday: P.E.

(Please wear tennis shoes)


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Links to HELP you!

Classroom Communication:

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Important Dates:

September 11th: Progress Reports Go Home

September 23rd-27th: Book Fair Week

September 24th: Fall Pictures

September 30th: JAG FUN RUN Kickoff

Sept. 30th-Oct. 6th: Homecoming Week

Monday-Red, White & Blue Day

Tuesday- Tacky Tourist Day

Wednesday- Twin Day

Thursday- Throwback Thursday

Friday- Spirit Day

October 3rd: DC Homecoming Parade

October 4th: Homecoming Football Game

October 9th: JAG FUN RUN

October 11th: 3rd Grade Zoo Field Trip

October 14th: Columbus Day Holiday

October 17th: Report Cards Go Home

October 25th: 1st Team Breakfast Celebration

October 29th: Guest Reader Day/ Dress for Sucess

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**Parents please check ClassDojo for newsletters, important events and announcements! I will also be posting pictures of the students working hard and having fun while learning!


**My website will be updated each week. Daily information will be sent via ClassDojo. This is the most effective way way to keep you up to date.


**Please see that your child eats breakfast and remind your child to pack a snack and water each day.


**All transportation changes must be made in writing.  I can not take transportation changes over the phone, email, ClassDojo, or text.


**Please do not send your child to school sick.  Please review the DCES PARENT HANDBOOK for our policy on sick children.  I know it is inconvenient, but please consider the well being of the entire class.

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Here are some things that we could use in our classroom......


  • HP Printer ink 63 (black and colored)
  • Scotch thermal laminating pouches
  • Walgreens giftcards for getting pictures developed
  • Hanging file folders
  • Candy for treats for students
  • Post-it notes
  • Hot Glue Gun sticks
  • Colored copy paper
  • Gift cards from Target, Walmart, or Knowledge Tree for supplies and crafts in our classroom.