Amanda McMurphy
3rd Grade ELA
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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.

        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.


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-Schoology will be an online resource of what students will be doing in class. This will become active on Monday, August 17th. More information will be sent home in the take home folders on Monday.

- All virtual Learners will complete online assignments.

-Traditional learners will become familiar with the website so if for some reason they go to virtual, are quarantined, or as a district we go back to virtual, all students will be prepared. Traditional learners will complete all work in class and NOT online.

Daily Schedule
Classroom Communication:


Important Dates:

o Boosterthon Kickoff and Program 10/5-10/15 (Details coming)

o End of 1st 9wks 10/9

o Columbus Day Holiday 10/12

o Report Cards Go Home with the 1st Team Newsletters attached 10/15

o 1st 9 wks. Team Breakfast Celebration on a cart! 10/23

o Pumpkin Contest submissions 10/26 More Info coming/Please participate for the students! We will also need a way to have Online Voting this year for ALL students and staff.

o Pumpkin Contest Voting 10/27-29th (ONLINE) I will post the pumpkin pictures and the information/link on voting in Schoology.

o 10/26-10/30 Red Ribbon SPIRIT WEEK-Let's Dress up and have some fun! Encourage your online kids to participate and if parents allow...Send you a picture. (Theme/details coming)

o Pumpkin Winners Announced 10/30


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**Parents I will be using School Status for newsletters, important events and announcements! I will also be posting pictures of the students working hard and having fun while learning! I like to keep you as involved as possible!


**My website will be updated with information as needed. Since we now have schoology, most announcements will be posted on there. However, Daily information will be sent via Schhol Status. This is the most effective way way to keep you up to date and is the way that all DeSoto Central Schools are communicating with parents.


**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.