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About randy cueto

Randy Cueto is a third grade teacher at Cordata Elementary.

11/13/14

We have been continuing our exploration of insects and gathering facts about Leafcutter ants. This is in preparation for a report that the students will be writing in class. We will be using the internet and books in class for … Continue reading

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This week the students have been working on organizing their writing into 5 paragraph essay form. Fortunately the graphic organizers they have been using are preparing them for this. We have modeled and written in the format. This week’s homework … Continue reading

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Stories That Soar

It was another great Stories That Soar performance! The weather was wonderful and the student stories were acted out not only by the Stories That Soar troupe, but by Sam Hughes students as well. It was great seeing students from … Continue reading

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10/23/14

The students have working on extending their writing by adding more detail and thinking of questions that the reader might have. The graphic organizer now includes another supporting detail box. We have discussed, read examples to prepare for this exercise. … Continue reading

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9/17/14

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Picture Day!

 

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9/11/14

Parent Conferences: I have attached a letter confirming your time and I have also sent a letter for those still needing to schedule a time. If you need to reschedule outside of the three conference days please contact me. I … Continue reading

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09/04/14

The students have had the first week of Chess, OMA, PE and library. We will soon be adding the Greening group to our schedule. Needless to say, the students day is very busy. I would like to thank the parents … Continue reading

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8/28/14

Curriculum Night/Open House: It was great seeing you at Curriculum Night. I hope I was able to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have had. Please feel free to stop by, email or call me with any … Continue reading

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Helpful Curriculum Night Links

Common Core Standards http://www.corestandards.org/ TUSD Curriculum Materials http://tusd1.org/resources/curriculum/index.asp

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8/22/14

The students have begun working in the Sam Hughes gardens. Ms. Teresa has been introducing the class to the plant lifecycle, seeds, planting and gardening. Mrs. Graber will also be coming in to work with students in small groups in order … Continue reading

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8/14/14

We are continuing work in our literacy and math centers that are a mix of review and assessment. The literacy centers are based on The Mixed-Up Chameleon and math centers are a review of the end of last year and … Continue reading

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It’s Done!

Our first week of school was great! We have uploaded our first digital story-Animals by Ian and Jon! We have many more already in the works. The students have become familiar with the daily schedule, centers and have been working productively! … Continue reading

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Friday already!

It has been a busy and wonderful week. I have been busy learning all about your child, both academically and personally. We have begun working in our literacy and math centers. We are learning the procedures and expectations of the … Continue reading

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Brand New School Year!

It was wonderful meeting my new students and parents today! I also had visits from previous students, and even one from 4 years ago! The classroom and lessons are all prepared, now it is time to begin. I still have … Continue reading

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We have had a very busy week

The students have been working very hard to complete their Bare books in time for Literacy Night next Tuesday. They have been revising and editing a digital story of their choosing for their Bare Book.  We also had a field … Continue reading

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Have a great weekend!

There will be no school this Friday in observance of Good Friday. I hope you have a wonderful 3-day weekend. We had a fantastic field trip to the U of A Insect Discovery lab. It was a perfect day for … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

The students have been writing friendly letters to each other in preparation for Valentine’s Day. Needless to say, they are very excited about sharing them with each other. We will be sharing our letters, cards and snacks today. I want … Continue reading

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Science Project Updates

We have begun the science experiments. We have been working on formulating a hypothesis based on research and guiding questions. We are also continuing our data collection skills within the experiments. I have attached an item list for the remaining … Continue reading

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Science Project Updates

The students have formed groups and chosen an experiment to conduct in class. I have attached a description of their experiment and a materials list. Please choose which materials you can provide. I will then send another notice home with … Continue reading

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2014 is under way!

We have been spending the past week review math concepts and getting back up to speed with reading. Science Fair: Next week we will begin a unit on the scientific method and performing simple experiments. The students will become familiar … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

I am so excited to be back to school (believe it or not)! I would like to thank all of you for the wonderful holiday gifts, cards and drawings! The students came back ready to learn and catch up with … Continue reading

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Happy Winter Break!

Happy Holidays! I think I’m as excited as the students are about our upcoming holiday break! The first half of the year has gone by so quickly. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your children, you and the Sam … Continue reading

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Grandparent’s Day 2013

It was wonderful seeing and meeting the grandparents. There was a great turnout of grandparents. The weather was perfect for reading outdoors!

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OMApalooza!

OMApalooza was fantastic! It was cold and delightful. I was so proud of the students and all their hard work. They sang and played marvelously.

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Atoms are everywhere!

Rain! Finally we get some variation in our weather. The students were extra excited this morning with the rain. They were eager to get started on their weather journals and record the current condition, of course! We were fortunate to … Continue reading

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Welcome Board!

We now have an interactive whiteboard in our room. I was previously at a technology initiative school and have been using interactive whitebaords for over 4 years and believe in their effectiveness in engaging students and presenting content in new ways. … Continue reading

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Weather, Weather, everywhere!

Weather Unit: We are in the middle of our weather unit and will be moving our focus towards weather current events from around the world and detrimental weather and its effects. I have posted our guiding questions for this unit … Continue reading

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It’s the little things…

Thursday started out like any other day- Students recording data and observations into their weather journals, reading, writing and then we were treated to a class favorite…Scooby Snacks! Originally brought in to celebrate Joaquin’s birthday, these little snacks quickly became … Continue reading

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As if Fridays weren’t special enough…

We were fortunate today to have school counselor Ms. Brody stop by and give a lesson. Ms. Brody will be visiting us on Fridays to discuss problem solving strategies and other related issues. Friday’s just got a little more special!

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