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 March 29, 2017 K-6 Field Trip, Charlotte's Web


 Kindergarten through 6th grade will attend the ETSU Theatre and Dance’s production of Charlotte’s Web on Wednesday, April 12 at 10:00.  It will be performed on campus in the Bud Frank Theatre in Gilbreath Hall.  The cost per ticket is $5.00.  We will not be sending home a permission slip, since the performance is located on campus.  Please send $5.00 cash for the ticket by April  7th.  If you are interested in joining us, you will need to  purchase a ticket.  The ticket costs $10 for adults and there are only 20 spots left in the theater.  It does not matter which seat you choose when ordering, you will be able to sit with your child as long as we know you are coming.  The link to purchase is:

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Please let me know if you have any questions! Thank you!


January 21, 2016

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and snow day.  The children are very excited to be with one another again!  We are having a great week of learning and I look forward to an exciting semester.  We have two wonderful additions to our classroom that I wanted to let you know about. I would like to welcome Ms. Erica Colen to our class as our full-time student teacher.  Ms. Colen spent around 300 hours with us last semester during the first part of her student teaching.  One of our classmates transferred schools, so we welcomed a new student in class today named Ashlyn.    

Enrollment forms for next year came home last week and are due by February 28. 

A mini-science project will come home tomorrow on the three states of matter.  Please let me know if you have any questions after viewing the project. 

Current Units of Study:

Math-We began our study of fractions.  This is an in depth unit and we will spend several weeks studying fractions.  So far, we have learned about equal parts and unit fractions.  We will look at fractions on number lines, compare and order fractions, and learn basic equivalent fractions.

Science-Matter/Mixtures and Solutions

Social Studies-Martin Luther King, Jr. and Natural Resources

Language Arts-Opinion/Persuasive writing and a book study starting next week using the book: Donavan's Word Jar by Monalisa DeGross

Dates to remember:

Friday, January 13-Wordly Wise Test

Monday, January 16-No School-MLK Day

Wednesday, January 25-Matter project due

Thursday, February 2-Educational Day Basktetball game at ETSU (more info. coming soon)

I would like to thank you for all of the goodies and gifts I received before the break.  I truly appreciate them!

Have a great evening!

Mrs. Doran

August 14, 2016


We will have our first science test on Tuesday.  The students may bring home their science notebooks and textbooks to study for this assessment if they did not do so already.  I asked the students to bring home their books on Friday.  A study guide came home last week to help them further prepare for this test.  We do not read through the book in class often as we are completing hands-on activities and labs, but we do follow the pacing of the book and it is a great resource as we are developing study skills.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this test!

Current Units of Study:

In language arts we are continuing our fiction study.  This week we will focus on the theme (including folktales and fables) and explain how the message, lesson, or moral is conveyed through details in the text.  We will also distinguish points of view from that of the narrator or characters in the story.  This week is a spelling week.  The packet will be due on Thursday and we will take our test on Thursday.  In writing workshop, we will work on our rough drafts of our personal narrative story.

In math we started multiplication concepts last week and will continue this work.  The students are not expected to have their facts memorized yet, but it will be a goal to have all of our multiplication and division facts memorized by the end of second quarter.  Our focus now is learning about equal groups and modeling multiplication through repeated additions and finding patterns with different factors.  If you feel your child is ready to begin memorizing facts, please feel free to help them with this process!   

Science-Chapter 1 review and life cycles

Social Studies- Geography-types of maps (we are also talking about the Olympics)

Upcoming Assessments:

Tuesday, August 16-Science Test

Thursday, August 18 -Spelling Test

No math spot check because of short week and to avoid too many assessments in one week

Dates to Remember:

Friday, August 19-No School

Monday, August 22-1st day of ETSU Fall Semester---Traffic alert!

Friday, August 26-Blood Drive

Box Tops for Education-Always Welcome!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Thanks for all you do to support your child and our classroom!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Erin Doran, Ed.S

3rd Grade Instructor

University School



August 4, 2016

Good Afternoon!

I sent home a parent flyer on how to access our math textbook online.  Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Current Units of Study:

Reading: Character Traits, Setting, Plot

Writing: Personal Narratives

Math: Subtraction

Science: Food chains/webs

Social Studies: Continents and oceans, types of maps

Upcoming Assessments:

Friday, August 5- Spelling Test

Wednesday, August 10-Addition and subtraction math test

Tuesday, August 16-Chapter 1 Science Test (study guide will come home next week)

Dates to Remember:

August 8- Fundraiser Orders Due

August 12-Scholastic Book Orders Due-Online Code HXN67 (please see previous email about ordering)

August 19-No School

Have a great rest of your week!  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress.


Mrs. Erin Doran, Ed.S

3rd Grade Instructor

University School



July 25, 2016

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

I appreciate the wonderful turn out at Open House!  It was a pleasure meeting with you and watching your children show you around the room.  I would also like to thank you for the many donations from our class apple tree.  The students have enjoyed all of our new games and supplies.

The school fundraiser information came home today in your child’s folder.   

The students are working extremely hard on the third grade curriculum.  I have placed a few grades on the Parent Connect.  If you do not have access to Parent connect, the information should come home soon from the office.  We spend time correcting grades early in the year, so that we will build independence as learners.  We will not always be allowed to correct, but I feel that it is crucial in helping students feel success and learn from their mistakes early on to enable them to become more responsible as they grow as learners.  I grade homework and some classwork for completion.  If the work goes in the gradebook, it will have a letter grade placed with the percentage.  For example, homework is graded with number correct over the total or 8/8 while a graded math assignment might say: 19/20  with 95% A on the paper.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns at any time.  We do not have to wait until September for a parent conference.  I am always happy to set up a time to meet! 

We have established our class rules.   Please take a few moments to talk with your child about the rules and how they can successfully follow the rules.  They are:

Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Be safe!

Do your best work!

Listen to others!

Take care of the school and classroom


Units of Study:

Reading:  Solving Unknown Words/Punctuation Study

Language Arts: Sentence structure and personal narratives

Math: Addition and subtraction concepts

Science: Living things and their needs-owl pellet lab

Social Studies: Geography-Intermediate Directions, Reading maps, and locating continents and oceans


Upcoming Assessments:

Math Spot Check-Thursday, July 28

Wordly Wise Lesson 2 Test-Monday, August 1 (because of the 4 day week)


Dates to Remember:

 Friday, July 29-No School


Have a great week!

Mrs. Doran


 July 15, 2016

Good afternoon,

I enjoyed meeting many of you during open house last night!  I will be in Nashville from July 18-20 for an educator fellowship convening.  Our class will have a substitute as well as Ms. Ray, our student teacher while I am away.  Ms. Ray was at University School in third grade last spring and she had many opportunities to teach, so I am confident your kids will be in good hands. 

I will still be checking email, but may not be able to respond quickly as I will be in meetings the majority of each day. 

Graded work is coming home today.  I try to send graded work home one time per week so that you can check your child’s progress.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Doran

July 12, 2016

Good afternoon,

I am having a blast teaching your children and getting to know them.  We have been busy learning about our classroom and have also jumped into our curriculum.  Open House is on Thursday, July 14 from 6:00-7:30.  I look forward to meeting you and sharing our class with you during that time! 

I wanted to let you know a bit about our homework procedures.  As mentioned last week, we will alternate between spelling and Wordly Wise.  We will take our spelling or Wordly Wise test on Friday in class.  Our typical homework schedule will be:

Wordly Wise:

Monday-Illustrate the words

Tuesday-B, C, and D in the workbook

Wednesday-E in the workbook

Thursday-Review sheet or puzzle from the book



The packet with the words will be sent home on Monday.  There will be several practice sheets attached.  They will be due on Friday morning. 



One column of the language sheet will need to be completed each night.



A worksheet will typically come home each night to practice math skills


Current Units of Study:

Math:  Place Value and Rounding

Science: Living things and their needs

Social Studies: Geography

Language Arts: Implementing Reading Workshop and writing workshop

Read Aloud: Various pictures books and Charlotte’s Web


Dates/Things to Remember:

Open House                                                           Thursday, July 14 from 6-7:30

Math Spot Check Quiz                                        Thursdays (starting July 21 and not during testing weeks)

Professional Development (no school)       Friday, July 29 

Box Tops for Education                                       Always Welcome!


Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Have a great evening!

Mrs. Doran

July 6, 2016

Welcome Back!

Hello Families,

I hope your children are enjoying their last day of summer break!  I am getting everything ready for tomorrow and I wanted to go ahead and send you another copy of the Policies and Procedures and Supply list as well as a copy of our schedule for the year.  I will be sending a paper copy of the policies and procedures home the first day of school for you to sign and return as well.  I look forward to working with you and teaching your children this school year!

We will have a snack time each day around 1:35.  Please feel free to send in a snack for your child to enjoy. 

Mrs. Doran



Dear Families,                                                                                  

Welcome to the third grade!  My name is Erin Doran, and I will be your child’s third grade teacher.  I love being a part of the faculty here at University School.  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, and I look forward to working together this school year!

Professionally, I received my education training from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  I earned a Bachelor and Masters degree in Education, and most recently my Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision.  I have certifications in early childhood education, urban/multicultural studies, early childhood special education, and school administration.

This will be my fifteenth year as an educator!  My teaching experience prior to University School includes seven years teaching third grade and two years as a Curriculum and Instruction Facilitator with the Knox County School System.  I also spent time as an administrative intern while working on my Education Specialist degree.  I look forward to beginning my sixth year here at University School.    

I was born and raised in Kingsport, and after 13 years in Knoxville my family returned to East Tennessee in May 2011.  My family includes my husband Josh (also a Kingsport native), a six year old son named Finley, an almost three year old son named Archer, and a fourteen year old dog named Bella.  Finley will be in Ms. Noell’s class this school year!  My husband attended East Tennessee State University, and spent some time as the mascot “Bucky!”  As a family, we love to spend time outdoors camping, hiking, and playing. 

I am thrilled to be teaching the third grade once again, and know that it will be a successful year.  I have been busy planning an engaging, challenging, and exciting curriculum for the upcoming school year.  Our lessons will be based on the Tennessee State Standards.  I look forward to getting to know you and your child as the year progresses.  I believe communication is a critical part of your child’s learning.  Please feel free to contact me at .    If your child has any special medical needs (allergies or takes medication at school) or anything else I need to be aware of in order to ensure their health and safety, please contact me prior to the first day of school.

The school supply list and a copy of class policies are attached for your convenience.  The class policy letter will be sent home again in July as it requires a returned signature.

Let’s Have a Great Year,

Mrs. Erin Doran


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