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Summer Is Here!!!

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

I want to take this time to say farewell to the 4t graders of Southside Elementary…  You were an awesome class that taught me so much!  I know you will be a great success in 5th grade, but remember that if you need anything, I am just across the hall!

To my new 4th graders…Welcome to Murdock Mania!!!  I will be your reading, grammar, and social studies teacher.  Mrs. Cleivinger will be your science and math teacher.  We have worked together forever and cannot wait to have you as our students!

I want to give you a little information about me.  I was born and raised in Cynthiana, Kentucky.  I went to elementary school at Northside, attended the Harrison County Middle School, and Harrison County High School.  I went to college at Eastern Kentucky University and Georgetown College.  My husband is Scott Murdock.  Together we have four children.  Erin Murdock Clevinger is married to Mrs. Clevinger’s son, Jeffrey.  They have one child, Eliza Rose.  Austin Murdock is a firefighter in Cleveland, Tennessee.  Morgynn McDaniel is a sophomore cheerleader at Eastern Kentucky University, and Anna Blake McDaniel is a freshman cheerleader for Harrison County High School.

Some of my interests are books, books, and MORE books!!!  I also ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle and enjoy touring our state with my husband.  I love teaching and have done so for 21 years!!!!

I look forward to a wonderful year with you!

October 21-25

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a wonderful Fall Break! Now it’s back to business…
In reading this week, students will be reading “The Stranger”. This is a short story in our textbook. While reading, we will investigate who (or what) “The Stranger” is. This is a fantasy, so use your imagination (and details from the text) to infer!
Grammar will be several short lessons using Education Creation. Our goal is to be the BEST scoring Language Mechanics school in the county!
Environmental Camp registration is due THIS WEEK! Be aware that you DO NOT NEED A PHYSICAL TO ATTEND. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Meyer at the 4H extension office or me. We want EVERYONE to attend!

September 30- October 4, 2013

Monday, September 30th, 2013

September has been an awesome month of adventure and excitement for our 4th grade! I can’t wait to see what October brings!
This week in reading, we will be working in Standard RI 4.2… Finding the main idea of an informational text and giving supporting details. There could possibly be some homework in the next few days, so be aware. If you and your child have difficulties, don’t worry! They can bring the work to me and we’ll take care of it in the morning!
In social studies, we will continue with our study of the regions of Kentucky. Ask your child some questions about the Eastern Coal Fields and Bluegrass regions!

September 9-13, 2013

Monday, September 9th, 2013

This has been a very busy beginning of school. Students have completed MAP testing for math and reading. We will continue with science on Wednesday and Friday of this week. Next week complete the fall MAP testing with Language Arts. Please make sure your child attends school so that make-up tests are not necessary.

In reading, students have been exploring Ky. Reading Standard RL 4.3, with a focus on character. We will be reading several short fictional stories to see how characters change throughout the story and why. Please make sure any reading homework in the agenda is complete. I initial any homework that needs to be finished.
Next week will be our Grandparents’ Day luncheon on Thursday and Safety Day at the 4H grounds on Friday. Don’t forget to mark your calendars!

March 11- March 15

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Please be aware of the strange schedule this week. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are “normal” days. Thursday is a half day with students dismissing at 11:30. There will be no school on Friday due to KEA meetings.

In reading, we are working on finding themes of fiction stories. This week we are viewing a movie based on a book, “Lilith Summer”. Students are working to find character, story events, and theme. We are progressing to finding the themes in poetry and plays.

March 4- March 8

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Environmental Camp is quickly approaching. On March 25 we will be leaving for Environmental Camp in Carlisle. While there, we will experience some wonderful science activities that involve our environment. We will be staying all night and returning to school by 2:30 on March 26. If you need information on this trip, please contact us for packets. Parents are also welcomed to attend!

This week in reading, we are continuing our exploration in themes of stories. There will be several activities completed in class. What doesn’t get finished in class will be assigned as homework.

January 28- February 1

Monday, January 28th, 2013

In reading we are working on nonfiction reading strategies. Our topic is dolphins. We have started discussing the characteristics of mammals and adaptations. We watched a video of dolphins and their habitats and will read about a pink dolphin in the Amazon.

Please be sure to encourage your child to do his or her best work and be very attentive during class time. We work very hard all day in order to NOT have much homework. If work is not done during the day, then work will have to be done at home.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

First I want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes and blessings. It’s truly an honor to spend my 21×2 birthday with such great students!

I would like to wish each and every family a wonderful Christmas and a blessed new year. Rest over these next few days, go out and play if you can, and read, read, read!!!! I will see you back in class, ready to learn on Wednesday, January 2, 2013!!!

December 3- December 7

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Tis the season!!!!!!
This week is a CRAZY week as far as scheduling goes.
On Tuesday, December 4, Southside will be performing “A Bugz Christmas” at the Harrison County High School auditorium. Students are to be at the auditorium by 6:00 in order for us to get all costumed. Please plan to attend and see all the hard work we have put into the production.
Thursday is Junior Achievement. This is an all day event where people from our community teach our classes about economics. It’s a great day for all!
Don’t forget that Friday is 1/2 day. Students will be dismissed at 11:30.

In reading, students are exploring technical reading. We are discussing explicit information and inferred information.

November 26- November 30

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

It’s that time of year! We’re all so excited for the upcoming festivities!
On December 4 students will be performing “A Bug’s Christmas” at the Harrison County High School Auditorium. We have been working each afternoon to perfect our musical. If your child would like to perform in the musical, please fill out the permission slip, if you have not already. We are working to make costumes and working on speaking parts. Come be a part of this holiday celebration!

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