4th and 5th Grade Math and Science
I’m Samantha Meyer and this will be my first year at Ross ES and in DCPS. A new school year is always exciting, and I am looking forward to getting to know and work with you all. The school and its staff maintains an excellent reputation and I am enthusiastic to be able to contribute to the team.
A few things about me and my family: I grew up in Montgomery County and attended Walt Whitman High School, class of 2002. I danced (ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop) through high school and into college, and I still love it. My parents used to live near by, but recently moved to Brooklyn, NYC. I have two brothers, Josh and Bryan. Both live in New York City and still give me a hard time as brothers do. My older brother, Josh, is a lawyer. He and his wife Sara have identical twin girls, Abby and Dylan, who will be starting fourth grade this September. My younger brother, Bryan, is a filmmaker and has a wonderful wife, Alex, and their corgi, Maxine. I am thankful for their support and encouragement, and from my husband, Richard too. We just celebrated our one year anniversary on July 8, 2018.
My educational experience has had a few twists and turns along the way. I began my undergraduate work at Tulane University, but was forced to leave during Hurricane Katrina. With New Orleans abandoned, I returned to the Washington D.C. area to complete my senior year at American University, where I earned my BA in public communications. After a short academic break, I turned toward Nashville to begin graduate school at Vanderbilt University, where I received my master’s degree in Elementary Education in 2010. Most recently, I completed my Administration Certification through Hood College.
Before coming to Ross ES to teach fourth and fifth grade Math and Science, I taught fourth grade for three years at Carderock Springs ES in Bethesda, MD and I taught second grade for five years at Flower Valley ES in Rockville.
I look forward to meeting and working with you all!
Great Minds Website
Great Minds, publisher of Eureka Math, makes all of their materials available for free online. You do need to sign up for an account. To get resources, it looks like you need to buy them (add to cart and check out) but there is no charge and you do not need to add payment information.
This is the site of a school district in California. They have videos and examples of every single homework page for all grades. This is also where to get copies of homework if your child forgets the book! It also includes helpful parent information about the math, vocabulary, and additional parent resources. Note: EngageNY is another name for Eureka Math. The resources are almost always 100% identical, but may have some variation as the curriculum is always being updated.
Chaperone Forms and Information
3rd Grade Field Trips Sign Up
Jungle Book – Imagination Stage
Students will attend Imagination Stage’s Jungle Book. This field trip does not require much walking as we are taking buses directly to the location. Students must bring a lunch.
National Building Museum: City by Design
From the National Building Museum website: “Students become city planners by planning, then constructing an imaginary city. Guided by a museum educator, students begin to see connections between school curriculum and community issues.”
Chaperones will meet at Ross at 9:00. They will then guide the students on the metro. The metro is right across the museum.
Museum of Natural History: Exploring Ecosystems
Students will be learning about habitats in a discovery room at the museum. Chaperones will meet at Ross at 9:00 to take the students on the metro. The walk from there to the museum is a half mile.
Imagination Stage: Charlotte’s Web
Students will witness the beloved classic brought into life. Chaperones will meet at Ross at 9:30. The walk from the metro to the stage is a half mile.
Imagination Stage: Prince & Pauper Bollywood
Students will witness the Bollywood adaptation of the classic Mark Twain novel. Chaperones will meet at Ross at 9:30. The walk from the metro to the stage is a half mile.
National Building Museum: Architecture 101
From the National Building Museum Website: “Students become architects and practice the skills architects use every day. Guided by a museum educator, the students practice drawing, model-making and examining the world around them.” Chaperones will meet at Ross at 9:00. They will then guide the students on the metro. The metro is right across the museum.
4-5 Math and Stem