Welcome to Third Grade

Hello and welcome to third grade at SJNCS! Third grade is an exciting year, and I love watching my students become more independent learners. The growth I see in third grade is tremendous!

Meet Mrs. Rushing

I have spent twelve years teaching at St. John Neumann Catholic School with six years in third grade. I received a marketing degree from the University of Tennessee, and after working several years in the business world, followed a call to elementary education. After completing a K-6 licensure program through South College, I began teaching at St. John Neumann Catholic School. I then received a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

I met Todd, my husband of 22 years, at the University of Tennessee. We currently live in Lenoir City and attend All Saints Parish. Our son Tyler will begin kindergarten at SJNCS this year. We also have two dogs, Bear and Callie.

I am truly blessed to be teaching in such a wonderful community with supportive staff and exceptional children and love working at a school centered in faith. I look forward to dealing with the challenges and opportunities this school year will offer.

What We're Learning This Year


o In third grade, we have incorporated Big Ideas Math and other resources to engage and challenge our students. The key math skills include multiplication and division, fractions, measurement and data, and geometry.


o The reading curriculum focuses on fluency, literature, and informational reading. We will be using the Journeys reading series, read-alouds, novels, and cross-curricular reading passages. Reading levels vary from child to child, so please feel free to read with your child…and reading with your child is a wonderful way to spend time together! ????

o Quarterly book reports are assigned in third grade. Book genres include fiction, biography, and mystery.


o Our spelling lists are linked to the stories we read each week. Students are assigned 18-20 words each week. Words are assigned on Monday along with practice for the week. Spelling tests are typically administered each Friday.


o Third grade English consists of writing, grammar, and punctuation. In third grade, students become more independent writers, apply the steps of the writing process, and deepen their understanding of the written and spoken language.


o Scientific method, and life, earth, and physical science will be taught in third grade.

o In addition to lesson/chapter tests, students will receive grades for packet assignments, science notebooks/folders, and lab sessions. Extra credit will be given each quarter for students who take non-required notes in their notebooks.

Social Studies

o Third grade social studies focuses on geography and culture beginning with the United States and expanding across the globe. Students will also explore economics, civics, and government. Project-based learning allows students to explore the world.


o The Image of God series is the basis of our religious instruction. Students will study Catholic doctrine, the liturgy and the sacraments, prayer, and life in Christ. As we learn about God’s love for us, students continue to build a close, personal relationship with Him.

o Friday Folders come home each Friday. please check and clean out your child’s Friday Folder each week.