Meet the Teacher

Nora Moser has been teaching for over thirty years.  She attended college at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Geography.  After graduation, Nora attended the UCSB Graduate School of Education and attained her elementary teaching credential.  Her Masters Degree in education was awarded at Washington State University.  In 2002 she became a National Board Certified Teacher as a Middle Childhood Generalist and served as a facilitator for National Board candidates for several years.  She renewed her National Certification in 2011.  In California, Nora taught Kindergarten and fifth/sixth grades and, after she moved to Washington State, taught second grade in LaCrosse.  Nora began teaching in Colton School District in 1988, and has taught second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade, K – 6 elementary computer lab, high school advanced computers, high school directed study math, high school directed study reading and writing, and high school world geography.  She has also served as a high school class advisor.

Supply List

Personal Items
Please label with your child’s name:

  1. back pack
  2. 1 three-ring binder (1 inch rings)
  3. 1 package dividers (5 – 8 tabs)
  4. 2 spiral notebooks (with 70 pages or more, college ruled)
  5. 4 pocket folders, with pockets on the bottom
  6. crayons and markers
  7. scissors
  8. pencil sharpener
  9. 10 – 12 ink pens
  10. pencil box or pencil pouch
  11. old shirt for art
  12. PE shoes with non-marking soles
  13. 1 thumb drive

Collected and Share Items – Please do not label

  1. 5 packages notebook paper (college-ruled)
  2. 3 dozen number 2 pencils
  3. 2 large boxes of facial tissue
  4. 1 package hand wipes
  5. 1 box Ziploc-style bags
  6. 3 or more glue sticks
  7. 1 container white glue (4 or 8 oz.)

Parents: This is a recommended list of supplies that are meant to last your child the entire school year.

General Schedule

8:10 – 8:25     Early morning recess
8:25 – 9:15     Attendance and lunch count. Band or Reading instruction: Fifth and sixth graders switch each quarter. During the first and third quarters, sixth graders have band on Tuesdays and Thursdays and fifth graders have band on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  During the second and fourth quarters, they switch schedules.
9:15 – 9:50:    Math: Fifth graders remain in the classroom for math instruction with Mrs. Moser and sixth graders go downstairs to Mr. Nordquist for math instruction.
9:50 – 10:00  Recess
10:00 – 10:40  Math/Language Arts: Both fifth and sixth graders are in the 5th/6th grade room for math practice or reading instruction.
10:40 – 11:24: Math: Sixth graders return to Mr. Nordquist’s classroom for math instruction.  Fifth Graders have additional math instruction with Mrs. Moser.
11:24 – 12:02:  Lunch and recess
12:02 – 2:55:  DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)/additional one-on-one instructional time/Elementary Activity/Language Arts/Social Studies/Science/Technology

Elementary Activity Schedule for 5th/6th

Quarters 1 and 3

12:47 – 1:29: Music Tuesday and Thursday
2:15 – 2:55PE Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Quarters 2 and 4

12:02 – 12:44: Music Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
12:47 – 1:29: PE Tuesday and Thursday

Grades and Report Cards

Skyward
Parents may view their children’s Assignments, Missing Assignments, and Scores, along with their Attendance, Food Service information, and Student Information online through “Skyward’s Family Access.”
Parents can access this information through the school website (www.colton.k12.wa.us) or by going to the family access website (http://family.colton.wa-k12.net).  (To use this software, parents need access to the Internet through Internet Explorer 5.5 or Safari 1.2, allow or accept cookies, allow popups, and have a user name and password.) Tammy McBaine, school secretary, will provide each family with a user name and password.  For more than one child, an individual login and password will work for multiple students within the same family.  Once logged in, parents can change their password and login by choosing the “Account Information” tab.
After logging in, the “Home” page appears.  The menu is on the left side.  To see a child’s current scores on assignments, click on “Gradebook.”  If a child is missing any assignments, it will display a message at the top and parents can click on the messages for more information.
If parents have difficulty with their user name or password, they can contact Tammy McBaine at tmcbaine@colton.k12.wa.us for assistance.


Parent/Teacher Conferences:
Fifth and Sixth graders hold Student-Led conferences at the end of the first quarter, in which students share their progress in school as well as their goals with their parents. Parents may request conferences at any time.


Report Cards:
Report Cards come out four times during the year-at the end of each quarter.


General Scoring Rubric
Students are working throughout the year to meet or exceed end-of-the-year grade level standards.  Student performance is reported on a four (4) point rating scale aligned to state assessment standards and Common Core State Standards.  The performance levels may not equate to letter grades or percentages.  The expectation is that most students will earn a score of 2 for the majority of the year until students have clearly demonstrated proficiency in meeting the standard.  A score of 3 is not to be considered average but the result of meeting the specific standard.  A student consistently scoring 4s in any one subject area should be considered exceptional.  Students with 1s require and are receiving additional instructional assistance.
The four performance levels for each area are:
4      ABOVE STANDARD
This level represents exceptional performance, notably above that required for meeting the standard at this grade.
3      MEETS STANDARD
This level represents expected performance for this grade by the end of the school year.  Students receiving a 3 are meeting the grade level standard in that subject area.  Usually, students don’t earn a “3” until the end of the school year.  Students reaching this level are secure and demonstrate proficiency over challenging content.
2      WORKING TOWARD STANDARD
This score denotes partial accomplishment of the knowledge and skills that are fundamental for meeting the grade-level standards. There is evidence of growth and development. This is where most fifth and sixth grade students are for the majority of the year–working toward the standard.
1      BELOW STANDARD
This level denotes beginning or little demonstration of the prerequisite knowledge and skills that are fundamental. At this level, students are receiving additional instructional assistance.

Homework

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night, fifth and sixth graders will have homework to complete.  As a class, we discuss the importance of homework – to further develop skills as well as to learn responsibility by completing and returning homework on time.  The study skills students develop now will help them be successful in Junior High and High School.
Monday: Reading Log Homework-Students self-select what to read and read for a minimum of 30 minutes, then write in their homework reading logs.
Tuesday: Math (5th graders will get homework assignments from Mrs. Moser and 6th graders will take home problem-solving practice sheets that Mrs. Moser assigns to supplement their math instruction.)
  Note: On any day of the week, Mr. Nordquist will send unfinished math work home with 6th graders who have not finished their classroom assignments.
Wednesday: Spelling or Reading or Writing or Science Homework
Thursday: Math


Homework Help at Home
As a parent, you can help your child by:

  • Helping your child choose a place in which to work.  This study area needs to be well lit, quiet, and have all of the necessary supplies.  (It does not need to be a large spot, but needs to be well away from radio and TV.)
  • Setting a time to begin homework at the same time every day.  A good time is immediately after your child gets home, or perhaps immediately after dinner.  Remind your child each day when he or she is to do homework.
  • Encouraging your child to work on his or her own.  Check to see if he or she is doing homework at the agreed upon time.  If your child needs assistance, provide it after he or she made a real effort to do the work first.  If needed you might suggest that your child call a friend for help.  If your child is having a lot of trouble, have him or her put the homework away and ask the teacher for help as soon as he or she arrives to school the next morning.
  • Choosing with your child a special Homework Drop Spot at home to help him or her develop the habit of putting completed assignments in his/her homework folder and in the same place each night.  It is helpful if the homework drop spot is easy to “spot” on the way out the door in the morning.
  • Helping your child who needs to complete homework at another location other than home–put together a “Homework Survival Kit” containing supplies such as pencils, a book or two, construction paper, tape, glue, a dictionary, etc.