Welcome to Third Grade

Hello and welcome to third grade at SJNCS!

Meet Mrs. Rushing

Teaching is a second career for Mrs. Rushing. Her first degree was in marketing from the University of Tennessee. She then worked in sales for Northrop Grumman Remotec, a hazardous duty robotics company in Clinton. After leaving Remotec, she worked for PIPS Technology, a company that designed and manufactured automatic license plate recognition systems.

After several years in the business world, Mrs. Rushing followed a call to teach. She completed a K-6 licensure program through South College and then began working at St. John Neumann Catholic School. She then received an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

Mrs. Rushing and her husband live in Lenoir City and attend St. Thomas the Apostle parish. Their son Tyler attends SJNCS. Tyler keeps his parents very busy!

This is Mrs. Rushing’s eleventh year at SJNCS. She feels truly blessed to be teaching in such a wonderful community with supportive staff and exceptional children and loves working at a school centered in faith.

What We're Learning This Year


  • It is important that students know their addition and subtraction facts coming into the third grade. Typically, students should have instant recall of addition and subtraction facts by the end of Grade 2 and multiplication facts through the tens by the end of Grade 3.
  • Students will have homework in math most nights. Math homework mostly consists of worksheets, workbook pages, and/or practicing math facts.
  • I try to not assign homework on the weekends so students can get recharged for the upcoming week, but sometimes homework may be inevitable due to certain circumstances.


  • We will cover the reading curriculum using our basal reading textbook and several novels.
  • When reading a novel as a class, frequent quizzes will be given over material read in class, as well as material assigned for homework. Reading levels vary from child to child, so please feel free to read with your child if you feel he/she needs it…and reading with your child is a wonderful way to spend time together! 🙂
  • Quarterly book reports are assigned in third grade. Book genres and formats will vary.
  • Six AR points per quarter are required for each student. AR tests are taken at school during school hours, and students will have a rotating schedule posted in the classroom for assigned computer days. They are welcome to take AR tests on days that are not assigned to them as well.


  • Spelling pretests will be given on Mondays unless specified. Any student receiving a 100% on the pretest will be exempt from Friday’s test. The test on Friday includes the 16 words in the Reader’s Notebook and one bonus word.
  • One or two spelling pages from the Reader’s Notebook will be assigned on Mondays and is due on the test day (usually Fridays).


  • Our English curriculum is covered using English textbooks and also the Reader’s Notebook (workbook format). The Reader’s Notebook incorporates reading, English, spelling, and writing.


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

  • Our social studies curriculum will be covered using both a textbook series and a magazine series. The magazine series will be available online in several weeks


  • Religion textbooks and Bibles will be used to teach about our Catholic faith.

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

If you have additional questions, please feel free to complete the form below.

3rd – Rushing

Mon:Art 11:55-12:35 

Tue:PE 8:05-8:45.  Music 1:10-1:50 

Wed:Tech 1:00-1:40.  Span 1:50-2:30 

Thur: Lib 10:35-11:15 

Fri:PE 9:00-9:40.  Span 1:35-2:15 

Lunch 11:20-11:50 

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