Mrs. Sparks' Class

Hello My Name Is Jennifer Sparks
Welcome to my page.

Jennifer Sparks
Conference time - M - F 12:23-1:13
This is my 23rd year to teach.  Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stephen F. Austin State University.  Inducted into Alpha Chi and Iota Gamma Societies. 
 I am passionate about teaching kids to think and reason.  My goal for my students is for them to become life-long learners, with the tools and resources they need to continually research new topics and develop new skills.  
When I am not teaching I am spending my free time (which isn't much these days) exercising at the YMCA, reading, gardening, cooking, church activities, playing with 2 grandkids and 2 puppies.  I love to spend time with my husband (of 34 years), family and friends.  I have a daughter that graduated from SFA and is an Ag Teacher as well as an Art Teacher.  Other organizations that I am affiliated with are Delta Kappa Gamma (National Teaching Honor Society), Crockett Rd. Church of Christ, Biltmore Who's Who Among American Educators and the Harvey Woman's Club.
As you and your children will quickly realize, I strive to be a fair and consistent person.  I have high expectations and goals for both my students and myself.  Your children will grow and prosper in a learning community where they will have the opportunity to work closely with their peers in a nonthreatening environment.  I feel that the key to any child's success in learning is communication.  I will always be available to meet with you when times are convenient for both of us;  I view the parent, child, and teacher as a partnership to enhance learning just as employer, employee, and colleagues are a team in a successful business.

 "Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember,you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
  ~  Harriet Tubman
  Parents, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  I care about the education of each of my students and appreciate your support!  

What is Going On in Our Classes?

Here are some of the great things we are doing!!

Attendance:  Students are expected to be in class EVERYDAY in order to achieve academic success.  Parent/Guardian MUST contact school to verify student absence in case an emergency does arise.  School policy of academic probation will be enforced. 
All SCHOOL RULES apply.  Refer to the Student Handbook.
Attendance is critical.  If absent, 3 days is allowed to make up assignments.  Class discussions and lectures are NOT repeated.  It is the student's responsibility to make an appointment with the teacher to make up work.  Course curriculum is online.

Students should MAINTAIN PROPER BEHAVIOR at all times!
Treat all school and student property with respect.
Come to CLASS PREPARED with all supplies, ready to work.
PERSONAL BUSINESS should be taken care of before coming to class.  
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:  Serious offense.  Refer to the academic dishonesty policy in the student handbook.  

7th - 8th College/Career Classes
Course Overview:  Students will explore careers and attain academic skills that will lead them towards becoming a life-long learner.  The student will develop a career plan. 
(EOY Presentations, Apply Skills and Knowledge of the Content)
*Getting ready for "What's Next?"
Maintain a Career Portfolio 
(Materials Needed:  1' Binder, Plastic Sleeves)
Career Fair (7th Grade) - Dec. 10-13, 2019
Shark Tank Project (8th grade) - December 10-11, 2019

Students will be expected to dress in entry-level business attire for their final grade.  If this requirement proves to be a financial hardship, please inform me by writing a note indicating that your child will not be participating in this activity and your child will be given an alternative assignment to complete.  This grade falls under the work place standards category of grades.  Many former students have found appropriate clothing for this assignment at local thrift stores - saving even more money by purchasing items on the days that these stores offer sales.  The grading for this activity is A:  Business attire - professional look (head to toe);  B. Casual business attire; C.  Casual business attire but wore sneakers or clothes were wrinkled. 

Dyslexia - Tier 3 Reading Intervention/Intensive phonics instruction
Scottish Rite Program/IStation/STAAR Prep

STEAM Curriculum

~Native American Play (1st - 5th grades) ~
November 20, 2019 - 2:30pm (Room 113)
Parents and Grandparents are invited to be our guests!
Please Note:  If need arises, reschedule date will be Friday, November 22 (same time).

What Does the Gifted and Talented Program promote?
The Gifted and Talented program for grades K-5 is designed  to challenge and help students reach their fullest potential.  There is an array of learning opportunities that emphasizes content in the four core academic areas and is commensurate with the abilities of gifted and talented students.  The curriculum is differentiated through content, process and product.  Concepts, themes, units, and skills are explored in greater depth and complexity.  This program promotes engaging curriculum that allows students to perform, lead, create, research, share interests, and develop products.  Curriculum development for gifted and talented students centers upon the importance of recognizing the skills which students must acquire in order to become life-long learners.  The curriculum incorporates both cognitive as well as affective skills which recognize unique learning styles of GT students.