Tia Wilkins

Posted on October 13, 2017

Solar Ovens

To conclude our science unit on energy, students made solar ovens. Students then cooked s’mores and deduced how well their ovens worked.


Posted on October 13, 2017

October Update


October 12th already…..you have got to be kidding me!!!  Sorry for the late update- time slipped away from me!

We sure are not letting any moss grow under our toes in third grade!

Halloween: We will be having a Halloween party in our classroom from 2:10-3:15.  Students may bring their costumes to school and then change into them before the party.  I’m asking for kids to not wear make-up or face paint.  Parents are welcome to come and please let me know if you are willing to send/bring a healthy treat.

Parent Volunteers: Mrs. Conrad and I are looking for parent volunteers to help out in our classrooms.  We have an array of activities for you to do including working with small groups, practicing math facts, reading, spelling, art etc.  Let me know if you are interested and we will work on a time for you to come in.  Even if you cannot come in weekly we would love to have you!

Family Night: Mrs. Conrad and I would like to invite you to a family night hosted in our classroom on October 25th from 5:30-6:30.  During this time we will time we will have your child show you some of our literacy activities including taking an AR test.  Feel free to come for the whole hour or even stop by for 10 minutes just to check it out.

Math: This month we are continuing to work on multiplication and division for numbers 0-12.  We have also started learning about area and doing multi-step word problems.  I suggest working on basic multiplication and division facts at home to help increase your child’s fluency.

Reading: This month we will be reading a narrative nonfiction, informational text, a folktale, and a realistic fiction. We will be looking into verb tenses, three letter clusters, synonyms, suffixes, silent letters, context clues, using commas, abstract nouns, vowel diphthongs, cause and effect, sequencing, drawing conclusions, and main ideas/details.

Writing: Students are working very hard to incorporate precise verbs, and details into their writing.  We are also working on using our senses to make our writing more interesting.

Science and Social Studies: We just finished up our unit on energy and are now diving into Social Studies.  We will be studying communities and geography.

Email: I’m concerned I do not have all parents on my email list. Would you please shoot me a quick response to let me know that you do indeed receive my emails so I can make sure I’m communicating with all the families.

Snack- We are running low on snacks again. Thank you so much for supporting snack!

This month’s upcoming events:

  • October 19-20: No school: state teacher conventions
  • October 25- 3rd Grade Family Night
  • October 26- Picture retakes
  • October 28- Halloween Carnival
  • October 31- Halloween + Halloween Classroom Party

Thanks for all your continued support.  Please do not hesitate to call, email, or text me with any questions!

Mrs. Wilkins

Posted on September 11, 2017

September Update

Happy Monday!

Phew, we have hit the ground running in third grade! This group of kids is so much fun, and already have been working so hard. Thank you so much for checking your kiddo’s composition notebook every night. Third grade is a HUGE transition, and I’m so impressed with how hard this group is working to be responsible. Here’s what we will be working on in the next few weeks:

Math– Students are focusing on multiplication and division. Students are using multiple strategies (arrays, equal shares drawings, manipulatives, etc.) to solve multiplication and division story problems. Please help your child with their multiplication fact fluency at home.

Reading Group- Students are focusing on reading with fluency and expression. Students are also examining story parts, author’s purpose, using context clues, and making inferences. When reading with your child at home, you could discuss why the author wrote the story, the theme of the story, and discuss difficult vocabulary. *We do have spelling tests every Friday*

Writing- We have started writer’s workshop, which is new this year. Mrs. Conrad and I are team teaching during writing, so we have all 47 third graders writing and sharing ideas together. It’s been a lot of fun. We have started our personal narrative unit. During writing students are learning how to brainstorm ideas, organize their thoughts, and edit.

Science- We are learning about energy. Ask your child about potential energy, kinetic energy, and fossil fuels. At the end of this unit we will be making solar ovens!

AR- Your child’s AR reading level range has been stapled into the front of their composition notebook. These colors are a helpful guide, but if your child is passionate and interested in a book outside of their given range they can definitely read that book! Our goal is for students to love reading by the end of third grade. Students are required to read 3 chapter books and 2 non-fictions books by the end of quarter one. The last day students can take an AR test for quarter 1 is November 2nd.

Snack- We are always in need of snack donations. 😊

Solar Oven- We will need shoeboxes or pizza boxes to make the solar ovens. If you have either we happily re-use them for our AWESOME science project.

Lastly, thank you so very much for your support. This school year is off to a great start, which is a huge testament to all you do as parents. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, funny stories, etc.


Mrs. Wilkins

LWilkins@helenaschools.org / 324.2067 (school) / 465.9097 (cell)

P.S. Jefferson’s first Fun Run is Sunday, October 1st @ Centennial Park. All money raised will go towards classroom technology. T-Shirt orders are due at the end of this week. E-mail SConrad@helenaschools.org with any questions.

Mrs. Wilkins 3rd Grade

Mrs. Wilkins’s Classroom Information

We are a Third Grade Team

This is the fourth year Mrs. Conrad and I have taught Third grade together. We view our students as one whole Third grade team, rather than two separate Third grade classrooms. So your child will essentially have two teachers. Students will be grouped periodically in reading and math according to their individual learning needs and skill level. Students could potentially switch classrooms for math and reading daily, which enables us to better serve your child. Please note these groupings change, as we are constantly assessing each student.  

Online Math Program

  • Our district uses Successmaker- an interactive online math program that is leveled for each individual student.  This program builds on current skills to the point of mastery as well as challenges the students with new math concepts.  This program can be accessed from home, which I highly suggest you utilize.  Last year we saw incredible growth in our students as a result of Succesmaker.  I will send home login information once student’s accounts have been set up.


  • Each student will have a composition notebook which will be sent home daily.  Each day the student will fill out a “ticket” for required work. Any work not completed will be sent home for homework. If the teacher has initialed both math and reading, your child does not have homework. Parent’s initials are required nightly in the composition notebook to confirm students have completed their nightly reading homework. Students who do not have their book initialed by parents will call home during first recess.
  • Students are expected to read a minimum of 20 minutes every night as part of their homework. Students are reading in lieu of worksheets, because we have found students who read avidly do well in all curricular areas.
  • Students will write their spelling and vocabulary words in their composition notebook every Monday.  They are expected to study with their families throughout the week.  The spelling test will be on Friday. Please review the meaning of vocabulary words with your child.

Family Night

  • We will be hosting four family nights throughout the year where you are given the opportunity to come to school and see what your child is learning as well as ask questions and do activities.  Dates will be sent home at a later time.


  •  Students are expected to read 20 minutes each night as part of this program. For quarter one students will be required to read a minimum of 3 chapter books (at their level), and 2 non-fiction books. Too receive credit for their AR book students must score an 80 percent or higher on their AR test.


  • Students often choose to bring a snack for a morning pick me up.  Snacks may not be shared with other students due to allergies and parent requests.  The snacks students bring need to be healthy choices.  No chips, cookies, candy, etc.  I strongly encourage snacks to be either a fruit or veggie.  Students who bring non-healthy snacks will not be allowed to eat them in class.  I ask if the snack sent requires the use of a fork/spoon please send one with your child.
  • Snack donations (pretzels, goldfish, graham crackers, etc.) are greatly appreciated and are handed out to students who do not have a snack.


  • Throughout the year we will have a Halloween party, Christmas Luncheon, and a Valentine’s Day breakfast.  Information will come home as the holiday comes closer.
  • Students are welcome to bring birthday treats.  I highly recommend something easy (cupcakes, rice krispies, etc) that does not require plates, cutting, forks, etc.  Since we have such a busy schedule I keep this a low key affair and generally we serve the treats at the end of the day.  If your child has a summer birthday I suggest sending treats on their half birthday.

Split Families

  • I am happy to make extra copies of classroom information, letters I send home, report cards etc. for split families.  Please let me know if this is something you are interested in.


  • My email address is: lwilkins@helenaschools.org   please don’t hesitate to email me any questions/concerns that you have.
  • The direct line to our classroom is 324-2067.


*Please note the same classroom rules apply to both classrooms. Mrs. Conrad and I handle  most discipline problems together. We are a Third grade team, and we find this helps us be more consistent with expectations and requirements, as we co-teach all of our students. We expect students to be respectful towards themselves, all adults, their peers, and their learning environment. Students need to be safe in all situations. Students are expected to try their best at all times.


  • If a problem or issue arises in class, Mrs. C and I will privately talk to the individual child regarding his/her behavior.  If the issue continues students could lose recess time, will call home, or visit the principal. I often find when students have to call home and explain the situation it is very effective if I have the parents support.  I treat each child/issue individually and often times I have the student choose the consequence they think if the most fair (generally they choose one that is more severe than the one I would have chosen).   Since each situation, past occurrences, and student is so different I find this works the most effectively.  I keep track of occurrences and if there is a habitual problem I will call in parents to have a meeting with me and Mrs. Conrad so we can figure out a solution together.  Often times a warning in 3rd grade is the most effective.

Volunteers- I love parent volunteers! I will send out more information regarding parent volunteers mid- October.

And Finally…….

Please do not hesitate to contact me at any point throughout the year.  I would rather have the lines of communication open and squash problems as they arise rather than letting them fester.  I want what is best for your child as much as you do and will work hard to ensure the classroom is the best learning environment possible.  Thank you in advance for all your hard work as parents. I am in the process of creating a classroom website. Information regarding how to access the website will be sent home shortly. I look forward to our year together.

~Mrs. Wilkins





Upcoming Events

  • October 25, 2017 - October 25, 2017

    Literacy Family Night

    Family Night: Mrs. Conrad and I would like to invite you to a family night hosted in our classroom on October 25th from 5:30-6:30.  During this time we will time we will have your child show you some of our literacy activities including taking an AR test.  Feel free to come for the whole hour or even stop by for 10 minutes just to check it out.  We hope to see you!

  • October 26, 2017 - October 26, 2017

    Picture Re-takes

    Picture re-take day.

  • October 31, 2017 - October 31, 2017

    Halloween + Classroom Halloween Party

    Halloween: We will be having a Halloween party in our classroom from 2:10-3:15.  Students may bring their costumes to school and then change into them before the party.  I’m asking for kids to not wear make-up or face paint.  Parents are welcome to come and please let me know if you are willing to send/bring a healthy treat.  

Tia Wilkins's Schedule

  • Monday 8:40-9:10


  • Monday 12:10-12:40


  • Wednesday 2:05

    Library Skills + Checkout

  • Thursday 2:10


  • Friday 8:40