Mrs. Shepard

Phone: 406-542-4010

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Mrs. Shepard

Greetings! 

I am so excited and fortunate  to be teaching at Jeannette Rankin Elementary and working with your child this year. It’s going to be a great year full of fun, learning, and adventure. I can’t wait to see what 2019-2020 has in store!

My husband, Nate, and I have lived in Missoula for 17 years. We moved here from Ann Arbor, Michigan where I was born and raised. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a HUGE Wolverine fan! I moved to Montana to live in the mountains where I would be able to access the outdoor activities I love such as: hiking, snow boarding, cross country skiing, rock climbing, and camping.

I have two children, Gabriel (11) and Alayna (14), who keep me busy when I am not at school. Gabe plays piano/percussion, hockey, and soccer. Alayna is a gymnast, dancer, and plays volleyball and the flute. They both love to ski as well!

This will be my 22 nd year of teaching! I taught 1st grade in Saline, Michigan after receiving my Elementary Teaching and Masters in Reading degrees from Eastern Michigan University. When I moved to Montana, I taught 7/8 grade English and 5th grade in Bonner while taking Educational Leadership classes at The University of Montana. Once I came to MCPS, I taught kindergarten at Lowell and then moved to Cold Springs/Jeannette Rankin and taught 2nd grade for 13 years. I’m excited to get back to 5 th grade this year!

I believe strongly that a winning combination for a successful school year is when a parent and teacher work together to monitor the child’s progress and well-being. Good communication is very important, so please help with me information you think I should know, and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you for all that you do to support your child. I know we are going to have a wonderful year!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Shepard

  • Weekly News

    Posted by Melissa Shepard on 1/22/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Greetings 5S Parents! Here is the weekly news...

    Thursday Folder Contents

    • Classroom Work
    • Trimester 2 midterms
    • Book Report Information (blue)
    • Health Information (yellow)*The 3 items above are in the small envelope.
    • BINGO- fact sheet

    ***Please empty the folder and sign the sheet on the inside.

    Trimester 2 Midterm

    Please review the midterm sent home today.  A highlighted item indicates your child is still working towards mastery.  Please sign and return with comments, questions or concerns.  

    **Conference week March 9th-12th

    Book Report

    Students will read a book and complete a 5 paragraph paper by March 2nd. Students will be selecting books in the classroom. Please see the blue sheet sent home with your child today.

    Health History

    Please complete the yellow Health History form that is in your child’s Thursday folder (in small envelop) and return as soon as possible. 

    Next week's VIP will be Aleks!

    5th Grade Spelling Bee

    During the month of January, students in 5th grade will participate in multiple classroom spelling bees to earn a spot in the School Bee which will be held on Friday, January 31st from 9:15-10:15.  Five students from each 5th grade classroom will qualify for the School Bee. If your child is a participant, we will let you know and be sending home a study list. 

    3rd Annual BINGO Night

    The date has been set for Friday, March 6th at the University of Montana.  This year our classroom theme is Ready Player One:  Game Night.  If you are able to support our classroom theme basket, please send an item in with your student.  ** I will send a Google Survey with suggestions and items needed in the coming weeks.**

    40 Book Challenge

    Students are super excited about the 40 book challenge.  So far, our class had a read a total of 462 books. 

    Facebook

    Follow our classroom on Facebook! Search: 5S Riverhawks 2019/2020

    Items Needed for Our Classroom: (Donations would be greatly appreciated!)         

     *Twistables                                                             *Skinny black dry erase markers

    Upcoming Dates

    1/23- Midterm reports home

    1/31- 5th Grade Spelling Bee

    2/4- PTO meeting in Library

    Have a great weekend!

    -Melissa Shepard

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by Melissa Shepard on 1/16/2020

     Here is our weekly news...

    Thursday Folder Contents

    • Classroom Work
    • Prodigy Login 

    ***Please empty the folder and sign the sheet on the inside.

     *Next Week's VIP will be Freya!

    Prodigy- Home Login Info

    We have started using an online adaptive math program called Prodigy.  Students can access this work at home. In your child’s math folder you will find the login information for the site.

    5th Grade Spelling Bee

    During the month of January, students in 5th grade will participate in multiple classroom spelling bees to earn a spot in the School Bee which will be held on Friday, January 31st from 9:15-10:15.  Five students from each 5th grade classroom will qualify for the School Bee. If your child is a participant, we will let you know and be sending home a study list. 

    40 Book Challenge

    Students are super excited about the 40 book challenge.  So far, our class had a read a total of 465 books. 

    Facebook

    Follow our classroom on Facebook! Search: 5S Riverhawks 2019/2020

    Upcoming Dates

    1/20- NO School (MLK Day)

    1/23- Midterm reports home

    1/31- 5th Grade Spelling Bee

    2/4- PTO meeting in Library

    Have a great weekend!

    Melissa Shepard

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by Melissa Shepard on 1/9/2020

    Greetings 5S Parents! Here is our weekly news:

    Thursday Folder Contents

    • Classroom Work
    • Meet the Artist Flyer
    • Scholastic Book Order
    • Art Projects

    ***Please empty the folder and sign the sheet on the inside.

     

    Scholastic Book Order

    Due: January 14th 

    scholastic.com/clubs

    Code: FY8WL

     

    Next Week's VIP will be Bryson!

     

    5th Grade Spelling Bee

    During the month of January, students in 5th grade will participate in multiple classroom spelling bees to earn a spot in the School Bee which will be held on Friday, January 31st from 9:15-10:15.  Five students from each 5th grade classroom will qualify for the School Bee. If your child is a participant, we will let you know and be sending home a study list. 

     

    40 Book Challenge

    Students are super excited about the 40 book challenge.  So far, our class had a read a total of 453 books. 

     

    Facebook

    Follow our classroom on Facebook! Search: 5S Riverhawks 2019/2020

     

    Upcoming Dates

    1/13- STAR math assessment

    1/15- STAR ELA assessment

    1/16- Midterms

    1/20- NO School (MLK Day)

    1/23- Midterm reports home

    1/31- 5th Grade Spelling Bee

    2/4- PTO meeting in Library

    Have a great weekend!

    -Melissa Shepard

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