• 2022-2023

  • I am so excited to have the students back in school in a few days! I’m really looking forward to working with you and your child this year. I have heard only positive comments about this group of students from the second grade teachers. It is going to be a wonderful year. Our first day of school is Wednesday, August 31st. 


    This is my second year at Rattlesnake Elementary. I taught fourth grade last year, but spent the previous 12 years teaching third grade. I am thrilled to be back in third grade this year. Before teaching at Rattlesnake, I spent two years teaching in Bend, OR and ten years teaching in Helena, MT. The Rattlesnake community has been extremely supportive and I feel very fortunate to be a part of it.


    Our day starts at 8:15, students can start trickling in at 8:10. We will have breakfast in the classroom again this year and it is free for all students. Students can bring a healthy snack to eat during read aloud time. Here is our schedule to start the year:


    8:15 Arrival/Attendance/Breakfast

    8:30 Writing

    9:00 Math

    10:00 Specials Rotation (Week 1-Music, 2-Library, 3-Art, 4-PE)

    10:45 Recess

    11:00 Read aloud/snack

    11:15 Reading

    12:05 Lunch/Recess

    12:50 Intervention/Enrichment 

    1:35 Recess

    1:50 Science/Social Studies

    3:10 Dismiss


    Please feel free to contact me at any time you have a question, concern, clarification, or anything else at jcrider@mcpsmt.org. I will do my best to get back to you as soon as I can. I don’t always have time to check my email during the school day so if your message is time sensitive (e.g. student needs to ride the bus home) please call the office and they will make sure I receive it. I can’t wait to meet everyone and get to know you this year. We will have an amazing year together!




    Joe Crider