Third grade is a wonderful year, with many new opportunities and challenges for our children! Among other things, this is the year when students change over from print to cursive. Here are our goals for the first quarter:

The third grade is a great year of change. We move from printing to cursive and from addition to multiplication. The fear is removed from the word ‘division’ since every St. Hugh’s third grader knows “if you can multiply….YOU CAN DIVIDE!”  Squares and rectangles are replaced by perfect squares and exponents. The students enjoy the challenge these math concepts give them.
Third graders are terrific readers and we read as much as we can. Students read stories with many different genres, from simple fiction to narrative nonfiction. The students share their insights on stories and articles with each other formally and informally. They design menus for dragons, rewrite stories as different characters, and write Italian phrase books.  It is a time of change but a time of challenge as well.

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About Mrs. VanDenBossche: Margo VanDenBossche is the third grade teacher at St. Hugh School. This is her eighth year at the school and her fifth year teaching third grade. She spent three years as the first grade teaching assistant. She was a member of the steering committee for the school’s Middle States Accreditation in 2003 – 2004. Mrs. VanDenBossche is also an Archdiocese of Washington certified catechist.

She worked in education in Texas and Georgia while her husband, Chuck, served in the US Army. Their son, Justin, was a 2003 graduate from St. Hugh’s and is currently serving in the US Army. Mrs. VanDenBossche is a member of the Holy Spirit Parish and has been active in the folk group, bible studies, and Renew groups. She has completed four Army Ten-Mile races and is looking forward to competing in different races as time permits.

Mrs. VanDenBossche is currently a graduate student at the College of Notre Dame and holds her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. Mrs. VanDenBossche was recognized as the St. Hugh’s Ace Teacher of the Year for the city of Greenbelt in 2007 and St. Hugh’s Archdiocesan Teacher of the Year for 2007-2008.


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