• Welcome to Third Grade!!! We have a busy year ahead of us. We started the year off learning our multiplication and division facts, learning about the Pilgrims in history, working with forces in motion in science, and exploring narratives in writing. My goal in reading is to choose texts during reading groups that build on skills and introduce new reading concepts for developing readers at many levels!

    We have some exciting field trips this year to enhance the skills in academic areas.  We will visit Mount Holyoke College's dance studio to learn and practice West African Dancing, look at the Project Stream Wetlands Project, and visit the Talcott Greenhouse. We will learn about film and how film and stories are similar in the elements used.

    I LOVE hands on learning and how to inspire your students to be life-long learners.

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Mrs. Vanderpoel



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Mrs. Vanderpoel

I have been a teacher in South Hadley for most of my career. I have a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, a Masters of Education from Lesley University, and a C.A.G.S. from the University in Massachusetts.

  • In Science we have been working on transferring energy (Kinetic Energy) from one object to another. What GREAT teamwork was displayed. And, students learned that failure is ok! In the end, they were all AMAZING engineers!

  • mhc We will be walking up to the Mount Holyoke College Project Stream on November 29th to look at a wetlands restoration project.


    In December, our students will head to the Amherst Cinema to explore films as story in a program called "See, Hear, Feel Film." This is a fabulous program that allows students to visit a cultural cinema and make a connection between books and film.

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