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Mrs. Caren Thomas
Welcome to the WONDERFUL world of 3rd Grade!!!
The first day of school is August 23, 2021. We will have a chance to meet prior to the first day on August 19 (specific times will be shared soon). In the meantime, here is a little bit about me...
My name is Caren Thomas and I am so happy to be your child's teacher! This is my ninth year at MCES, but my FIRST year as a Third Grade teacher. I am especially excited to be looping up with my virtual students from last year, meeting all of my new students, and to be team teaching with one of my dearest friends and a fantastic teacher, Ms. LaMunyon. I will be your child's English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, whereas Ms. LaMunyon will teach your child Math and Science. I am thrilled to begin this exciting adventure with all of my students.
I graduated from College of St. Elizabeth with a B.S. in Business Management and later pursued alternative licensure in Elementary Education at East Carolina University. I consider myself a lifelong learner because there is always new information or skills to discover!
My husband and I are originally from New Jersey, but moved to North Carolina in 2005. We live in Archer Lodge with our boys. Our oldest son, Jacob, who is 24, is a UNCW graduate. He now has a successful career in computer science and is living in Charlotte. We are so proud of him! We also have 12 year old identical twin boys, Justin and Breyden, that are heading into seventh grade this year. They are our energetic, funny, smart, Mario and Luigi-loving boys!
I look forward to partnering with you to make this a successful year for your child. Together, we can make this an incredible learning experience.
A few of my favorite things:
Things to do: Beach, Reading, Movies, Making Family Memories
Color: Teal, Pink
Treats: Chocolate, Diet Coke
Restaurants: Carraba's, Fiesta Mexicana
Books: Love You Forever, Charlotte's Web
Our class site can be found by clicking HERE
If at any time you need to contact me, my email is email@example.com.
My contact number is (919) 894-7161.
The best time to reach me is during my planning (10:10 - 11:00)
Our district is launching a new portion of our website to further communicate bus delays and replacements with our families. We encourage those who have a student who utilizes our transportation to get to or from school to visit www.johnston.k12.nc.us/busdelays for updates on our school bus routes beginning Tuesday, January 18.
North Carolina schools are required to administer ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 to all students identified as English Learners (ELs) in the spring of each year to determine their progress in learning English. Each student is tested in four areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. This assessment helps us monitor their English language development.
Our district is continuing to follow the guidance and recommendations from the Johnston County Public Health Department, the CDC, and the Strong Schools NC Toolkit, and we will now adhere to a 5 day quarantine period for students or staff members who tests positive for COVID-19. This is a change from the previous 10 day quarantine time.
Johnston County Public Schools is participating in the Test to Stay Program, a voluntary study with Duke University and the ABC Collaborative. Due to that participation our students now have more options if they are deemed a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case while at school.
The Johnston County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the 2022 Johnston County Public Schools salary schedule at their regularly scheduled Dec. 14 meeting.