Phone: (919) 989-6039 X3941


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 2005.

Mrs. Erica Morse

A big hello and welcome to third grade!  My name is Erica Morse and I am honored to be a member of the Polenta Elementary staff teaching third grade this school year.   

In third grade, your child will move beyond “learning to read” and will begin “reading to learn”.  You may also notice he/she will start reading more for pleasure. Your child created strong foundations in K-2 by developing and focusing on decoding skills.  This year we focus on putting those decoding skills into action by transitioning into reading comprehension and making meaning.  He/She will be learning how to use a more formalized writing process of drafting, editing, and finalizing.  As a math learner, your child will continue to develop greater problem solving skills, a critical third grade skill, which many of the math standards and tests expect children to be able to reason through problems.  New mathematical concepts of multiplication, division, fractions, time, and more in-depth addition and subtraction will be introduced.  Social Studies and Science will be taught through an inquiry model.  This model allows students to engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate to develop their critical thinking skills as they continue to build on an understanding of the world around them.  Organization, Independence, and Responsibility will be our yearly focus as children begin to transform into their own positive "student" mind set. 

This year, your child will begin to take tests on a regular basis. In many states, third graders take their first standardized test under the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law and the state of North Carolina.

Above all, I am eager to get the 2022/2023 school year underway and continue building our classroom community together, both students and parents. #PUMAPRIDE

Mrs. Morse's Amazon Wish List

JCPS Standards Based Grading

Third Grade NC Standard Course of Study

Student Mathematical Practices for Envisions

What is Envisions Math?

  • Mrs. Morse's Daily 3rd Grade Schedule:

    8:55 - 9:10 Morning Meeting

    9:10 - 9:40 Writing Workshop

    9:40 - 10:10 Fundations

    10:10 - 10:55 Enhancements

    10:55 - 12:10 Envisions (math core curriculum)

    12:10 - 12:40 Lunch

    12:45 - 1:55 HMH (reading core curriculum)

    1:55 - 2:25 Science & Social Studies

    2:25 - 2:55 Recess

    3:00 - 3:45 RIME TIme (remediation, intervention, enrichment time with students)



School Announcements

JCPS Announcements

  • 2023-2024 School Calendars Approved

    The Johnston County Board of Education approved the 2023-2024 Traditional Staff and Student Calendars at their March Board of Education meeting. 

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  • New Wellness Opportunity for JCPS Students, Staff, and Families

    Johnston County Public Schools is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families. With that in mind, we are excited to announce to you our partnership with Care Solace, a mental health care coordination service.

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  • JCPS to hold Job Fair on April 15

    Johnston County Public Schools will hold a Job Fair on Saturday, April 15 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at West Johnston High School.

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  • Updated School Nutrition Information for 2022-23

    We hope that you and your student have already noticed some of the exciting new food and  meal opportunities we are offering in our cafeterias this school year. Our new options will include more fresh produce, vegetarian options, and opportunities for students to customize their meal choice. These new offerings will be available at both breakfast and lunch. 

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  • 2022 Growth Needs Update

    Johnston County Public Schools Chief of Facilities and Construction Brooks Moore presented the 2022 Growth Needs Update to the Johnston County Board of Education at their March meeting.

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