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HI! My name is Christina Shank.
My career consists of 20 years of teaching. I had the pleasure of teaching 5th grade self-contained within Houston Independent School District in central Houston. I reached out to Tomball ISD in order to be closer to my 8th grade daughter, as well as lessen my daily commute. I am extremely happy that I have found a home with Wildwood Elementary! I look forward to teaching and sharing my love of reading to my 4th grade students, as well as enhancing their writing skills along the way. 

This my 2nd year at WILDWOOD! I am VERY excited to be your child’s teacher! Fourth grade is an amazing year of academic and personal growth for students.  I look forward to getting to know you and your child as we become partners in education. 


I graduated from University of Houston - Downtown. I am certified to teach 1st-8th grade.  I am also GT certified.


 I have one daughter, like I mentioned above and one dog - Buddy. We currently reside in Cypress.


Thank you so much for visiting our class website. I am looking forward to working with you to ensure that your child has a successful year in fourth grade! :)


Recent Posts

Reminders for Last Week fo School

·         Tuesday, May 29- Send a raw egg with your student to school on Tuesday for our egg drop. Maybe put it in a plastic cup with a paper towel to keep it safe on the trip to school. We don’t want any broken eggs on the bus.
·         Wednesday, May 30- Ice Cream Party is from 1:35-2:20.
·         Thursday, May 31- Half Day/Last Day- Please remember whether you elected to send a lunch with your student or have them buy a sack lunch and stick with what you put on the form previously. This will help our cafeteria run smoothly.
In addition, we want to let you know how to access your student STAAR scores when they are released on June 13, 2018.
·         Go to http://www.TexasAssessment.com/students
·         To access the scores you will need your child’s date of birth and unique access code.
·         There are three places you can locate your child’s unique access code.
o   On www.TexasAssessment.com  you can select “Find My Unique Student Access Code”.  You will need to input your student’s first name, SSN or S-number, and birth date.
o   On the bottom of your child’s previous STAAR Confidential Student Report.
o   On your child’s Home Access Center page.  Select the Registration tab at the top of the page.  Under Testing Resources you will find your child’s Unique Student Portal Code along with a direct link to the Texas Assessment website.
·         For additional information on STAAR please visit: http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/parents/.
We look forward to ending this year on a positive note with all of your kiddos and hope this information helps! Have a wonderful summer!!

End of Year Dates:


Wahoo! Summer is right around the corner! 
May 28- Memorial Day (no school)
May 29- Egg Drop 
May 30- Party Day (1:35)
May 31- Last Day of School! Half Day (Dismissal at 12:50) 

STAAR Reminders - April 10th (Tuesday)

Good evening!
Students will be able to bring and use their own water bottles on April 10th.  Wildwood is providing goldfish snacks during the test.  
Other exciting news: McDonald's restaurants offers free breakfast to students on STAAR testing days!  From 6-9 am pick up your child's free breakfast.  The free breakfast includes: Choice of Egg White Delight McMuffin or Oatmeal, juice/milk and apple slices.


4th Grade Level Photo (all 169 students) will be in this special photo!!!
Order forms ($12) go home tomorrow!  Please return $12 by this Tuesday or order
online!  Thank You!!

Texas Wax Museum a success!!!

Thank you for attending our 2nd annual TX Wax Museum.  The students did a wonderful job on costumes, speeches and using their voice.  I hope they had a nice experience.  Look for their reflections, reports and graded rubrics in the week to come. 
Thank you for your support! Ms. Shank

Texas Tea Preparations over Holidays

Dear Parents,  Before the break I shared the Texas Tea grading rubric and showed students pictures on how the cafeteria was set up and looked at many different costume ideas.  (examples: Dad's and grandfather's old jackets, construction paper, cardboard) 
So over the break, since Texas Tea is Thursday, it would be helpful for your student to make their button for the wax museum and prepare/put together some sort of costume based on their person of choice. The lime green piece of paper I sent home explains the button and costume pieces.  Wednesday we will prepare note cards for speeches and practice speeches in class
Thank You.

Texas Tea

Wax Museum – Journal and Speech Questions to Answer

  • What is the full name of your historical figure?
  • Where was he/she born?
  • Who are the members of his/her family?
  • What was your historical figure’s job before becoming involved in the TX Revolution/during the TX Revolution?
  • Why did your historical figure move to Texas (or was he/she born in Texas)?
  • What was the role that your historical figure played in the Texas Revolution?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope all of you enjoy your break and time with your families.  See you back on Monday, November 27th. 

Wednesday folder delay

Good morning,
    I wanted to let you know that your child's Wednesday folder will not be sent home until Thursday per the district.  We had a problem with the grade book system last week we could not enter grades.  It is back up and running today, but the progress reports will not be ready until Wednesday afternoon.  Please sign both the progress report and the conduct card and return them on Friday.
   Also, don't worry about cooking on Wednesday night! It is McTeacher night at McDonald's on Northpointe from 5 - 8 pm.  Send me a picture of your child either at the restaurant enjoying their food, or home with their to go order and they will receive a homework pass for one subject/one night.   
   Please let me know if you have any questions and have a great day!
 Thank you.
Ms. Shank

Important Message about tonight's math homework (11/1)

Good Afternoon,


Tonight's homework is over area models. We did not have time to complete this lesson in class today because we enjoyed a few science investigations and were trained on a couple new helpful computer programs (Snap and Read & Co:writer). Area models are much like the boxes in our partial product strategy and there is an example at the top of the homework page. Here is a link to the class notes they will take tomorrow if you'd like to take a look. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0hWL8TmBe4Ld3RRRUlnay1odE0


I have encouraged your kiddos to attempt it but if you all cannot figure it out don't worry about it and stress yourselves out. We will go over it tomorrow in class.



Miss Miller

Red Ribbon Week Reminders

October 23-27
Monday-Wear Red
Tuesday- Wear a lei or Hawaiian shirt
Wednesday- Wear your crazy socks
Thursday-Girls wear tutu, boys wear ties
Friday-Wear a hat (any type)

Parent Homework

Thank you so much for emailing or sending in your typed letters about your children.  I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them.  Any extra information gives Ms. Miller and myself a little more insight into your child's life.  Some of you have asked if it's too late to turn them in.  No, please we still encourage any extra information on your child, so I might send home a reminder letter...Thank you for your continued support. Ms. Shank

New, Parent Orientation Date: Thursday, Sept. 28th


This evening is designed for parents to spend some time as a group with their child's teacher, learning about the classroom set up, procedures, communications, curriculum, and everything else you might need to know.
Kinder / 1st Grade
September 21
PreK / 2nd / 3rd / *****4th Grade*****
September 28
* Parking will be a challenge, so if you leave close by you might consider walking.

Please join us at 5:15 p.m. in the cafeteria for a general meeting which will include information about WatchDOG Dads, staying connected, fall fundraising, and a brief PTO meeting. Ms. Baker will then send everyone to the teachers’ classrooms.

This night is designed for parents and teachers, so if possible please make other arrangements for your children. Due to the nature of the evening, we will not be able to accommodate individual conferences with the teacher. This is a whole group session with the teacher. 

Other Important Information....

Other Important Info    
1. Homework- please be sure to check your child's planner if you're ever in doubt about what students have for homework. 
2. Conduct Cards- This is where we will communicate any conduct marks for the week. If there is nothing written on the week you can assume your student did not get a mark and their conduct has not changed from the previous week. You need to sign or initial the bottom section every week (even if no change is present). Please send the folder, conduct card, and any other papers that were on the "sign and return side" back on Thursday.
3. Wednesday folders- The right side are papers that must be signed and returned the next day. This includes the conduct card. The left side is the "stay at home" side. This will include graded papers, PTO/ school info, flyers for sports, etc. Sometimes I put papers that need special attention on the "sign and return side" even if they don't have to be returned the next day. It will always be clear if something needs to be signed and returned. Feel free to let me know if you're ever questioning papers in the Wednesday folder. 
4. Snacks and Water- In our classroom we will allow snacks and water. Water bottles must be sealed. Ideally they would be spill proof´ like the Camelbak water bottles. Please make sure snacks are healthy and easily eaten (no utensils, nothing sticky or with residue). Great examples are goldfish, pretzels, cheezits, grapes, etc. Students will decide independently when they would like to eat their snack. A student in our class has a severe allergy to peanuts, tree nuts, and eggs. For this reason we are asking that any snack your student brings to school does not contain any of these products. Thank you for your cooperation in making our environment a safe one for all students.
Thanks for your continued support with your child's education. -Ms. Shank