Welcome to Third Grade!


    I am thrilled to be your child's teacher this year! A little about me, I'm a resident of Somerville and am lucky to work in the same town I call home!  I have three children that all attend Somerville schools, in fact I have one in each building, a sophmore in the High School, a seventh grader in Middle Schoool and a fifth grader here in Van Derveer. I am a graduate of The College of New Jersey and am starting my thirteenth year of teaching.  In my spare time I enjoy shopping, baking, spending time with my family and friends, Dallas Cowboys football and time at the beach.


    Third grade is an exciting year with so much to learn and explore!  We are fortunate to have one-to-one chromebooks for the students and use them daily in all subject areas! They learn to multiply and divide, fractions and telling time.  We have several exciting novels to read together and conitnue to work in guided reading groups. Students will create personal narratives, small moment stories, argumentative essays and research topics of interest for comparative essays.   In science we will explore forces and interactions, weather, organisms, heredity and traits and ecosystems!  What a great year it will be! 


    You can reach me at anytime via email, jkessler@somervilleschools.org, or follow me on twitter jkessler@vdvteach.  I post updates for classroom activities and important infoormation often.  


    I look forward to a great, succeessful year!

    Mrs. Joelle Kessler