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4th grade: Mrs. Thorsten

Mrs. Karen ThorstenMrs. Karen Thorsten

Mrs. Thorsten has been a teacher at SJAS since 1995. She has taught Pre-Kindergarten, Phy-Ed, Computer, 1st grade, Kindergarten, and is now teaching 4th grade. Mrs. Thorsten attended St. Cloud State University. She and her husband, Chad, live in Foley with their three children, Emma, Logan and Liz. Mrs. Thorsten enjoys riding bike, scrapbooking, and taking pictures. She is a graduate of SJAS!

Mrs. Thorsten received the LEEA (Leadership in Educational Excellence Award) in 2004 and became a Seesaw Ambassador in 2017. Mrs. Thorsten has also been Barton trained in 2017. Barton is a wonderful tutoring system for individuals who struggle with spelling, reading, and writing due to dyslexia or a learning disability.

About the Classroom

  • Math: place value, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, geometric shapes, graphing
  • Science: Simple Machines, Water Cycle, Matter, Rocks and Minerals, Energy, Electricity
  • Social Studies: Regions of America, geography, maps and globes
  • Reading: Read for meaning in varied literary forms and novel units
  • English: Increase writing skills in various formats

Other Things to Know

  • E-mail, planners, and Remind (Texting Service) will be used for communication and checked consistently
  • AR Expectations: Students will be required to read two chapter books and one non-fiction book in their reading level per quarter. The students need to pass the AR tests with 80% or higher to get the points for reading the book. The students will be allowed 1 quit book, which means if they are not enjoying a book they have chosen they can choose a different book. Also, the class will be earning AR points together in order to earn different awards.