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Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a wonderful program that motivates students to become better readers, both in decoding and comprehension.  Students read books and take tests on computers at school, either in their classroom or in the computer lab. The computer tracks each student’s progress throughout each goal period and throughout the year.

  Each student will have three goals: a point goal, a percent correct goal, and a book level goal. Each student’s goal is personalized for them based on their individual reading level, coupled with 30 minutes of reading time a day, both in class and at home. This program is designed for SUCCESS!   In addition, I will be charting students’ progress in the classroom. Students will earn Scholar Dollars when they reach 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% of their goals and they will earn small prizes to motivate them to reach their goals. If students make all three goals, they will earn something fun in the classroom that will be determined as a class prior to each new marking period.  

As you can see there are many things to get students excited about reading this year and it is a critical year for your child to make growth in reading. At this level students should be moving from "learning to read" to "READING TO LEARN." Students will see tremendous growth in reading as they engage in more independent reading practice. I love the saying, "Reading takes you places to meet new faces!" When students have confidence with their reading skills, they can explore anything and everything in their world!  

Below, you will find A.R. quiz lists for NCE  that you can download onto your computer and print at your convenience. I have included three different lists sorted by author, title  and book level. You can use these to look up and level the books you have at home or to help you with your selection of library books or purchases from Scholastic orders. I hope this is helpful! HAPPY READING!   Mrs. Montejano 


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Always treat others as you would like to be treated

Listen actively and follow directions

Offer help to those in need

Have respect for yourself, others, and classroom property

Always be your best and do your best



Loyalty & Cooperation


Have you filled a bucket today?

Bucket fillers:

  • Give compliments
  • Acknowledge others for their good behavior, choices or accomplishments
  • Pick out the positive qualities in others
  • Do nice things for others
  • Offer help when needed
  • Thank others to show appreciation

Can you think of other ways to fill a bucket?

Our Fabulous Fourth Grade Team...Mrs. Montejano, Ms. Colich & Ms. Johnson



* Communication

* Collaboration

* Creativity

* Critical Thinking

Leslie Montejano





ALOHA and welcome to Rm. 21 where learning is FUN!!! I am so excited for this year!  In my class, students will learn the meaning of "ohana", which in Polynesian culture means family. It is my goal to ensure that each child feels like they play a valuable role in our classroom community in an environment where they will be supported in every way, by their teacher, and classmates in our new fourth grade family. I am looking forward to an incredible year together! Join us on a learning adventure and have fun exploring all that there is to know about our classroom on this site!



Mrs. Montejano




Check out the Tiki TImes!

Each Monday, your child will receive our classroom newsletter, The Tiki Times. I also update this section of my web page with all the information on the Tiki Times so you can access it from your computer or phone. You will also receive an email with The Tiki Times attached so you are always in the know! 


The Tiki Times 11/26/18


TOMORROW, 12/11,  please bring your favorite holiday hat or winter beanie and scarf(if you have one!) We will be taking photos tomorrow for one of our winter crafts! You can wear them again for spirit day and our Winter Wonderland/PJ party a week from this Thursday! (12/20)!

* Our winter concert is this FRIDAY, 12/14at 10:00 in the MPR! Don’t miss this fun and festive performance to get you in the holiday spirit!

*Our Winter Wonderland PJ Party is on the calendar for Thursday, Dec. 20th.from 11:00-12:50.It is also Flag Deck in the morning at 8:45 and Beanie/Scarf Spirit Day, so your kids can be bundled up in their cozy PJs and wearing their favorite winter accessories to stay warm! “Baby, it’s cold outside!” Come festive and ready for a COOL party! All parents are invited to attend and encouraged to sign up as volunteers in the various stations. See email from Victoria Suarez with the Sign Up Genius form sent today if you can help out with the last of the donations needed.

* Check Class Dojo and See Saw for the latest pictures and student work!

* We have a new H.O.W.L card chart system students are using to track their H.O.W.L cards. They will keep these in their ALOHA binders. Please check this frequently and keep the positive vibes coming to encourage those good behaviors! Our focus this month is on students who are being HONORABLE!Only two students of the month will be selected based on the students who earn the most HOWL cards for the behavior of the month! 



Language Arts: Read Aloud – Island of the Blue Dolphins – Chapter 6-10 TEST on Wednesday!


Wonders Anthology Unit 2 Week 4


Essential Question: “What helps an animal survive?”

Stories of the Week: “Animal Adaptations,” “Spiders,” and “Anansi and the Birds”

Genre: Expository Text

Comprehension Strategy: Summarize

Comprehension Skill: Main Idea & Key Details

Grammar Skills: Possessive Pronouns

Vocabulary Strategy: Prefixes

Spelling Pattern: R-controlled vowels



Math: Unit 3 - Fractions and Decimals – Quiz Wednesday

Social Studies: No CA Weekly this week! 

Science: Magnetism –

Test Friday!




















Catch the Wave of Technology!

We are excited to announce that our fourth graders will now have access to a our very own Chromebook carts in each classroom! Technology will be integrated into our curriculum daily, so it's important that our scholars are competent with keyboarding skills. Please make it a priority to have your child practice for at least 10 minutes a day on Typing Club. If you do not have Google Chrome on your computer or your child's device, please make sure you download that browser as we will be be using different applications within Google classroom, especially Google Docs, on a regular basis. Many classroom assignments, projects, and homework assignments will be assigned on Google Classroom. We will also be reviewing DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP and expect that all students are using technology RESPONSIBLY. 

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Surfer of the Week

Nate G.


Mrs. Montejano
Mrs. Montejano



It is an honor to be your child's fourth grade teacher. I have had the privilege of working in this amazing profession as a teacher for the last 22 years. This will be my 14th year at Newport Coast! My goal as an educator is to provide an environment where my students feel valued, motivated and challenged. I want to give my students the skills and confidence they need to be successful both in school and in their personal lives by inspiring them to love learning, whether it's in the classroom or discovering something new on their own.  When students' talents are nurtured and they feel encouraged and empowered, I believe they can soar!

What I remember most about fourth grade was a very special teacher who saw my potential as a writer and had a major influence on who I have become today.  She embraced my creative talents and  encouraged me to pursue a career in writing and ultimately, to go into the profession of teaching.  She has become a friend and mentor to me. I feel so lucky to have this opportunity as a teacher to create educational experiences for my students that will hopefully leave the same lasting impression.  

My love of writing followed me into my college years. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach. I completed my graduate work at Chapman University where I obtained a teaching credential,  Master’s Degree in Education, G.A.T.E. Credential for teaching gifted and talented students, and CLAD certification, which enables me to teach English language learners.

I am committed to growing as a professional. I believe there is always something new to learn. I model what I expect of my students as learners by continuing my education to become the best teacher that I can be so my students will be well-prepared for the future. At Newport Coast, we value working in  "Professional Learning Communities" so that we can better serve our students. We have an incredible fourth grade team and we believe that working together, we can reach every learner on every level to help each and every child achieve success. 
My professional development also includes staying abreast of the latest teaching practices that involve the use of putting technology into the hands of our students. I am passionate about making  learning more engaging and relevant in today's world. I have received several grants for new technology and books that will be available to my students and part of my lessons each day.  I attended trainings this summer on our new Language Arts curriculum, "Wonders" and our new Math curriculum, "Bridges." I am very excited to be implement these programs that incorporate Common Core standards and will challenge students to be creative, collaborative, critical thinkers who can communicate effectively and succeed as scholars!
I spend my personal time with my husband, Jeff, our MnMs...Mia (11), and Maddie (9). We also have two Yorkies, Marley and Ginger who add to the female dominance in our household! Some of my hobbies include spending time at the beach, reformer pilates, swimming, reading on my iPad, photography, foodie adventures in cooking and discovering new restaurants, and entertaining friends and family. I love traveling and have visited over 25 countries.  It is my goal to share my knowledge of the world with my students and to incorporate global learning into the curriculum. I want students to appreciate the diversity among us and to value other cultures around the world. I look forward to taking my students with me as we embark on a great learning adventure together!
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11/23 – Happy Belated Birthday to Crosby!

11/28 – Music time switched to Wednesday at 12:10

11/29 – Crazy Sock Day Spirit Day and Flag Deck 8:45 a..m

12/3 – Art Masters Lecture – 9:30-10:15 – Claude Monet

12/12 – Art Masters Activity – 10:00-11:00 – Claude Monet


12/4 – (9:40-10:20), 12/5 – 1:30-2:10, 12/10 – (8:40-9:20) Dress Rehearsal 12/11 –(1:30-2:50), 12/12 –( 1:30 – 2:10)

12/14 – Winter Music Program for 4thGrade – 10:00 a.m.




School begins - 8:35

Recess - 11:05 -11:20 (15 min.)

Lunch - 12:50 - 1:25 (35 min.)

Dismissal - 2:50

Early out Dismissal on Wednesdays - 2:10