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    Hello, my name is Aurora Young and I am the Special Education Teacher for 4th and 5th grade @ Shepherd Elementary. I follow 4th & 5th grade schedules for specific subjects/time blocks. Both grades have a Facebook page, which they update each new school year. This is where you can find out what is going on in your child's grade and/or ask the regular education teachers a question. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to e-mail or call me.


    (406)373-5516 Ext: 133


    About Ms. Young:

    I started my career as a teacher aide in special education in 2003. I also became a volunteer/coach for Special Olympics. All this encouraged me to follow my passion, so I became a certified teacher with an endorsement in Special Education. I first worked with infants ages 0-3 @ Young Families Early Head Start and then joined the Shepherd team in 2014. I truly LOVE to teach! Shepherd is an amazing school and I enjoy meeting new students and families each year. I live with my boyfriend Kevin, daughter Saige, and my two dogs, Lola and Willow. I enjoy traveling and try to go somewhere new every summer. I also enjoy the outdoors, especially camping and boating. Some of my favorite things besides traveling are coffee, reading, listening to vinyl, and gardening. Below I have posted my classroom expectations, procedures, and rewards to give you an insight into my classroom.


     Ms. Young’s Classroom Procedures, Expectations, & Rewards:
    1. Entering classroom:
    • Students will enter classroom quietly.
    • Students will need their trappers, chromebook, and AR book.
    • Students will grab sharpened pencil and begin bell work.
    1. Student center:
    • Where all materials and mailboxes are stored for student use.
    • Students can crab materials when needed without permission, but need to do it quickly and quietly.
    • Students need to return materials when finished using them.
    1. Bell work:
    • Work the students do independently and quietly as soon as they enter my classroom.
    • Reading is written on front board. Math is Rocket Math.
    1. Turning in work/Returned work:
    • If a student’s work is not completed then the work stays in the student’s desk or grade basket on Ms. Young’s desk.
    • If a student’s work is completed then the student turns their work into their grade basket on Ms. Young's desk.
    • When students work is graded then a teacher will put the students work in the student’s individual mailbox.

           5. Checking out a book: (Procedure Posted)

    • Students can only check out one book at a time, unless a teacher says other wise.
    • Students can only check out AR books unless they are finished with their AR points.
    • Book Checkout rules: 1. Pick out book in your level. 2. Write down book on clipboard.  When returning book: 1. Cross out/erase your book on clipboard. 2. Check out a new book and write it down on the clipboard. Repeat...

           6. Bathroom:

    • Students can use bathroom when needed during my classroom time.
    • Students need to tell a teacher in the classroom the correct-exact time on clock and pay the amount required that is written on bathroom checkout sheet (changes weekly) in order to go to the bathroom.
    • Students need to write their name and time on clipboard by door.

          7. Classroom Rules/Expectations: (Posted)

    • Classroom rules are simple and need to be followed in order to receive any rewards.
    • Classroom rules: 1. Follow directions 2. Be prepared – a sharpened pencil, chrome book, trapper, and AR book. 3. Do your classwork. 4. Respect others and your school. 5. Be a team player.

           8. Rewards and Consequences: (Posted)

    • Punch Card: a student can earn punches for every time the student is scheduled in my classroom for reading and interventions. When the punch card is filled the student can trade in their card for a reward from the classroom store. Money: a student can earn fake money for every time the student is scheduled in my classroom for math. The student can pick out an item from Ms. Young Layaway Program and work their way up to pay for the item to keep. Consequence for negative behavior is no punches on card or no money given for the wallet. The student could also receive the following: Depending on behavior a refocus form (yellow slip) or office referral (blue slip) may be filled out. Ms. Young’s room also follows grade level behavior plans as well. 4th- Class Dojo & 5th Infraction Sheets.

    Classroom Rewards:

    Rocket Math & Rocket Sight Words:

    • A-Z Math = Popcorn and Candy Bar
    • Levels 1-5 = Popcorn and Candy Bar
    • 100% sight words club = Ms. Young’s choice

     AR points: (parties: 1st trimester - Doughnuts & Juice, 2nd trimester - Ice cream & Toppings, 3rd trimester - Movie and Concessions from classroom store)

    • Regular Points = Popcorn, Pop, and attend classroom party
    • Double Points = Ms. Young’s choice

    Agenda & Friday reward:

    • If students fills out their agenda daily then on Friday they will receive Friday reward (treasure chest).
    • Also, on Fridays, if the student gets the weekly riddle right then they will receive another Friday reward (treasure chest).

    Behavior Charts (only pertains to specific students):

    • Choose 2 reward choices and 30 minutes IPad time.


    Ms. Young's Store Items:

    • Candy Bar
    • Pack of Gum
    • Big Sucker
    • Fruit Roll-up
    • Bag of Chips
    • Bag of Cookies
    • Small Can of Soda
    • Flavored Water
    • Capri Sun'
    • Squeeze - it
    • Juice Barrel
    • Cup of Hot Chocolate with Mellows
    • Popcorn & Seasoning
    • Cup of Ramen Noodles

    Layaway Items:

    Are random items donated to MS. Young's classroom. Most likely garage sale items -ish that consist of toys, books, cups, mugs, stuffed animals, make-up, hair accessories, games, and other misc. items.