Mrs. April Hamm
1st Grade
April Hamm



Welcome to Mrs. Hamm and Mrs. Anna's First Grade Class! 


A Little Bit About Your Teachers 

 Mrs. April Hamm 


 I graduated from The University of Mississippi in 2004.  My minors are in Language Arts and Social Studies.


 This will be my 17th year teaching in DeSoto County.  I taught 2nd grade for 14 years at Hope Sullivan Elementary School in Southaven.  This will be my third year teaching first grade at DeSoto Central Primary School.  


I attended schools in DeSoto County and graduated from Horn Lake High School. I come from a family of educators. Teaching was always my very first career choice. I knew in second grade that I wanted to be a teacher.    

I have been married to my husband, Matt for 16 years.   We have a son named Andrew who is in sixth grade.  We also have a daughter, Makinley who is in second grade .Both of our children attend schools at DeSoto Central.  We love spending time with our church family.  We also love spending time with our family and friends. 


Mrs. Anna Moore


Mrs. Anna is currently in her senior year at Southern Miss.  She is pursuing a career in elementary education. 


This in Mrs. Anna's fourth year as a teaching assistant at DeSoto Central Primary.  She loves teaching first grade so much that she has decided to become a student to pursue her elementary education degree.  Your child will be very blessed this year to have Mrs. Anna as one of their teachers. 


Mrs. Anna comes from a family of educators as well.  Her grandmother and mother are teachers too.  She lives in Southaven with her husband Chris.  They have a son named Max who is in the fourth grade.     



Activity Schedule:

Monday - PE ( Wear Tennis Shoes)

Tuesday - Art

Wednesday- Computer ( Bring your own headphones)

Thursday - Library

Friday - Music


Important Times:

Mon.-Thurs. Schedule

8:50  - Activity Class

9:30 - - Morning Snack ( Only Bring Water- no candy)

12:00 - Lunch

2:00 Recess

2;50 - Dismissal Begins

3:05 - Dismissal


Friday Schedule Only:

Activity - 8:40 - 9:10

9:15 - Morning Snack (Only Bring Water)

Lunch - 11:40

12:50 - Dismissal Begins

1:05 - Dismissal







Behavior Chart

  We also use a clip down and clip behavior system. Below you will find more information on the system for behavior.  The top color in our classroom is white not pink.  The rest of the colors below match what we use in the classroom. Students will earn classroom rewards for clipping up for outstanding behavior. 

behavior chart


School Supplies:

Please be sure that you label ALL of your child's supplies. Students will have their own individual supplies this year at their desk. Virtual Students should have the same supplies at home too. Especially I Primary Composition Book.  


Any transportation changes for traditional students in the afternoon must be in the form of a written note that is dated the correct date.  I can not take transportation changes over the phone or through School Status.


All parent communication for traditional and virtual students will be done through school status this year during office hours.  Office hours are 7:40 am - 8:15 am and 3:15 pm   - 3:40 pm.  Phone calls will be through School Status too. 


Student conferences for virtual students will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams. Student conference are scheduled each week for  Tuesday at 2:10 pm and Thursday at 9:00 am.  Please make plans to attend. I will send out an announcement on School Status if something changes on the times or dates. 


Parent Teacher Conferences will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams. Conference times are Mon, Wed. or Thurs. from 9:00 - 9:30.  


Traditional students may bring a small snack to school and a bottle of water. We will have a morning snack daily.  Please do not bring candy for snack.  Please only bring bottled water! Sticky spills usually result in a visit from ants. 


Our school policy: It is our desire to preserve a healthy environment for all of our students; therefore, it is imperative that the following procedure is followed:

If a student develops a fever or vomiting while at school, the parent will be called. The student must be picked up as he/she will be unable to remain in the classroom.  Please DO NOT send your child to school if he/she has a fever or has been vomiting prior to the start of school. Please DO NOT give them medicine for fever to “get them through the morning” and send them to school. The medicine wears off around lunch time when we have to call you…also, all of the other students have then been exposed to whatever virus a sick child may have and we do not want the sick child to pick up any other illness while at school. Please be courteous and keep sick children at home. The child is to be fever-free (without the use of fever reducing medication) for 24 hours before returning to school.

Dates to Remember: 

January 29th - 100th Day of School

Students can dress as 100  years old

February 12th - Student Holiday/Teacher Professional Development Day

February 15th - President's Day Holiday

March 15- 19th - Spring Break

April 2nd - Good Friday Holiday

April 5th - Easter Holiday

May 25th - Student Last Day

May 26th - Teacher's Last Day


Weekly Skills for January 25-29


Reading:  This week we are reading the book, Down the Road.  TSW develop listening/comprehension skills while the teacher reads a book. TSW will recall details of the story, understand what an author and illustrator do, and answer comprehension questions.  We will discuss the problem and solution in fiction books.  We will be discussing the setting of the story. We have comprehension test weekly. 

Math:  We will be reviewing place value and comparing numbers.   We will be introducing adding 2 digit numbers plus 1 digit numbers and 2 digit numbers without regrouping.We will have a math test this week. 

EnglishTSW review contractions.

Spelling Words: sly, cry, fry, sky, by, shy, try, light, night, thigh, once, were

Traditional and Virtual students will have  3 fresh words on our weekly spelling test.  These words will use the phonics sounds for the week and the rules we have taught.  These words will not be pretaught and students will not hear them until we take the test.

Traditional Students will  have dictated sentences with previously taught words.  It will include capitalization and punctuation.

Our tests are on Friday each week.

Writing:  We will be doing opinion writing on a topic of their choice. We will take a writing grade this week. 

Science and Social Studies are integrated into ELA.


Test This week:

Wednesday: Rhyming Word Test

Thursday: Cold Read Test

Friday: Math and Spelling Test

Homework - (Due on Friday Morning) 

Spelling - Write sentences with each of your spelling words. Underline the spelling word in each sentence. 

Reading - Read at least 2 books on RAZ Kids for the week and take the quiz 

Math - Get at least 2 green lights on Reflex Math. 

If you feel that your child needs more practice at home they can work on IReady under my path in both math and reading. It is based on their scores from the winter and focuses on the skills that they need to become successful.





The more that they read the better that they will be. Use RAZ kids at night to read leveled readers, Epic, library book, or a book you already have at home. Messages were sent out to parents if I have finished their reading placement.  At this point in the year students should be reading on a level E independently.  




We start and end our day with sharing good things in our classroom.  It really helps start and end the day on a positive note.  I encourage you to do the same in your home with your family.  







Decodable Books K-2 Books

Supplemental Worksheets

 Schcolastic Activities


Math Games/Resources:


ELA Games/Resources:



Capstone Library 
Username: dcpsbooks                                                    Password: books 
Username:  jaguars                                                   Password:  liljags1
Username:  desoto                                                  Password:  school


Classworks - The username and password is your child's MiSIS number

The passwords for the following websites are in your child's daily purple folder.

Reflex Math

Math Seeds

Reading Eggs

 Raz Kids

Study Ladder

There are a few additional items we could always use for our classroom. Any items that could be given to us, will be greatly appreciated:

  • paper towels
  • Copy Paper
  • Stickers
  • wrapped candy (NO GUM)
  • small items for the treat basket
  • small flashlights
  • Click on the link to view our class Amazon Wishlist

Amazon Wish List





Parent Communication

All communication will be done through School Status or through Schoology messages this year.  

I will answer messages during office hours for both traditional and virtual students as soon as I can.

Office Hours During Each School Day: 

7:40 am - 8:15 am

3:15 pm - 3:40 pm

Virtual Students be sure that you are logging in each day on the homeroom. math, and language page to complete assignments.  

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