Mrs. April Hamm

1st Grade

April Hamm



Welcome to Mrs. Hamm and Ms. Lauren'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 18th year teaching in DeSoto County.  I taught 2nd grade for 14 years at Hope Sullivan Elementary School in Southaven.  This will be my fourth 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 18 years.   We have a son named Andrew who is in seventh grade.  We also have a daughter, Makinley who is in third 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. 


Ms. Lauren Edmiston


This is Ms. Lauren's first year at DeSoto Central Primary School.  She has  worked as a preschool teacher for a private Pre-K school. She taught Pre-K for 6 years.



Ms. Lauren lives in Olive Branch with her two children. Her oldest daughter, Adrien will be in 2nd grade. Adrein will be attending DeSoto Central Primary for the first time this year. Ms. Lauren yougest child, Isaac is 4 years old.  Your child will be truly blessed working with Ms. Lauren this school year.






Activity Schedule: 10:35 - 11:20

Monday - PE ( Wear Tennis Shoes)

Tuesday - Art

Wednesday- Computer 

Thursday - Library

Friday - Music



12:10 - 12:40



1:00 - 1:30



2:30 - 3:00











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


To view newsletter for the week go Schoology. The newsletter is under homeroom.


 School Supplies:

Please be sure that you label folders, journal, pencil pouch, pencil box, crayons, scissors, and markers.

Cleaning supplies do not need to be labeled.   



Any transportation changes for traditional students in the afternoon must be in the form of a written note that is dated the correct date. 


Parent Communication:

All parent communication will be done through school status this year.  You may leave text messages through school status. I will get back with you as soon as I can. 




Snack Time:

 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.

Read with your child each night for 10 minutes.  You can use RAZ kids, their library book, or any book you have at home.  Make it a priority to read with your child daily. Ask questions about what they read too. 


Extra Practice: 

Be sure to Practice Sight Words weekly.  

Read on RAZ kids or read your own books nightly.  Students should be reading independently on a level H at this point on the school year. The more that they practice the better they will become more fluent. Be sure to ask questions after reading the book to see if they can comprehend what they read. If they have trouble scale back down a level. 



Good Things:

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.  



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:

  • 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






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







Parent Communication

All communication will be done through School Status or through my email. 

Planning time: 10:35 - 11:25


Remind Feed

Class Calendar


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