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Welcome Parents,
      Thank you for visiting my website.

My name is Patricia Pouncey and I will be your student’s Teacher for the 22/23 school year! I am looking forward to an exciting and productive year full of growth. I was a substitute teacher for 5 years, a Para Professional for 5 years, and Teaching for 24 years.  I have been teaching Special Education for about 15 years.


Guardian/Teacher partnership is imperative in providing the best learning experience for each child, and communication is KEY!  It is essential that our partnership, teacher, parents, and students, is intact so that we can offer the best opportunity for learning; therefore, know that if you need to reach out to me with any concerns. I am only a phone call or email away. 



The faculty and staff of Thomas Jefferson Upper Elementary pledge to provide learning opportunities that will prepare all students to become successful learners. Thank you for the opportunity of working with your child. 


We will be working with News2You and Unique curriculum.

A connection to the world and to the people around us is life sustaining. But for some individuals with complex learning needs, that connection can be limited. More than 20 years ago, when speech-language pathologist Jacquie Clark discovered that students with autism and other unique learning needs lacked accessible materials connecting them to current events, she created the symbol-supported newspaper, News2you. Today, this on line weekly newspaper, differentiated to four levels, is bridging the gap for students in more than 60,000 classrooms across the country.




Monroe City School System Mission Statement

The Monroe City School System is committed to excellence in teaching and learning.  We hold high expectations for all students, parents, and staff.  We share with our community, the responsibility for providing a safe, caring environment designed to help students become productive citizens.  We pledge all available resources to help prepare students to live and work in a rapidly changing technological society.


 2022 - 2023 Unique or News2You 


August    - Pretest or Assessments

                - Summer Camp


September    - We Have Rights (Government)

      Identifies rights guaranteed by the Constitution and how they impact our daily lives.


October - Intermediate Science Fair (Scientific Inquiry)

     Teaches the scientific inquiry process through participation in a science fair.


November - Here Comes the Sun (Earth and Space Science)

     Describes the Sun and its relationship to Earth.


December - Review - Mid of the Year Assessments


January - Times Have Changes (History)

     Looks at life in the U.S. and how it has changed over time.


February - Resources by Region (Geography)

     Uses maps to explore geographical and human-made features and where they're located.


March - Light and Sound on the Move (Physical Science)

     Explores sources of light and sound and movement of light and sound through different types of matter.


April - Earn Before You Spend (Economics)

    Investigates different ways to earn and spend money.


May - We Look Alike! (Life Science)

     Explores how and why offspring resembles its parents


Accelerated Reader is a big part of our literacy program.  Our SUPER READERS will be rewarded for meeting their goals for every 9 Weeks!  Students must have a 90% average and attain all of their points in order to meet their Accelerated Reader goal every 9 weeks.