VCS will remain in the Remote Learning Module at least through February 5, 2021.
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West Campus
P: 303.691.2384
F: 303.226.5529

East Campus
P: 303.338.4110
F: 303.338.4129


West Campus
801 Yosemite St.
Denver, CO 80230

East Campus
17101 East Ohio Dr.
Aurora, CO 80017

VCS West - 3rd Grade Team

3rd Grade Remote Learning

Testing / ACCESS for ELLs

ELD: ACCESS Testing- January 2021

To all 3rd Grade English Language Learner Students: 

Please have your parent drop you off at school on Wednesday, January 20 by 8:15am. Students do not need to be in uniform, wear something comfortable and nice. Students will need their handphone and a book. Please do not bring any cell phone or watch. Your parent will need to pick you up at 11:30am. 

Students will need to join their normal online class by 1pm on Wednesday.

Thank you!

ACCESS testing for Grades 1-8 will begin on Tuesday, January 19. We will provide the computers, but students will need to bring in their headphones and a book to read. 

Grades 1-8, please continue to practice on your own over the next few weeks! We will also practice during your ELD block.

Here are the practice instructions for Grades 1-8:

Click on the links below to watch the demo videos and to practice ACCESS test questions. Remember, there are 4 domains: reading, listening, speaking and writing.
* Make sure that you click on the correct grade level tier when you are practicing.

Overview/Resources/Extra Practice (Grades 1-3 writing practice here):

Demo Videos (ACCESS NOT WIDA):

Test Practice (Click on ACCESS for ELLs or Sample Items NOT WIDA Screener):

Click on each of the four domains (listening, reading, speaking and writing) to practice for the ACCESS test. The practice user name and password are listed for you to copy into the login boxes.
**Grades 1-3 will not have a writing practice here

Pin on Quotes

Core Virtue of the Month: Courage

*Courage is doing what is right in the face of fear.

*Courage is moving beyond fear.

*Courage is finding the strength to venture and persevere.


Clubs - Laguna Beach High School

Virtual Clubs

Dance Club K - 2 students are invited to sign up with Ms. Heilmann for dance club. In this club, students will meet virtually to listen to music and dance! Interested students should email Ms. Heilmann at This club meets on Mondays starting November 30th.

Graphic Design Club Graphic design is a skill that is in more demand now than ever before because technology is now so embedded into virtually everything that we do. In this club we will be introduced to the basic principles and elements of graphic design. You will learn how to use the free graphics program to create and edit images, posters, logos, patterns, icons, and more. For students 3rd - 8th grades Begins: Thursday, December 3rd at 3:15 pm Interested students should email Ms. Barrera at Build Challenge Club In

Build Challenge Club, all you need is your Legos or blocks. We will get together virtually and build amazing things! Open to any student in K - 4th grade on Tuesdays starting December 1st at 3:20 pm. Any interested students should email Mrs. McCafferty to sign up at

Virtual Art Club Ms. James is starting a Virtual Art Club for students 3rd grade and up. It will start on Wednesday, December 2nd from 3:30 - 4:30. Students who are interested in joining should email Ms. James at


December Hawk's Nest News

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iReady — PS 120Q- Home of the Flushing Dragons

i-Ready window

The iReady window has been extended to the following times:

Monday - Friday 8:00am- 6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm

Students can sharpen their Reading and Math Skills by completing assignments on i-Ready.



The Third Grade Team is committed to providing our families and students with resources during this time. Please check out the wide variety of resources we have provided on this page. 

3rd Grade Daily Schedule 2020-2021

Below is an attachment that will show you how to log into the chromebook, gmail, and google classroom. 

A Student's Complete Guide to Google Classroom

Education Websites

Remote Learning Additional Resources

Dear Parents,
Please enjoy the list of resources we have provided on this page. We will be using Google Classroom in the Fall, and more information will be posted soon. We are excited for this upcoming year!  Our goal as educators is to continue to support our students emotional and academic growth during this time. The team will continue to update the contents of this page with information and support. If you need anything or have any questions, please feel free to email us. We hope you are well.
Your Third Grade Team,
Ms. Ettinger, Mr. Vang, Mr. Leeks, and Ms. Teeter

Free online books: Get Epic!  -

Mr. Vang Classroom Code : txs0106

Ms. Ettinger Classroom Code: pur7211

The library is a great place to download books. 


Additional Educational Resources (Optional)


Math Specific Resources


Printable Math Fact Multiplication Flash Cards


Printable Math Fact Division Flash Cards



Reading Specific Resources

Audible has many free books online for kids. 

Storytimes and Realouds can be found on youtube and other websites.

Link to printable sign word flashcards



Writing Specific Resources

Science Specific Resources


Physical Activity Specific Resources 

Art Specific Resources

Kid's Daily Drawing Lessons

How to Cartoon shows kids how to draw cartoons.

Free coloring books or pages


Virtual Field Trips

Art Museums

Visit some of the best art galleries in the world virtually. From Paris to New York to Amsterdam, kids can see priceless works of art from the world’s most famous artists.


Zoo webcams have allowed visitors to drop in on the habitats of some of the zoo’s favorite animal exhibits.


Just like with zoos, aquariums have used webcams to let you visit their exhibits virtually. In addition, some aquariums have set up virtual tours led by their staff to give visitors a more in depth look at their facility.

Travel the World

In this day and age, it is easier than ever to travel the world without leaving home. Google Maps street view will allow you to visit almost any destination around the world. 


Family Activity Websites:

Family Time Machines offers ideas for family games and is available in both English and Spanish.

Virtual Disney Rides

Academic TV Resources

150+Educational Shows on Netflix

Reading Log PDF Form:

Class Pages


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3rd Grade

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4th Grade

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5th/6th Grade

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7th/8th Grade

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Latin/Reader's Theater

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Special Education

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Contact Information

Please email us or call us if needed. Please be aware that if you contact us during the school day, we may be students but we will get back to you.

Mr. Vang Room 193 Ext 1323

Ms. Ettinger Room 196 Ext 1339

Mr. Vang

Ms. Ettinger


3rd Grade Teacher

Ms. Ettinger

Hello, my name is Kelly Ettinger. This is my second year Vanguard Classical School and I teach third grade. I am from Cleveland, Ohio. For college, I got my degree in English literature at Franklin and Marshall College located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. During my college years I was actively involved in education development as well as tutoring ELL students. After college, I worked for Wilson Language in education development. Wilson Language Company develops educational content for students with dyslexia. I am severely dyslexic myself, but was extremely successful in school. I always knew I wanted to be in education to make a more inclusive environment for children. Teaching children is my passion, and I am grateful that I get to teach everyday.

In April 2018, I moved to Denver to pursue my master’s degree. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2019 with my Master’s in the Arts of Teaching. Currently, I live in the Sloan's Lake area of Denver, Colorado. We have one dogs Cooper. I completed my practicum teaching and my student teaching at Aspen Academy, where I taught in second grade. In my spare time, I enjoy being in the outdoors. Hiking, is one of my favorite activities as well as skiing. Cooking, in another passion of mine as I love trying new recipes and going to farmers markets. Reading, is another activities I delight in and enjoy getting to explore all the bookstores in Denver.

3rd Grade Teacher

Mr. Vang

Hi, my name is Nathan Vang, and I'm thrilled to say this is my third year teaching at Vanguard Classical School. I grew up in Wisconsin and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999 and a Master of Elementary Education in Teaching and Learning degree from University of Phoenix-Lone Tree in 2011. I taught two years in the public school systems before moving into the private and charter schools. This year, I will be teaching 3rd grade.
Currently, I live in South Aurora with my wife, Sendie, and two daughters (Trya and Kalia).
In my free time, I enjoy watching sports especially football (Go Packers and Badgers!). I also love exploring many of the beautiful landscapes throughout Colorado. I make the most of Colorado summers by spending time at state and national parks.
I look forward to getting to know you and your child this year!

3rd Grade EA

Mr. Leeks

I grew up in London, England. I attended the University of Colorado, and received a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. I work as an Educational Assistant at Vanguard. I like to fly-fish, and enjoy tying flies and making bamboo rods.

3rd Grade EA

Ms. Teeter

This is my first year as a Paraprofessional at VCS. I grew up in Colorado and spent two years in Idaho working on my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. While working on my degree, I spent countless hours in classrooms working alongside teachers of various grades. I am excited to work with teachers and students here at Vanguard.