Fourth Grade

My name is Amber Vaverka. This is my 9th year teaching at St. Joseph Catholic School. Before moving to Oklahoma, I taught nine years at St. James Catholic School in August, Kansas. My husband, Kevin, and I have two children. Anna is in 5th grade here at St. Joe's, and William is in second grade. I am a strong believer in Catholic education. Besides my 18 years teaching in Catholic schools, I attended Catholic school from 1st-6th grade. I love animals, and currently have a menagerie in my classroom that include turtles, hermit crabs, a hamster and a guinea pig. I am an avid reader, and spend my summers hiking, kayaking, geocaching, and camping.

A recent interview with Mrs. Vaverka helped us learn some additional information about her.

  • She loves teaching because of that "lightbulb" moment when a child gets excited and understands a new concept.
  • Her favorite moment during her time at St Joes was hard to choose because she says there are so many. However, she thinks when the school float won at the Cherokee Strip Parade in 2013 was pretty amazing.
  • Everybody coming together on Friday mornings to celebrate student achievements is her favorite tradition, and is truly special.
  • Her favorite part of each day is coming together for morning prayer as a school, it makes for a great routine to start the day.

Thank you Mrs. Vaverka for ALL you do!!

4th and 5th grade STEM activities

Every Friday morning, our 4th and 5th grade students participate in STEM activities.  These are hands-on activities that encourage Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Turkey Creek Field Trip

Students in 4th grade will take a field trip to Turkey Creek School in the spring.  We will spend almost the entire day at the school experiencing first hand the ordinary school day of a child in 1910.  The students will participate in singing, orthography, personal hygiene, arithmetic, history/geography, a morality lesson, penmanship, and a spelling bee. Students are to wear pioneer clothes for the field trip.  I suggest planning your child's outfit early! We will be making other required items during the school year, as well as practicing 1910 style classroom behavior.



Dividend Opportunity

I am looking for volunteers to create Reading Counts quizzes for some of my

 nonfiction books.  If you are interested in this, please contact me.  I have a large

pile of books that I would love to have quizzes for! I would greatly appreciate any

and all help!