Welcome to 4th Grade!

Hello 4th Grade Families!

We hope you are ready for the new school year!  Please refer to this site for the 4th grade schedule, specials schedule, our grade level standards, and contact information for each teacher.

The Virginia Department of Education sets standards for the state-mandated 4th Grade curriculum.

4th Grade English Standards (Reading and Writing) or click this link

4th Grade History and Social Science Standards (Virginia Studies) or click this link and select “Standards of Learning” for Virginia Studies

4th Grade Math Standards or click this link

4th Grade Science Standards or click this link

Meet the Fourth Grade Team!!!

Kelly Barrett

Teacher: Ms. Barrett

My name is Kelly Barrett. I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Arlington, VA 14 years ago after graduating from James Madison University, where I received my Masters degree in Elementary Education. This is my 8th year at Hoffman Boston. I started my adventure in 3rd grade and moved up to 4th grade in 2019. I have previously taught 5th grade as well as 6th grade in Fairfax County. I just recently finished my 2nd Masters at UVA in Administration and Supervision. My love for school and learning is endless. I am excited for the new school year and the new challenge of teaching and learning online.

Contact Information:

Email Ms. Barret: kelly.barrett@apsva.us

Twitter: @MsBarrettHFB



Teacher: Ms. Marsicek

My name is Sierra Marsicek. I am originally from Wisconsin and moved to Arlington, VA in 2016 with my sister. I graduate from St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI with a degree in Elementary Education. This will be my ninth year teaching. I taught 4th/5th grade in Wisconsin and have been teaching 4th grade ever since joining the All Star family! I love to teach math and learn new strategies from my students, but spend most of my free time reading. However, during the fall, I am often spending my Sundays cheering on the Green Bay Packers! My favorite time of year is winter because the Virginia summer heat has taught me to appreciate the cold weather. I am excited for the new school year and the new challenge of teaching and learning online.

Contact Information: 

Email Ms. Marsicek: Sierra.Marsicek@apsva.us

Twitter: @HFB4thGrade


Ms. McKenna

Teacher: Ms. McKenna

My name is Kelly McKenna. I got my bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. I have been an educator for 7 years, teaching in both Philadelphia and Arlington.  Originally, I am from Dover, Delaware. When I am not teaching you will find me at the beach, being active or doing a puzzle!

Contact Information:

Email Ms. Mckenna: kelly.mckenna@apsva.us


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English Language Teacher: Ms. Fitzgerald

Hello!! I am Kirsten Fitzgerald and I’m originally from Alexandria and taught high school there for many years.  This is my 8th year at Hoffman-Boston but my first with 4th grade.  I am endorsed as an English Language teacher. I have a degree in Health and Physical Education and a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision. I enjoy being outside when it’s not too hot or too cold. I love reading autobiographies and historical fiction.  My crocheting is reaching new levels with practice.  And I love snuggling with my dog, Mozzie.

Contact Information:

Email Ms. Fitzgerald: kirsten.fitzgerald@apsva.us



Reading Specialist: Mrs. Columbo

Hello! I’m Cindy Columbo and I’m a Reading Specialist at Hoffman-Boston. In the 2015-2016 school year I made the switch to APS after teaching elementary school in Fairfax County for several years. When I started teaching in Arlington County, I worked as a first-grade teacher at Discovery ES, while completing my Reading Specialist endorsement from GMU. After working at Discovery ES, I joined the Barrett ES community for five years and enjoyed co-teaching and providing interventions (Reading Recovery, LLI, and OG) for various groups of students in the lower and upper elementary grades.I’m very excited to be joining the Hoffman-Boston All Stars and supporting grades four and five!  I look forward to all the exciting challenges and triumphs this year has to bring!When I’m not teaching, I love to read, bake, travel, and spend time with my family and friends. I especially enjoy taking weekend excursions with my husband and two young boys as we bike through Arlington and Falls Church City and visit various parks close to our home.
Email Ms. Columbo: cynthia.columbo@apsva.us.