Ms. Racheal Derrick


Racheal Derrick

Awesome Things to Try at Home



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Library Wish List Ongoing 

  • 3 x 5 index cards
  • bookmarks
  • gently used or new books appropriate for preschool-5th grade
  • gently used or new kid friendly magazines
  • gently used or new jigsaw puzzles
  • gently used or new board games or card games
  • new or used Christmas cards
  • new or used calendars (kid friendly) / any type of calendar

June 2020

Be sure to check out our Overpark Elementary Facebook page for tons of activities and resources! 


You are missed and loved! I can't wait to see your sweet faces again! And I can't wait to hear about what you've been reading. To help you keep learning and reading at home, I plan to update my website throughout the summer.  

Ms. Derrick 

A little about Ms. Derrick


I graduated from Collierville High School in 1995. 

I graduated from the University of Memphis with a B.A. in English in 1998 and a Master's of Arts in Teaching degree in 2002. 

I am currently enrolled in a doctoral program pursing a degree in cognition and instruction.


I began my teaching career with Mrs. Love at Chickasaw Elementary.  I taught third grade there for five years.  Next, I worked as a TST Intervention Coach, and then I taught fifth grade for five years at Overpark. I have also been a private tutor for about 15 years.  In 2019, I begin my third year as librarian at Overpark.


Dear New Friends and Students,

  Welcome to our library at Overpark Elementary School.  I am so excited to begin a new year, and so honored to have you as part of my life.  I have one son named Steven who is a student at Center Hill Middle.  I have lived in Olive Branch for about seventeen years. 

  I enjoy hometown sports like Memphis Tiger basketball and Memphis Redbirds baseball, and I love watching all of my Mustang former students play at the middle school and high school.  I also love traveling, reading, and watching movies.  My favorite hobby is to read a book, and then watch the movie that goes with it to compare and contrast the two.

  I want to equip my students to Believe anything is possible, Achieve the goals they set for themselves, and be Leaders among their friends and communities.

  You will find that I have an open-communication policy. I appreciate comments, suggestions, and feedback at all times.  I know that by working together parents and teachers can truly give children the best experience possible.  I expect this to be a safe, productive, and really fun year.


Racheal Derrick



Class Schedule

Ms. Derrick's Schedule  2019-2020 

7:55 - 8:25  Cafeteria/ Breakfast Duty or  Gym/ Choir Duty 

8:30-9:15  4th grade (preschool Wednesdays)

9:20-10:05  3rd grade

10:10- 10:55 2nd grade

10:55-11:25 Cafeteria/ lunch duty

11:30-12:00 Open Circulation

12:00-12:45 Planning/ Administrative

12:45- 1:30 1st grade

1:35-2:20 kindergarten

2:25-3:10 5th grade 

3:15-3:45 car rider duty / front line K-2



Helpful Links 

Public Library

Olive Branch Public Library

Mrs. Teresa Spiers is the children's librarian. 

Book Awards

Magnolia Award

The Magnolia Award is a children's choice book award decided upon by the children in MS. 


Newbery Medal 


Odyssey Award for Audiobook 

American Library Association Various Awards 

Finding Good Books to Read Next
Scholastic Book Talks

From the Scholastic website. There are videos and articles to read. 

American Library Association

Newbery and other award lists included 

Favorite Books for Fifth Graders 

Goodreads Best Books for 5th 

Carol Hurst Best Books for 5th 

The Reading Nook Best Books for 5th 

Adolescent Literature 

Nerdy Book Club 

Guys Read Website 

Find a Book MS

Using Lexile or Grade Level to find appropriate books 

Online Books More to Choose From
Project Gutenberg

Resource from our public library with additional books to read online. 

Book Reviews
Common Sense Media Book Reviews 

The Literate Mother

Type in the name of a book to find parental reviews and ratings for the book. Info such as language, violence, etc.... 

Book Clubs for Kids or Adults
American Library Association Book Club Suggestions 

Reliable Research Links
Reliable Research Links 

About Education Research Links 

Overpark Elementary Library Destiny
OES Library Catalog Search Destiny 

Learning or Having Fun?



Kid friendly video lessons with online quizzes, games, and puzzles. 



Online books

Wimpy Kid Books are Online! 

Library Shelf Game

Dewey Decimal Game

Hour of Code

Khan Academy

Typing Practice and Learning to Type

ABCYa Games

Fifth Grade Games

Really fun and user friendly site covering many subject areas. 
Multiplication Practice 
Math Help
Kahn Math Videos

Great, short videos on lots of math skills. 

Math Drills

Printable math drills of all sorts. 


Some of Ms. Derrick's Favorite Authors 
Margaret Peterson Haddix Home

Margaret Peterson Haddix is a very popular author with fourth and fifth graders. 

Andrew Clements Home 

Gordon Korman

Gordan Korman is a great writer with suspensful stories.  Beware that some of his books are for an older audience. 

Elizabeth George Speare 

Louise Erdrich

Not all of Erdrich's books are suitable for an elementary audience. 


Jeanne Duprau 

Gary Paulsen 

Roland Smith

Warning: there are normally 1-2 curse words in his books. 

Katherine Paterson 

To view OES or district report card: select the assessment for which you would like to view.

To view OES or district accountability reports: click accountability and choose "district and school-level results 


Lunch Calendar and Online Payments
Lunch Calender and Online Payments