Preparing for math tests

There are several ways to prepare for a math test.  To begin, students have a study guide for the tests.  The study guide should be in each student’s accordion file.  We often take notes over the lessons.  These should also be in accordion files.  The instruction book is also helpful.  As we go over the lesson, students take notes in this book.  Go to the current lesson, and look over the pages for each lesson.  I hope this helps.  Mr. Haywood

Our Daily Schedule Has Changed!

We have made a few adjustments in our schedule for the school year, so this is slightly different than what we gave you at Parent Night.  Please see the new schedule below.

7:57 – 8:05 Homeroom
8:05 – 9:30 Period 1 – Instruction (85 minutes)
9:35 – 11:00 Period 2 – Instruction (85 minutes)
11:05 – 11:45 Specials
11:50 – 12:30 SRT (Switch for Period 3 before Midday)
12:30 – 12:45 Midday
12:50 – 1:20 Lunch
1:25 – 2:45 Period 3 – Instruction (80 minutes)

*On Fridays we will rotate backwards so we have our Homerooms last period.  So our schedule will be Period 3, Period 2, Period 1.

Book Bonanza Begins September 5th!

Students (FYI for Parents),

          Your 5th grade teachers are so excited to offer a fun, competitive reading competition!  We are calling this competition the 5th Grade Book Bonanza.  This contest is going to last from September 5th when we return from Labor Day weekend and last until the end of the trimester on November 9th.  The purpose of the contest is to read as many books as you can to contribute to your triad’s overall points.  The list below is what the contest will consist of, along with the rules. 

  • Who: All 5th grade students, you will be on a team with your triad and you will be competing against other triads
  • When: September 5th-November 9th
  • What: a friendly competition among the triads to read as many books as you possibly can
  • Why: to read, read, read, to receive the traveling book trophy, and to earn a popsicle party at the end of the trimester
  • Where: WIS, home, the bus, at your brother’s soccer game-read whenever you have free time!
  • Rules
    • Every book must be within your level (as determined by your LA teacher)
    • Every 300 pages counts as one book
      • 1-300 pages = 1 book
      • 301-600 pages= 2 books
      • 601-900 pages= 3 books
      • 900 + pages = 4 books
    • Audio books can count, but you MUST follow along with the book while it is being read
    • Each time you finish a book, you will create a small book sign to be displayed. Your book cannot count until you have returned the sign to your LA teacher. 
    • Your homeroom teacher may give you an extra requirement (for example: AR quiz), but that will be left up to each individual triad’s LA teacher.

Good luck and happy reading!

Social Studies & Science Update from Mrs. Phillips

We have been learning about U.S. Regions in social studies and took a few days to learn about the solar eclipse.  Some concepts your child should have learned about solar eclipses are what happens during a solar eclipse, how to view a solar eclipse safely, and the kinds of solar eclipses – total, partial, and annular.  Students completed work in their science notebooks and turned them in for grading.  I will be grading them this week.  Ask your child to bring home his or her notebook to share.  In social studies, your child should understand the United States is divided into region to make learning about its geographical and cultural characteristics more easily.  Ask your child to name the 5 regions of the United States.  We are learning several geographical vocabulary words as well, which are located in your child’s social studies notebook.  Students will have a quiz over these words on Friday.  You can find Quizlet activities to aid in studying on the homework page.

We started our study of U.S. Regions with a general overview of the major land form regions and bodies of water across the United States, learning the aforementioned vocabulary as we go.  Today, we began study of individual regions, starting with the Northeast.  Students are invited to bring in any U.S. vacation artifacts over the next few days, if convenient, and with your permission of course.  Next week, students will get to choose from some engaging projects to showcase their knowledge of a particular region.  Here are some video links the students have enjoyed while learning about regions.

Language Arts Updates from Mrs. Tice

     This week we finished the NWEA BOY (beginning of the year) testing on Monday and Tuesday.  This information, as well as other data pieces, will help determine what tract to follow for instruction.  It is not unusual for test scores to drop after returning from summer break.  In fact, it happens more often than not, so do not be alarmed if it does happen to your child.  It is most important that over time, each student shows adequate growth.  

     We are also working on VERBS (action, linking, and helping) with a quiz on Friday.  By Monday, August 28th, we will also be finished with our first STORYWORKS non-fiction article called “Our World Turned to Water” which is about the 2016 flood in Baton Rouge.  We have/will focus on text features, comprehension, and how to summarize text.  We have also been practicing response to reading by following the ACES Model for responding to questions through writing:

A = Answer the Question Using Key Words from the Text

C = Cite Evidence from the Text to Support Your Answer

E = Elaborate/Explain the Connection between the Cited Information and Your Answer

S = Summarize your Answer, Evidence, and Explanation

     Next week, we will begin reading our first novel, Escaping the Giant Wave, in class.  This is a phenomenal book that students always LOVE!  This book always sparks a love for reading and opens the door to many other amazing books by the author, Peg Kheret.  



Meet Your Child’s Teacher Night – PowerPoint Presentation!

If you missed Meet Your Teacher Night, don’t worry!  Click the link below to see the full presentation.

2017 Parent Night Hand Out Extravaganza (2)

Welcome Back! 2017-2018!

We’ve had a great first full week of school.   Students have been taught procedures to help them succeed in school and they have tools such as their assignment notebooks and accordion files to help them stay organized.  Students need to bring home both of these items each night to be able to complete homework assignments.  Student have also been instructed to always look at the supply list outside of each classroom to get what they need for class.  We will give a lot of grace the first two weeks, but starting Monday, August 21st, we will begin holding the students accountable for not being prepared.  Please encourage your child to work on this skill and understand that it should get better as they build a routine.

Please mark your calendar for this Wednesday, August 16th from 5:30-6:15 to come and meet us and learn more about our classroom policies and procedures.  We want to work with you to help your child have an incredible 5th grade experience!


We are Mrs. Phillips, Mr. Haywood, and Mrs. Tice and we are so glad to have you in our triad!  Please explore the “All About Your Teachers” page to learn about us.  We are looking forward to a great school year with you!