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Information for Parents Moving to 5th Grade
5th Grade is a Departmentalized Program • Teachers will focus on one particular subject to teach. This past year the courses were taught by the following teachers: • LAL – Ms. Coster, Mrs. Sharp, Mrs. Ragno, Ms. Mastrogiovanni • Reading – Mrs. Fragnito, Mrs. Sharp, Mrs. Ragno, Ms. Mastrogiovanni • Math – Mrs. Vachon, Mrs. Ragno, Ms. Mastrogiovanni, Mrs. Sharp • Social Studies – Mr. Golub, Mrs. Burns • Science – Mrs. Furlong, Mrs. Burns
Departmentalization • Departmentalization allows the teachers to devote their planning time to one subject. • Lessons will be more focused on teaching specific skill based standards. • We have followed this schedule for four years and have found that student achievement improved upon implementation.
Move to departmentalization… • The 5th grade team wanted to utilize a “best practice” approach to instruction. • This model allows the following: - Students connect with the homeroom class and HR teacher 3 times a day. Similar to the elementary school model. - Students switch only for their academic classes. - Students become more independent.
Positive Benefits • Students learn organizational skills and responsibility in preparation for Middle School. • 5th Grade teachers are still guiding thestudents through the day to help them learn independent skills. • Each teacher is in tune with best practices for their individual subject and can provide a variety of instructional strategies to ensure that learning is engaging. • The 5th grade team works closely together to ensure that cross curricular activities exist in the 5th grade. Example: Writing is stressed in Science and Soc. Studies.
Typical schedule • Below is an example schedule for a 5th grade student: 8:45-9:03 – Homeroom (Attendance and announcements) Per. 1 9:03-9:46 – Academic I (Reading) Per. 2 9:47-10:30 – Academic II (Language Arts) Per. 3 10:31-11:14 – Academic III (Science) Per. 4 11:15-12:27 – Specials Block (Back to HR, PE, Art, Lib., Music, Spanish, Character Ed., Health/Dare, Study Skills) Per. 5 12:27-12:57 – Recess Per. 6 12:59-1:29 – Lunch (Back to HR to get books for periods 7 & 8) Per. 7 1:33-2:16 - Academic IV (Math) Per. 8 2:17-3:00 – Academic V (Social Studies) Per. 9 3:00-3:05 – Homeroom time for organization. 3:05-3:10 – Pack up and dismissal (check agenda and HW)
Parent Concern over Organizational Skills • The 5th grade team developed a plan to ease students into the new schedule. • Academic teachers will make sure that the homework is posted for students to put into their agenda books. • Every teacher will post the homework for the evening on their web site. • Students should get a couple of homework buddies to make sure they have it written correctly in their agenda book. The should also get phone #’s for HW buddies. Parents should check the agenda book and make sure it is being utilized. • 5th grade e-blast – for tests and projects only.
Math Placement • 5th Grade Math has 3 Levels • We use criteria found on the Horizon/Futures Curriculum page of the web site. • Students may be placed in the following courses: - Horizon or Accelerated Math - General Math The students must meet the criteria in the Curriculum Guide in order to be placed in a specific course. Students must demonstrate that they have the developmental aptitude to be placed in Horizon or Accelerated Math. Parents will be notified of placement when the schedule is sent home at the end of August.
5th Graders - Socially • This is the year that your student may begin to pull away. • Pre-teens are changing both physically and emotionally. • Teachers are here to support that change. • 5th graders respond best when they know you are in their corner. • Monitor cell phone, texting, email, facebook, etc. It does begin in 5th grade. Some of the nicest kids have gotten caught up in texting about their peers.
You child should know that they can always use you as a way out of a socially uncomfortable situation. • 5th grade is a learning year about being kind to others. Cliques and groups begin to form at the end of 4th grade. Speak to your child about the importance of having 1-2 close friends. • Ask the teacher for support/advice.
September 2014 • Teachers will review schedules with your child on the first day. Students will tape schedules in their agenda books on the first day. • Teachers will review all procedures and policies. • Academic classes will primarily focus on a review of concepts during the first few weeks. • Homework and individual responsibility will gradually increase as we get into October. • Organization at home…Parents should check the agenda book, binder and folder for overall organization. Even checking once a week will help your child stay on top of what is expected. It can also be quality “bonding” time with your pre-teen.
Back to School Night • All parents will receive a schedule for the evening. It will be sent home with your child that day. • Teachers will only have time to review the curriculum and class procedures i.e. homework policy, grading, communication, etc. • It will give you an overview of the daily routine for your child.
Communication • Contact teachers via e-mail • Visit teacher web sites • Mid-marking period progress • Look at test grades to get an idea of how your child is doing. Email the teacher if you have a concern.
Parent/Teacher Conferences • The November parent/teacher conferences are by invitation only. • The team can meet with a parent throughout the year. Contact the principal or homeroom teacher if that is needed.
Welcome to 5th grade • 5th Grade is an exciting time for your students. • The “Big Kids” • It is the end of the elementary years. Getting ready for middle school. • It went by real fast! • You will see your child grow up quite a bit this year. • We look forward to working with your child next September.