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Ms Whitney’s 5 th Grade Class 2014-2015. Crestview R espect Cougars O n Task R.O.A.R. A ct Safe R esponsible. About Ms. Whitney. My background: Grew up in Manhattan, Kansas.

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Ms whitney s 5 th grade class 2014 2015

Ms Whitney’s 5th Grade Class2014-2015

Crestview Respect

Cougars On Task

R.O.A.R. Act Safe


About ms whitney

About Ms. Whitney

My background:

Grew up in Manhattan, Kansas.

Both Bachelor and Master’s degrees were earned at KSU.

My experience

Teaching for 21 years.

Have also taught first grade, and seventh and eighth grade Science.

My family
My Family

Three sons

  • Ben – chef, lives in Portland Oregon

  • Andrew – artist, moving to Los Angeles

  • Jacob – Botanist/ Wildlife Biologist completing Master’s at Wichita State.



To meet the diverse needs of all students.

To give students the academic and social skills needed to progress to sixth grade.

To have a strong home/school connection which is beneficial to students.


  • Planners are filled out every day and are encouraged to be signed by a parent

  • Weekly reports are e-mailed on Friday’s or you can access them online.

  • Will e-mail progress reports weekly if parents request. E-mail me and I will put you on my Thursday night list.

  • Web backpack has class information.


Class Schedule

  • 8:10 to 8:30 – morning work

  • 8:30 to 9:20 – Science

  • 9:20 to 10:20 – Specials

  • 10:20 to 11:10 – Social Studies

  • 11:15 to 11:40 – LUNCH 

  • 11:40 to 1:10 – Math

  • 1:10 to1:30 –Recess

  • 1:30 to 3:00 – Reading

  • 3:00 Prepare for Dismissal at 3:10

    Specials Schedule

  • Tuesday/Thursday– Music and PE

  • Monday - Library

  • Friday – Art



Wonders– a Common Core Literature based reading program

Vocabulary building

State Assessment in the spring

Tiered Reading support based on STAR, MAP and DIBELS, not grouped classes

AR is not graded, but goals are set each month.

Language arts

Language Arts

Included in Reading Program

Focus on “Six Traits”

Five – step writing process

Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing,


Writing Assessment this spring



Lessons from Wonder’s Reading

Homework due on Thursday’s.

Tests on Friday’s

Ms whitney s 5 th grade class 2014 2015


enVision math series – can access on-line

Daily Work

Homework sent Friday, due on Thursday

IXL – uses computer to individualize

Mastering Math Facts

State Assessment in the spring

Tiered Math support based on test scores, not grouped classes



F.A.I.M.S.S – curriculum

F.O.S.S. kits

Weather and Water

Inquiry based



Life, Health, Space,

Force and Motion, and Safety

Harcourt Textbook

Taught by Ms. Whitney

Social studies

Social Studies

United States History

American Hero Project in winter

State Assessment in the Spring

Taught by Mr. Fanning



Shawnee Mission suggests that students in fifth grade should have approximately 50 minutes of homework every night. This includes 20 minutes of reading.

Students practice skills learned at school.

Homework is due the day after it is assigned, unless otherwise stated.

We review homework in class.

Parent assistance is encouraged.



Time will be given for students to fill out their planner each day.

Students are responsible for recording class work, homework, and project information.

Parents are encouraged to sign each evening.

Students need to share any other important information with parents.

The planner information can be accessed on-line through web backpack.

Classroom community

Classroom Community

Our classroom is a community that follows rules to help us get along with each other.

We follow the Crestview R.O.A.R.

Rules are consistent throughout the school.

R.O.A.R tickets are given to those showing appropriate behaviors

Oops tickets are given to those not students not following R.O.A.R.

Discipline policy

Discipline Policy

Students take responsibility for their own actions and follow the Crestview R.O.A.R.

Positive reinforcement is stressed, R.O.A.R. tickets and Super Stars are awarded.

There are daily, weekly, and quarterly drawings.

Students fill out an Oops ticket, then during recess fill out an Oops Record and walk minutes of recess on the basketball court.

Some offenses also cause student to go to a safe seat in the classroom.

Other offenses sends the student to a Buddy room for less than one hour.



October 23: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

October 24: 8:30 to 1:00 p.m.

Please sign up tonight on the back table.

From mrs kaldahl
From Mrs. Kaldahl

  • Choir rehearsals for 5th and 6th graders will begin on the first week of September. 

  • 5th grade choir will meet on Tuesday mornings and have a sign-up party on Wednesday, September 5 from 7:30-8:00 am.

  • 5thand 6th graders will meet together 3 weeks prior to a concert.  Watch the school calendar for exceptions. 


  • Information to be given by Mr. Bartel at 7:30 in the gym.

Ways to contact me
Ways to contact me:

School phone # 913-993-3038E-mail: or