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Welcome Voyagers!. Mrs . Varnedoe & Mrs . Saour’s 5 th Grade Curriculum Night. All About Mrs. Varnedoe. Married 20 years to Paul, with 3 children Kyle – Junior at Wheeler Center for Advanced Studies Claudia – Sophomore at Wheeler Center for Advanced Studies

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welcome voyagers

Welcome Voyagers!

Mrs. Varnedoe & Mrs.Saour’s

5th Grade Curriculum Night

all about mrs varnedoe
All About Mrs. Varnedoe
  • Married 20 years to Paul, with 3 children
    • Kyle – Junior at Wheeler Center for Advanced Studies
    • Claudia – Sophomore at Wheeler Center for Advanced Studies
    • Cara Anne – Mt. Bethel Alum and a 7th grader at Hightower Trail MS
  • Loves to paint, build, read, cook, grow things
  • 6 years teaching, 3rd year in 5th grade
  • MBA Stetson University, BS Communications FSU, BFA minor
  • Gifted Endorsement
  • Highly Qualified and Certified in:
    • Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Art Education, Business Education, Family & Consumer Science
  • Active in Science Olympiad, STEM, TAG
welcome voyagers to mrs varnedoe mrs saour s 5 th grade curriculum night
Welcome Voyagers to Mrs. Varnedoe & Mrs. Saour’s5th Grade Curriculum Night

While you are waiting for us to begin, please…

  • Sign and leave the papers on the left side of your student’s desk:
    • Safety Patrol contract
    • Inclement Weather Form
  • Sign and return the permission slips asap for:
    • ATL History Center
    • Jekyll Island
  • Read the packet on the right hand side of the desk:
    • Welcome letter from Principal Appleyard
    • Picture Day info
    • Math pamphlet
    • Parent Volunteer Training 8/20 and 8/26
    • PTA & Foundation Information
    • After School Music Club information
    • Scouting info (boys only)
all about mrs saour
All About Mrs. Saour
  • Married to Paul with 2 children
    • Erin – Graduated magna cum laude from FSU
    • Nicholas – Sophomore at St. Petersburg College
  • Loves to hike, cook, visit the beach, read, play ball with her golden retriever Goldie
  • 12 years teaching
  • BS Troy State University
  • Certified in:
    • Early Childhood Education I, Special Education

Daily Voyager ScheduleRoutines are important to student success. They provide predictability and teach organization. Please make every attempt to be on time.

7:15-7:45 Attendance, Morning Work

7:45-8:00 Morning Announcements & Math Talks

8:00-8:45 Specials / restroom and snack

8:45-9:40 Science and/or Social Studies

9:40 -11:00 ELA/Reading

11:00-12:19 Mathematics

12:19-12:49 Lunch

12:49-1:05 Recess / restroom

1:05-2:00 Integrated Reading

2:05 -2:12 Dismissal

daily schedule continued
Daily Schedule(continued)

2:05 ASP

2:12 Car Riders

2:12 1st Load Buses

2:25 2nd Load Buses and Clubs

*Please call the office with any transportation


grading scale
Grading Scale

A = 90-100

B = 80-89

C = 74-79

D = 70-73

F = 0-69

  • Grades will be determined in a variety of ways and may include one or more of the following:

Test Scores, Informal Assessments (Observation, Conferences Conversations, Portfolios, etc.) Products/Projects, Effort, and Participation

  • We give 5 extra bonus points for quality work that goes above and beyond what is required .
  • We, do not give extra credit. It teaches poor study habits and does not promote quality work or personal best.
state testing schedule
State Testing Schedule
  • ITBS: September 23-27
  • 5th Grade Writing Assessment: March 5-6
  • CRCT: April 23-30
english language arts ccgps
English/Language ArtsCCGPS


  • Integrated with Social Studies and Science
  • Use a variety of genres and materials
  • Use a variety of strategies
  • Focus: Text complexity/Rigor
  • Delivery: Large Group/Small Group
  • Flexible Skills Group-inference, sequence, main idea, etc.
                • Independenhoice-Literary Circles

Grammar and Vocabulary

  • Grammar skills and vocabulary will alternate weekly
  • DGP, GUMS, WordlyWise


  • WTW: weekly spelling test


  • Fifth Grade Writing Workshop utilizing Lucy Calkins resources
    • Focus: Opinion, Information, Research, and Narrative Writing
    • Daily writing
    • Integrated throughout subject areas
mathematics ccgps

Content Standards

  • Understanding of and Fluency with core skills
  • Number Sense, Operations including fractions and decimals.

Practice Standards

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct arguments and critique reasoning of others
  • Model with mathematics
social studies
Social Studies
  • Social Studies Yearlong Concepts
  • Citizenship
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • The Changing Nation
  • World War I, Jazz Age, Great Depression
  • World War II, Cold War
  • America 1950-1975
  • America 1975-Present

First 9 Weeks

  • Constructive Forces
  • Destructive Forces
  • Matter
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Cells and Microorganisms
  • Classification of Organisms and Genetics
  • Nutrition/Personal Health
  • Medicine Safety
  • Disease Prevention
  • Growth and Development
  • Personal Safety

Parents Are Important!

  • Education is a partnership between parents, teachers, and students. It is important that our parent/teacher relationship be very positive.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us– email is preferred/
  • Call Mount Bethel 770-578-7248
  • Email: julia.varnedoe@cobbk12.org
  • ann.saour@cobbk12.org
  • Blog: mtbethel.blogs.com/varnedoesvoyagers/
  • Agenda + Weekly Behavior Evaluation
  • Notes – please send in student agenda
self confidence independence and accountability
Self Confidence, Independence and Accountability
  • A student can be as great as s/he wants to be. If they believe in themselves and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if they are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, anything can be done. Vince Lombardi

What do I teach that is not in the curriculum?

  • Confidence and an “I can” attitude
  • To solve problems and take initiative
  • To be accountable
  • To allow themselves to take risks and make mistakes– its OK!
  • To take responsibility for mis-steps, own them, and learn from them
  • To see the possibilities and see how great they are (their talents)
  • Note: Our obstacles and failures are our greatest gifts --teaching us--forcing us to rise again, learn, and meet our true potential.
life skills
Life Skills
  • Voyagers have super LIFESKILLS!!!!



Common Sense













Problem Solving



Sense of Humor

behavior expectations
Behavior Expectations

Students are stretched to meet their full potential.

High expectations =high performance.

The rules are simple :

Be RESPONSIBLE and Accountible--This means positively leading others.

  • Homework & class assignments should be completed on time.
  • Use class time wisely.
  • Exhibit self control. - Keep hands, feet, and objects to self. Raising hand and wait for a turn.
  • Listen and Follow directions
  • Be truthful.
  • Follow school rules & procedures and do the right thing even when no one is watching.
voyager rewards and consequences
VoyagerRewards and Consequences


  • Personal satisfaction
  • A Job Well Done
  • Academic Success
  • Praise
  • Note/Phone Call Home
  • Wall of Fame
  • Fun Fabulous Friday
  • Lunch with Teacher
  • Treasure Chest


  • Warning
  • Time out
  • Loss of recess
  • Note in agenda/check
  • Privilege Taken Away
  • Phone Call Home
  • Loss of special events
  • Principal’s Office
agenda assignment books
Agenda/Assignment Books
  • Check agenda nightly for homework assignments and sign nightly
  • Notes may be written in the student’s agenda
  • Evaluation sheets will be attached to the back of the agenda for each 9 week period
  • Graded Papers sent home when grading is completed
  • Daily take home folder with homework
  • Sign Agenda every Thursday-they will be checked Friday morning.
  • This is a critical skill to acquire for middle school and beyond.


  • Homework extends learning opportunities beyond the confines of the school day and may be utilized for a variety of purposes.
  • Homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday. Students should not be spending more than 50 minutes a night on homework. All homework assignments are corrected and reviewed to assess student learning.
  • RAH-30 minutes
  • 20 AR Points each 9 weeks (based on reading goals)
  • Practice math facts daily – fluency is 100 facts in 4 minutes
  • GAS
birthday treats
Birthday Treats
  • Birthday treats are always welcome. Cupcakes, cake or cookies work the bestas they are easy to serve.
  • Please pre-cut into individual slices and include plates & napkins. If a serving utensil if needed.
  • We have 26 students.
  • They will be shared after specials or lunch.
  • ***Please let us know 2-3 days in advance if you will be sending in a treat.
important dates
Important Dates
  • September 23-27 ITBS
  • October 21-25 Conferences
  • October 31 Bananarama & Exploding Pumpkins
  • November 22 Random Acts of Kindness
  • December 13 Immigration Day
  • December 20 Holiday Party
  • February 3-5 Jekyll Island Trip
  • March 5-6 Fifth Grade Writing Assessment
  • April 23-30 CRCT
  • May 16 5th Grade Picnic
  • May 20 Awards Ceremony
  • May 21 5th Grade Walk and Breakfast

Nurse, Cindy Steuer

If your child takes medication at school, please see Mrs. Steuer in the clinic. She will need to update your child’s file and let you know any new regulations.

*All medications must go directly to the nurse.

voyagers creed
  • Excellence is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities!

Thank you for coming!

We look forward to a great year!!