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Welcome Back Students and Parents. 5-1 and 5-2 Mr. Burns and Mrs. Stauffer. Mr. Burns' & Mrs. Stauffer’s Beliefs and Philosophy. Every child is capable of learning. We seek solutions (not punishments) to enable all students to become the best they can be.

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welcome back students and parents

Welcome Back Students and Parents

5-1 and 5-2

Mr. Burns and Mrs. Stauffer

mr burns mrs stauffer s beliefs and philosophy
Mr. Burns' & Mrs. Stauffer’sBeliefs and Philosophy
  • Every child is capable of learning.
  • We seek solutions (not punishments) to enable all students to become the best they can be.
  • Parents are the most important people in every child’s life.
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Mr. Burns' & Mrs. Stauffer’sBeliefs and Philosophy

According to a new review of recent research published by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, students with involved parents, no matter what their income or background, are more likely to:

  • Earn higher grades, test scores, & enroll in higher programs
  • Be promoted, pass their classes & earn credits
  • Attend school regularly
  • Have better social skills, show improved behavior and adapt well to school
  • Graduate & go on to post-secondary education
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Mr. Burns' & Mrs. Stauffer’sBeliefs and Philosophy


  • When parents talk to their children about school, expect them to do well, help them plan for college, and make sure that out-of-school activities are constructive, their children do better in school.
  • When schools engage families in ways that are linked to improve learning, and support parent involvement at home and school, students make greater gains.
  • When schools build partnerships with families and those families respond to their concerns, honor their contributions, and share power, they succeed at improving student achievement.
is building rules
IS Building Rules
  • Listen and follow directions first time given.
  • Keep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself.
  • Use kind words and voices when speaking.
  • Treat people and property with respect.
  • Keep a low noise level.
  • Walk inside the school building.
classroom rules
Classroom Rules
  • Stay on task.
  • Respect each other.
  • Respect each other’s property.
  • If you don’t know who, what, when, where, why, or how, then ask.
  • Take care of our classroom.
classroom rules cont
Classroom Rules cont.
  • All rules state what we want students to do, rather than what we don’t want them to do.
  • If they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing, then we won’t need to worry about what they’re not doing.
discipline policies
Discipline Policies
  • Warning (Verbal or Nonverbal)
  • Teacher will address it personally with student.
  • Loss of privilege(s)
    • Token economy
    • Recess
  • Disciplinary referral
    • Dean of Students
    • Principal
  • Parent Conference
homework policy
Homework Policy
  • Homework is given to review/practice material discussed in class as well as prepare for upcoming assessments.
  • All homework is due the next day unless otherwise stated by the teacher.
  • Assignments turned in late will lose 10% of their value each school day.
  • Homework should not average longer than 50 minutes on a given night.
  • If there is ever a problem, please contact us with a phone call, email, or written note.
  • Assignment Board & Assignment Book
  • Daily e-mail (contact: rhburns@seal-pa.org)
token economy system
Token Economy System
  • SEAL $ are earned based on grades, participation, and behavior
  • SEAL $ can be spent at the 5th Grade Store and at special raffles
  • SEAL $ can be lost for breaking rules and late or incomplete work
  • Payday Application (about every 2 weeks)
    • Math application and connection
    • Communication piece for parents
  • In the event you should want to contact us, we can be reached the following way.
  • School Phone: 372-2270
  • Home Phone: Mr. Burns 473-7253

Mrs. Stauffer 884-2170

  • If it’s important and it just can’t wait, please don’t hesitate to call.
  • Email us at rhburns@seal-pa.orgkstauffer@seal-pa.org


  • Numbers & Operations
    • Value of Large #s, Decimals, and Fractions
    • Add & Subtract Large #s, Decimals, & Fractions
    • Multiply & Divide Large #s and Decimals
    • Rounding & Estimating
    • Number Relationships (factors, multiples, etc.)
    • Real World Problems
  • Measurement
    • Standard & Metric
    • Perimeter & Area
    • Real World Problems


  • Geometry
    • Naming 2 & 3-dimensional objects
    • Lines, line segments, rays, points
    • Transformations
  • Algebraic Concepts
    • Recognizing & creating patterns
    • Solving & using equations
  • Data Analysis & Probability
    • Reading and making graphs
    • Using Mean, Median, Mode, & Range
    • Using possible outcomes & probabilities


  • Take-home practice based on student needs
  • Study Island
  • Problem of the Day


  • About every two weeks


  • End of March

1st & 2nd Marking Period


  • Landforms and Geologic Processes
  • Water Cycle, Weather, & Climate
  • Cells, Microscopes, & Immune System
  • Ecosystems
  • Biomes (project)
  • Design
  • Homework (about every 3 days)
  • Tests (about every two weeks)
social studies
Social Studies

3rd& 4thMarking Period


  • U.S. Regions (states & capitals)
  • Colonial Times
  • Revolutionary War
  • Forming a New Nation (The Constitution)
  • Growth & Conflict, Westward Expansion
  • Civil War (Thematic Unit & 5th Gr. Camp)
  • Homework (about every 3 days)
  • Tests (about every 2 weeks)
  • Daily independent reading time
  • Daily fluency practice – Six-Minute Solution
  • Anthology stories with extension activities
  • Literacy Circles
    • Fiction
    • Nonfiction related to science and social studies
  • Poetry
  • Research projects
    • Biomes
    • Wax museum biographies
  • Reading contests
  • Book Reviews and book sharing time
  • Homework
    • Read 20 minutes each night
    • Study for anthology tests – after each story
  • Responsibilities
    • 2 novels and 1 nonfiction book each month This counts as a homework grade.
    • AR test on each book (not graded)
      • Counts words for the Millionaire’s Club
      • Collects points for the AR challenge
  • Grammar Grabber daily
  • Parts of speech
    • Review nouns, verbs, adjectives, and conjunctions
    • Linking and helping verbs
    • Pronouns
    • Adverbs
    • Prepositions
  • Sentence construction
    • Sentence structure
    • Proper application of parts of speech
  • Homework
    • Practice sheets
    • Study for tests – at the end of each unit
  • Being a Writer – new program
    • Introduction units
      • The Writing Community
      • The Writing Process
    • Personal Narrative
    • Fiction
    • Expository Nonfiction
    • Persuasive Nonfiction
    • Poetry
  • Daily writing time
  • Pair Conferences
  • Sharing and reflecting with the class
  • Homework: to be determined
  • Affix Units
    • Prefixes
    • Suffixes
    • Greek and Latin root words
  • 6 words on Monday with practice homework
  • Write a 5th grade sentence for each word, applying grammar rules – Tuesday homework
  • Review Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • Test Friday
    • 6 points for spelling grade: spell the word
    • 7 points for reading grade: definitions
commonly asked questions
Commonly Asked Questions
  • What does my child need for school?
    • A 2” binder for Mrs. Stauffer’s LA class
      • This is the “file cabinet” for the year
      • All graded materials will be kept here for each marking period. We houseclean after report cards are signed and returned.
  • Birthday Treat?
    • Monthly birthday lunch parties
    • Dates and number of treats needed will be announced monthly
  • Date for camp?
    • May 27 to 30