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Email Addresses Mrs. O'Neal (Literacy & Social Studies)


Mrs. Thomas (Math & Science) sthomas1@dcsdk12.org

Mrs. Humphreys (eLearning) arhumphreys@dcsdk12.org

Daily Schedule

Monday-Thursday Schedule

8:35- 8:45 Unpack/ Attendance

8:45- 9:35 Block One/BOOST

9:35- 10:15 2nd Specials/HMRM

10:15- 11:25 Block Two 

11:25-11:40 HMRM/ Extra Recess

11:40- 12:40 Block Three 

12:45- 1:25 Lunch & Recess

1:30-2:30 Block Four 

2:30- 2:45 Planners & Clean-Up

2:45- 3:25 Specials 

Friday Schedule

8:35- 8:45 Unpack/ Attendance

8:45- 9:35 Block One

9:35- 10:25     Block Two

10:25- 11:05   Snack & Read Aloud

11:05- 11:55 Block Three

11:55-12:45 Block Four 

12:45- 1:25 Lunch & Recess

1:30-2:00         Study Hall

2:00-2:35 FAC

2:35- 2:45 Planners & Clean-Up

2:45- 3:25 Specials 

From Mrs. O'Neal...

  • October-December 20/21
    Skills of Focus: Character Traits, Character Development (Growth & Change), Theme, Plot Elements (Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action and Resolution)

    As we dive into the second quarter of 5th grade, we will continue working on a number of different reading skills to deeper our interpretation of stories that we read.  In addition to continuing our work on character development and theme, we will be learning all of the elements that determine plot within a story.  As we continue to explore different story elements, students will show their understanding in a number of ways.  These skills will be practiced using short stories, picture books and a novel of choice that students will select to read and show their skills.  These skills will transfer over into writing as well as we blend reading and writing into more of a literacy framework. 

    We will also continue building our knowledge of using text-evidence in reading responses to prove thinking using the R.A.C.E. strategy.  Lessons regarding prefixes, suffixes, homophones and synonyms will also be taught to enhance vocabulary skills of all 5th graders during this time.  I am excited to see the growth continue! 

    Posted Oct 8, 2020, 11:11 AM by Logan O'Neal
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  • October-December 20/21
    Let's Explore Our Nation's History! 

    Essential Question: Why do people explore the unknown?  
    How does exploration impact the development of different generations? 

    4C/21st Century Skill: Collaboration & Resiliency 

     I am excited to jump right into one of the most crucial periods in our nations history... the 13 colonies and the Revolutionary War.  We will begin by studying the settlement of the "New World" and explore what made this exploration a failure and a success for different countries.  We will look at France and Spain's attempt at settlement and then take a closer look into the development of the 13 colonies when England joined the mix.  Students will be completing quite a bit of nonfiction research and group work during this time.  I am excited to see their understanding of our nation grow! 

    Posted Oct 8, 2020, 11:12 AM by Logan O'Neal
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News & Info
  • Halloween Celebrations- Friday, October 30

    Updated Halloween Message to our Community for 2020 Fall Parties


    Dear Parents,

    As a school we know that many of our students look forward to the tradition of our annual fall party on October 30th. We are pleased to announce that each classroom will celebrate this year; with a few changes aligned with COVID 19 health precautions. 


    Students may choose to come to school in either a costume, PJ’s, or festive Halloween clothing  (Tee-shirts/socks etc ). We are asking that if students do come in costumes, that students are sent in simple costumes with clothes or PJ’s underneath. Since we are unable to have parent volunteers this year, students will need to be able to change out of costumes independently.  COVID 19 mouth and nose masks will still need to be worn.

    • All costumes must be appropriate according to the regular school dress code. 

    • No pretend weapons, blood, limited face paint, and no gore (Please be mindful we have small children at school.) 

    • Covid 19 masks will still need to be worn. However, full face masks or costumes that cover the entire face are not allowed. (This may obstruct vision and  prevent easy identification of students.)

    • If costumes are worn then clothing must be worn underneath for easy change. Students will be asked to remove their costumes when classroom fun activities have concluded between 10:00-10:30. (PJ’s can be worn under costumes.)

    • Any costume deemed as inappropriate according to the office and administration will be asked to be taken off immediately!  Please remind your students to use good judgment. We are excited for this fun-filled event and want to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy and be safe.

    Spooky Ready: 9:00-9:30 All school

    Building lights will be shut off and the whole school will stop to use flashlights to read for 30 min.

     Please send your child with their own flashlight and a fun reading book(s) of their choice. 

    Food: Students may bring one additional special treat as a snack. This can be an individual special treat that parents will provide and send with their students in their backpack. Due to health concerns, we are unable to accept classroom food donations. 

    Changes this Year: Sadly, we will not have our usual school parade, allow for community food  to share, or be able to admit parent volunteers into the building.  (However, we still want the kids to enjoy fall traditions to the best of our ability with COVID restrictions.) 


    If you would like to send your child in late to avoid participating in these activities, academic instruction will resume at 10:30. The time away from school will not be counted as a tardy.   


    As always, we appreciate your partnership,

    Kelly Ursetta

    Posted Oct 8, 2020, 10:40 AM by Logan O'Neal
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    Posted Aug 5, 2020, 1:03 PM by Alisa Humphreys
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    Posted Aug 5, 2020, 1:04 PM by Alisa Humphreys
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From Mrs. Thomas...
  • 2nd Quarter Math 2020
    This quarter we will continue with one of the major works of 5th grade - Number & Operations in Base Ten: Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths.  

    We will be working on the following Topics (Units):
    **Topic 2: Use Models and Strategies to Add and Subtract Decimals
    **Topic 3: Fluently Multiply Multi-Digit Whole Numbers
    **Topic 4: Use Models and Strategies to Divide Whole Numbers.

    Attached are Home-School Connections for families.  Take a moment to read these documents.  They offer great ways to support your students during a given topic.

    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 11:08 AM by Shara Thomas
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  • Oct - Dec 2020
    This quarter we will move to our Physical Science Unit.  
    Students will explore the following:
    *Matter exists as particles that are too small to be seen; measurements of a variety of observable properties can be used to identify particular materials.
    *Chemical Reactions that occur when substances are mixed can be identified by the emergence of substances with different properties; the total mass remains the same.
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 10:49 AM by Shara Thomas
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Upcoming Dates

October 12-16    Fall Break :)

October 19        Back to 5 Day In-Person 

October 23        Picture Retakes

October 30        Halloween Celebration

November 3       No School- Election Day

Nov. 23- 27        Thanksgiving Break

December 18       No School For Students 

Dec. 21- Jan. 4      Winter Break

Grading Policy
Our Grading System is as follows ...
DNM= "Does Not Meet 5th Grade Expectations"
A= "Approaching 5th Grade Expectations"
M= "Meets 5th Grade Expectations"
E= "Exceeds 5th Grade Expectations"

From Mrs. O'Neal ...
  • October- December 20/21
    Essential Question:  What writing techniques (elements/characteristics) are used by effective authors?
    Essential Question:  Why is it important for you as an author to implement these techniques?

    4 C:  Creativity

    21st Century Skill: Resiliency

    We will soon begin a fictional study during our literacy time.  Students will have the opportunity to write creative stories while focusing on character development and theme.  They will also work on writing dialogue with appropriate punctuation and quotations.  Mini lessons along the way will help to improve word choice, voice, and sentence fluency skills.  Focusing on editing tasks will help develop punctuation and comma skills.
    Posted Oct 8, 2020, 11:09 AM by Logan O'Neal
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  • August/September
    Mrs. O'Neal's homeroom class will be in geography the first six weeks of school and will be studying the Northeast & Southeast Regions of the United States. Students will be researching topics of their choice such as economy, tourist attractions, climate, landforms, natural resources, historical events, etc. that make the regions unique.  Geography has a huge inquiry focus, therefore we will review note-taking strategies, how to use appropriate sources and cite them, and how to organize their learning meaningfully with specific purposes and audiences in mind.  
    Posted Aug 7, 2020, 1:38 PM by Alisa Humphreys
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