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Welcome to Mrs. Berkman's Webpage!


This is my 7th year teaching. I taught 7th grade LA at Githens Middle School in Durham, NC for my first 2 years. I have been at Voyager the last 4 years teaching LA and SS on a 3 person team. This year, I am teaching 5th grade Core Connections to all 5th graders.  I truly enjoy my time with your children! I am also the Middle School Cross Country Coach for an amazing group of co-ed athletes - see my Voyager XC link in the menu at the left side for more information.

This is a great place for you to keep up with our class. You will be able to find information about Homework assignments, both current and upcoming Projects, attached docs of past Student-Led Newspapers, Important Announcements and reminders, a list of websites we use, some fun games I've found, and a list of books recommended for 5th graders.

You will want to check back frequently to make sure you are aware of changes in the Homework, Project and Announcement categories. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at:

Our 5th grade team homework site - please bookmark!

Teacher arrangement for 12-13:
Mr. Banks: LA and SS                            Website:
Mrs. Drowns: LA and SS                        Website:
Mrs. Weber: Math and Sci                      Website:
Mrs. Winstead: Math and Sci                  Website:
Mrs. Berkman: Core Connections         

Students will be in flexible groupings. Students will not stay with the same group of kids all day. Students will have 3 or 4 teachers total and we are no longer in a 2 teacher team / 3 teacher team arrangement. This is new for 5th grade and we will tell you more at open house / curriculum night.

5th Grade Supplies for 2012-2013 School Year

Please bring in as many of these things as possible for the first day of school on August 22nd. Thanks!

Individual Supplies - First and last name written on these things

  • 3 inch binder with NO ZIPPER CLOSURE

  • 2 sets of 5 tabbed dividers - ones with pockets may be helpful for organization

  • 2 composition/marble notebooks, not spirals!!

  • 1 very sturdy 2 pocket folder to be used as a communication folder and sent home to families each week

  • 1 sturdy 2 pocket folder with holes in the side, to be put in folder to hold homework

  • 3 small floppy 1 inch binder - metal rings please (LA, Sci, Core Conn)

Community Supplies - given to teacher and distributed throughout year

•        40 #2 pencils

•        handheld pencil sharpener

•        colored markers

•        colored pencils

•        1 pack of wide ruled notebook paper

•        highlighters

•        black, blue or red pens

•        Kleenex tissue

•        2 rolls of paper towels

•        Clorox wipes

•        pair of kid- friendly scissors

•        1 pack 3x5 or 5x7 notecards

•        2 Ultra Fine Point Sharpie Permanent Markers

* Your homeroom teacher may let you know about additional supplies needed in the first week of school