Grade 5 Room 133

                                                                                                            September 2017               

I’d like to welcome you and your child to the Junior High School and the 2017-2018 school year! I am looking forward to an enjoyable and productive one.

To begin, your child should have come home with a folder containing important school information and dates along with an agenda notebook that s/he will use to write down all assignments, homework, reminders, etc. This agenda is an excellent tool to help students stay organized and for them to keep on top of all of their work. Also contained in this agenda notebook, are school rules, policies, and the code of conduct. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with it. Your child will be required to have his/her agenda with him/her at all times and checked and signed by you each week night. Please ask to see it each night as it should contain all homework assignments, notes from me, and any missing work. You should expect your child to have homework every week night, particularly in math, grammar, and spelling. Students should plan on using recess as a contact time if the agenda is not signed or homework/classwork is not finished/passed in.

Fifth-grade students will be required to read a novel and keep track of that reading by minutes/chapters, nightly. Although there will be opportunity for choice novels, students will have required reading as well. We are continuing the Reading Street program (K-6) and StoryWorks. You and your child will have online access at http://storyworks.scholastic.com. In math, there will be a homework nightly. Before each test, be on the look out for a review packet. We are using Eureka Math formerly called Engaged NewYork at https://greatminds.org/math/parents.

In the event that you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding your child, it is best to contact me at chturner@wocsd.org.  If you need to call for late, or absent, or for changes in dismissal**please leave a message with the secretary in the office at 646-5142 and not in my voice mail box and not by email.** I usually cannot check my email or phone until the end of the day.

We will continue to use JupiterGrades https://login.jupitered.com which will allow for parents, students, and teachers to monitor and communicate students’ progress online. I am looking forward to working with you and your child to ensure a successful year!

Cheryl A. Turner


The Daily Schedule: I have provided this schedule to give you an idea of what the day looks like and to be of assistance when making appointments for your child. 
                            M,T,TH,&F                                                                                        Early Release Wed.
7:30-7:35 Homeroom                                                                                       7:30-8:35    Homeroom/Math   
7:35-8:40 Math: Turner / Hopkins-Valente/Goodwin                                        8:35-9:30 Social Studies/Science
8:40-9:35 Social Studies (first half of the year): Abbott                                    9:30 -9:50 RECESS    

                       Science (second half of the year): Sheppard                           9:50-11:05 Language Arts   

9:35-10:00 SNACK/RECESS                                                                       11:05-11:30 LUNCH

10:00-11:05     Language Arts: Turner / Goodwin                                            11:30-12:00 ELA 2

11:05-11:35   CONTACT TIME                                                                 12:00-12:55 ALLIED ARTS (WHITE)

11:35-12:00     LUNCH                                                                                     12:55-1:00 Dismissal

12:00-12:35 ELA 2

12:35-1:55 ALLIED ARTS   RED until 1:05/WHITE until 1:55 Dismissal                                                                                

                                                            
                                                              Course Descriptions:
Math - We will continue the program this year in 5th-grade math, known as Eureka Math. This is an interactive program designed by the state of NY to align to national standards in mathematics. As an added benefit, the program is completely online, allowing teachers, students, and families access to all materials from the internet. 
This program has a strong emphasis on place value, including decimals to the thousandths. Fractions, decimals and percents are examined at a deep level. Geometry concepts of area and volume, as well as properties of shapes and angles are also central to this program.
Social Studies - Grade 5 Social Studies is a half year course. We begin the journey of American history, covering 3 major units along the way. Unit 1 begins with Native American cultures, followed by Geography terms, and culminating with Early European Explorers. Unit 2 focuses on the founding and settling of the original 13 colonies, with a particular emphasis on what life was like in the New England colonies. Finally, our journey ends in Unit 3 with the study of the major causes and effects leading up to the American Revolution. 
Language Arts-Although reading and writing are interconnected, grade 5 language arts has two blocks. One block is primarily for writing, spelling, and grammar, reading, and vocabulary. Our second block will be a focus group on specific areas of ELA. Your child will rotate daily to each teacher. We continue to use the Story Works and Scott Foresman Reading Street program. Our focus on writing will be on narrative and persuasive/informational writing. Reading involves vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency of short stories and novels, both fiction and nonfiction, through skill work as well as discussion and reflection.
Science - The students have science for half a year in fifth grade. Our focus this year is on ecology, astronomy, and Earth science. In ecology, we study how organisms interact with their environment. Earth science focuses on the makeup and workings of Earth. In our astronomy unit, we look at Earth's place in the universe.