Information and communication for my fifth grade class

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year!

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.  ~John Ruskin


Though we are busy mastering multiplication and division of fractions, learning about the colonial period of American history, enjoying the first signs of spring including the start of the baseball season, and looking forward to this week’s energy fair, we took a few minutes this morning to enjoy hump day!

Hump day camels ***

If you haven’t had a chance to check out your child’s edmodo account, take a look when you have a minute.  We’ve been using edmodo to read and answer questions using our ipads, and as a place to store work created on the ipad.  You can log in to edmodo from any computer.


In spite of the wintry weather, we had a fantastic week in Truro! The students were enthusiastic, respectful, and eager to learn.  Now that we are back in class, we are working on writing a newsletter about our week.  Check out the Truro Tales page for photos of our adventures.

Ballston Beach and dunes

Ballston Beach and dunes


Happy New Year!  It’s hard to believe that 2014 is here and we are more than one third of the way through the school year.  We have worked hard to classify organisms in science, and improve our computational fluency in math.  Many students have made great strides in using long division. We have been enjoying using iPads to practice math skills, take notes, create images based on literature and research reports in science.

Report cards were sent home before vacation.  Please let us know if you did not receive one.

Check back soon to see photos of recent student work.


Wishes for the world - details

Welcome! We have an exciting year ahead of us. This year you will be part of a team.  Mrs. Sullivan and I work together.  She teaches social studies and ela (english language arts), while I teach math and science.  A highlight of your year will be our trip to Truro, but we have many other exciting classroom activities planned as well.Click here to see a slideshow about Fifth Grade.


Massachusetts has joined with many other states to create the Common Core curriculum.  Our instruction and assessments are based on these new curriculum standards.  Click here to see an overview of the math standards.  You can access the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website by selecting this link.


Check out the “At the Seashore” links and the “Truro Tales” page to watch videos, read our class newsletter, and find out everything you need to know about our trip to Truro!


Need help with homework?  Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Please check out the list of student safe websites in the blogroll, Science Links and Math Links!


Struggling with math skills?  Try Khan Academy!  This site provides tutorials and opportunities to practice a wide variety of math skills.  It’s like having a private tutor on your computer!


Please use the link below to view this year’s school calendar.  As dates for conferences, MCAS testing, and other important events become available I will post them here.

2013-2014 school calendar

Friday, April 11 – Energy Fair

Friday April 18 ~No school – Good Friday

Monday, April 21 – Friday, April 25 ~ April Vacation – No School

Wednesday, May 7 ~ MCAS math

Tuesday, May 13 ~ MCAS math

Wednesday, May 14 ~ MCAS science

Thursday, May 15 ~ MCAS science

Monday, May 26 ~ No school – Memorial Day

Friday, June 27 ~ Last day of school

                                  2013-2014 Seashore Dates

Dunn (106)  Sept. 23-27                     Close (104) Oct. 7-10

Bernier (109) Oct.28-Nov.1              Kraus (105) Dec. 2-6

Neter (144) Dec. 16-20                        Eldredge (143) Jan. 6-10

Walsh (107) Jan.27-31                        Fournier (140) Feb. 10-14

Hennessey (111) March 10-14          Sullivan (142) April 7-11

Quilty (146) April 28-May 2              Govoni (110) June 2-6