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
6-4-2014 Wow! What an entertaining, informative, and enjoyable visit we just had from NECN’s Tim Kelley. He taught us about what makes weather, the connection between wind (moving air) and wind (as in “to wind a clock”), how our experiences now can lead to our opportunities down the road and why Cape Cod may be in for a big hurricane this year.
Watch Tim Kelley’s Saturday morning broadcast to see him talk about his visit to Wixon!
6-3-2013 We know that it is a busy time of year, but we hope to see you at our end of year Open House this Thursday evening (June 6). 5th grade classrooms will be open from 6-7 pm. Some of your child’s most recent work as well as photos from our trip to Truro will be on display. There will also be opportunities for you to try some math and social studies games.
Thank you for your support throughout this school year. If we don’t get to see you on Thursday, we wish you a safe, enjoyable summer!
5-14-2013 We had an electrifying experience yesterday thanks to Mr. Ready and his freshman class from Cape Cod Tech. They came to Wixon to help us understand what electricity is and how it works. We had a terrific time both observing and conducting experiments with circuits and different types of generators. To see our shocking photos click here.
5-3-2013 What a surprise to see NECN’s Tim Kelley reminiscing about his trip to Truro as a Dennis fifth grader! You can watch the clip by following this link.
4-24-2013 We had a wonderful week in Truro! We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather, better teachers, or a more memorable experience. The students were well behaved, curious, and cooperative. If you’d like to see photos of our experiences, please use the link on the Truro Tales page. Now that we are back, we enjoyed our tour of Mattacheese, and are looking forward to the book fair and the “Living with Differences” assembly on Friday. Please check the MCAS schedule listed below as our final testing dates will be here before we know it.
3-28-2013 Truro permission slips went home with the students in Mrs. Fournier’s class last week. If you haven’t seen it yet, or need a new one, it can be downloaded from the seashore links on the side of this page. Let me know if you need another copy of the medical information forms which are required if your child will be taking ANY medication while in Truro, Please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Downing if you have questions regarding medications.
2-25-2013 Parent-teacher conference sign up letters went home today. Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 14 are scheduled as half days in order to provide time for conferences. Please let us know ASAP if you are interested in scheduling a conference time. Also, just a reminder that Mrs. Sullivan’s class leaves for their week in Truro on Monday, March 11! Please check out the seashore links if you need another copy of the permission slip or packing list.
1-29-2013 We are grateful for the gift of an world atlas for each of our 5th grade students from the Harwich-Dennis Rotary Club. Their generosity has allowed each student to look beyond the bounds of Cape Cod to get a glimpse of the world. We are keeping the atlases here at school for now, but each student will be able to bring theirs home later this year.
Thank you to all of the parents who took the time to meet with me during our parent-teacher conference days. In response to some of our conversations, I have added a Curriculum page which I will update monthly. I hope that this will help you to keep tabs on what is happening in our classrooms. I have also added a new category of links for those of you who are looking for additional skills worksheets to have your child work on at home. Please let me know if there are other ways that I can make this blog a helpful resource for you and your child.
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. We are using a six day rotating schedule this year so please pay close attention to the Wixon Waves and your personal schedule in order to know when to bring gym shoes and instruments. 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.
5/15 & 5/16 5th grade Science MCAS
5/24 Memorial Day Assembly, 9 am
5/27 Memorial Day – No school
6/4 Presentation by NECN meteorologist, Tim Kelley
6/6 Open House 6-8 pm
6/13 Field Day
6/17 DARE Graduation, time TBA
6/19 5th grade band, chorus, and orchestra concert @ 7pm
6/25 Last day of school – 1/2 day for students
2012-2013 Seashore Dates
Oct 15 – 19 Quilty (146) Jan 14 – 18 Eldredge (143)
March 11 – 15 Sullivan (142) April 8 – 12 Fournier (140)