August 18

August 19th – 23rd

LEAD:

We had a great week.  Getting to know each other, playing at recess, and really getting into the groove of 5th grade.  We have learned how to log in to our Office 365 accounts and will continue to practice this during the coming weeks.  All student resources for reading, language arts, and social studies are posted in OneNote.

We racked up a TON of house points last week because SO MANY KIDS learned their capitals and abbreviations!  Way to go Pirate leaders!

Our Pickett’s Mill Open House is next Tuesday, August 27th:

  • 6:00 – 6:30 = Visit your child’s classroom
  • 6:30 – 7:00 = PTA meeting
  • 7:00 – 7:30 = Visit your child’s classroom

If you have multiple students at the Mill, visit with their teacher during either time.  I hope you can stop in at one of the times for my presentation – we will play some games, review our curriculum, discuss BYOD policies, and ask questions.  See you in room 318!  Mrs. Mills is at a class that night, so I welcome those students in Mrs. Mills’ homeroom to join us as well.


LIVE:

This week at the Mill:

8/20 = Northeastern States Retest

8/21 = 5th grade Target Open House in Room 315 @ 7:00 AM  – for current Target students

8/23 = Chicken Biscuit sales

8/23 = Midwest States Quiz

 

Coming soon:

8/27 = Open House – see above.

8/28 = Early Release (12:30) & Lake Point Spirit Night

8/29 = Watch Dog Pizza Night

9/2 = Labor Day – No School

9/3 = BYOD begins

9/5 = Fall Pictures

9/6  = Progress Reports


LEARN:

Reading:  Last week, we worked on marking up the text and began working on restating questions.  We will continue using this strategy and students will learn more about restating and answering expectations.  We will be reading about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  We visit the library on Mondays, and many students have finished their first books!  Wow!  Mrs. Mills’ homeroom has CRAFT journals due this week.  Due dates (day of the week) are written on the front of student journals and also inside.  See me for help if you need it!  Expectations are found in student CRAFT journals and we discussed these in detail.  Students have workshop time each week to complete the entry, and remember…you don’t have to be finished with your current book in order to develop your entry.

Language Arts:  We wrote some great paragraphs last week and will continue to develop this skill.  We used the term “well-developed” to describe 5th grade paragraphs.  We related our paragraphs to burgers and discussed how the “bun” keeps the burger together (it’s hard to eat a burger without the buns). This week, we will look at several mentor texts to continue development of our writing.  Our first area of focus will be narrative writing.  Starting thinking about a “small moment” in your life that you’d have a lot to say about.  We will discuss small moments in more detail this week.

Social Studies:  We learned about the rights and responsibilities of citizens.  We know that with certain rights, come responsibilities as citizens of a country.  This week, we will look more closely at the Constitution and the process of amending it.  The U.S. Constitution currently has 27 amendments.  We will learn about many of them this year.  Start your week off right, and earn house points….just show Mrs. Misinco your agenda with the #27  written on Monday 8.19 during homeroom!  We’ve also learned almost half of the states!  We will introduce the Midwestern states on Monday!  Any students who need to retest the Northeastern states will take the retest on Tuesday, 8.20 during homeroom.  Don’t forget – if you need to retest the Northeastern states, that will happen Tuesday morning during homeroom.  Bring your signed retest form and study!

 

Have a great week, Pirates!

August 11

August 12 – 16

Lead:

This week was great!  We are starting to learn the routines of 5th grade and settle in to high expectations from teachers.  Students are earning points for their houses by demonstrating leadership, kindness, and perseverance.  We’re so proud of them!  The next week will have them earning even more!  We’ll announce our first house prize soon!

After-school clubs start on Thursday – please let me know if your child’s transportation will change due to a club.

On August 27th, we will host our Open House.  Come spend the evening getting to know me a bit better, review the curriculum your child will master this year, and ask questions.  It’s also a great opportunity to get your log-in information for ParentVue so you can stay continually informed of your child’s grades.  There will be 2 sessions as well as a PTA meeting.  Session 1 @ 6:00 in room 318.  PTA meeting @ 6:30.  Session 2 @ 7:00 in room 318.  You only need to attend one classroom session, so come before the PTA meeting, or come after!

Thank you to all who volunteered and brought in supplies for our book tasting last week!  You can see photos of the events in Class Tag!  If you haven’t signed up yet…please do as soon as possible.  This allows me to send quick reminders and keep everyone informed.


Live:

This week at the Mill:

8/13 = Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

8/13 = Optional retest for Southern States quiz – see information below.

8/15 = After school clubs begin

8/16 = Northeast states quiz

 

Coming Soon:

8/27 = Open House @ 6:00 – 6:30

8/27 = PTA Meeting @ 6:30

8/27 = Open House @ 7:00 – 7:30

8/28 = Early Release (12:30 dismissal)

8/29 = Watch Dog Pizza Night

9/5 = Fall Picture Day – information sent closer to date


Learn:

Reading: We were able to visit the Learning Commons (Library) last week and check out books.  We will go each Monday to the library for checkout starting next week.  Since students are expected to read independently, they should have a book at all times!  Students got to check out books of their choice this time, and as we finish those, we’ll focus on a genre to explore.  We will begin working on our first CRAFT journal entries this week.  Students have a reading journal called CRAFT in which they will respond to their independent reading.  We will go over the directions (found in the front of the journal) this week and students can begin working on their first entry.  Dates will be sent individually, and those will be written by the student in their journals.  We talked about reading stamina last week, and during the coming week, we will focus on Marking up the text AND restating questions.

ELA:  We will begin bellringers this week.  Bell Ringers are quick, 3-4 minute writing responses that pose interesting questions, funny photographs, and creative expression.  Writing in our Bell Ringer journals will have students thinking and writing quickly.  We will review subjects / predicates, and focus on well-developed, 5th grade paragraph writing.

Social studies:  We will learn the states in the Northeastern region this week.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of the resources posted (in OneNote) to study for these quizzes.  Students will learn how to access & use OneNote, where they’ll find all classroom resources, study guides, etc. in their OneNote student notebooks.  This will be their primary online resource for our Language Arts & Social Studies classes.

If your child feels they were not prepared for the Southern States quiz, we will have a retest on Tuesday, 8/13.  Students will receive their graded quizzes back on Monday.  If they would like another chance to show what they know, they can complete a request to retest.  Forms are due on Tuesday morning and students can retake the quiz with parent signature.  Students have resources in their SS. IAN to study from as well as on-line review games posted in their OneNote account.  As of Monday, students will be able to access their OneNote notebooks.

August 4

August 5th – 9th

We’re off to a great start.  We had a great first two days in 5th grade.  We learned a bit about our teachers and got sorted into our houses.  This is a lengthy first post…stick with me, I just want to give you some helpful information!

LEAD:

The house system is a 5th grade incentive program.  Each student belongs to one of 6 houses (Amicas, Integritas, Fidelitas, Viribus, Animo, or Quantum).  They earn points for their house as they show leadership, perseverance, and kindness.  Houses can also lose points, if behavior is the opposite of those things.  Students were given a crest for their agendas on Friday afternoon.  Here’s a way to easily earn a house point!  If you’re reading this blog post, write the house you belong to in your Monday agenda (for date 8/5) – down at the bottom blank space.  Show it to Mrs. M during homeroom for 1 house point.  These could add up quickly…each kiddo to show me their agenda will get a point for their house!  Every few weeks, we will celebrate house points with special events, treats, etc.

Information comes home Monday about signing up for a reminder service called Class Tag.  You may have had teachers that used a texting software called “Remind”.  This is very similar, but allows us to do more than just send a remind text.  We can organize volunteer time in the classroom and ask for needed supplies for special events.  We have our first opportunity to volunteer this Wednesday! 

HOUSE POINTS will be awarded for everyone who has a parent sign up for CLASS TAG!

On Monday, students will receive an invitation to our first Book tasting.  Then, on Wednesday, they will participate in a tasting that will showcase many different books that they might like to read.  If you’re interested in helping with the book tasting, look on Class Tag and sign up!  I am hoping to serve cookies and Capri-suns.  It will also help to have another adult (or two) in the room to help students as they taste the many different books that they’ll be exploring!  I’ll need a morning volunteer and an afternoon volunteer.  Again, log-in to Class Tag using the flyer that comes home Monday, and sign-up!


LIVE:

Events this week at the Mill:

No after-school clubs this week.

Friday 8/9 = Chicken Biscuit sales

Friday 8/9 = Southeastern States Quiz

Coming Soon:

Tuesday 8/13 = Chick Fil-A Night

Thursday 8/15 = After school clubs begin (if you’ve signed up for one)


LEARN:

Homework: Students should read independently.  The expectation is that students are finishing an independent novel every 2-3 weeks.  Of course, some novels they choose are longer and we will work on an individual basis to set goals for completing books.  Students may choose to work on their CRAFT journals at home as well.  You can read more about CRAFT journals below.  We have time in-class to work on these, but if they don’t finish, they should find independent time to complete the entry so that they can submit on-time.  Once we visit the media center, we will set a date for the first entry.

ELA:  This week, we will set up our CRAFT journal and prepare for our first reading assignment.  CRAFT journals are reading journals in which students respond to their independent reading.  CRAFT journals are due every 2 weeks and students will have clear expectations (found inside the notebook) for the entries.  I will post the due dates on the blog, we will write them in our agendas, and they will be posted on our class calendar.  Again, once we visit the media center, we will set a date for the first entry.

  • We will visit the media center on Thursday for our orientation and first check-out.  Students are expected to have an independent reading book at all times.  This does not have to be a book from the media center.  If they are reading a book from home, that’s fine too.  We will go each week for check-outs & renewals on Mondays.  This will ensure that they start each week with something to read!
  • We’ll also begin our grammar study and set up those notebooks & expectations.

Wednesday:  Calling Volunteers! – check class tag to sign up for the Book Tasting!

Social Studies: This week, we begin our study of US Geography.  Students will be learning all 50 states by their region and location on a map.  We will begin our study of the southern region this week.  We will learn state names, capitals, and the abbreviation.  Our quiz will assess the states by name, but if you can name the capitals for them too, house points will be awarded.  If you can also name the abbreviation, more house points are awarded!  Students will create a graphic organizer in their social studies notebook to study from and they can watch / learn one of the songs below to help them.  We will watch these in-class too several times over the course of our geography unit.  Students will bring their social studies journals home every day so they can study.  Homework for social studies will mostly include studying, but occasionally may include an independent assignment.  Students will have information in their agendas when there is an independent assignment.

Wakko’s America Song by Wakko Warner

Tour the States – Official Music Video

 

Whew!  You made it!  Have a great week!

 

August 2

It was a GREAT first day in 5th grade!

We had an amazing first day!  The kiddos enjoyed meeting their classmates, watched some fun videos, and got to investigate their teachers!

Students are thinking about their leadership roles in our classes tonight.  How will they lead?  They jotted down their top 3 choices today and should finish the job applications tonight.

They are excited about being sorted into “Houses” tomorrow.  They’ll come home with their House Crest on their agenda tomorrow afternoon.

I typically post my blog for the week on Sundays.  It will give you an over-view of what we have planned for the week and important dates for events and quizzes / tests.

I hope they enjoyed their first day as much as I did!  I can’t wait to get to know them better…it’s going to be a great year!

You can follow us on twitter @TeamMisinco…you’ll get pics every now and then of the class in-action.

As you read in our welcome letter, we will also be using a software called “class tag” this year.  It is similar to the remind app that many have used in the past, but it will allow better communication and a platform for volunteering, sending in needed items for class, etc.  Watch for the information to come home about that next week.

July 22

WELCOME!

I can’t wait to get our 2019-2020 school year started!

I LOVE teaching 5th graders and it will be a great year!

I look forward to meeting all of you at Meet and Greet on July 30th from 9-11 AM.  If you preordered school supplies, those boxes will be in the classroom.  Feel free to take it with you, or leave it and we will unpack it together when we start school on August 1st.

In the mean time, I will be getting our classroom ready for you…it will be a fun, cozy, and exciting place to learn this year!

 

See you on the 30th!

May 20

May 20th

Wow – I can’t believe how quickly this school year has passed!  It has been a pleasure teaching and learning with you this year!  Thank you all for the wonderful and thoughtful gifts over the past weeks, and most of all for sending such AMAZING kids into our classroom each day.  I will truly miss all of these kids!

Here’s a final look at our last 3 days of 5th grade:

Monday 5/20 =

  • Bring an Empty back-pack
  • Decades Duel – 12:00 – 2:00
  • 1980s Dress up Day – the bigger the hair….the BETTER!

Tuesday 5/21 =

  • Students may bring an empty backpack for last minute items to take home.
  • 5th Grade Celebration @ 9:30 -11:30 – Wear class t-shirt – party at the bus port! 
  • Many parents wish to check out their child after the party ends, please see me to sign out your child.
  • Sack lunches in-class after celebration.  If you don’t need a lunch because you plan to check-out, please let me know.  I don’t want you to be charged for a lunch that you’re not at school to eat!
  • Early Release @ 12:30

Wednesday 5/22 = Last Day of School: Early Release @ 12:30

  • DRESS FOR SUCCESS – you’ll be standing in front of an audience, you’ll want to look your best!
  • No backpacks to or from school.

  • 9:30 = 5th grade Walk of Honor
  • Promotion Ceremony takes place immediately following the walk.   Students can be dismissed to parents immediately following the ceremony.  See me to sign out your child.
  • Sack lunches in-class after ceremony.  If you don’t need a lunch because you plan to check-out, please let me know.  I don’t want you to be charged for a lunch that you’re not at school to eat!
  • If your child rides the bus home, they will need you to take their recorder with you after the ceremony.

Please check the blog each day – in case there are updates.

Have a great last 3 days….and HAPPY SUMMER!

May 14

May 13th

Tuesday 5/14 = Field Day for 3rd, 4th, 5th

  • Sack lunches
  • We will perform The Evolution of Dance during Lunchtime on field day.
  • Cow Drop!  How many cows can jump from a helicopter? 

Wednesday 5/15 =

  • Field Day for K, 1st, & 2nd grades
  • We will perform the Evolution of Dance at the end of K-2 field day – usually around 1:00
  • Yearbook Signing – bring back those yearbooks!
  • Dress up Day for the 1950s.  Come in your best jackets and rolled up jeans!
  •  Human Growth and Development class for girls.  2:15 – 4:00   Students should bring their permission slip with them the day of class; it is their “ticket” in the door”.  Please let me know if you need a permission slip.

Thursday 5/16 =

  • Decades Projects are due –
  • 1960s Day – Dress up like the 1960s
  • Human Growth and Development Class for Boys –  2:15 – 3:45.  please let me know if you need another permission slip.  This permission slip is their “ticket” in the door.

 


Friday 5/17 =

  • STEM Day – Sack lunches today –
  • Parents are invited to attend our STEM fashion show at 1:10 pm.
  • 1970s Dress up Day – Calling all Hippies with bell bottom jeans!

Monday 5/20 =

  • Decades Duel –
  • 1980s Dress up Day – the bigger the hair….the BETTER!
  • Final letter to Mrs. M due.  See below for details.

Tuesday 5/21 =

  • 5th Grade Celebration @ 9:30  – Wear class t-shirt – party at the bus port! 
  • Early Release @ 12:30

Wednesday 5/22 = Last Day of School: Early Release @ 12:30

  • 9:30 = 5th grade Walk of Honor
  • Promotion Ceremony takes place immediately following the walk.   Students can be dismissed to parents immediately following the ceremony.

Language Arts:  Students have one final, independent assignment in Language Arts.  Over the course of the next week, I have asked students to write a friendly letter to me.  I am not perfect, far from it, but I do always strive to do and be better.  This annual letter is one of the ways I get honest feedback from students.  In their letter, I would like them to describe the good, bad, and ugly about their year in 5th grade.  Here are some questions to consider:

  • What activities / lessons do you feel you learned most from this year?
  • What should never, ever, be done again?
  • In your opinion, how can I be a better teacher for other students?
  • What will you remember about me? or…What do you hope to forget? 🙂

Be honest.  You will be on your way out the door by the time that I read through all these.  I’ve explained to students that I am a big girl and they can be brutally honest, but they must give evidence either way.  If you feel something was wonderful, and you learned a lot, explain why it was beneficial.  If you feel I was the worst and you hope to never have another teacher like me, that’s fine too; just give evidence to back it up.  I will post a rubric as soon as I finish discussing with all the classes.

We are finishing up our museums over the next few days!  They are looking amazing!

May 10

May 9th

Tuesday 5/14 = Field Day for 3rd, 4th, 5th

  • Sack lunches
  • We will perform The Evolution of Dance during Lunchtime on field day.
  • Cow Drop!  How many cows can jump from a helicopter?  

Wednesday 5/15 = Field Day for K, 1st, 2nd.  We will perform the Evolution of Dance at the end of K-2 field day – usually around 1:00

Wednesday 5/15 = Dress up Day for the 1950s.  Come in your best jackets and rolled up jeans!

Wednesday 5/15 = Human Growth and Development class.  Students should bring their permission slip with them the day of class; it is their “ticket” in the door”.

Thursday 5/16 = Decades Projects are due – 1960s Day – Dress up like the 1960s

Thursday 5/16 = Chorus sings at Suntrust Park

Friday 5/17 = STEM Day – Sack lunches today – 1970s Dress up Day – Calling all Hippies with bell bottom jeans!

Monday 5/20 = Decades Duel – 1980s Dress up Day – the bigger the hair….the BETTER!

Tuesday 5/21 = 5th Grade Celebration @ 9:30  – Wear class t-shirt – party at the bus port!  Early Release @ 12:30

Wednesday 5/22 = Last Day of School: Early Release @ 12:30

  • 9:30 = 5th grade Walk of Honor
  • by 10:00 = Promotion Ceremony – We will begin the ceremony immediately after the walk.  Students can be dismissed to parents immediately following the ceremony.
May 6

May 6th

Important Dates for the remainder of the school year!

Monday 5/6 – Friday 5/10 = Book Swap.

  • Bring in gently used books this week for tickets.  In a few days, you can use those tickets to pick out other gently used books!  Click on the link above to find out more.

Monday 5/6 – Friday 5/10 = Cow Drop Sales

Thursday 5/9 = 6-7pm Leadership Night.  5th grade will show off their 7 Habits Historical Leaders.  Parents can stick around after the student portions to meet our new principal for 2019-2020, Dr. Benji Morrell.

Tuesday 5/14 = Field Day for 3rd, 4th, 5th

  • Sack lunches
  • we will perform the Evolution of Dance around 1:00 in the bus port.
  • Cow Drop!

Wednesday 5/15 = Field Day for K, 1st, 2nd.  We will perform the Evolution of Dance at the end of K-2 field day

Thursday 5/16 = Decades Projects are due

Thursday 5/16 = Chorus sings at Suntrust Park

Friday 5/17 = STEM Day – Sack lunches today

Monday 5/20 = Decades Duel

Tuesday 5/21 = 5th Grade Celebration – Wear class t-shirt – party at the bus port!  Early Release @ 12:30

Wednesday 5/22 = Last Day of School: Early Release @ 12:30

  • 9:30 = 5th grade Walk of Honor
  • by 10:00 = Promotion Ceremony – We will begin the ceremony immediately after.  Students can be dismissed to parents immediately following the ceremony.

 

Science this week:  We will continue our study of electricity and magnetism.  Students will have a circuits quiz on Wednesday.  They have notes in their IAN, we have built circuits, and they will have access to online activities that will help as well.

Social Studies:  Great job on your  Cold War quiz last week!  We will continue our study of how the Iron Curtain affected lives around the world.  We will take notes and watch a few videos during our last “normal” week of school.  Students are also researching and learning about their Decade.  That research is being used to curate a digital museum.  Students should be finishing up research and working in their museums as soon as possible!

Language Arts:  Students have written at least half of their biography about a chosen person from their decade.  We wrote paragraphs 1 and 2 in class together.  If you haven’t already started on paragraphs 3-4, do so immediately!  We want those finished by Wednesday.  We will be using time in 2 different classes to type those essays!  If you can type at home, that will put you ahead of the game!  Any TYPED essays that are shared with me by Wednesday receive an additional 5 points!

If you need a breakdown of a suggested organization for your biography…here you go:

  • paragraph 1 = introduction / orientation.  Engage & Hook your reader.  Let them know by the end of the paragraph WHO the essay will be about (without saying “this essay will be about”….or “I’m going to tell you about….”).
  • paragraph 2 = early life.  Remember that days we are born are not always important….but being born in 1932 in the middle of the Great Depression…that’s huge!  It would impact a person’s entire early life.  Think about the MAJOR events of early life.  Eventhough he/she has 12 brothers and sisters, is it IMPORTANT to the story you’re trying to tell.  Remember…no FACT vomit.
  • paragraph 3 = Explain how the person had an impact on society.  What are they known for?  Did they receive awards/recognition for their actions?  Include their major accomplishments.
  • paragraph 4 = Later Life / Fun facts (relevant to the story).  What did the person achieve later in life?  For example, Michael Jordan after retiring from basketball, went on to purchase his own team.  Are they still living?  If not, you can include when they died.
  • paragraph 5 = closing.  Write a closing that ends your essay smoothly.  You can include the most surprising things about your person….what people think about them now….will they be remembered forever?

 

code word for the week:  leadership night.  For every student who gives the code word, 1 classroom point will be added to their class’ total.

Have a great week!

May 4

May 3rd

Important Dates for the remainder of the school year!

Monday 5/6 – Friday 5/10 = Book Swap

Tuesday 5/14 = Field Day for 3rd, 4th, 5th

  • Sack lunches today –
  • we will perform the Evolution of Dance around 1:00 in the bus port. 
  • Cow Drop!

Wednesday 5/15 = Field Day for K, 1st, 2nd

Thursday 5/16 = Decades Projects are due

Thursday 5/16 = Chorus sings at Suntrust Park

Friday 5/17 = STEM Day – Sack lunches today

Monday 5/20 = Decades Duel

Tuesday 5/21 = 5th Grade Celebration – Wear class t-shirt – party at the bus port!  Early Release @ 12:30

Wednesday 5/22 = Last Day of School: Early Release @ 12:30

  • 9:30 = 5th grade Walk of Honor
  • by 10:00 = Promotion Ceremony – We will begin the ceremony immediately after.  Students can be dismissed to parents immediately following the ceremony.

Parents – with so much going on this time of year, I know you have to pick and choose which events to attend!

Students will be so busy at the party….so if you have to miss something, that’s the event to skip.  The Ceremony is organized with parents & students in mind.  If you can make it the morning of May 22nd, we’d be happy to see you in the audience!


4th 9 week Report Cards are going digital! All you need is your ParentVue login. Don’t have a ParentVue login, please visit the front office with your ID and our office clerks can help you obtain your account. Please click here for more information about ParentVue.  All 4th 9 week report cards will be digital.


I have not assigned ELA homework.  I would like students to use every opportunity to research their decade and the individual they are writing their essay about.  Students should not begin working “IN” their museum until I have their biography…the sooner that’s completed, the sooner you get inside your museum!