September 17-21

Important Dates for Next Week:

Monday and Tuesday- Continue ITBS testing

Wednesday- Spirit Night at Huey Luey’s (5-9pm)

What are we learning next week?

Math- Multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals.  We will start with reviewing whole number multiplication/division and then work on applying it to decimals.

Reading- Last week we celebrated Roald Dahl day and kicked off new reading groups.  Each student is reading a book by Roald Dahl.  They are all fun stories full of great description and new vocabulary!  We will be working on context clues as we read.

Writing- We are in the process of publishing our narratives.  Everyone should have theirs printed by fall break!  We will also be practicing some prompt writing and constructed responses.

Social Studies- We are continuing to study the turn of century by looking at famous inventors from the time period (Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver, and the Wright brothers) and immigration.

Have a great fall break!

September 4-7

Happy (almost) labor day!  I hope everyone has a great 3 day weekend!

Important dates for next week:

Monday, September 3- No school for labor day!

Wednesday, September 5- Progress Reports go home

Thursday, September 6-  4-H visit and Media Center (bring back books to return)

Friday, September 7- Counseling lesson with Ms. Perry

What are we learning?

Math- We will review reading, writing, comparing AND rounding decimals while moving on to adding and subtracting them.  Most students have been doing really well with this unit.  Keep practicing multiplication facts every night.

Reading- We wrapped up An Island far from Home and will be practicing some reading comprehension work with picture books this week.  We are reading some favorites by Patricia Polacco and really focusing on theme!

Writing- This week is about wrapping up, revising, and editing our personal narratives.  Students should be bringing their pieces to an end and getting ready to publish.

Science/Social Studies- We will start the week by going over our science test and doing a fun STEM activity to wrap up our science unit. Then we are jumping back into Social Studies by studying the Turn of the Century.  This is a really fun unit that covers lots of topics from cattle trails to inventors!


Grades should now be available to see on Parent Vue!  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and sign progress reports when they come home on Wednesday.

Thank you,

Ms. Quesenberry


Week of August 27-31

Important dates for next week:

August 29-Early Release (School will let out two hours early)

What are we learning next week?

Math- We will continue working with place value of decimals as well as comparing them.  We will look at the tenths, hundredths, and thousandths places.

Reading- We will finish our book, An Island far from Home, and discuss theme.  We will practice finding theme in some picture books.

Writing- We are continuing the work on our narratives by revising.  We will also be using writing partner to get advice, learn from each other, and get new ideas!

Science- We will wrap up our unit on constructive and destructive forces.  Look out for a study guide to be sent home for our unit test!


August 20-August 27

Important Events:

-Tuesday, August 21st: Picture Day!  All students will take an individual photo

-Thursday, August 23rd: Media Center Orientation with Mrs. Stanley

What are we learning this week?

Math- We are moving our place value knowledge into decimals!  We will study tenths and hundredths while we review standard, expanded, and word form with decimals.  We will also be reviewing comparing and ordering numbers.

Writing-  We are continuing our narratives this week.  Each student has picked a “seed story” and written a rough draft.  This week is all about going back and revising to make those “seed stories” grow!  We will look at leads, description, dialogue, and make sure we are writing with a story arc to keep our readers attention.  We are also kicking off mentor sentences this week!

Reading- We are continuing to read An Island Far from Home and discuss it each day! Students are really enjoying this story.  As we finish this book we will begin studying theme.

Science-  We are taking a break from Social Studies to study some science.  We are looking at constructive and destructive forces and the landforms those forces create.  The tentative test date for this unit is Friday, August 31st.  Students will get a study guide before this unit test!

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

August 13-17

The first full week of fifth grade went great!  This next week we are really diving into each subject area.  The past week and a half have been planned around introducing routines/procedures and reviewing information.  This is what we will be focused on this week:

Math- Review place value (standard, word, and expanded form), Introduce powers of 10 and exponents.  Students are expected to recognize 10³ = 10 x 10 x 10 = 1,000.

Reading- We have started the novel An Island Far from Home.  It ties in well with our Social Studies unit as well as our reading standards.  It is the story of a boy living in Massachusetts during the Civil War who begins writing letters to a Rebel soldier his age.  As we read, students are answering questions and working on various reading skills.  They also have time everyday for independent reading and discussion.

Writing- We will kick off personal narratives this week!  Students will come up with several ideas and start drafting.  By the end of the week they will narrowed down their ideas to one “seed story”.  We will be using that draft for the next few weeks to add details, revise, etc.

Social Studies- We have started covering the Civil War.  We will continue learning about this time period and move into Reconstruction this week.


Coming Soon: Open House!

Don’t forget to stop by Pitner Thursday night for Open House.  Here is the schedule for the night:

  • 6 – 6:15 pm- PTSA meeting

  • 6:20 – 6:50 pm- Session 1


  • 7 – 7:30 pm- Session 2

We will be giving an overview of what your student will be learning this year, explaining the class behavior system, and I will be available to answer questions!  I look forward to seeing you there!

Great First Day!

We had a great first day in fifth grade!  It was also a busy day!  We sorted our supplies, labeled our notebooks, wrote a classroom constitution, looked through our folders, and started an art project!  

In order to write our class constitution, the students first brainstormed what they need from their teacher AND their other classmates in order to learn best.  They came up with 4 great expectations!

Make sure to check your student’s folder tonight and start making your way through all the papers and forms.  Remember the Student Information Form is online this year, you can access the form here.

Let me know if you have any questions and I’m looking forward to a great rest of the week!


Welcome to my blog for the 2018-2019 school year!  My name is Cassie Quesenberry and it is my third year teaching at Pitner, but my ninth year overall!  I have taught Kindergarten, First Grade, Fourth Grade, and I am very excited to be back in Fifth Grade!

I went to the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and started teaching in Athens.  I love reading a good book, working out, traveling to new places, and volunteering with teenagers at my church!  My favorite subject to teach is writing, but I loved math when I was a student.  I love to travel, drink coffee, and read new books!  I am so excited for a great school year!