Wilson's Creek 5th Grade News

September 27- October 1, 2021

Principal Pride Post

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Important Dates:

September 24 - Mid 1st Quarter Reports sent home for parents to view, sign and return.

October 8 - Picture Day.

October 21 - End of First Quarter

October 22 - No school for students - Teacher Work/Learning Day.

Notes From the Nurse:

Student seasonal flu vaccines will be given at Wilson’s Creek on Thursday October 7th. Your child will come home with a permission form soon. If you want your child to receive the free vaccine, please complete the permission form and return to your child’s teacher no later than Tuesday, October 5th. The permission form can also be found on the sps.org website for you to print or the link is: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12QIUZ9XtwOQ8b4F9f9CUPAZFEFu60EI0/view



Students will practice using the library’s online catalog so they know how to find books.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage month runs from September 15 through October 15. The library will have a book display of positive fiction and nonfiction books with powerful and strong main characters that are Hispanic.

Mrs. Melson’s Contact Information and Links:

E-mail: amelson@spsmail.org

Twitter: @WCreekLibrary

5th Grade Library Class Canvas page

School Library Canvas page

School Library website

Teacher Wish List

Instructional Technology

During the month of September, we will focus on News and Media Literacy with 5th graders. We will specifically focus on clickbait and how to avoid it.

With so much news and media available to our students, it is important for them to understand who created it, why they created it, and whether it is credible and safe. These skills will help them navigate the risks that come with online news and media.

Check out this article from Common Sense Media to learn more about digital literacy.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. 😊

Rachel Burk



5th graders are working on learning our songs for our Veterans Day program which will be on November 11th. Times will be forthcoming. There are links for students to practice at home on the 5th grade Music Canvas page and I can also make CD’s for students to listen to at home as well.

Concert Choir:

I am so impressed by the attention of the students during our rehearsals and I am so excited about the quality of singing coming from this group. This is going to be a great year! Please stay tuned to our Remind app for important announcements and reminders.

Mr. Parker



We will continue a throwing and catching skills unit. We will practice the skills by participating in various lead-up games, skill building activities, and partner challenges.

Coach Neville

E-mail: lmneville@spsmail.org

Twitter: @levipsu32


A Note from the Counselor

Jill Wilson Jrwilson@spsmail.org

Love is First:

As parents and teachers we have a great desire to see our students achieving academic goals and finding success. When students struggle academically it is important for each of us to continue to show love and acceptance to our students. Most kids are looking for proof that their parents love and accept them. Smiles, eye contact, and touching are important ways for parents to communicate that Love is First and achievement and success are secondary. We never want to help create an irrational belief in our children or students that people are loved only when they do a good job.

Plan to make time for smiles and hugs, especially for children who are having the most difficulty in school.

Pearl #5

“You are loved not for what you do but for who you are.”

Jill Wilson, M.S, P.S.C.


Student Council News


We are currently sold out of water bottles and blue medium socks. However, you may still order the other items from our flyer. See the attached flyer for details.

Class Elections

Student Council class elections will be later in 1st Quarter. Each class will have two representatives. More information coming soon.

Hat Friday

Every Friday is Hat Friday at Wilson's Creek!

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Programs for Gifted Students – (Policy IGBB)

Springfield Public Schools is committed to improving student learning opportunities for all students in the district and authorizes a program for meeting the educational needs of identified gifted students in an educational environment beyond that offered in the regular classroom. Policy IGBB outlines program expectations, oversight responsibilities and parent request for review of data. The Gifted Education Director and/or designee (School Psychological Examiner) will review the student’s test and meet with the parents/guardians to assist in understanding/interpreting the student’s assessment results and answer any questions relating to the evaluation process. For more information, please contact Dr. Lenae Lazzelle, Gifted Education Director at 417-523-3310.

Gifted Education Programs

Students participating in the K-8 gifted program WINGS, are involved in a shared home school/Phelps Center curriculum. Because participation results in students being in another location one day each week, this presents unique situations to the District’s professional staff, participating students, and the involved families. Principals are asked to review the following guidelines with their staff at the beginning of each school year:

WINGS students should not be held accountable for standard classroom assignments, such as review, practice exercises, daily work and other related activities missed on the day of participation in the gifted program. Students are accountable for the concepts, process skills and intellectual content as measured on end-of-unit tests, projects or other assessments included in the curriculum presented by the home school teacher.

The home school shall avoid scheduling major tests, assignment due dates for major projects, field trips, honor programs, etc. on the day students attend the gifted program. Students attending WINGS should be considered fully enrolled and not be penalized for grades dependent on class participation, attendance, and daily assignments that occur on their day of attendance at one of these programs.

Home school teachers should communicate their strategy for addressing these practices and procedures with participating students and parents at the beginning of the school year.

For additional information contact the Phelps Center for Gifted Education at 417-523-3300.