Wilson's Creek 5th Grade News

September 21-25

Important Dates:

  • Virtural Open House: September 29 from 7-8 pm. More details to follow!
  • Mid 1st Quarter - September 25
  • End of 1st Quarter - October 22

Principal's Pride Post

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ZEARN: In math this week, we will be working again in Zearn over lessons 10-12. Students will have online lessons to go through and learn. They also have a math packet with pages to fill out for each lesson.

On seated days students will continue their Zearn lessons, as well as, work on grading and reviewing past lessons to make the lessons make more sense to the students.

DreamBox: The minimum time for the week is 60 minutes of DreamBox time. In that time frame, you should complete a minimum of 5 lessons for the week. If you finish your 5 lessons before the 60 minute time frame, then continue working on more lessons. Don't just let the program run in the background.



· This week we will focus on genres of fiction and nonfiction text.

· Continue to read 20 minutes each day for enhancing vocabulary.

· Students will complete their required lessons in Reading Plus or Lexia.


·We are taking what we learned about a pebble story last week and building on it to write a personal narrative.

· Students will complete Daily Language Practice packet 4 this week. They will complete one assignment page each school day (including online learning days).

Integrated Studies (PBL)

We are finishing on our first PBL, Test Kitchen, this week. Our objective has been to see how a healthy diet leads to a healthy lifestyle. This week we will continue focusing on how to make a healthy pizza and how all the ingredients combine to make it a nutritious choice. We will also explore mixtures, solutions, food safety, and how others cook with a solar oven.


What are the Elements and Principles of Art?

The elements of art and principles of design are the fundamental pieces that make up an artwork. Most works of art will make use of many or all of the elements and principles of art. We often judge art by how effectively the artist used these design fundamentals even before we learn about them.

The elements of art are the building blocks of an artwork: color, line, shape, form, value, texture, and space. They are the tools artists use when creating an artwork.

The principles of design are how those building blocks are arranged: contrast, rhythm, proportion, balance, unity, emphasis, movement, and variety. They are the ways an artist can organize the elements of art to create a wide range of effects.

Each of these art fundamentals are closely related and many of them overlap. When combined, they produce a complete artistic vision.

I can’t wait until we can go over all of these in class together!

Mrs. Dalton

Email: jjmcormick@spsmail.org


We will begin our striking skills unit.

Please remember to have your child log in weekly to their PE Canvas course to complete the weekly At Home learning assignments. Thank you!

Coach Neville

E-mail: lmneville@spsmail.org

Twitter: @levipsu32


5th grade music is currently learning about the ingredients that go in to creating music. We are talking about meter and how to recognize different meters in music. There are some exercises for 5th graders to complete on Quaver Music during their virtual days. There is also a tutorial at the top of the 5th grade Music CANVAS page that walks them through how to login and navigate the Quaver Music app.

If there are any questions or difficulties, please inbox me through CANVAS or you can contact me directly at jlparker@spsmail.org.

Mr. Parker

Email: jlparker@spsmail.org


Mrs. Melson’s Contact Info:

E-mail: amelson@spsmail.org

Canvas: Wilson’s Creek Library Learning Commons


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Tech News from Mrs. Hilton

Each Wednesday, I will be posting a new Instructional Technology mission, or lesson to the Canvas course, WC-IT. The quiz or assignment that goes along with each mission is due the following Wednesday for points. The mission topics range from typing and coding to digital citizenship and computer how-to’s. Please encourage your learner to check out the WC-IT course to make sure they are completing the missions each week. Email me if you have any questions.

Mrs. Hilton

Email: trhilton@spsmail.org


Today’s Love and Logic note is geared towards teachers. I believe this is helpful to parents during this season where you are finding yourself being a part time as you assist your student in navigating these online learning modes. I hope you find these tips beneficial.

Four Steps to Responsibility

The Love and Logic approach creates real-world situations in the classroom where opportunities for decision-making are experienced. Creating responsible students in a four-step process:

  1. Give the student a task that he/she can handle. For best results, have the child describe in his/her own words how things will look when the task is finished. For example, let the student decide whether or not to bring his homework assignment in on time.

  2. When Students Make a Mistake: This is the opportunity for the student to have a “real-world” learning experience. This step reduces the temptation for the adult to give reminders. If the student can have a learning lesson today, it will be the most inexpensive lesson possible. The cost of learning about the real world goes up as time goes on.

  3. Let Equal Parts of Consequences and Empathy do the Teaching. This step reduces the chance that the adult will express anger. Students need to learn that their mistakes hurt them. Empathy or sorrow reduces the chance that the student will spend time thinking about the adult’s anger. The student's attention should be on his/her own life and decisions instead of upon the adult’s emotional reaction. If the student does not bring the homework assignment in on time, you can empathize, “I’m sorry you didn’t get it here on time.” Offer no other alternatives. Allow the student to suffer the consequences.

  4. Give the same task again. This sends the unstated message that people learn from their mistakes.

Discipline with Love and Logic

Jim Fay

Jill Wilson Jrwilson@spsmail.org

Notes from the Nurse

This year has brought many new changes that we are adjusting to along with our students and parents! Some changes that we wanted to make you aware of:

  1. We are not allowing visitors into the building without an appointment. Please call us at (417) 523-7930 if you need to drop off medications or supplies for your child. Masks and temperature screening are required to come in for an appointment.

2. We are not taking many medications for administration at school this year. These are decided on an as-needed and severity basis. Obviously we would still like to have emergency medications like epi-pens and inhalers (although no nebulizer treatments this year), but as far as cold /allergy or pain medication, we have been told to avoid accepting these. The district does not want us administering those medications and possibly “masking” COVID symptoms. If your child has a history of migraines or severe seasonal allergies, please make sure that we are aware of this information!

3. We are having to send students home much sooner and with less illness symptoms than in prior years. Please continue to work with us as we follow the new guidelines that are, understandably, stricter this year. If your child has to be sent home, we will have specific instructions on when they can return and will also inform their teacher that your child will be doing more virtual learning so that they can continue receiving support online while at home.

4. If your child has been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please let us know! We are helping to keep track of students quarantined and dates of quarantine along with Health Services and the Health Department. We are also reaching out to teachers so that they can provide extra support to those students that are stuck at home while under quarantine. Supporting our students/families and also maintaining privacy are our top priorities!

Thank you for your continued support! Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any concerns or questions!

Nurse Singleton and Nurse Rachel

Emails: rlhaynes@spsmail.org and bssingleton@spsmail.org

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Tech Support

Tech Questions

SPS Help Desk Information:

  • 417-523-HELP (4357)

Canvas Support:

  • 417-523-0417




Student Council is selling Wilson’s Creek drawstring bags, sunglasses, hair ties, water bottles, and socks. Please see the order form, and email Mr. Kennedy at jdkennedy@spsmail.org if you have any questions.

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Our 5th grade teachers are using the ClassDojo app to monitor student participation, work, and behavior. Your child’s homeroom teacher will be sending out a paper on how you can sign up for free parent accounts! This is a great way to see how your child is doing at school. Once you create an account, you can:

· See photos and updates about what we are doing in class.

· Click “view report” to see daily or weekly reports on the points your child has earned.

· Message your child's teacher.

This is just another great tool to stay connected to what is going on in your child's school life!


Follow us on Twitter! @WilsonsCreekInt

Blue Team: Ms. Fraser (@AndreaFraser123), Mrs. Keller (@megankeller417), Mr. Kennedy (@MrJoshuaKennedy)

Silver Team: Mrs. Cable (@CableGal000), Mrs. Cederblom (@melcederblom), and Mrs. Kamienski (@skfronczak)

Virtural Team: Mrs. Ellis (@ellenellis) and Ms. Hammon (@

Blue Team

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Mrs. Musil - Special Education - tmusil@spsmail.org

Mr. Kennedy - ELA - jdkennedy@spsmail.org

Mrs. Keller - Math - makeller@spsmail.org

Ms. Fraser - Integrated Units - afraser-schmidt@spsmail.org

Silver Team

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Mrs. Cederblom - Integrated Units - mscederblom@spsmail.org

Mrs. Cable - Math - mcable@spsmail.org

Mrs. Kamienski - ELA - skkamienski@spsmail.org

Virtual Team

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Mrs. Ellis - emellis@spsmail.org

Ms. Hammon - alhammon@spsmail.org