5th Grade

Keefe, Kingsley & Ward

Upcoming Events

January, 19th: First Stage's production of Holes - Bring a cold lunch

January 20th: Reading MAP Test

February 22nd: Yearbook forms are due

February 24th: Six Flags Reading Logs are due

March 23rd: D.A.R.E. Graduation


Again we were able to welcome Officer Jeff Lenius into our classrooms for another D.A.R.E. sessions. We would like to thank him for all of the extra time and effort that he gives this excellent program. His passion, commitment and energy make the time with your child a very positive experience.

Please mark your calendars for our very special D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:00 pm. We would like ALL students to attend, so please inform your sport coaches, music teachers, and other activity leaders that this day is very important and that you child needs to attends their D.A.R.E. graduation. Thank you for honoring this request and making the necessary arrangements ahead of time. It is greatly appreciated.

Six Flags

Horizon is participating in an exciting program that encourages our students to read for fun. Read to succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before the school's deadline (February 24th) is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at one participating Six Flags Theme Park.

Here is a link for more information and reading log sheet.

Holes Field Trip

We head to First Stage in two weeks for Holes. If your child has not yet returned their permission slip and money, please have them do so next week.

We will be leaving for the play at 9:00 am and return to school around 12:00 pm. Students will be having lunch in the classroom when we return, so please have your child brings in a cold lunch. Since we will be eating after our normal lunch period, students will not be able to purchase milk or a la carte.


We are getting back to logging reading minutes because as we gathered, honesty was given and we needed to get back to reading nightly and logging. Many thanks for helping and guiding your child to continue to grow as readers!

We launched our next unit of study: Tackling Complexity - Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction and are focusing on the main idea of the text, vocabulary development and text complexity. Their final project will be writing and producing a nonfiction piece; you could feel the excitement and hear the enthusiasm!


Students celebrated their success and completion of their informational essay this week. They worked extremely hard in this unit by researching, note taking, citing sources, and organizing subtopics. I will be conferencing with students one last time over the next two weeks using the rubric to guide the conversation and to supply immediate feedback.

Coming up next... Persuasive essays! We will begin the unit front-loading with debates, observing different structures, and recognizing point of view and audience.


The students did a fantastic job on their first quiz in Unit 4! Next week we will be building off of their understanding of multiplying two-digit numbers and learn how to multiply whole numbers by decimals numbers, decimals by decimals, and decimals greater than one. Check the homework page for upcoming quizzes.

As part of this unit students will be designing their own home. Using scaled drawings, they will begin to understand how ratios work. In addition, students will be finding the area of their house, rooms, furniture, etc. In order for this activity to authentic, it would be beneficial to talk with your child about the realistic measurements of homes. Would it make sense for their home to be 10 feet by 10 feet? This would make for great dinner time discussions!


This week we explored how the shape of a solid effects its mass. Some students predicted that the shape would change the solid's mass while other thought that the mass would be the same. Ask your child, if the shape of a solid effect the solid's mass. Make sure they support their thinking!

Next week we will see if the mass of a liquid will change depending on the shape of it's container. Then we will be move into the second property of matter, volume. We will

use displacement to find the volume of irregular shaped objects.

Social Studies

Students are zooming into colonization of the New England region. They will be studying influential figures at the time, the geography, economics, and much more. Much of the learning will be self-guided over the next week. All the while, we will be preparing to be able to hold a town meeting simulation using everything we've learned!

Accelerated Math - Mrs. Quick

This week in math, we continued our “Division Mania” Workshop, which covered a multitude of topics, including interpreting remainders, dividing decimals using visual models, dividing decimals using QR codes, as well as a bit of integers and and circumference mixed in! Wednesday, Thursday, and part of Friday was spent MAP testing for most students. Ask your child if they met their mid-year goal! Next week we’ll wrap up our division unit!
Band Practice Schedule

Please help us out by looking into your student's band schedule. Remind them of the day of the week they have practice and the time. Next week will be the "black week."