5th Grade

Keefe, Kingsley & Ward

Upcoming Events

February 20th: Community Fair

February 8 - 22nd: Sports items for Ecuador

February 22nd: Yearbook forms are due

February 24th: Six Flags Reading Logs are due

February 25 & 26: No School

March 1st: Picture Day for new students

March 3rd: Human Growth and Development Parent Preview Night at 6:00 in Horizon


March 14th: Spring Conferences (optional, more information to come)

March 21st: Human Growth and Development Permission Slips due

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

Human Growth and Development

The PSD will be offering lessons in fifth grade dealing with selected topics in human growth and development. Separate classes will be conducted for boys and girls.

The topics of these lessons will be the following:

  • the male and female reproductive system
  • the physical, social, and emotional changes in puberty for both boys and girls
  • the menstrual cycle
  • the importance of hygiene
  • respect for others

Fifth grade boys and girls will be seeing separate videos designed for students at their grade level. Parent permission is required for attendance in the human growth and development lessons. If your child does not attend the lessons, he/she will participate in an alternative activity.

There will be a parent preview night on THURSDAY, MARCH 3rd, 2016 at 6:00 pm at Horizon Elementary School Library. This meeting will include information on what is covered in 4th and 5th grade human growth and development, view the video, preview any materials and an opportunity to ask any questions. If you are unable to make it to the parent's night, but wish to preview the materials, please feel free to come in any time from 8:15 - 3:30 (please call first to set up a time). If you would like to preview the video, you must view it at school. If you attended the preview night last year, the materials have not changed. Please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs. Jeanie Matkin, RN at 701-5532, or Mrs. Kelly Holsclaw, Health Teacher, at 701-5679 with an additional questions.

Spring Conferences

Spring Conferences will be taking place March 16th & 17th to align with PLE's schedule. These conferences are OPTIONAL. IF you would like a conference, please choose a time using Family Access (the same way you signed up for Fall Conferences). If you have trouble with this process, please send your homeroom teacher an e-mail.

Also, remember that these conferences are optional and that information on 6th grade or math placement for next year will not be available for these conferences, as we need data from later in the year to make this determination.

Pewaukee Community Fair

Community Day, on Sat., Feb. 20, 10 am-3 pm @ PHS, is offering many new carnival games made by high school students, fabulous prizes, business vendors, face painting by the ASA Clark Art Club, inflatables, cake walk, free arts & crafts by Champions, delicious food vendors, terrific silent auctions and raffles, book fair, and so much more! Free childcare provided by Champions with donation to the Pewaukee Food Pantry.

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.


We will continue to study long division next week by diving whole number by decimal numbers and decimal numbers by whole numbers. Also, next week Wednesday the students will participate in a critical thinking, logic activity. They will be required to "break out" of a box. Working in groups, students will solve logic puzzles to discover codes necessary for breaking locks.


The theme of writing this week was REVISION! Students spent three days revising their own essays, reading over peers' essays for feedback, self-assessing and making more revision changes. Before publishing our piece next week, students will make one final change to shift their piece to a specific audience type: parents, peers, health officials, and district administrators.

Science (Kingsley and Keefe Homerooms)

Matter, matters! Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space (volume). Students explored the three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. We began by studying the first part of matter: mass. Through experiments, students discovered that a solid and liquids' mass doesn't change when it's shape changes. Ask your child why the mass didn't change.

Next week we will explore the volume of solids and how to calculate the volume of irregular shapes using the process of displacement.

Accelerated Math

This week in math, we jumped into our last 5th grade Math Expressions unit, Measurement and Geometry. We spent time discussing the metric and customary systems of measurement, and then converted metric units of length, volume, and mass. We also converted between customary units of length and volume, and we reviewed how to read and make line plots. Next week we’ll focus on volume!
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."