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Mrs.  Amy  Mayberry
5th grade teacher / Math and Science / Team teach with Mrs. Warden
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links for websites  

I finally have the links which students can use to access DE streaming and Study Island from a home computer.

 Link for discovery education which you can use on a home computer:


Link for Study Island which you can use on a home computer:

update 11/7  


Thank you to those of you that have scheduled and attended parent teacher conferences.  If you have not  had one and would like to schedule one, please let me know.  Also, if you ever want another conference, please just let me know.  I am here to support your child in education!


REPORT CARDS: Today report cards are being sent home.  The report card is yours to keep, just please sign the envelope-that is how I know that you saw the report card.  I do not know yet when academic award ceremonies will be held, but will send that information out as soon as I get it.  We love for you to be able to attend to celebrate your child's achievements!


School Pictures:  The school picture packets were sent home last week.  If you do not intend to purchase any, please return the packet to school.  If you do purchase any, please put the money/check in the envelope provided and have your child give it to me.  



We are continuing in our study of division.  We have divided whole numbers by 1 and 2 digit divisors.  We will learn how to interpret remainders in word problems with division next, then move onto division with decimals.  After that, there will. of course, be a test.  Then we begin our very long unit on fractions, beginning with fractions as division.  Our fraction unit will last a few months! 



We have completed heat transfers and are learning about insulators/conductors.  Then we will move on to the water cycle, precipitation and clouds as we move forward in our weather unit. 

Students are working on their next 1-pager (heat transfers)! I love giving them this opportunity to show what they have learned in a very unique format.


Laptop Virus Update:Still no date for using wireless at home.  I do know how to have the students sync laptops to use the office 365 notebook without using internet.  Also, I will show the students how to access the 1:1 symbaloo page on a home computer, if you have one.  They IT department is working on re-imaging the teacher laptops-beginning with high schools.


Whew-so much going on....look for information about the fall festival to come today as well.

Any questions or concerns, please let me know-always here to help!  

Serving you and your child in education!

newsletter and update 10/30  


Whew- it is already the end of the first quarter of this school year! That time flew by as will the rest of the school year!


CONFERENCES: I appreciate the time that many of you have made to come in and conference with me.  If you have not conferenced, and still would like to do so, just please let me know and I will send you the sign up link.


TECHNOLOGY: You are seeing that we utilize the 1:1 device quite a bit in 5th grade.  I have been able to show many of you some of the tools and tricks during our conferences.  If you still have questions, please let me know and I will try my best to help.  Also, Mrs. Helt is in the process of scheduling a technology night.  I will let you know the date, once I find out.


GRADES AND MISSING WORK: It has come to my attention during the parent teacher conferences that students are not showing parents the "missing work reports" that have been handed out to them each week.  Therefore, I want to encourage ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS to either log into power school or have your child show you on their laptop.  This online gradebook will identify which assignments your child has not completed. All assignments that are not completed and turned in will count as a zero-which greatly affects their grade, but also and more importantly their learning!


REPORT CARDS: Report cards are scheduled to be sent home on 11/7.  The report card is yours to keep, just sign and return the envelope.  If your child has had several incomplete/missing assignments, they will receive an "N" in conduct- conduct includes work habits.  I just wanted to clarify this for you.  This will also be clarified in the comment section of your child's report card, if they receive an "N" in conduct.



We have finished our multiplication unit and will begin long division tomorrow. Instruction will go for about 6 days, with a test at the end. (Looking at 11/13 for a test)  I know that adjustments will need to be made until the issue with internet access at homes is resolved.


SCIENCE: We are continuing with our study of heat transfers this wave.  There will be a quiz on Monday 11/6. 


PICTURE MAKE UP DAY: If your child was absent for the school pictures, they will have theirs taken on 11/7.


EARLY RELEASE: Thursday 11/9


No School for Students/Veteran's Day : Friday 11/10


And as always, if you ever want to conference, have questions or concerns, please let me know.  I am here to support you and your child in this journey of education!


newsletter and update 10/13  

HAPPY FALL!        Image result for image pumpkin

Thank you to those of you that have already signed up for a parent teacher conference, and those of you that have already conferenced!  I value our time together (although short) to establish clear communication between myself/the classroom happenings and you-the family/support system for your child.  Your support is a vital component of the success of your child!  I thank you for this!

If you have not signed up for a parent-teacher conference and would like to still do so, please click on the link.  Also, I know many of you are conferencing with Mrs. Warden-since we team teach-know that we sit and discuss all the information shared.
Please sign up for a conference to discuss your child's progress so far this year, and have an opportunity to get questions answered. We will also review the 1:1 device use.


Moving forward with academics....


We are finishing up our multi-digit multiplication strategies with multiplying decimals.  The students will have a quiz on all multiplication next week (probably Friday), then we will begin long division. 

      As we move forward in our math skills and concepts, I have informed the students that our math skills build on each other, and they will need to use all the skills learned with future units.  Therefore, on any given quiz/test, there may be questions from skills learned from day 1 of the school year.  

     ALEKS has arrived! The students have either started or completed their initial knowledge check.  I will utilize this resource heavily for their learning.  The students will also use this program to practice their math facts and their timed multiplication quizzes will now be through this program as well.



We have completed our Force and Motion unit (the test was yesterday).  I know that 5th grade science is a huge learning curve for most students.  We do have an EOG this year in science, and the content is new and deep for many of the students.  The main thing that students need to have help with at home in science is learning to study!  I do tell them to study EVERY DAY!  Review their notes, then ask questions in class.  I have no doubt that they will all be successful in science- but first quarter is often a learning experience for many.  

We will begin our second unit next week.



Assignments are posted in office 365 teams under the "assignment and reminder" tab. All assignments from myself and Mrs. Warden are posted here.  If no new assignments are posted, then nothing new was added.

Students should look back at previous posts to be sure they have completed all assignments.

Also students can look in powerschool for "missing" assignments- indicated by an orange square next to the assignment.  


 Important Dates:


  • Thursday 10/19: Early Release for students (12:20)
  • 10/23: Q1 benchmark exams begin
  • 10/23- 10/31: Red Ribbon Week!!!
  • 10/26: Ident-a-kid pictures
  • 10/31: end of Q1 (wow-already!)
Monday- wear RED
Tuesday-wear mismatched or crazy socks
Wednesday-wear bright colored clothing and accessories
Thursday-wear mismatched clothes
Friday-wear your class color (hhmmm...don't know what it is yet...)
Monday-wear Red, White & Blue-go patriotic! Show your patriot pride!
Tuesday- wear a costume for $1 donation to NEHS (remember no masks nor anything scary)

newsletter and update 9/29  


This has been an eventful year, and we are only at the first interim!  Everything is falling into place- but I still do not have an outside call phone in my please know that I may call you from my personal cell phone (I apologize in advance), and the area code is a 301 number.  

a  few things to note:

  • interim reports were sent home yesterday-please sign and return
  • federal cards were sent home this week- please return ASAP- we are required to have one for every student who attends our school
  • students MUST charge their laptops nightly
  • students should check their "assignment and reminder" tab (in office 365 teams) nightly to check on assignments.  (this is also written on the board in the classroom) There are assignments daily!
  • bring a cup or water bottle to class-stay hydrated! A well hydrated brain learns better than one that is not! (fun fact!)
  • No school Monday, October 9th- Columbus Day/teacher work day
  • Thursday, October 19th- early release at 12:15
Currently we are working with decimals- the students have learned to order and compare, round, add/subtract, and solve word problems using the CUBES strategy.  We will be testing on these topics Monday.  Then we move on to multi-digit multiplication and division, followed by multiplication and division with decimals.  
The students regularly have assignments to review their skills in Study Island.  Also, we will begin using "Aleks"-hopefully next week- many assignments will be in this online program as well as their independent study (which I will assign to them after they take their initial knowledge check)
We will be completing our Force and Motion unit in the next week or so- their will be a cumulative unit test.  The students have a quiz each week, and are encouraged to study their notes nightly so that they will be well prepared for the unit test.  
Our next unit is the Human Body unit- the students will learn about unicellular/multi-cellular organisms, heredity, and 6 of the major body systems
Look for the conference schedule link to be sent to you next week- I schedule using "sign-up genius".  Mrs. Warden and I hold conferences with the parents of the students in our homeroom.  However, if you prefer to meet with each of us- we do our best to schedule a conference together (sometimes it has to be 2 separate conferences).  Just be writing your list of questions and concerns to bring to the conference.
As always, I am here to serve you and your child in education!  Please contact me anytime with questions or concerns! 


Newsletter and update 9/14  
Dear Families,
Well Irma spared us and we are closely watching the path of Jose!  What wild and crazy weather-but we will use these events as connections when we study weather in science! They are building the schema and background knowledge for our students! (the silver lining in it all!)
So this is my weekly update- I will attempt to keep you informed of all our goings on in the classroom and here at STES!  If you ever have questions, please just ask. Also, please share your concerns.  I am here to support your student and you in this wonderful adventure we are on together!
GRADES: So I wanted to communicate with you how the grades are calculated for math and science (the 2 subjects that I teach to the students). For both subjects the grades are weighted by categories, as follows:
MATH: tests/projects 50%; quizzes 20 %; timed math facts 10%; independent study 10%; classwork/homework 10%
SCIENCE: (there are fewer categories) tests/projects 50%; quizzes 30%; classwork/homework 20% (this category also includes the labs/experiments we do in class).
PATRIOT PRIDE CARDS: Please read the attached document that outlines our positive behavior encouragement system in 5th grade.  We do attempt to focus more on positive behavior rewards (but, of course, there are consequences for poor choices). 
Currently we are in our NBT unit (number and operations in base ten).  We have learned the 3 forms of a number (including decimals) , identified place value to thousandths and are studying how to compare/order decimals, round decimals, then move to adding/subtracting decimals.  
We have weekly timed math fact quizzes-the emphasis is in multiplication facts, but I will add division facts in the second semester.  The standard is 50 facts in 3 minutes.  Currently the students are taking the quizzes on paper, but once ALEKS is up and running, these quizzes will be on their laptops.
We are in our first unit: Force and Motion.  The students are learning about the forces at work around us and  how they affect motion.  We have just learned about Newton's 3 Laws of motion (there will be a little quiz tomorrow).  Through the next wave, we will build on these concepts, taking a closer look at momentum and friction.  
Now that our 1:1 devices are distributed, and "TEAMS" have been created in office 365, I will heavily utilize the online notebooks.  My goal every year is for the notes to be available online, so that if a student misses notes for any reason, they can access them here.  Also, there will be handouts/worksheets uploaded into this notebook.  For math, I also try to include video examples.  I know that this is all new for them, so I guide them through the process of how to access everything.  Also, STES is planning a "TECH NIGHT" for parents-so once we have the date, you may want to plan to attend!
I have attached the link for the Stateside Scoop (just in case you are not receiving it!)
Save your BoxTops! Please send in your box tops with your Patriot each month. We collect and count them each month to earn money for the...

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  I am here to serve your child and you in education!

WELCOME TO THE 2017-18 SY!  


I look forward to meeting with each of you ( students and parents), as we schedule conferences beginning in early October.  

Look for the school supply list under that link....

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