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Welcome to Mr. B's class!

Hello, everyone!
 
Click on the links to your right to learn about our 5th-grade schedule, our daily work, and any upcoming events.
 

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9/7/2020

It's a big week this week!
Students will take their social studies test on Tuesday and on Wednesday, we'll start science. We'll be learning all about plants and the ecosystem and there will be plenty of hands-on activities (properly sanitized, of course) for the students to learn with.

12/2

I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing break! We'll be continuing with our science units for the rest of this week (and possibly next).
In the meantime, here are a few important dates for you to look over:
 
12/5 -- Field trip to Roane State to see The Nutcracker
12/17 -- Christmas program at 6:30 at the Princess Theater
12/19 -- 2nd nine weeks bash
12/20 -- Last half day before winter break!

11/4

Here are the upcoming events taking place during the next few weeks:
 
11/4 -- Social studies test
11/5 -- Author visit in the gym!
11/8 -- Veteran's Day program at 8:45 in the gym
11/19 -- Midterm reports go home
11/22 -- Full Metal Jackets Robotics Team presentation in the gym
11/25 -- Parent/teacher conference day
11/27-11/29 -- Thanksgiving break
12/17 -- Christmas program at 6:30 at the Princess Theater
12/19 -- 2nd nine weeks bash
12/20 -- Last half day before winter break!

10-7

Today students will have their first 5th-grade 4-H meeting. Tomorrow, they'll continue working on their presentations in class so they can be ready to show off their AWESOME ADAPTATIONS slideshow on Wednesday. 
 
Upcoming events:
10/11 - First 9-weeks bash
10/14-18 - Fall Break
10/21-23 - Red Ribbon Week
10/24 - Fall Festival (5:30-7:30)
10/25 - Grade cards go home
10/25 - SnoBiz visit

9-30

Upcoming events:
10/4 - Cookie dough sale kickoff
10/11 - First 9-weeks bash
10/14-18 - Fall Break
10/21-23 - Red Ribbon Week
10/24 - Fall Festival (5:30-7:30)
10/25 - Grade cards go home
10/25 - SnoBiz visit

9-23

This week is a pretty busy week. Monday is picture day, Wednesday is the science test, and Friday is our field trip to Oakes Farm. 
 
Upcoming events:
9/23 - Individual pictures
9/27 - Field trip to Oakes Farm
9/27 - SnoBiz visit
10/4 - Cookie dough sale kickoff
10/11 - First 9-weeks bash
10/14-18 - Fall Break
10/21-23 - Red Ribbon Week
10/24 - Fall Festival (5:30-7:30)
10/25 - Grade cards go home
10/25 - SnoBiz visit

9-16

Students will take their social studies tests on Tuesday. Be sure to have them bring home their social studies activity books and vocabulary sheet to study with you! After this test, we'll switch back over to science for a little while.
 
Upcoming events:
9/17 - Parent/Teacher conference day (3:30-5:00)
9/23 - Individual pictures
9/26 - Field trip to Oakes Farm
9/27 - SnoBiz visit

9/9

Students will take their social studies tests on Tuesday. Be sure to have them bring home their social studies activity books and vocabulary sheet to study with you!
 
Upcoming events:
9/10 - Breakfast with Grandparents (7:45-8:30)
9/10 - Midterms go home
9/12 - Author visit with Jonathon Miller in the Library! 
9/17 - Parent/Teacher conference day (3:30-5:00)
9/27 - SnoBiz visit

9-3

This week, students will record their videos to show off their projects they’ve been working so hard on. Their first test will be Wednesday, so make sure to help them study!

Welcome back!

We’re so happy to have every single one of you in our classes this year. We thought we’d start off by quickly introducing ourselves. And then we’ll go ahead and take our first test.

Just kidding.

Your 5th grade teachers this year are:

Math: Mrs. McCoig

My name is Amy McCoig. I am starting my 17th year at Midtown Elementary. I have held various positions here at Midtown. I have my Master's in Early Childhood Education from Walden University. 

Reading/LA: Mrs. Jones

My name is Jewel Jones. This is my 23rd year of teaching. I’ve taught first grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, and sixth grade. I received my degrees from Tennessee Tech; a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education for Gr. 1-8 and a Master's degree in Instructional Leadership.

Science/Social Studies: Mr. B

My name is Brooks Benjamin (Mr. B for short). This is my 17th year of teaching and I’ve taught first grade, Title I, fourth grade, and fifth grade. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Administration and Leadership. I’m also an author! Yay!

 

Fifth grade isn’t a lot different than fourth. We expect students to try their absolute best, we maintain high standards in regards to work and behavior, and we always try to have fun. However, it’s our job to prepare you for middle school. Since that’s the case, we’ll be very strict when it comes to class work, homework, and attitude.

The bottom line is this: If we go too easy on you, you’ll get to sixth grade completely unprepared.

And parents, we keep our expectations high for you all as well. We expect you to communicate with us, work with us, and support us so that your child gets the absolute best possible educational experience he or she can.

We fully expect every student to achieve and do wonderfully next year. We’ll be sure to do everything we can to make sure your child succeeds. However, as you know, it will take a lot of work from all of us. Let’s work together and have an amazing 5th grade year!

2/11

Upcoming dates to remember:
 
  • 2/12 - Parent-teacher conference day
  • 2/15 - No school
  • 2/18 - No school
  • 3/7 - STEM Breakout Night (6:00-7:30)
  • 3/11-3/15 - Spring break

1/22

This week we'll be starting science, heading into OOOOUUUTEERRRRR SPAAAAAAAACE!
 
Important dates to remember:
  • 2/12 - Parent-teacher conference day (3:30-5:00)

1/14

This week, we'll finish up our social studies unit on World War II. Our test will be this Thursday. On Friday, we'll jump back into science!
 
Important dates to remember:
  • 1/21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 2/12 - Parent-teacher conference day (3:30-5:00)

12/17

Happiest (and safest) of holidays to you and your families! 
 
Important dates to remember:
  • 12/17 - Second nine-weeks bash
  • 12/18 - End of second semester!
  • 1/3 - Classes resume

12/10

We're jumping back into social studies this week as we begin to explore WWII, the events that led up to it, and those that followed it.
 
Important dates to remember:
  • 12/12 - DARE graduation (2:00)
  • 12/13 - K-3 Christmas program (6:00)
  • 12/14 - Attendance celebration
  • 12/17 - Second nine-weeks bash
  • 12/18 - End of second semester!