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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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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!

12-3

We'll finish up our unit on fossils with a test this Friday. 
 
Important dates to remember:
  • 11/29 - 5th grade field trip to see The Nutcracker
  • 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!

11-26

This week we'll begin our next unit on endangered and extinct animals and fossils!
 
Important dates to remember:
  • 11/29 - 5th grade field trip to see The Nutcracker
  • 12/11 - DARE graduation
  • 12/13 - Christmas program (6:00)
  • 12/14 - Attendance celebration
  • 12/17 - Second nine-weeks bash
  • 12/19 - End of second semester!

11/12

This is our last full week before Thanksgiving break! In science, we'll continue learning about adaptations to get ready for our test on Monday.
 
Important dates to remember:
  • 11/9-11/16 - Book Fair!
  • 11/13 - Midterms go home
  • 11/19 - Parent-teacher conference day (3:30-5:00)
  • 11/21-//23 - Thanksgiving break
  • 12/7 - Fifth-grade job shadowing day
  • 12/13 - Christmas program (6:00)
  • 12/14 - Attendance celebration
  • 12/17 - Second nine-weeks bash
  • 12/19 - End of second semester!

11/5

This week, we'll continue learning all about animal behaviors. Students will be participating in some fun activities in class which will help them get ready for their science test next Monday.
 
Important dates to remember:
  • 11/5 - McTeacher Night at McDonald's
  • 11/6 - Voting Day!
  • 11/7 - Group pictures and individual make-up pictures
  • 11/9 - Veteran's Day program (9:30)
  • 11/9-11/16 - Book Fair!
  • 11/13 - Midterms go home

10/29

We've got a busy week this week! Be sure to look at the upcoming dates below.
 
Important dates to remember:
  • 10/29 - 4-H poster contest (required)
  • 10/30 - Field trip to Narramore Farm
  • 10/31 - Halloween Party
  • 10/31 - Social Studies test
  • 10/29-10/31 - Red Ribbon Week

10/15

Welcome back! Our first test of the 2nd nine weeks will be this Tuesday. After that, we'll continue with social studies as we learn about the time period surrounding WWI and the roaring 20s.
 
Important dates to remember:
  • 10/19 - Report cards go home
  • 10/25 - Fall Festival 6:00-8:00 pm
  • 10/26 - Field trip to Oakes Family Farm
  • 10/26 - Zoodles attendance celebration
  • 10/29-10/31 - Red Ribbon Week

10/1

This week is our last week of the first nine weeks. Can you believe that? We'll finish up our social studies unit and have a test on Friday. When we get back from Fall Break, we'll start our unit on War World I and the Roaring 20s!
 
Important dates to remember:
  • 10/5 - First nine-weeks bash
  • 10/8-10/12 - Fall break
  • 10/19 - Report cards go home
  • 10/25 - Fall Festival 6:00-8:00 pm
  • 10/26 - Field trip to Oakes Family Farm
  • 10/26 - Zoodles attendance celebration
  • 10/29-10/31 - Red Ribbon Week

9/24

This week, we're studying about westward expansion, the growth of industry, and famous inventors.
 
Important dates to remember:
  • 9/24 - Individual picture day
  • 9/25 - 4-H
  • 10/5 - First nine-weeks bash
  • 10/8-10/12 - Fall break
  • 10/19 - Report cards go home
  • 10/25 - Fall Festival 6:00-8:00 pm
  • 10/26 - Zoodles attendance celebration
  • 10/29-10/31 - Red Ribbon Week

9-3

Be sure to check the dates for the upcoming events in September. There are plenty of things happening at MTES!
 
Upcoming events:
  • 9/5: Science test
  • 9/7: Midterms go home
  • 9/11: Parent teacher conferences
  • 9/13: Grandparents' lunch
  • 9/18: D.A.R.E. begins
  • 9/24: Individual fall pictures
  • 9/24: 4-H day