Phone Number 432-6933 EXT. 4322
This year I will be the case coordinator for some of the students in the fifth grade receiving special education. The educational team comprised of the parents, the classroom teacher, paraprofessionals, and I work towards each child’s individual goals and objectives to be successful in the fifth grade. Three goals I have for all my students are organization by independently using their assignment notebook, being responsible for completing assignments and homework, and advocating for their needs. Achieving these goals will help students with the transition to the middle school.
We are continuing to focus on POP, the Londonderry School District's initiative of Practice, Ownership, and Perseverance. Through trial and error and practice, learners find their learning style to be successful. Ownership means accepting responsibility for your learning. Learning is work and sometimes you fail, but Persevering and learning from your mistakes fosters a growth mind set.
All fifth grade special education students have two IEP meetings this year. The first will be before the end of your child's IEP's date at North School. The second meeting will be held at the middle school sometime between April and June. Parents will have the opportunity to meet some of the middle school staff, talk about your student as a learner, and ask questions. I am happy to be a contributing partner in your child’s educational experience. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
The best way to help your child in reading is to read with them. Discussing vocabulary, having your child visualize what they have read, and asking frequent questions about their understanding is the best way to improve reading comprehension.
In the fifth grade we focus on persuasive, informational, and narrative writing. All classes use the Six Traits of Writing (Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions) to assess and improve each student’s writing. In my class we begin by focusing on ideas and move through the six traits as the year progresses.
We use the Scott-Foresman Addison Wesley Math Program. Mrs. Carballeira and I will be team teaching one math group. The most difficult part of the program is when we ask a student to explain their thinking in writing. Have your student start by restating the question. ( For Example: "How can you tell before you divide 425 by 9 that the first digit of the quotient is in the tens place?" Before I divide 425 by 9 I can tell the first digit of the quotient is in the tens place because.....)
Math homework will be assigned on Monday through Thursday. We will be working on math facts in class but students require repeated practice for mastery. Some websites that may be helpful to practice facts for accuracy and fluency are: