5th Grade


Our focus on academic, religious education and spiritual development balanced with extracurricular activities, support our mission to develop well-rounded students.

Increased focus on organization and student responsibility allows for more collaborative group work while differentiating the learning.  Switching classes for two subjects promotes these skills to  encourage personal growth among our students.

5th graders are inventors!  With our winter invention fair, students use their STEM skills to create inventions with a cross curricular process.  The planning starts with research and writing before the buying and inventing begins!

Extracurricular activities, for the first time at school, provide our students with the ability to participate in sports while still managing an academic work load.

RELIGION (Sadlier)
This year the children will be studying the Sacraments of the Church and how they are based on Scripture. The students will also be working on applying the Scripture messages and prayer to daily living. Special emphasis is given to the Advent and Lenten seasons. Students will grow in their Catholic formation and identity through the curriculum.

SOCIAL STUDIES (Scott Foresman)
American History is the topic of study this year. The fifth graders will explore how our nation developed with emphasis on the first explorers, colonial period, American Revolution, and Civil War. Students will be working on several research and Internet based projects. Geography is stressed within our studies. Humanities, citizenship, and economics are integrated into their studies as well.

LANGUAGE ARTS English (Shurley English,), Spelling (Spelling Connections), Reading (ReadyGen/Pearson Realize)
Students will increase reading stamina and comprehension by reading several novels to increase vocabulary, comprehension and have exposure to award-winning authors. Creative writing is a focus. Extra emphasis is given to grammar using Shurley English. Spelling words will be given each week, with an assignment mid-week, and a test on Friday.

MATH (Houghton Mifflin-Go Math): Ms. Hays
Students will develop fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions as well as multiplication and division of fractions. They will extend division to two digit divisors, review place value and learn all operations of decimals. Students will develop an understanding of volume through algebra patterns and graphing, units of measure and geometry. Mastery of these skills will be aided by our supplemental math text, Simple Solutions.

SCIENCE (Houghton Mifflin-Science Fusion)
We will be using Science Fusion in the form of consumable workbooks. During the year we will focus on engineering and technology, learning science concepts and vocabulary, and building inquiry, STEM, and 21st Century skills. Some of the units we will be exploring include: how scientists work, the engineering process, cells to body systems, how living things grow and reproduce, ecosystems, oceans, and the solar system and universe.

Twice a week we will be talking about character traits that we need to have to lead a successful and meaningful life. We will be discussing such topics which include: Empathy, Kindness, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Generosity, Self-Control, Responsibility, Cooperation, Trustworthiness, Ambition…etc. It will include activities that are cross-curricular, and reinforce the overall curriculum.

Monday – P.E.
Tuesday – Spanish, Music
Wednesday – P.E.
Thursday – Art
Friday – TLC

Grade / Description / Cutoff %
A+ Outstanding 99%
A Outstanding 95%
A- Outstanding 93%
B+ Excellent 91%
B Excellent 87%
B- Excellent 85%
C+ Good 83%
C Good 79%
C- Good 77%
D+ Poor 75%
D Poor 71%
D- Poor 69%
U Very Poor 0
I Incomplete 0
NG Not Graded 0

  • 8:10-8:40 – Social Studies*
  • 8:40-8:50 – Snack
  • 8:50-9:30 – Science
  • 9:30-10:15 – Grammar / iReady
  • 10:15-10:55 – Reading
  • 10:55-11:35 – Specials
  • 11:45-12:15 – Lunch
  • 12:15-12:45 – Spelling / SEL
  • 12:45-1:25 – Math (Ms. Hays)
  • 1:25-1:45 – Recess
  • 1:45-2:05 – STOP & Read
  • 2:05-2:50 – Religion**
  • 2:50-3:00 – Pack up / Prayers / Dismissal


  • Monday – P.E.
  • Tuesday – Spanish, Music
  • Wednesday – P.E.
  • Thursday – Art
  • Friday – TLC
Welcome back to St. Cletus School! I am so excited to start this school year with your children! They will grow and learn so much this year!

Each student will have their own Chromebook this year. Students are responsible for bringing their Chromebooks to school daily, and making sure it is charged. Students are not allowed to charge Chromebooks during school hours. Students will be expected to access different programs on their Chromebooks for homework. If there is an issue with the Chromebook, please notify me immediately, so we can fix the problem. I expect students to handle these devices with respect at all times.

As stated in our school handbook, homework is a practice or extension of class work. If at any time your child does not understand their homework, or it is excessive, please encourage your child to inform me with a note, e-mail, or by talking to me in class. I will help your child with the concept without a homework consequence. Feel free to send a follow up email.

Late and missing work affects your child’s progress. Points will be deducted if assignments are turned in late. The goal is to stress the importance of timeliness. This will be vital to your child’s success in junior high.

We will have a small morning snack in 5th grade. Please make sure you send a healthy snack daily for your child (i.e. fruit or veggies). We typically have snacks mid-morning. We also encourage your child to have their own water bottle in class when the weather is above 75 degrees.

Material taught will be assessed regularly. Students will be informed of upcoming tests several days in advance. We will review all material assessed in class. Students are encouraged to make a study guide to help them review the material covered. During the first half of the year, students who earned a 69% or lower are allowed to complete test corrections. Test corrections are always due the day after a test is handed back.

Handbook Reminders
After reading the handbook with your child, please remember and understand that in fifth grade we do not let them call home if they have forgotten something, unless it is their lunch. The consequence is never that harsh, and instead, you will be helping your child to become an organized, responsible young adult.

As you can probably predict, teaching responsibility is one of our goals in fifth grade. If we can work side-by-side following the guidelines above, I hope that your child will become a more responsible student. Again, the consequences are never too harsh that you should feel the need to bail your child out. I understand there can be extenuating circumstances and emergencies. Please just inform me, and I will do the same.

Weekly newsletters will be posted on the school website detailing material being studied, school activities, and important or upcoming dates.

3/3/23 News From Fifth

Hello 5th grade parents and families, and hello trimester 3! We look forward to meeting with you at parent-teacher conferences next week. Here is a snapshot of what we’ve been working on in fifth grade: Social Studies: Students are learning about the Articles of Confederation to the start of the Civil War. Science: We have...
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2/3/23 News From Fifth

Hello 5th grade parents and families, Congratulations on having a 5th grader who has been a student for 1,000 school days since starting kindergarten! Read on to find out about what we have been up to recently! Social Studies: Students are learning about regional colonies, and will be moving into pre-civil war history. Science: Our...
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1/13/23 News From Fifth

Hello 5th grade parents and families, Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the Christmas season, and are excited for the rest of the school year. We sure are!   The i-Ready Diagnostics will take place the week of 1/17/23. Both fifth grade classrooms will take the diagnostic tests on Wednesday and Thursday, 1/18 and...
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12/16/22 News From Fifth!

Hello 5th grade parents and families, Merry (almost) Christmas! Social Studies: Students have spent some time focusing on the history of Juan Diego. They continue to learn about explorers and relevant historical events. Science: Our engineering unit is well underway, with students having learned about simple machines and the design process. Very soon, students should...
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12/2: News From Fifth

Hello 5th grade parents and families, we hope you are staying warm and enjoying the Christmas spirit that has started to come around!Social Studies: Students have been learning about the age of exploration as well as European and Asian explorers. Science: We have introduced simple machines, and we will be taking a close look at...
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11/18: News From Fifth

Hello 5th grade parents and families, Welcome to Trimester Two! It feels like we were just greeting each other on the first days of school, and here we are enjoying a winter wonderland. Time flies! Social Studies: Students have been learning about vikings and explorers. Science: We have concluded our learning about body organ systems....
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11/4: News From Fifth

Hello 5th grade parents and families, Happy November! Trimester 1 is quickly coming to a close. Read on to find out more! Social Studies: Students have been learning about Vikings, Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas. They have been taking a look into their cultures, beliefs, developments, and demises. Science: Our fifth grade classes really showed out...
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10/21: News from Fifth

Hello 5th Grade Parents & Families! The Fall colors are really starting to show, and the chill of Winter is drawing near. Please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for school. Starting November 1st, no shorts can be worn as per the dress code. Language Arts: We are continuing our lessons on prepositions and...
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10/7: News From Fifth

Hello 5th grade parents and families,Happy October! The school year is definitely in full swing and we have been very busy learning, laughing, and working hard. Read on to find out all about it…Social Studies: Students are completing the North American Indian Culture Webquest. They are learning about agriculture, clothing, housing, and dwellings. Science: We...
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