Sunday, April 8, 2018

5th Grade Math Class

The 5th grade math class has moved to focus more on learning about decimal place value using models to represent numbers in word form, standard form, and expanded form.  Students have continued practicing addition and subtraction with fractions having unlike denominators, using money and clock fractions as well as lowest common denominators (LCM).  We are also continuing practice of addition/subtraction algorithms, while learning the algorithm of multiplication of larger numbers.

Students have also worked over the past few months on a special project of designing their own bedroom.  They first had to measure their current bedroom and furniture, then using these measurements, they had to design their bedroom by scaling the measurements to fit a model.  This required students to divide according to the scale.  Students have recently been exploring an architectural design website called "Planner 5D" to design their bedroom. Most designs are completed and will be printed for the students to bring home.


The 4th/5th graders have been reading realistic fiction books during literacy groups.  One group is reading the book Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen, a second group is reading the book The Wanderer, by Sharon Creech, and a third group is reading There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom, by Louis Sachar.  All three groups are reading to analyze the main characters in each book.  These characters all go through significant changes throughout the stories,  The students are gathering notes about the characteristics and will eventually write a character analysis at the conclusion of their reading.

In writing, grades 4-6 are working to learn about informational writing.  Currently, the 4th graders are gathering facts about the American Revolution while the 5th/6th graders are gathering facts about the Medieval Times. Students will work to use these facts to create a piece of informational writing that teaches others about these historical topics, paying attention to the different nonfiction structures when organizing their writing.


Students of the Week: Carmine Burnor-Willett, Chance Morin, Claire Tricou-Forcier, Jed Wade (week ending 3/9) for taking responsible risks working to apply their learning to a new task, and demonstrating increased writing skills.

Principal's Lunch: (March) Avah Rondeau has quickly become a member of the Waterville school community, remaining open to continuous learning and striving for accuracy in her schoolwork.  Noah Day shows a happy attitude every day, being respectful to others.  He works hard to strive for accuracy in his schoolwork.

Student of the Week: Haven Naylor (week ending 3/16) for reflecting on his own learning to develop strategies to overcome distractions from meeting his goals.

Students of the Week: Lyric Lague, Ryan Farrand, Madelin Crowley, Noah Day, Sawyer Thibodeau, Lily Langlois, Kacie Evans, Haven Naylor, Hayley Bezio, Odeliah Wade, Hailey Burt (week ending 3/30) for metacogitating about their personal progress and academic goals, communicating with clarity and precision with parents and teachers, staying calm to responding to questions during their parent-teacher conferences.

Student of the Week: Dane Osborn (week ending 4/6) for working to maintain a Growth Mindset and being open to continuous learning while learning a math process. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Student-Led Parent Conferences

Once again this spring, students in grades 4-6 will be involved with sharing their learning goals and progress with parents and teachers at their conferences.  These have been scheduled in Mrs. Vargo's room on Wednesday, March 21st from 3-7 pm and Thursday, March 22nd from 2:40-5:00 pm.  Students are required to attend as they will lead these conferences.  Time near the end of the conference can be set aside for a parent/teacher-only conversation if parents wish to have this. 

Call Debbie at the front office to schedule a time that works best for you!

Jon Gailmor Songwriting Sessions

With great excitement, we are looking forward to having Jon Gailmor work in our class Monday, March 12th - Wednesday, March 14th to write a song together!  The culmination of these days will have the students share their compositions with the community at a concert, Wednesday, March 14th at 6 pm.  Come hear their creativity!

Monday, March 5, 2018


Student of the Week: Lyric Lague (week ending Jan. 19) for working interdependently ABOVE and BEYOND to help Mr. Carleton chisel through the ice on our paths!

Student of the Week: Andin Naugle (week ending Jan. 26) for taking responsible risks in writing class to improve his skills.

February Principal's Lunch: Dane Osborn for showing wonderment and awe as we toured the State House, applying his learning to the legislative session. Odeliah Wade for gracefully showing willingness to strive for accuracy in homework completion to produce quality work.

Student of the Week: Noah Day (week ending Feb. 9) for coming back from a lengthy illness and persisting through math assessments.

Student of the Week: Kacie Evans (week ending Feb. 16) for consistently showing respect to others and having wonderment and awe so she can apply her new learning.

Student of the Week: Sawyer Thibodeau (week ending Feb. 23) for recognizing the Boxes & Bullets writing format outside of writing class and using this organizer effectively.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Project Time

Students in grades 4-6 have just completed a unit within the project time on Fridays that involved making a product.  The students chose from a variety of project-focused sessions, including makers-space, cooking, making bird-houses, fitness, sewing, making duct-tape products, and movie-making. These four weeks involved a great deal of learning and applying previous knowledge, as well as taking responsible risks to maintain a Growth Mindset as they tackled challenges.