Monday, October 1, 2012

Fifth Grade is Awesome-Lilli

     In reading we just finished our first novel Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule.  It was a wonderful story about three slaves escaping to freedom.  It was happy and sad at the same time. I can't wait to start our new novel Wayside School! In writing we have wrapped up our survivor writing where we had to write about a time that made us a "survivor". This week Mrs. Bracken's class will do some research about the candidates Mitt Romney and Barak Obama. Do Mammals Spoil Bugs? We are learning division and the steps are divide, multiply, subtract, bring down so, do mammals spoil bugs is one way that you can remember the steps because d in do represents divide, m for mammals is multiply and so on. I can't wait to do double digit divisors!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

It's TRIBE time!

This year we have divided up the entire school in to 6 different tribes. These tribes will earn points for positive behaviors, good grades, going over and beyond expectations, etc. Tribes will be competing on every grade level and will compete in different challenges through out the year. Once a month, the tribes will all come together for a monthly tribal "pep rally". Each tribe is also expected to cheer for one another and show good sportsmanship. Even though each tribe wants to WIN, they will learn the power of healthy/fun competition!

Yesterday the fifth graders led our first tribal pep rally. The teachers got to choose their tribes and the students went wild. Here is the link to my tribe- UPENDO (love) and our first tribal cheer.

Friday, August 17, 2012


 Welcome to FIFTH GRADE! We are WILD about LEARNING! Meet our new team: 
Mrs. Bracken
Mr. Cole
Ms. Cowley
Mrs. O'Neal
Mrs. Smith
Mrs. Stone

 Mrs. O'Neal. Mr. Cole. Ms. Cowley
 Mrs. Stone. Mrs. Smith. Mrs. Bracken

We look forward to working with you and your students this year!


Well, here we go. It is time to start back to school again. Monday is our Parent Orientation. If you are a fifth grader, we will have two meetings for you to attend in the auditorium- one at 8:15 and one at 2:00. We will hand out important paper work and give you lots of valuable information on what you will need to make this school year a success! We are looking forward to meeting everyone and excited about what this year holds.
 Thursday we had our district celebration where we celebrated Mrs. O'Neal as Calhoun's teacher of the year as well as a district finalist! GO BOBO!!!! We love you and are so proud of you!
Positive Friday- Stay Positive... Even when the going gets tough, stay positive.

Mrs. O'Neal is putting on a race for a little girl named Lilly who is 3 and has brain cancer. Here is some information below if you are interested! 
The Run for Lilly will be held on Saturday, October 13th at 9:00. You don't have to be a runner to participate...volunteers are also greatly appreciated! It's a 5K (3.1 mile) course along the Saluda River in the beautiful Acadia Community, located on 153 in Piedmont near the Toll Road. We will have entertainment, food, and a raffle after the race. I have spent most of my summer organizing and planning this event, and so far I've been able to get two autographed Clemson footballs; one signed by Sammy Watkins' and another by Dabo Swinney, that we'll be giving away in the raffle. We have many other prizes to give away as well, including a weekend stay at the Marriot and a day at the spa!!!
In order to register, you have to go to our registration site at, but you can donate or learn more about Lilly by visiting

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Today students learned about nutrition and tried some different fruits and vegetables. The afternoon was filled with EXERCISE- ZUMBA style!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Today the girls learned about confidence, character and compassion with Miss Teen Anderson, Brooklyn Garrett. The afternoon session was led by Mrs. Stone, a fifth grade teacher at Calhoun. They learned the SMART way to make goals and stick to them!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Today we learned self defense and the ABC's of Etiquette! The girls were introduced to Super Rude and Miss Audrey- the lady in black. :) Super Rude did everything she WASN'T SUPPOSED TO DO! The girls had a good time while Super Rude threw napkins, plates and bread and chips across the room. They even had a chance to be the waitress and the "customer". They acted out the "rude" way and the polite way.
Here they are:

A.   When you first sit down for a meal, immediately place a napkin in your lap.
B.    When you are finished eating, place your napkin on the table to the left of your plate.
C.    Never place your elbows on the table.
D.   Use one hand to eat, unless you are cutting or buttering food. Never have your fork in one hand and a glass in the other.
E.    Do not lick your fingers. Use a napkin!
F.    Do not smack your lips or chew noisily.
G.    Do not chew with your mouth open.
H.   Do not talk with your mouth full.
I.      If something is caught in your teeth, don’t go in after it; wait until you are in the restroom to remove it.
J.     Do not slurp.
K.   Do not play with your food.
L.    If you drop your fork, napkin, or anything on the floor, wait to pick it up after you eat. Don’t forget to wash your hands!
M.  Always use your utensils to eat. Here are the 10 types of foods that you may eat with your hands:
1.     pizza
2.     bacon
3.     cookies
4.     bread (tear off a small bite to eat)
5.     corn on the cob (eat across instead of eating around)
6.     hotdogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, and breakfast biscuits
7.     French fries and chips
8.     fried chicken
9.     asparagus (yes, asparagus!)

10.     small fruits or raw vegetables (grapes, apples, oranges, carrots, celery)
N.   Never reach over someone’s plate to get something. You should say, “Will you please pass the salt?”
O.    Never start eating off your tray until you are at your seat.
P.  When eating at a restaurant, you are not to begin eating until everyone at the table has received their food.
Q.  You should never complain if the line is too long, the food isn’t good, or if there is a wait.
R.  If you are unaware of what silverware to use, simply start with the fork, knife, or spoon that is farthest from your plate.
S.    When you are finished eating, do not push your plate away from you.
T.    Never place a piece of silverware that you have used back on the table. Leave it on your plate.
U.   If you didn’t use a utensil, do not place it on a plate or saucer when you are finished. Just leave it where it is.
V.    In a restaurant, always look the waiter in the eyes when you are ordering, asking a question, or saying thank you.
W. Make a point to remember the waiter’s name when he/she introduces himself to you. Use his/her name as often as possible throughout the meal.
X.   If you have to use the restroom, you should standup and say, “Excuse me,” as you leave the table.
Y.    When you are asked what side orders or desserts you would like, it is best to ask, “What are my options?”
Z.    Never talk to waiters or waitresses as if they are servants. Treat them with respect and kindness.
Ron Clark
Essential 55
ABC’s of Etiquette

Monday, June 18, 2012


Enabling Girls with
Academics, Good Behavior,
and Encouragement
 This week we are doing a Girls' Camp at Calhoun called ENGAGE. Mrs. O'Neal, a fellow fifth grade teacher, came up with the idea. I am just her side kick! :) Today was our first day and it was a HUGE success. Below are the goals for the camp, and a video of today is at the end. ENJOY! We look forward to the rest of the week. We have a lot of things in store for these 4th and 5th grade girls! Thanks Mrs. O'Neal for getting it all together and allowing me to be apart!
Our Mission:
To improve academic performance by facilitating activities to develop a more positive self-image and confidence in young female students.

Individual Meeting Goals
Promote self-respect by teaching and practicing methods of presenting themselves in a confident, appropriate, and sophisticated manner.
Encourage students to choose and maintain healthy relationships by teaching and practicing methods of positive communication.
Promote self-esteem and self-respect by teaching and practicing methods of hygiene as related to skin care.
Empower young women by creating awareness of their own personal safety and specific techniques to respond to potentially harmful circumstances and situations.
Create a raised level of awareness for keeping a healthy body by discussing elements of healthy food choices and preparation.
Promote self-esteem and self-respect by teaching and practicing methods of hygiene as related to hair care.
Explain the importance of a physically active lifestyle in order to promote healthy living and taking care of the body.
Create an understanding that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.
Promote self-respect and self-esteem by engaging in service activities for the home, school, and community.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Middle School Ahead

Well, this year has come to an end. We accomplished so many things this year, and we are setting sail for a new adventure in MIDDLE SCHOOL! Thank you parents and students for a great year! This year we also say FAREWELL to Mr. P as he studies to become a PASTOR! We love you Mr. P and Room 55 will always have special memories. Call Me Maybe will continue to live on! LOL

Our fifth grade performance was a success. The Final Countdown was amazing- special thanks to QP and the Brilliant Minds.

Memories with QP!