Mrs. Stephanie Halstead, Fifth Grade


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Our typical day schedule can be found in the link below. Once a month we will do a special activity with the Pre-K 4 year old class. This usually takes place on a Friday morning. A few times during the school year third through fifth graders will be doing a combined chapel from 9:30-10:15.

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Expected Classroom Behavior

  1. Enter the classroom quietly.
  2. Do what you are told to do the 1st time.
  3. Come to class prepared.
  4. To speak in class, raise your hand and wait to be called on.
  5. Be kind to each other. (ex: no teasing, name calling, etc.)
  6. Follow the rules/procedures in school handbook and 5th grade packet.

Classroom Management: Traveling Behavior Yard Stick

5th Grade will be using a clip chart system this year for classroom management.

This system will be on a yard stick so that it can travel from classroom to classroom since they are not in their homeroom for all subjects. Each new day the students will start the day on green. The students will have their clip moved down for incorrect behavior and moved up for exceptional behavior.

Rewarding Correct Behavior

Each student will be given a reward card to collect 20 punches on. Students will earn punches for a variety of things including, but not exclusive to ending the day on blue or purple, helping another student, being prepared for class, etc. After a student has collected 20 punches he or she may turn it in to the teacher for a reward. Below is an example of the reward card.

Information Sheet

Lockers:  5th will use lockers this year.  Each child needs to purchase a combination lock (no key locks) and have at school by the 1st day of school.  Locks must be checked in with the teacher before placing on lockers. There will be weekly locker checks to make sure they are kept tidy.

Assignments:  Assignments/test for each subject will be posted on the board for the students to copy and write in their planners. The students will circle any assignment not finished at the end of the day before being signed by the teacher.

Binders: Each child will be expected to keep a binder for school this year.  This binder is to keep notes and important papers in. I will tell the students what to keep and what can be taken home. Please check with your child before taking papers out of their binders. I will periodically check the binders to make sure they are organized and neat.

Homework:  Your child will have nightly homework if they do not finish their class work in the time provided, or if they have a test, quiz, or memory verse to study for that week. Homework is due by

8:15 a.m. in the containers provided. The 3rd-5th grade homework policy is included in this packet.

Snacks/Water Bottles:  Everyday the children will be permitted to eat two healthy snacks in the classroom.  Examples:  fruit, cheese, yogurt, cereal bars, popcorn, vegetables, etc.  No candy or cookies may be eaten during this time!   Any type of water bottle may be brought to school.

Book Orders:  Book orders will be sent home each month.  Please make checks out to: Scholastic Book Club or you may order on line. The classroom code is:  H4YXY

Things from Home: The students are not allowed to bring any toys from home; this includes baby dolls, trading cards, stuffed animals, basketballs, etc.  I am not allowing Fidget Spinners in my classroom.

Field Trips:  The fifth grade class will be traveling to Washington D.C. May 16th-May 18th. Throughout the school year, we will be doing various fundraisers to raise the money for the trip.   The 5th grade will be invited to participate with Wood County Schools on local field trips. Some examples could include: Science Day at COSI, plays at Blennerhassett Elementary School, etc. You will be notified in advance of all field trips.

Birthday Parties:  If students wish to celebrate their birthdays please follow the guidelines in the handbook. You may send in cupcakes, cookies, or other items to celebrate your child’s birthday. Please let me know in advance if you are bringing in items for a birthday celebration.

Missed Work:   If a student is absent from school, I will have their work ready for them in the office by 12:00 p.m. to be picked up. Please let me know in advance if students will be out of school for a long period of time and I will get work ready for them.

 Social Studies and Science Fair- I am requiring that each student do one of these two fairs. This is an educational experience that will enhance their learning in those subjects. The students will be given a grade for their hard work and participation. Mrs. Halstead is in charge of the Social Studies Fair

Extra Credit: I will not give extra credit to any student. I feel that I give enough assignments, tests, and projects in a nine week period that extra credit is not needed.

Math:  Grades will consist of quizzes, tests, notebooks, and some additional worksheets/activities.

Science:  Grades will consist of quizzes, lab activities/reports, tests, and notebooks

*The 4th grade teacher will be the Science teacher for fourth through fifth grades.

*There will be a one day emphasis on a lab/hands-on activity.

Spelling:  Grades will consist of class assignments, book work, worksheets, tests and notebooks.  I will give a pre-test on Wednesdays and those who make a 100% will not take the test on Friday. The remaining students will take their Spelling Test on Friday. (This day could change if we have a shortened week)

Reading:  Grades will consist of monthly book reports, vocabulary tests, work text pages, and daily class activities.  Each month the students will be required to read a book and do a short project or presentation on that book. If the book report is not turned in on the due date, students will receive a penalty of 10% off per day for two days. After two days, if the book report still isn’t turned in it will be recorded as a zero.

Language:   Grades will consist of tests, quizzes, worksheets, monthly writing assignment, and daily class activities. 

History:  Grades will consist of tests, quizzes, notes, worksheets, class work, and special projects.

** Mrs. Halstead, the 5th grade teacher, will be the History teacher for fourth through fifth grades.

Bible: The Bible for 5th grade will be on-line from Liberty University. I will be overseeing the students as they take the course on-line and will re-teach and supplement any lesson taught.

Grades will consist of saying the weekly memory verse, writing the weekly memory verse in their journal, and worksheets.  The weekly memory verse is to be said to Mrs. Halstead by recess on Friday.  Students may say their memory verse to Mrs. Halstead anytime she’s at her desk from Tuesday-Friday. When saying the memory verse please use the version listed on the newsletter.

Live Grades:  I will try to update the student’s grades by Sunday Evening each week.  Please let me know if any issues arise concerning Live Grades.

Cell Phone Rules

** I understand that many of the students will be carrying cell phones.  The rules posted below are to make sure that they do not disrupt the classroom and that the students are not using them during the school day.


  1. You must turn your cell phone off before entering the classroom.
  2. Place the cell phone in your mailbox.



  1. You get one warning
  2. I will take your cell phone and your parents will have to come and get it
  3. Reproof will follow if this rule continues to be broken.


  1. You can sharpen your pencil in the morning before 8:15 a.m. and after recess until we switch classes.
  2. If your pencil breaks raise your hand to sharpen it.
  3. Extra pencils will be kept in tray next to paper trays, but please bring your own. These are for emergencies only.
  4. If you come to school with no pencil this will be marked down as not being prepared for class. Four of these marks will result in a reproof.


  1. Check your mailbox each evening when I call your locker group.
  2. Do not leave anything in your mailbox when you leave the classroom.
  3. Any items left in mailbox will result in a form of punishment from the teacher.


  1. Sit at your desk front ways with your feet under the desk part.
  2. Do not sit sideways.
  3. Your books and binder should be under or on the metal part of desk.
  4. Papers should be put neatly in binder not on the floor.
  5. All items should be put in locker at the end of the day.
  6. Any items left at the desk will result in a form of punishment from the teacher.


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