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Mrs. Ernest, Mrs. Langley & Mr. Serenius


  • We went to Clingman’s Dome and the Test Farm and both field trips were fantastic!  The kids were well-behaved and learned a ton at each place. 


  • Vision Screenings are October 25th.  
  • Next DC payment is Nov. 1 





Social Studies


We are working on multiplication facts, volume, division and getting ready to introduce fractions as a division concept. We have started book groups and are working through our vocabulary activities.  We are also practicing reading strategies. We are getting ready to being narrative writing.  Exploration and Colonial America. Water cycle and heat transfer.  

5th Grade Focus for Student Success (Parent/student/school compact Title I)

(Revised 6/4/18)

What is a
School-Parent Compact?

A school- parent compact for achievement is an agreement that parents, students, and teachers develop together.  The compact lays out how parents and teachers will work together to make sure all students meet the grade level standards.

Strong Compacts:

*Link to goals of the school improvement plan

*Focus on student learning skills

*Describe how teachers will help students

*Share specific strategies parents can utilize at home

*Explain communication about student progress


Developed Together

The parents, students, and staff of JVES developed this school-parent compact for achievement.  Meetings are held each year to review and revise the compact. 

Parents are welcome to contribute comments at any time. 

Our Goals for Student Achievement 

District goal: 

Improve Career and College Readiness for all students Pre-K through Early College. 

The district shall increase Career and College Readiness (CCR) as indicated by the Performance Composite CCR to 60% 

JVES  Goal: 

Increase grade level proficiency with all grade levels in Reading and Math.

The targets are as follows:

Reading: 70% GLP on EOG in 2018-2019

Math: 80% GLP on EOG in 2018-2019


Building Partnerships

Classroom Visits

Come and meet your new teachers and visit your new classroom before school starts! Visits will be held August 17th from 7:30-9:30

Curriculum Night

Join us to learn about the fifth grade curriculum and how you can help your child have a successful year. September 11, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Volume of Reading Workshop

September 24, 2018

7:30AM to 8:00                                                                                                    

Math Night

Explore Fifth Grade Math in a new way!  Please join us on November 8, 2018 for a fun-filled math adventure beginning at 5PM.

Author’s Celebration May 2, 2019

The Fifth Grade Classroom

Fifth grade teachers will work with students and their families to support students’ success in reading and math.  Key connections with families will be:


*Teachers will provide a variety of books for reading at home to increase volume of reading.

Vocabulary words to explore word meaning, expand your student’s vocabulary, and strengthen comprehension.

*School website provides links for practicing reading and math skills.

*Family Math night, November 8, 2018 to learn math games.


Family Responsibilities

JVES parents/guardians joined staff to develop ideas about how families can support students’ success in reading and math. Families may have other ideas to add to this list. 

*Make sure my child shares his/her vocabulary assignments with me.

*Encourage my child to utilize the websites provided for math and reading.

*Help my child find a quiet area to read silently.  Have conversations about the book and stay informed about his/her performance on book tests 


Student Responsibilities

Students thought of the following ideas to make connections between learning at school and home.


*Study and share my vocabulary words with a parent/guardian.

*Set individual reading goals for myself.

*Read my Take Home readers.

*Use the websites at home to hone my reading and math skills.

*Build my stamina for silent reading.


Fifth Grade School Supplies for 2018-2019

General Supplies:

  • Backpack that can fold into a cubby (no rolling bookbags)
  • Wide-ruled notebook paper (4 packs at school and endless supply at home)
  • Pencils with erasers (4 packs to be stored at school)
  • 1 pencil pouch (not a box) with zipper (will be stored inside the expandable)
  • Expandable file with at least 7 sections
  • Agenda book (These will be purchased from Jonathan Valley Elementary at the beginning of the year.  The cost will be $5)


  • 1 binder (1-2″ will work)
  • 1 pencil pouch for binder
  • 2 bound composition books
  • 1 pack of colored pencils
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 4 dividers
  • 1 pair of safety scissors
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • 1 pack of 5 highlighters
  • 2 packs of sticky notes (3×3)
  • red pens
  • 1 permanent marker
  • 1 plastic folder with three brads


  • 1 binder (1″ only)
  • 1 pencil pouch for binder
  • 1 bound composition books
  • 1 pack of colored pencils
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 4 dividers
  • 1 pair of safety scissors
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • 1 pack of 5 highlighters
  • 2 packs of sticky notes (3×3)


  • 1 binder (1-2″ will work)
  • 1 pencil pouch for binder
  • 1 bound composition books
  • 1 pack of colored pencils
  • 2 glue sticks
  • ear buds for computer lab (no headphones)

Your child will need the following supplies at home for homework:

  • Calculator and ruler
  • Dictionary or online access to a dictionary
  • paper and pencils
  • colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc.


Note:  It is very important that you get materials that match the descriptions above.  We are specific because there are reasons for the materials we use and don’t use.  We can show you examples the first day of school if you have any questions about the materials above.