Charleston, SC (November)
Students will experience the wonderful world of Charleston, SC. Several points of interest are: Patriot’s Point/U.S.S. Yorktown, a carriage ride through the Historic District of Charleston, and shopping at the market. A full itinerary will be available prior to the trip.
Science Fair (Spring)
The students will present an engineering project or complete an experiment using the Scientific Method.
St. Gabriel Catholic School will participate in the annual Education Days at Carowinds.
The fifth grade teachers want each child to grow spiritually, academically, and socially. With this goal in mind, the following policy will be implemented this school year.
Students who honor the St. Gabriel Pledge of Respect and complete homework assignments on time (absences are not considered an infraction) will receive extra recess time once a week. This privilege is called “free-cess”. Students that do not complete assignments on time or are having discipline issues will serve time in “detention.” Detention will occur on Wednesday during the lunch/recess/ free-cess time block. Detention will last for approximately one hour. Students will eat their lunch and spend the time in a designated classroom monitored by a fifth grade teacher. Students in detention will write a reflection and the Pledge of Respect (for behavior infractions), or complete extra work (for homework detentions).
Each fifth grade teacher will keep a class log that will be used to track missing homework and/or discipline issues. This binder will travel with the class to monitor each subject. Homework that is not handed in the day it is due, (in any subject-not including absences) will result in a notation in the class log. Any student that is missing five assignments collectively within each progress report period (about 6 weeks) will receive a detention as a consequence. All students begin with a clean slate after progress report/report card period. *Students who are absent will have as many days as they were absent to make-up their missing work. In general, students will be expected to make-up tests given in their absence on the day of their return. In the event of long-term absences due to illness, it is at the teacher’s discretion as to scheduling test and due dates for missing work.*
All fifth grade students will receive an agenda which will be used to organize assignments and record homework. The agenda travels with the student between classes. If a child is missing the homework due for the day (again, absences not included) the teacher will make a notation that it is missing. Parents are expected to check their child’s agenda nightly in order to aid in organization, planning, responsibility.
Students that are repeatedly corrected by a teacher for inappropriate behavior will receive a notation in the class log and will report to detention. If, after serving two detentions, a student receives a THIRD behavior notation in the class log, he/she will be sent to the office to serve the third detention during the designated detention time. Administration will handle the situation from there as stated in the handbook.
A notice of detention served will be sent home via the “Friday Folder.” It is expected that the notice will be returned the following Monday with a parent and student signature.
The best way to contact a fifth grade teacher is through email. If you have concerns about a specific subject, please email the subject area teacher directly and copy the homeroom teacher on the email.
The fifth grade teachers will send a weekly email to parents containing pertinent information about activities, field trips, and assignment/test dates. Additionally, a Friday Folder will be sent home which contains graded work. It is imperative that parents monitor the work sent home weekly.