Fifth grade is divided into three instructional teams, and your child will be taught by Team A, Ms. Jiles and Mrs. Carter. The subjects taught by each teacher are as follows:
Mrs. L. Carter
Math, Science, Social Studies
Ms. T. Jiles
Reading, Lang. Arts(English, Writing, Spelling, Handwriting)
Daily Reading, Books, & Reading Logs
We will require individual silent reading every day during the literacy block. Please be sure that your child maintains books for recreational reading.
Each teacher has been and continues to build his or her classroom library so that students will have a variety of titles, authors, and genres to choose from for independent reading. The books in these classroom libraries are to be treated with the same care as books borrowed from any other library. Students who damage or lose books will be assessed a replacement fee. Please speak with your child about the importance of caring for all books used at school.
Lunch Schedule & Visits
Ms. Jiles's class has lunch from 12:35 - 1:00. You are welcome to come and dine with your child at this time.
Ms. Jiles's class goes to P.E. from 8:55 to 9:40 . There may be an alternate P.E. time on days designated by administration.
Homework and Planners
We believe homework is important because it is a valuable tool in helping students make the most of their experience in school. Homework helps reinforce what has been learned in class, increases understanding and retention, prepares students for upcoming lessons, teaches responsibility, and helps students develop positive study habits.
Homework is generally given Monday through Thursday, but may occassionally be assigned on Fridays when needed. It is checked the next day that your child returns to class. Failure to complete homework assignments will seriously affect learning outcomes planned by the teacher, may result in the loss of privileges for students, and will lower your child's work study grade.
Your child will be expected to keep a homework/assignment planner or spiral tablet to use as a planner. Students are expected to write down all homework assignments, projects, and tests in their planners.
Absences & Missed Work
Successful completion of the fifth grade is more likely with regular attendance. We know that some absences are necessary and excused (i.e. sickness, court, immediate family deaths, etc.). We encourage you to prevent other absences by planning family outings and vacations so that they coincide with school holidays.
In accordance with Mobile County Public School policy, students may make up work if they have excused absences. When your child returns to school following an absence, it is his or her responsibility to ask the teacher about any assignments and/or lessons that he or she missed.
In addition to the Student Code of Conduct published by Mobile County Public Schools and the E. R. Dickson Discipline Plan, 5th grade uses behavior monitoring charts. Because these charts impact the students’ participation in all end of the year activities and honor roll status***, they have proven effective in modifying minor behavioral difficulties without resorting to formal discipline forms. More serious infractions will be documented on the discipline form and supplemented in many cases by a telephone call from the teacher.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT E. R. DICKSON HAS A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY FOR FIGHTING. ANY STUDENT INVOLVED IN A FIGHT WILL BE SUSPENDED.
A partnership conference with teacher, parent, and child is required for each child. A letter with scheduling information for these conferences will be sent home soon. Please respond to this letter as quickly as possible and return it. A conference date and time will be returned to you based on the information you provide on the letter.
Parent-Teacher conferences will be required for students who have consistent problems completing assignments, preparing for tests, or behaving in school. Parents/Guardians may request a conference with any fifth grade teacher to discuss concerns by calling the school at 221-1180 and leaving a message or by sending a note directly to the specific teacher involved. Teachers are generally available during their planning period (student P.E. time).
We are planning several interesting and educational field trips for this school year. Specific information about these trips will be shared when dates, costs, etc. have been confirmed.
All permission slips and field trip money must be received by the announced deadlines and times. No exceptions will be made.
Progress reports will be sent home throughout the year. These reports will need to be signed and returned. Work folders are available for you to review at your request but are not sent home. Please contact your child’s teacher to set up an appointment.