Welcome to Middle School
Fifth grade is an exciting year for students at St. John Neumann Catholic school as they move in the middle school. The kids now have their own lockers, more independence, and more responsibility. Fifth graders can join our award-winning band program, join choir, and expand participation in school athletics including basketball and volleyball.
Meet Mrs. Berlin
Mrs. Berlin and her husband moved to Knoxville in 2014, just in time for her to start teaching at SJNCS. She has a BA in Sociology, a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a MS in Elementary Education. Mrs. Berlin and her husband are foster parents for the state of Tennessee, as well as the proud animal parents of a Russian Tortoise named Ezma, and a Great Dane named Gem. She is active in her faith, and is very excited to be a part of the SJNCS middle school team!
What We're Learning This Year
5th grade Science
The students will continue to expand their knowledge on familiar topics in life, physical, and earth sciences with a STEM approach. The lessons will be more application oriented simulating how science and engineering are applied in real life. We will go deeper into topics as opposed to covering many topics on a surface level.
The resources for science include a Science Handbook and Be a Scientist Notebook. In the notebook, students will practice being real scientists and engineers by presenting creative solutions to real-world problems. There will be a heavy emphasis on active participation in labs and performance tasks.
English class encompasses both writing and grammar. Specific areas of writing include descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive writing. Grammar areas of study include parts of speech, types of sentences, and subject-verb agreement.
Friday Folders come home each Friday. please check and clean out your child’s Friday Folder each week.
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