5th Grade - Ms. Johnstone

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All about ms. johnstone

I am so excited to be teaching fifth grade in Room 28 at Park this year! While this is my first year at Park, this is not my first year teaching. I taught first grade in San Jose for one year and then moved north to teach first and second grades at Beresford School for six years. So, amazingly, I find myself jumping up to teach 5th grade and I am loving it! The students are so much fun and the content is fascinating to teach.

In my free time, I am very involved at church, and I love hanging out with family and friends. My hobbies include traveling, reading, baking/cooking, dancing (I love Zumba!), cleaning/organizing, and practicing my Spanish.

Homework Policy

 Generally, students are assigned one page of math per night and a reading log each week. Students must complete both sides of the math page unless otherwise noted in their homework planner. The reading log is considered complete when students have written the title of two books (one fiction and one non-fiction), number of minutes read, the question code, the answer to the question (using as many details as possible), and parent have initialed in the parent initials boxes. Lastly, to prepare students for middle school, over time, my expectations will increase. Therefore, I’ve listed out below my goals for each trimester:

  • Trimester 1: Students will turn in homework on time (students will receive a little note listing missing assignments at the end of each week).
  • Trimester 2: Teacher will give feedback on the quality of your homework (students will receive a little note listing missing assignments at the end of each week).
  • Trimester 3: Teacher will give scores on the homework (students will receive a little note listing missing assignments at the end of each week).

The goal here is to increase accountability, organization skills, and responsibility because these are needed skills in middle school and in their future lives.