Red Ribbon Week is Next Week

Monday: Favorite Sports Team
Tuesday: Wear your favorite hat
Wednesday: Dress as your favorite book character
Thursday: Dress to Impress (fancy clothes)
Friday: All red
*Note – Wednesday is not an excuse to wear a Halloween costume.

Tuesday Homework


Science – quiz Friday (see Mon. homework for sample questions)

*Conference confirmation notes went home today.

*Challenge: “Bowl a Strike” for candy – using a “dice roll” set of three numbers 1-6 and add/subtract/multiply/divide symbols, create equations that equal all answers for the numbers 1-10.

Monday Homework


Science – Quiz Friday

How old is the earth according to modern scientific theory? 4.6 billion years

How do we know about ancient life? fossils

What are the layers of the earth? inner core, outer core, mantle, crust

What layer of the earth is the thinnest? crust

What is plate tectonics? The theory that earth’s crust consists of puzzle-like pieces that shift over time

Some Important Items

In addition to report cards coming home today, parents should also receive a:

  • Behavior (Classdojo) report
  • Conference sign-up sheet
  • Field trip vote paper (Important!)
  • Parent survey

Please return these items as soon as possible.

Also, at 10:00am tomorrow there will be a dodgeball tournament and community yard sale. Please come! Have a great weekend.

-Mr. Paquette


1-  Give two addends whose sum is six.

2-  The difference is three. The minuend is eight.  What is the subtrahend?
3-  Three addends have a sum of 100. Two of the addends are 50 and 30.  What is the the third addend?
4-  Give two factors whose product is 24.
5-  According to the Commutative Property of Multiplication, 24 x 16 = _________________.

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Friday News

From Mr. Paquette

The first nine weeks ended today and I have been very pleased with how things have been going. In the first quarter of school, I have given out 1,489 positive Classdojo points and only 67 “needs work” marks. Here is the graph of the entire class for all of the first nine weeks. You will get your individual Dojo report with your report card next week.


Social Studies Reports, Projects, Oral Reports are Due Tuesday

There are three parts to this project: a one-page typed report, a poster/model artwork piece, and a one-minute oral presentation. Students will choose one of the following topics for their project: Nat Turner Revolt, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, John Brown Raid on Harper’s Ferry, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, Battle of Bull Run, Monitor Vs. Merrimack, General Robert E Lee, General “Stonewall” Jackson, General Ulysses Grant

Rubric (Scoring Guide)

Report: Well-written in the student’s words, NOT copied from the Internet, one full page of 12 point font with “normal” 1.5 or double spacing, cites books/websites correctly. The teacher will subtract 5 points for mistakes like: poor spelling, incorrect grammar, incorrect information, off topic information, “stretching” to make your paper appear longer somehow, longer than one page, etc. Plagiarism will result in a 50F.

50F      55F      60D      65D      70C     75C      80B      85B      90A      95A      100A+

Artwork: Created by the student (not an adult), shows knowledge of the topic, evidence of effort/time put in, recycled items are better than store-bought!

50F                   65D                   75C                  85B               90A             95A             100A+

Very Poor         Little Effort        Average            Good            Great        Excellent       Superb!

Oral Report: You may NOT read your written report. Explain your topic to the class without reading something. Practice your timing to keep it within 1-2 minutes. You may use an outline of notes to guide you, but notes should be no more than 20 words written down.

50F      55F      60D      65D      70C     75C      80B      85B      90A      95A      100A+

The teacher will take off 5 points for to following:

Not trying to make eye contact with class, too quiet, too short, too long, incorrect information, etc.

What Else is Happening in Fifth Grade?

  • Colder weather means students must have a coat for recess!
  • Costumes/candy may not be brought to school on or around Halloween.
  • There is NO SCHOOL for students on Monday, a teacher workday.
  • Conferences will be available after report cards go out. I would like to conference with everyone.
  • In math, the division unit will end next week and be followed by 20 school days of “Unit 5: Algebra”



Thursday Homework


Writing – At least 3 full paragraphs of a rough draft for “Describe an Event” prompt due Friday so we can complete the partner work assignment of “sharing”

Science – Big quiz on the light study guide Friday

Ss – report, project, oral report due Tuesday

Wednesday Homework

Tonight is Bobcat Night at Daniel’s Place. 10% of all sales will be donated to Henry, which in turn will donate all proceeds to the wonderful groups that donate items for our students. Ordering “To Go” counts too!

*Journeymen Chess Team meets tomorrow after school


Science – “Big quiz” on light study guide Friday

Ss – reports, projects, oral reports due Tuesday, Oct 14th

Were Going To The Ball Game

In this story two boys named Christian and Jaelin have a problem. The problem is that they don’t have enough money to go with Benjamin Franklin  Middle School (BFMS) to the Charlotte Hornets game , against the New Orleans Pelicans in the Hornets arena. Jaelin exclaimed to Christian ” hey we could ask our neighbors do they have any chores to do. Christian replied ” great thinking” Jaelin. So when the boys got home they did there homework and then went to their neighbors house Mrs. Porter’s  house. When they walked in her house she exclaimed “hello boys” get started mowing the lawn. After six hours Mrs. Porter   paid them $180.00 dollars each.  They returned home and added that to the total. The next day at school they told their teachers “Were Going To The Ball Game. When they arrived at the arena they watched the Hornets beat the Pelicans in Over Time 108 to 80.

Thursday Homework


Science – sound quiz tomorrow

Sample questions:

What causes sound?

Sound is a form of –

What kind of wave is sound?

Why can dogs hear a dog whistle and humans cannot?

What do bats and dolphins use to locate food and avoid obstacles?

Does sound travel fastest through a solid or a gas?

Tuesday Homework


McGinnis math group – multiplication unit test tomorrow

Science – sound large quiz/small test on Friday on the sound study guide

Bingo for Books is tonight – there will be a LOT of prizes given out!

Monday Homework


Paquette math group – multiplication test tomorrow

McGinnis math group – multiplication test Wednesday

Science – Sound test Friday on this study guide

WIN Vocabulary this week: frequency, pitch, compression, echolocation, dividend, divisor, quotient

Bingo for Books is tomorrow night!


Chess “Apprentice” group meets tomorrow 3:00-4:15, bring a snack

Friday News

From Mr. Paquette

We have been having some good times in fifth grade over the past few weeks. The Civil War Days field trip was informative and exciting. We saw General Lee, a blacksmith working, and watched a real cannon being fired! The Franklin County Agricultural Fair was also full of educational stations with students from the high school and guests from the community teaching us about all about a bunch of agricultural topics. Students learned about planting crops, caring for animals, and how to be safe around farm equipment.

Five Subject Summary

Reading – There were a number of concerns over reading grades on progress reports. These will come up as more SFA grades are added and I will be dropping the lowest cold passage grades at the end of the nine weeks so there will be an equal number of cold passages and SFA tests.

Math – Unit 3 Multiplication tests will be on Tuesday (Paquette) and Thursday (McGinnis) next week. Most errors that are happening are due to careless adding and a lack of knowledge of multiplication facts. We will continue to work on the Reflex math website to increase math fact fluency. Mr. Paquette’s personal goal with Franklin County Public Schools this year is to have 100% fluency in math facts with all fifth graders by the end of the year.

Science – We will have science next week and will be learning about sound. Frequency/pitch, echolocation, and the parts of a sound wave will be some of the topics we will explore.

SS – We finished week one of three about the Civil War today. We learned about three key people and events that lead to the American Civil War. The next time we have social studies we will be learning about the battles that took place. Then, the following Virginia studies week will be about how it ended and the aftermath. Projects will be due in that final week on October 14 (the Tuesday after Columbus Day). The project has three graded parts: a one-page typed report about the topic your child selected and researched this week, an art component, like a poster or model, and a one to two minute oral report on their subject.

Writing – Our new SFA writing program is going well. I was concerned last week about the considerably long amount of time we have to complete each final copy, eleven days, and the shortness of what was turned in. I will be raising the expectations for what a fifth grade final copy should be like.

Coming Soon

  • Chess starts next week for those of you who joined!
  • Bingo for Books next Tuesday night
  • Friday, Sept. 26, 2 hour early dismissal
  • Jamestown trip in March – I’m still working with 4th grade to get the price worked out

Thursday Homework

Thanks for the news reports about my “terrible illness”. :) It was just a mild fever with aches and pains, but I had to follow school policy and go home. To set the record straight, I had never called in sick for a substitute since August of 2004… until yesterday :(



SSQuiz on three important people during the time before the Civil War started tomorrow. Students should have three “baseball cards” to study and I gave out a paper copy of the whole Civil War unit study guide today. You only need to study the front of it about Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, and John Brown tonight.

The Henry Timez

<strong When this terrible thing occured was September, 16 ,2014. On that tragic day Mr.Paquette got sick with a 101 .5 fever.

 Early still that day during W.I.N time Mr.Paquette went to see Mrs.Brodie to check if he had a fever. He did. He hasn’t been sick for nine years. His symptoms was a fever and he was tired.

His half day substitute was a person I can not name for important reasons. This substitute did not let us have recess yesterday. The substitute said that we do not have recess on P.E days. So the sub read Rump to us for the whole twenty-five minutes of recess.We were furious!

 But today we have the best sub in the world. Today is September,17,2014. The sub’s name is Mrs.Bennett.We asked if we had recess today and she said yes.

 But in fact last year we did not have recess on Mondays or Tuesdays. Mrs.Whitmer changed the rules. Now we have recess on every day exept Monday. We are very happy.

 Thank you for taking the time to read this school newspaper. Special thanks to Mrs.Woods reading group and Mrs.Woods.

                                                             Sincerly your author,

                                                                Shayna Brittain



BMX Show Comes to Franklin County

BMX show comes to Franlin County. The brave riders were Zane Bradley, Kyle Biller and Andrew Fox, on Oct 18, 2015 Bmx riders came and entertained local Franklin County students.

The young riders came and put on quite a show. They took a teacher and said do you want to volunteer. The teacher didn’t know what he was into.

Andrew Fox was ready. He wanted a challenge. The students encouraged the teacher to get up. He did but the students had to get a picture first.

Then I realized I know him it’s Mr.Paquette. He was not scared,he looked fearless. I think he liked it. I really think kids had a good time I hope they have it again.

Monday Homework


Turned in signed progress reports if you haven’t yet.

Make-up Work: three students owe me a math sheet or a writing prompt… they know who they are.

SS Quiz Friday on Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, and John Brown – study guides and materials will come home tomorrow.

Today in Science…

We learned about the effect of heat on matter. It makes molecules of a liquid, water, expand into a much larger volume of water vapor. On the other hand, it can also make a can full of steam be chilled back into a tiny amount of water!


Wednesday Homework


WIN vocab quiz tomorrow

Atom parts redo quiz for non-100’s tomorrow

McGinnis math group – vol. 2 pg 182 #2, 4, 11-14

Grandparents’ Breakfast tomorrow

Chess Club will be forming soon

Field trip Friday – pack a lunch and water

Tuesday Homework


McGinnis Math Group – Pg 177 #2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10

Science questions sheet if not finished in class – open notes and resources (like books and internet)

WIN Vocab quiz Thursday

Scholastic orders – due tomorrow

Grandparents’ Breakfast – Thursday morning

Field Trip Friday – Franklin County Fair


I’m so happy !!!! I bet nobody can describe my mood that I’m in. i’m not sad i’m not mad im not frustrated. I’M HAPPY VERY VERY HAPPY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chapter 19

Anthony is getting ready to catch the ball the crowd was so quiet you could hear a pen drop. Anthony catches the ball! The crowd goes wild! ” Yeah yes ,” Anthony said.

Terrell ran up to Anthony and gave him a huge hug.  ” Great job,” Terrell said with a smile!

” You did it,” Maggie said.

They left the baseball field and went to the pizza parlor. Anthony said ” Am I on the team now ?”

They all had a great time but had to go home at ten o clock.

Anthony and Terrell went to bed when they got home. As they walked up the stairs to their bedrooms.

Terrell told Anthony ” Little bro you made the team!”

Anthony said ” Whens our next game then ?”

Chapter 19

Anthony gets ready to catch the ball. The stadium gets so quiet you could hear a pen drop. Anthony catches catches the ball!

Terrell jumps out of the stands a said ” Yes finally!’ and gave Anthony a huge hug.

Maggie and everybody else was running over there. Maggie said “Way to go.’

Joe said, ” Nice  catch! I knew you could do it.

They all went to the pizza parlor and goofed off and had a good time.

Then Anthony asked ” Am I on the team now?”

Joe said ” Yes of course.”

Anthony said ” Great when do I start?”

Wednesday Homework


Math Unit 2 Test tomorrow

Spirit day Friday

Civil War Days field trip Friday – bring a bagged lunch & water, this trip does not require parents to pick you up or drop you off. You will ride the bus home as usual that day.

Wednesday Homework


WIN Vocab Quiz Friday: sum, difference, addend, minuend, subtrahend, increase, decrease

Science quiz Friday: I forgot to mention this in class today. It will be very easy:

  • Atoms are tiny particles of matter.
  • Atoms are made of protons, neutrons, and electrons.
  • Molecules are tiny particles that are made of two or more atoms stuck together.
  • Label a picture like this one:


Thursday Homework

All – R&R

McGinnis math group – rounding decimals test tomorrow, study guide due tomorrow if not turned in today

Ss – Test tomorrow on VA geography: rivers, bordering states, regions. I’m making the test tonight directly from this study guide.

Spirit Day is tomorrow.

Friday News – August 29, 2014

From Mr. Paquette

Thank you for everything you’ve been doing at home to help with behavior, grades, and reading logs. We have started the year off on the right foot and I am sure we will continue to have a fantastic year. Your support is very much appreciated!

What’s New?

SFA reading groups have all completed their first six-day cycle and took a test this week. Do you want the good news or the bad news? OK, the bad, scores were terrible. The good, they’re not going in the grade books this time as we are still adjusting to the SFA routine and we have students who are new to Henry.

Math classes have all started unit two, addition and subtraction with decimals and algebra. We actually have some algebra included most units so we can cover that topic well. Since we have Monday off, tests won’t happen until next Friday at the earliest or possibly the Tuesday after. Problems will be like 24.1-0.98 and, “In the expression b+3, the letter b is – ” (the answer is a variable).

Science and social studies will continue to alternate weeks. This week ended science lessons on atoms, elements, molecules, and solid/liquid/gas. Next week we will begin our social studies unit on early Americans. We will learn about how the Native Americans lived and survived prior to European settlement.


In the interest of “hungry stomachs have a hard time concentrating”, we are allowing students to have a small, healthy snack at 10:00AM each day. Examples of what a “healthy snack” is includes raisins, protein bars, an apple, etc. The main reason we are allowing this is because we have one of the last lunch periods.

Civil War Days Field Trip is Next Friday

Cannons go BOOM, soldiers ride up on horses, see how doctors “fix you up” in the olden days, and more. Remember to pack water and a brown bag lunch. *Chaperones* – Sorry, none are needed for this trip. This date (Friday) is just for teachers and students. Civil War Days is open to the public Saturday and Sunday. It’s on 122 near Booker T and before Westlake.

Wednesday Homework

All – R&R

Paquette math group – math test on rounding decimals tomorrow

McGinnis math group – stapled papers/problems/study pages & same test as above on Friday

SS – test on VA regions, rivers, and bordering states Friday

GMail – Did you know all FCPS students have a GMail account? It is a part of the school system’s intranet and can ONLY be used to email other teachers and students who have FCPS emails. It allows students to create Google Docs (similar to Word or Powerpoint) and use Google Drive to store and share files. Students use their GMail account to log into any computer in Franklin County Public Schools so all of their settings and documents can be at any computer! There is a link under “Resources” to log into FCPS GMail. I will finish showing students how to log in tomorrow. Only Paquette math group can log in right now.

Tuesday Homework

All – R&R

Paquette math group – sheet (if not finished in class), test like this one on Thursday, except 16 questions long instead of 5.

McGinnis math group – sheet #1-10, test like this one on Friday

SSStudy guide for VA geography went out today, quiz Friday on regions/rivers/bordering states (this is review material from last year)

Scholastic Orders – Will be placed tomorrow (Wed), last chance to turn them in…