5 Team


Ms. Buck


Mrs. Vaughan

Ms. Zelinger Cohen
 
 

 
 

Teacher Pages

Our teaching team is passionate about teaching and brings best practices to our students at Stargate. Our specific experience with gifted and talented learners at Stargate includes:

  • Ms. Buck – 2nd year at Stargate
  • Ms. Painz – 1st year at Stargate
  • Mrs. Vaughan – 10 years
  • Ms. Zelinger Cohen – 10 years

In addition to certification in Elementary Education, our team also holds highly qualified endorsements in Science Education (7-12), Business Education (7-12), French (K-12), and Gifted and Talented Education (P-12).

Each member of our team has their own page where you can learn more about the class and class activities. To find a teacher's page, click on the link beneath their photo.

Supplies
Each year, students will need to provide school supplies, please check our Team Files page, for a list of the items required.

Welcome to the 5 Team Page

Below please find information specific to your student's fifth grade year at Stargate.

What's New?
  • Fifth is now in its third year as a stand-alone grade as Stargate moves into its new campus with a separate K-5 lower school and 6-12 secondary school.
  • Our students have the opportunity to participate in Student Council, leadership opportunities, Athletics, Math Counts, Spelling Bee and a broad range of other sponsored after-school clubs.
Theme:

A Year (Beginning with even calendar years): CHANGE

Our overarching theme for the year, change, is followed through integrated Science and Social Studies curricula.

1st trimester: We begin the year learning about Geology, which leads to conversation about water distribution and natural resources. The hands-on learning center style trimester project focuses on Ancient Cultures and the prominent biome for those world areas.

2nd trimester: We focus on the Age of Exploration, learning about astronomy, oceanography, and instruments of navigation. The trimester project focuses on creating a map detailing the route and discoveries of a selected explorer.

3rd trimester: To end the year, we learn about the factors impacting early settlements on the North American continent, specifically early colonization through the organization of the 13 colonies. The trimester project varies based on passion area of study.

B Year (Beginning with odd calendar years): SYSTEMS

Our overarching theme for the year, systems, is followed through integrated Science and Social Studies curricula.

1st trimester: We begin the year reviewing the colonization of the United States, and the events which led to Revolutionary War. Students explore the Declaration of Independence and begin to understand the difficulties that arose as a new nation came to life. We also learn about inventions and inventors that contributed to this period in history. The trimester hands-on project highlights important people, events, and places of the American Revolution.

2nd trimester: Our historical study evolves to post-Revolution events including the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. From a science perspective, we learn about body systems, focusing on the circulatory, respiratory, and central nervous systems. Students learn how to make healthy choices. A scholarly research paper is the capstone project during this trimester.

3rd trimester: We continue our look at systems as we explore botany, specifically the new species encountered as colonization spread further westward. Students participate in local walking field trips and conclude the year with a culminating project in a Nature Journal.

Literacy:

Our differentiated language arts curriculum allows for students to attend a class closely geared to their own readiness for new material as well as demonstrated achievement. We utilized MAPS testing results, TCAP results, and other internal assessment tools to evaluate and place our students. Within our grade level, we offer a range of complexity beginning with grade-level 5th grade language arts concepts and skills through high school material.

Each class approaches standards and skills through appropriate novels and units of study focusing on research skills, genre exploration, vocabulary expansion, and writing for a variety of purposes and audiences.

Math:

Our differentiated mathematics curriculum allows for students to attend a class closely geared to their own readiness for new material as well as demonstrated achievement. We utilized MAPS testing results, TCAP results, and other internal assessment tools to evaluate and place our students. Within our grade level, we offer a range of complexity beginning with grade-level 5th grade math concepts and skills through high school material.

Consistent with Stargate’s formally adopted Math program, 5th and 6th grade Singapore Math is taught at the foundational level. Middle and high school textbooks are used in groups operating significantly above grade level in Mathematics.