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A LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT MRS. McALISTER

Mrs. McAlister graduated in 1988 from McCullough High School in The Woodlands, Texas. She attended Stephen F. Austin State University and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2009 she attended Lamar University while teaching in Willis and earned a Masters degree in Education Administration. Mrs. McAlister was CC Hardy's Teacher of the Year in 2004 and was named the Elementary Teacher of the Year for Willis ISD. She was also recognized as a regional Teacher of the Year finalist for Region VI. She has been teaching in Willis for 15 years and has a total of 20 years of experience.

During her twenty years as a teacher Mrs. McAlister has served as a cheerleading sponsor, a seventh and eighth grade athletic coach, 6th grade UIL spelling coach, Spelling Bee pronouncer, fifth grade team leader, a Reading department head, and a safety patrol sponsor.

Public service is a big part of Mrs. McAlister's life. She is currently volunteers with organizations that involve helping children.  She serves as a member of the Special Attractions Committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This committee is responsible for free family attractions at the rodeo including the Pig Races and Fun on the Farm. She says, "It is a privilege to work with children from all over the United States during rodeo."

Mrs. McAlister loves working with all children and seeing them grow both in their academic knowledge and in their social roles. She says, "I love working in Willis ISD. It is a place where everyone cares about kids."
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Upcoming EVENTS for 5th GRADERS

Upcoming events include:

    • May 16, 2017 Super Hero day (at school field day)
    • May 17 Tie-Dye shirts day!
    • May 18, 2017 NEHS, Stuco field trip
    • May 19, 2017 Track and Field Day at Lynn Lucas
    • May 22, 2017 Science Club movie field trip
    • May 25, 2017 Science Expo and Awards ceremony. Time to be determined

Reminders from Ms. McAlister!

A few quick reminders for the end of the school year.

  • Tomorrow May 16 is “Super Hero” Day. Scholars can wear super hero t-shirts and bring a few dollars to buy snacks in our country store.  The proceeds from the store help us purchase PE equipment.
  • Friday May 19 is our track and field event at Lynn Lucas M.S. Please send $2.00 or bring a white t-shirt from home to be Tie-Dyed for this event.  We will also wear these shirts for our fun day on the last day of school, May 26,2017.
  • If you are an approved WISD volunteer, I need your help! We are looking for a few people to help facilitate our activities on the last day of school. Please let me know if you can by sending me an email at mmcalister@willisisd.org
  • Papers from the year will be coming home in this week’s and next week’s Monday folders. There is no longer a need to send papers back to school with your scholar.

 

FRACTIONS! FRACTIONS! FRACTIONS!

From May 1 until May 19th we will be focusing on expanding our essential understandings of fractions during math. Students will review addition and subtraction of fractions with like and unlike denominators, improper fractions and mixed numbers, multiplication of fractions including multiplying a unit fraction by a whole number, division of fractions including dividing a whole number by a unit fraction.  

SCIENCE EXPO PROJECTS

Our scholars are busy working on their Science Expo projects.  We have selected projects, started our papers, and next week we will be doing our experiments!  The week of May 8th through May 12 we will build our science boards and finalize our papers.  Students will present the projects to their peers during the week of May 22 through May 26. Public viewing will be Thursday, May 26 prior to our 5th grade awards ceremony.  

SCIENCE UPDATE!

Our benchmark testing is finished and we are currently reviewing several concepts to refresh our memories prior to taking our STAAR science test on May 10.   Last week we looked at inherited traits, aquired traits, and learned behaviors. As well as, types of energies (MELTS) and building circuits.  Students had fun playing energy charades, and building circuits this week.  Next week we will go over alternative energies, food chains/food webs, and concepts of space!  A test is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12.  Please talk with your scholars about what they have learned in Science class.

MATH UPDATE!

We are currently working on relating math to real world situations.  Our scholars have been researching and collecting data on the costs of a vacation.  Monday wil be our final day to research and calculate costs.  Please make an effort this week to talk with your scholars about thier current math projects.

MONDAY Folders

I have not sent home Monday folders for the last two weeks. Please excuse my tardiness.  Folders will be send home next Monday.  When you receive them please sign for the missing weeks. 
 
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Learning Summits

NO School on Monday, February 20!
 
Tuesday, February 21, fifth grade is starting our learning summit.  Students will have the opportunity to review and refresh their knowledge for all subjects during this special time.
We will be traveling to 3 classes each day on an A/B schedule rotation.  Your scholar will be able to learn from all of our wonderful 5th grade teachers.  
Students will be given their schedules Tuesday morning as we begin this new adventure in learning.
 
If you have any questions please call us at 936-890-7550 or email me at mmcalister@willisisd.org
 
 

YEARBOOKS

We are currently putting together our 2016-2017 yearbook.  It is looking great.  If you would like to add a personal touch for your child, please consider a Yearbook Shout Out!  They will add your special content to the yearbook on a full page for $25.00 or a half page for $15.00.  You can send your full resolution photos with exact wording to the following email: mesyearbook2016@yahoo.com  Deadline for  Yearbook Shout Outs and order yearbooks is Friday, March 24,2017
 
Yearbooks can be purchased online at ybpay.lifetouch.com  Our yearbook ID code is 12011117  There are a variety of packages to choose from.  Yearbooks can also be ordered from our front office. Deadline for  Yearbook Shout Outs and order yearbooks is Friday, March 24,2017

Moon Phases Project

 

We have finished recording the Moon Phases for the month of January! Now it’s your turn to come up with a creative way to display the phases of the moon.  Think of a creative way to show the 8 phases, or a way to display the phases as they occurred in the month of January. THIS IS YOUR CHOICE! You may choose to do a “Flip Book”, A Lunar calendar, or some kind of poster or digital display. 

Your projects is due in class on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7.  You only have one week. A (10 point penalty will be assessed for everyday the project is late)

 When you finish you will need to turn in these three items:

  1. Your Moon Phases recording sheet (30 points)
  2. A paragraph about the moon phases and what you learned by recording them. (20points)
  3. Your creative way to display the 8 moon phases or all 31 days of the Lunar Cycle we recorded in class (50 points)

Have fun with this!    I know you will do a great job. !       ~ Mrs. McAlister

TUTORIALS

Tutorials are offered in Math Tuesday through Thursday from 7:20 a.m. until 8:05 a.m.  Please drop students off at the cafeteria doors no earlier than 7:15 to participate in tutorials.

Math and Science Update!

Next week will continue to explore Geometry by calculating the volume of rectangular prisms.
 
In Science we will begin our study of organisms in their environments.  

Math and Science Update!

Math- We are moving into Geometry next week!  Have your scholar explore two dimensional shape with you naming their different attributes.  Look for note cards with descriptions coming home soon.
 
Science- Our next concept is the water cycle.  We will be naming, drawing, and creating our own water cycles next week.  

IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT GRADES

Report cards for the 2nd nine weeks are now available for access on Parent Portal. However, you must access Parent Portal through a desktop computer browser or the internet browser on your mobile device. The mobile app for Parent Portal does NOT support viewing prior cycles. 

Steps:

  1. Go to: https://sis1.willisisd.org/txConnect/Login.aspx.
  2. Log in with your same username and password from Parent Portal app.
  3. Select your student.
  4. Click on the “Grades” tab at top in the green bar.
  5. Find the “Semester” pull down bar and change the 2 to a 1.
  6. Cycle 2 shows you the grades for the 2nd 9 week grading period.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Have a wonderful break. Classes will resume on January 3.  We are all looking forward to a little rest, but I know we will be excited when we return.
 
Math homework will begin the week after we return from break.  Students will be expected to complete 10 questions a night Monday through Thursday.  Homework will be checked daily.  I will send a reminder the week we return for homework procedures.
 
Have a wonderful holiday!