Grade 5




Miss Johnston

Mrs. Snow


                           Meet Miss Johnston

Tell me about yourself.

 

Miss Johnston grew up in Cushing/Thomaston and attended both Lura Libby and Thomaston Grammar School (when it was a middle school). She went to college at the University of Maine at Augusta where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She now lives in Rockport and loves teaching her 5th grade math and social studies classes at TGS!

 

Why do you like to teach fifth grade?

 

I like teaching 5th grade because they are old enough to catch my sense of humor and they still love their teachers! They’re a fun age group!

 

 

What are your favorite student units?

 

It is my first year of teaching so it’s hard to say! However, I am very excited about our explorer unit in Social Studies. We will be creating movies on explorers and will be playing around with green screen!

 

In math my favorite unit to teach is adding fractions! I like that we can connect this to cooking and baking and tie it in with things students are doing in science class.

 

What is your plan for parent contact?

 

I currently have a Bloomz page that I run for the entire fifth grade. Parents are able to contact me through this. My email is tjohnston@rsu13.org and I am always happy to take phone calls if needed.

 

 

What are your homework guidelines?


I will assign math or social studies homework most weeks, but never both. Homework is considered a “habits for success grade” so if I see that the student has put their best effort into doing their homework they will earn a 3. This is to help students develop a homework routine as they begin to transition to middle school life.

  

 

                                        Meet Mrs. Snow

Tell me about yourself.

 I grew up in Warren, Maine, attended MSAD #40 schools, and graduated from the University of Maine. My degree is in Social Science. Before becoming a public school teacher, I spent years working for the American Red Cross. Kids and adults in mid-coast Maine know me as their past swimming, lifeguarding, first aid, and/or CPR instructor. My husband, Bob, and I live in Thomaston. We enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, and gardening. Fun fact…I am the maternal granddaughter of the late Lura Libby who had the previous elementary school named in her honor.

 

 

Why do you like to teach fifth grade?

 

10 & 11 year olds are FULL of energy, curiosity, and enthusiasm. They are sponges, with ardent desire to absorb information. This age group is a lot of fun to spend time with!

 

What are your favorite student units?

 

In order to inspire student engagement, a teacher must be enthusiastic about all units they teach. Yet, I must admit, I do LOVE our TGS 5th grade garden unit. It’s a place where the “playing field” is leveled and students find successes and challenges in hands on, authentic learning.

 

 

What is your plan for parent contact?

 

Email is best.

 

 

What are your homework guidelines?

  

Students should be reading 30 minutes each night and fill out their reading logs. On occasion, I may send work home with a student if they are behind with their classroom assignments. I believe that homework should not take away from family time.