Speak Up Alabama /4-H 5th Grade Speech Project

4-HFrom birth, children learn about communication. They learn communication skills by looking through a picture book, by learning the names of toys, asking mom for more juice, or by negotiating with a sibling about sharing a favored toy. Learning communication skills is a major part of childhood development.

At DES, we strive to develop student leaders with effective communication skills. To help reach this goal, the 5th grade participates in the 4-H Speak Up Alabama Project. Every year, our 5th graders write and deliver a speech that is judged by 4-H leaders. Winners of the 5th grade speech project move on to county competition. We have even had winners go on to compete at the state level!

Students will be given a Speech Project Packet on Monday. Students will begin working on their speeches during class. This speech project is their ONLY homework from me. The Project Packet includes detailed steps on writing the speech and important dates.

Please encourage your student to do their very best!


Hands-on Science with Mr. Blue

science2Hands-on science activities should be essential components of a student’s educational experience, and they help lay the foundation for life-long learning and healthy development. Our 5th grade science teacher, Mr. Blue, purposefully incorporates hands on learning activities throughout the year.

Here are a few pictures from the 5th grade’s most recent hands-on science activity.

We can’t wait to see what sprouts in these terrariums!




Veterans Day & Bake Sale Announcements

bakesaleThe DES 5th grade has been working hard on the community service project. The class is holding a dollar drive for the East Alabama Food Bank. To raise funds for this worthy cause, the class will hold its 2nd Annual Bake Sale on Friday, the 13th. Individually wrapped items will be $1. If you would like to donate cupcakes, brownies, or cookies, please let your student’s homeroom teacher know. Please help us spread the word. The sale will be in the front lobby from 8:00 – 11:00.

The Veterans Day program is Tuesday. Please wear red, white, or blue!

There will be NO SCHOOL Wednesday due to the holiday.

We will have a reading comprehension test Friday.


DES 5th Grade: Frontier Days, Volleyball, & Community Service Project

toulouseThe 5th grade has a field trip Wednesday to Alabama Frontier Days held in Wetumpka at historic Fort Toulouse. Wear comfortable walking shoes!

A little information about the event:

Once a year in November, visitors can enjoy stepping back in time to what it was like in the period from 1700 to 1820 during Alabama Frontier Days. See genuine blacksmiths at work, traditional Native American dances, battle re-enactments and more. Browse the living history exhibits or tour the 1751 French Fort Toulouse occupied by a full force of authentically costumer French Colonial Marines or visit the War of 1812 camp set up next to 1814 Fort Jackson. Learn the history of both forts from the Living History enthusiasts who give their time to inform the public what life was like in a much harsher time.

Web Link: http://www.forttoulouse.com/pages/war-reenactment-events.asp

On Thursday there will be a volleyball scrimmage game from 1:00 – 2:00. The cost to attend the volleyball-scholarshipsevent is $4. This event will raise funds for our school and allow students to see the Lady Tigers in action! Money to attend should be turned in during homeroom.

There will be a reading comprehension test on Friday. Please make every effort to be at school. Attendance is important. Studies show that student success is directly related to regular school attendance. If you must be absent, YOU must stay in from PE to make up your work. YOU have 3 days after an excused absence to make up work.

Reading Homework: Practice Book Page 117 Due Friday

Don’t forget our community service project. Bring in those dollars! For every $1 donated, the East AL Food Bank can provide 7 meals for those in need!