5th Grade at FPMSA is departmentalized into 3 classes. We would like to share some background information about ourselves and our content. Our team has been a cohesive unit for 3 years. We work very closely together to ensure that your child’s education is a top priority. As students rotate from class to class, they will notice the consistency in our teaching and structure.
Mrs. Maxwell teaches math. This is her 3rd year teaching 5th grade math at FPMSA and her 8th year teaching in total. She previously taught 4th grade. Mrs. Maxwell believes that math is a necessary foundation for a successful future. Our primary focuses in 5th grade math are long multiplication, long division, and manipulation of fractions. In order to have a successful year, students MUST have their multiplication and division facts 0-12 mastered as soon as possible. Her math class is a combination of learning and fun; however it is a very rigorous course. Her expectations are very high, but she has complete faith in her students’ abilities and knows that they can achieve anything they set their minds to. This past year, Mrs. Maxwell was proud to be ranked 3rd in the district on the 5th grade Math FSA and 1st in the district the year prior.
Mrs. Saunders teaches English Language Arts, (Reading and Writing). This is her 3rd year teaching this grade level. Previously she taught 1st grade and Kindergarten. She spent 9 years as Pre-school teacher, as well as writing early childhood curriculum. She loves to encourage her students to reach high in reading and writing. When applicable she brings her guitar into classroom and teaches students songs that go with the lessons. She believes in her students. This past year her students had the highest gains in the district on the 5th grade FSA. She ranked 7th in the district on the assessment. Expecting the best and providing the opportunity is her focus.
Mrs. Logue teaches Science. She has been teaching in St. Lucie County Public Schools for 15 years. She has taught kindergarten, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade science. Mrs. Logue believes science needs to be taught by “doing science” not just reading about it. She incorporates as many hands-on learning experiences as possible into her daily classroom activities. Her classroom combines learning with fun; however it is a very rigorous class with high expectations. Students are encouraged to have a growth mindset and learn by and from their mistakes. She has high expectations for her students both behaviorally and academically. Mrs. Logue’s students had the highest gain in science proficiency scores in St. Lucie County her first year teaching fifth grade science. She ranked 5th in the district this past year on the SSA and works hard to continue this success.