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5th Grade at OTA

What to Expect this year

Our mission at Oregon Trail Academy
is to create reflective, critical thinking
young people who see themselves as
strong contributors to the world they
live in.

We believe in a rigorous education that

is taught in an interdisciplinary fashion
so that students see connection
between the subjects they learn and the
world around them.
Vastly increased responsibility

Vastly increased independence

5th grade is a busy

year Loosening of restrictions

Things to consider:
many changes and challenges Tightening of quality

1. About Mr. Vieira

2. Expectations
a. Homework
b. In-Class Work
c. A Note About Math
3. Units of Inquiry
a. 5th Grade Exhibition
b. Major Projects
4. Volunteers and Field Trips
About Mr. Luke Vieira
Our vision: Inspiring Leaders to Serve the Global Community.

Our program includes:

Mandarin instruction each year beginning in Kindergarten
Arts, Music, and Technology
Classes designed to prepare students for the rigors of an IB
An engaged community of families
Expectations in 5th Grade
Rule 1: Make smart choices

Rule 2: Dont be a jerk

Students identified values that the class shares as a whole. These Essential
Agreements will drive our year-long discussion about behavior and motivation.

In an IB school, Students should end 5th grade at an end-of-year 6th grade skill
level. This means we will a lot of focus on responsibility, independence, and
Homework and In-Class Work

Nightly Math Math

(from days lesson, estimated completion Fluency, Application, Lesson, Practice,
time 20 mins) Exit Ticket, HWK start time
Nightly Vocab Vocab
(estimated completion time 5 minutes) New words, tests
Reading Research
Recommend 30 minutes a day Writing
Reading Skills and Strategies
A Note About Math
Yes, its hard. Sort of. Its complicated.

Online access:
Units of Inquiry
1. Who We Are
a. Physical and mental health are interconnected and influenced by internal and external
2. Where We Are in Place and Time
a. Exploration and discoveries can create opportunities and/or threats
3. How We Express Ourselves
a. Expression can incite action
4. How the World Works
a. Innovative thinking can lead to change
5. How We Organize Ourselves
a. Revolutions occur when people feel change is necessary
6. Sharing the Planet
a. Water is a natural resource to which all living things need access to survive
5th Grade PYP Exhibition (early March- May 3rd)
In the final year of the PYP, students, carry out an extended, in-depth, collaborative
project known as the PYP exhibition.

This involves students working collaboratively to conduct an in-depth inquiry into

real life issues or problems. Students collectively synthesise all of the essential
elements of the PYP in ways that can be shared with the whole school community.

It also provides teachers with a powerful and authentic process for assessing student

The exhibition represents a unique and significant opportunity for students to

exhibit the attributes of the IB learner profile developed throughout their
engagement with the PYP.

It also provides schools and students with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the
transition of learners to the next phase of their education.
All Oregon Trail schools welcome volunteers to support our staff in providing quality education opportunities. If you have the
desire and time we have a number of options for you to contribute to student success. To volunteer at any school in the Oregon
Trail School District, please complete our required online application.

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Handbook

OPTIONAL: SafeSchools training

Child Abuse: Identification & Intervention

Sexual Conduct: Staff-to-Student

Questions? Ccontact Julia Monteith at 503-668-0679 or

Volunteer Opportunities and Field Trips
Please pay attention to my weekly e-mails. These will include notices about
volunteer opportunities, information about upcoming events, and updates about
field trips.

Fifth grade is a year of increased independence. We want and need parent

support, but it may be different than it was before.

Most importantly, we need access to guest speakers. Experts add a rich

dimension to learning and understanding!