Grade 5


Mrs. Snow and Miss Cushman




                           Meet Miss Cushman 

Tell me about yourself.

 

I am from South Thomaston, ME. I graduated from Rockland District High School in 2006. I then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science from Maine Maritime Academy in 2010. After spending some time working for the Department of Marine Resources as a lobster sea-sampler, I discovered a love of teaching. I earned my teaching certification from the University of Maine in Presque Isle, and have been teaching 5th grade at Thomaston Grammar School ever since.

 

 

Why do you like to teach fifth grade?

 

I enjoy teaching math! With my science-based background, I understand how important it is for students to have a solid foundation of math skills. They have to be able to USE the information that they receive in my classroom in real life situations and the careers that they choose. I enjoy the challenge of teaching math. There is nothing better than seeing the light bulbs turn on, and students starting to enjoy math when they realize that it’s not actually scary.

 

 

What are your favorite student units?

 

The 5th grade Garden unit at TGS is the best! We do a completely integrated unit across every subject area, all to do with the 5th Grade Garden! I get to teach measurement, unit conversions, area and perimeter, and scale drawings while outside in our beautiful outdoor classroom! It is truly a fun and exciting unit that I look forward to each year.

 

 

What is your plan for parent contact?

 

Please feel free to contact me via email whenever you want: jecushman@rsu13.org. Call the school if you would like to set up any appointments to see me, or just to talk to me!

 

 

What are your homework guidelines?

 

5th grade is expected to read for a minimum of 30 minutes a night, and to fill out their reading logs. Signed logs are collected every Friday. The only other homework will be any unfinished class work.  

  

 

                                        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.