Fifth Grade

At All Saints’ Episcopal Day School teaching our students a rigorous private school curriculum is important to us. As students enter their years in middle school (fifth through eighth grades) they will be faced with more challenges in their day to day curriculum. We are able to broaden the minds of our students with Spanish, visual arts, science, technology, and more. Students at All Saint’s are not only challenged mentally, but also creatively and physically with the courses here at All Saints’.


List of 9 items.

  • Math

    Three different math classes are offered in fifth grade, providing students the opportunity to study math at a level and pace commensurate with the established skills and mathematical reasoning ability.  Students in all sections continue to develop a conceptual framework of numbers and number concepts, focusing on the connection between ideas and procedures among different mathematical topics.  Students solidify their skills in computation and begin to develop an understanding of the meaning of these skills as they apply to real-life problems.  Problem-solving strategies are introduced and reinforced through class discussion, group work, and individual class activities.  Time is taken to ensure that students develop a strong sense of the meaning of mathematics, including knowing there are multiple ways to solve problems and the importance of communicating ideas and work mathematically.
  • P.E. and Athletics

    Physical Education
    All Saints’ recognizes that instruction in physical fitness and health is a necessary part of the education and well-being of the whole child. Students participate in P.E. three times weekly. The principal standards of the P.E. curriculum are:
    • The use of a variety of basic and advanced movement forms
    • The use of movement concepts and principles in the development of motor skills
    • Understanding the benefits and costs associated with participation in physical activity
    • Understanding how to monitor and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness
    • Understanding the social and personal responsibility associated with participation in physical activity
    Participation in the Presidential Physical Fitness Test provides a yearly evaluation of a student’s progress. The test measures cardiovascular fitness, upper and lower body strength, as well as flexibility and agility.

    P.E. and athletic facilities include The Carl G. Carlozzi gym, a recently redesigned playing field, baseball diamond, and sports courts.

    The athletic department offers a competitive but inclusive team sports program for middle school students in sixth through eighth grades who wish to participate. The focus of the program is learning the fundamentals of each sport, practicing teamwork, and demonstrating good sportsmanship. Because of All Saints’ emphasis on academics, frequency of practices and games are monitored carefully and teams do not play during final exams.

    All Saints’ teams compete in the Catholic Youth Athletic Association (CYAA). The varsity boys’ teams have won 14 CYAA championships over the past 10 years, including the football championship for the last three years. The girls’ varsity volleyball team has consistently been one of the top teams in the league and the State middle school champion or runner-up for the past four years.

    Boys play flag football, basketball, and baseball. Girls play volleyball, softball, and basketball. Students in fourth and fifth grades can participate in these sports through the after-school intramural program coached by varsity players and assisted by the coaching staff. Sixth grade students have their own teams and play other sixth grade teams in the CYAA. Everyone participates; there are no cuts. Students in seventh and eighth grades try out and are placed on the varsity or junior varsity team based on ability.

    At graduation, students who have lettered in five or more varsity sports are inducted into the All Saints’ Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Performing Arts

    Fifth-grade students choose General Music with Mr. Block or Band with Dr. Rifkind.
    Students who select General Music will be exposed to a program that will include: singing, composition, playing ukulele or guitar, and various performances throughout the year. Students play various instruments, including xylophones, African drums, hand-held percussion instruments, and recorders. Students have many opportunities to perform their creations both in class and on stage. 

    Students who select Band will be assisted in choosing an appropriate woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument.  As inventory permits, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, flute, clarinet, saxophone, bell set, and practice pad for percussionists are provided at no charge; any other instrument must be provided by the student. They develop fluency on their instruments by rehearsing various musical styles, both written and improvised, and performing on numerous occasions throughout the school year.

    Students may also audition for the Chorister program, based on the Royal School of Church Music curriculum. The Chorister program continues through eighth grade and is led by the Directors of Music at All Saints’ Episcopal Church.
  • Religion and Life Skills

    The curriculum at All Saints’ includes a religion and life skills class. Middle school students attend twice weekly. Religion faculty present the class from a Judaic/Christian perspective; at the same time, the program acknowledges and honors the many other religious traditions that our students and families bring to the All Saints’ community. This diversity gives students and faculty the opportunity to discuss religion and faith with all of the depth, beauty, and mystery that the subject warrants.

    Middle school students study the Bible from a historical, cultural, and geographical aspect. In addition to Jesus Christ, they look at other biblical figures including St. Paul and the Prophets, and how they are relevant to today’s society. Classes are conducted in an environment that is academically rigorous and existentially probing. Questions and thoughtful discussion are always encouraged. Eighth grade students embark on a year-long study of world religions that includes Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and Eastern religions such as Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto, as time allows.

    Students explore principles of leadership and character education continues to be emphasized. The classroom provides a place where students can discuss and deal with their everyday experiences. Questions about drugs and alcohol are addressed and discussion of basic body awareness is conducted in appropriate gender groups.
  • Science

    Students learn best by doing. The fifth-grade science curriculum is designed for active participation in scientific practices. Topics include astronomy, biology, and chemistry. The Sun, Moon, and planets module explores our ever-changing knowledge of space and Earth’s place in the solar system. The Living Systems module explores the Earth’s systems—the hydrosphere, geosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. The focus then turns to the biosphere as students explore ecosystems and organisms. In fifth grade, students study chemistry as part of the physical science module focused on mixtures and solutions. The driving question is, “What is matter, and what happens when samples of matter interact?” Students investigate in order to develop an understanding of science content, to develop scientific skills, to value inquiry, and cooperative teamwork.
  • Social Studies

    The program focuses on United States history from the Constitutional Convention to the Industrial Age. Students view significant historical events through multiple lenses. Social studies is taught using a thematic approach with each unit beginning with a guiding question that provokes thought, group work and discussion, research, and creative projects. Students read, write, discuss, and compare the cultural, social, religious, geographical, political, and economic aspects of these eras. Additionally, students discuss current events and the importance of being a responsible citizen.
  • Spanish

    Students in fifth grade attend Spanish class twice a week. Instruction focuses on laying a foundation for all language skills: listening, speaking, reading comprehension, and writing. In addition to learning the fundamentals of Spanish, culture and history are integrated into the curriculum. A special highlight of the year is the presentation of the students’ Spanish-speaking country reports. The project includes a written report in Spanish, and an oral report in English and Spanish. The classroom activities include: writing projects, oral presentations, skits, and collaborating in small groups. The program integrates the use of technology; iPads are utilized to enhance students’ language learning experience. The emphasis this year is to feel comfortable and confident in Spanish, and to develop an understanding and appreciation of people from other cultures.
  • Technology

    Design Thinking and Technology at All Saints'. provides students with a unique opportunity to use powerful digital technologies in a hands-on project-based environment. The middle school DreamLab houses a diverse array of equipment for 5th-8th graders during their studies at All Saints’.

    Every student can expect to get practical training in 3d modeling/printing, digital storytelling, graphic design, electronics, coding, and basic fabrication - all under the umbrella of design thinking.

    Design thinking follows a cyclical approach to problem solving that is centered on real people and their needs. We follow the model set forth from The at Stanford University.
  • Visual Arts

    The visual arts department at All Saints’ encourages students to explore the world, develop self-expression and confidence, and communicate through art. Students at all grade levels are continuously challenged to grow creatively as they acquire a sequential knowledge of the elements and principles of art and an appreciation of art history. The program fosters the following beliefs:
    • Art is a visual means of self-expression.
    • We develop an “artist’s eye” through observation of the world around us and by continuing to create art.
    • Art class is a positive experience and the creative process is enjoyable and fulfilling.
    The art program in lower school lays the foundation for concepts and skills that will continue to be developed as students move into middle school. Students explore the elements of art: line, shape, color, texture, space, and value. Over time, they master a variety of artists’ tools including brushes, pen and ink, palette knives, linoleum blocks, wood, chalk, and charcoal. Artistic boundaries widen as students create both two- and three-dimensional artwork and are exposed to various mediums including paint, clay, sculpture, stitchery, papier-mâché, and drawing.

    Students travel through history with the Art Masterpiece program.  Fifth grade studies include American art; artists include Remington, Homer, Whistler, Hicks, Stella, Johns, Eakins, Cole, Stuart, Wyeth, Warhol, O’Keefe, Pollock, Rockwell, and Laurence. Students incorporate many of the ideas, themes, and techniques they study in this program into their classroom work.

    Two highlights of the school year are Special Persons Day, an event that showcases the visual and performing art programs in tandem, and the Spring Art Show, a weeklong display that includes representative works from all projects at every grade level.

    Visual arts faculty work tirelessly to help students achieve their full creative potential.

Fifth Grade Advisors

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Elizabeth Benoit

    Elizabeth Benoit 

    Spanish Teacher
    Joined All Saints' in 2006
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  • Photo of Ellen Bond

    Ellen Bond 

    Art Teacher
    Joined All Saints' in 2013
  • Photo of Margaret Dunlop

    Margaret Dunlop 

    Art Teacher
    Joined All Saints' in 2022
  • Photo of Beth Hill

    Beth Hill 

    English Teacher
    Joined All Saints' in 2009
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  • Photo of Mary Konczal

    Mary Konczal 

    Science Teacher
    Joined All Saints' in 2014
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  • Photo of Maureen Magrogan

    Maureen Magrogan 

    Social Studies Teacher
    Joined All Saints' in 2004
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  • Photo of Susan Mueller

    Susan Mueller 

    Math Teacher
    Joined All Saints' in 2017
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