Fifth Grade

Developing Personal Responsibility

Welcome to middle school at Westside School! Our teachers know that this is a big transition from lower school to middle school, and they are here to support every student! In 5th grade, students begin developing the personal responsibility and organizational skills needed for a successful middle school experience (and beyond) through a combined structure designed to slowly introduce this new phase of education.

5th graders have a combined humanities (language arts & social studies) class to give them the feeling of a homeroom, while transitioning between our other core classes in a more traditional middle school model. With an emphasis on teamwork and critical thinking, and a number of integrated projects between content areas, we continue our focus on growth mindset and preparing them for the level of instruction and work that they can expect for the remainder of their middle school years. Critical thinking is a key focus of the 5th grade year.

WHY WESTSIDE?

"Academics is a major part of our daughter’s learning experience. However, just as important to our family was the social development towards becoming a well rounded citizen and community member. Our kids are socialized into a culture of kindness, safety, and the opportunity to appreciate service." -Westside Parent
2 5th grade girls on Mt. Rainier flexing their arm muscles with a mountain behind them

5TH GRADE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Physical Sciences
  • Ancient Civilizations
  • Music of Resistance
  • Math and Baseball
  • Dual instruction in Chinese and Spanish
  • Humanities

INTEGRATED PROJECTS

  • Greek Theater
  • Journey of Heroes
  • Climate Justice

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION & FIELD TRIPS

  • Mt. Rainer Fall Camping Trip
  • Bainbridge Art Museum
  • South Seattle College Chinese Gardens and Arboretum
  • Tacoma Rainers Baseball Game

LEARNING AT WESTSIDE

SPECIALISTS

5TH GRADE TEAM

Erin Blaser

Erin Blaser

5th & 6th Grade Math Teacher
Sigrid Brunet

Sigrid Brunet

5th Grade Humanities Teacher
Scott Herman

Scott Herman

5th & 6th Grade Science Teacher
Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Middle School Mandarin Teacher, World Language Department Chair
Paroma Zaman

Paroma Zaman

5th Grade Support Teacher