Degrees and Certifications:
BA English from UCLA, 1988 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSU Northridge and CSU San Marcos, 1989-1991 MA Teaching from Grand Canyon University, 2002
Ms. Diane Butterworth
Ms. Butterworth's 5th Grade Class
Welcome, families and students! An exciting year lies ahead. Please use this website to access information about current studies, classroom procedures and policies, homework and assignments, and upcoming 5th grade events.
Fall 2017 - Energy and Matter; Food webs; Earth Systems
5-PS1-1. Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.
5-LS1-1. Matter is transported into, out of, and within systems.
5-PS3-1. Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.
5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
5-ESS2-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
5-ESS2-2. Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.
Fall 2017 - Getting started with our new Benchmark ELA series!
Fall 2017 -
Fluency with Whole Numbers and Decimals, including place value, multiplication and expressions.
Divide Whole Numbers
Add and Subtract decimals
Homework is assigned on weekly basis on the iReady platform (www.scootpad.com). It generally consists of weekly math assignments that provide practice and review for concepts being learned in class. The expectation is 75 minutes per week, with 70% accuracy, and completing at least 3 assignments. Assignments will be posted on Wednesday, and will be due the following Wednesday. For students that do not have home access to a Interenet service on a computer, tablet, or phone, the school computer lab is available before and after school. The student's login is their 9-digit number, and their first name+grade (e.g. 123456789 jane5).
Occasionally, assignments will posted on the student's Haiku page. The student username is the student's 9-digit number, and the password is Mv followed by the student's 6-digit birthday. (Example: 987654321, Mv080917). When assignments are posted on Haiku, I will alert you with an email and a post on Scootpad.
All students in 1st through 5th grade participate in a school-wide reading program called Reading Counts. Students read books within their lexile range. After completing a book, students take a Reading Counts test and receive points for receiving a score of a least 70%. Every student is expected to reach 100 points by the end of the school year. Student progress towards their goals are monitored and students are recognized for their accomplishments throughout the school year.
Curran believes in dealing with all discipline issues through PBIS. The main focus of PBIS is to provide a clear system for expected behaviors in all school settings. Our expectations focus on Being Safe, Being Respectful and Being Responsible. Through PBIS, we work to create and maintain a school culture in which all school community members have clear expectations and understandings of their role in the educational process.
The purpose of implementing PBIS is to:
- Create a positive school culture
- Create consistency among adults
- Strengthen family and community partnerships
- Reduce office discipline referrals
- Identify students in need of more support
Behaviors in and outside of class are categorized as minor or major. Repeated minor behaviors will be reviewed by administration and/or our school counselor and parents will be notified. Major offenses are dealt with by school administration and/or our school counselor. Any major offenses are documented in our school data base and parents are notified.