Welcome to Grades 5 & 6!


Grades 5 and 6 mark a season of “being called up” within a secure and nurturing environment. Through corporate Bible study in the morning and practical application throughout the day, we encourage our students to show love and respect for each other and themselves. Instead of teacher-enforced organization, our students learn self-organization: students learn how to take personal responsibility for quality of work, time management, and class participation. Students also adjust from having one instructor for all core subjects to being taught by a team of teachers. Students leave Grade 6 feeling more secure in their identity and ready for the challenges of junior high.

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Ms. (Andrea) Phelps

Andrea is our homeroom teacher for the 5th and 6th Grade classroom and our school’s Technology teacher for grades 3 through 6. Andrea has been an active parent volunteer in multiple capacities at CLCS since 2008, officially joining our full-time staff in 2012. She is an alumni of CLC School (class of 1998). She received her M.S. in Educational Technology from SUNY Cortland and is certified in Childhood Education grades 1-6. Both of her daughters currently attend CLCS. In her leisure time Andrea enjoys reading, camping, and spending time with her daughters.

Mrs. (Dorene) SorensenDorene Sorensen

Dorene has been our 5th and 6th grade science teacher since 2013, and has begun working in the office as well. Dorene attended SUNY Cortland where she obtained her degree in Elementary Education. She has been married for over 25 years and has three sons, one of whom currently attends CLCS and another who is an alumnae. Dorene and her husband have been foster / adoptive parents since 2000. Their family is also very involved in Scouting, where Dorene has served as a Scout leader since 2009, and been a science instructor for the Cub Scout Day Camp since 2010. She joined our staff after seeing the wonderful work God is doing through CLCS to help children like her sons learn and grow. Dorene enjoys reading mysteries and English literature, crafting with any type of paper or fiber, and gardening.


Mrs. (Mary) Johnson
Mary currently teaches math for grades 6 and 8 as well as serving as the school’s bookkeeper. She was a volunteer math teacher for many years and had a prior stint as the school bookkeeper. Mary graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. Mary and her husband have four children, all of whom attended CLCS. Mary’s pastimes include hiking, bicycling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Miss (Tonika) Jones

Tonika teaches Spanish to our students at all grade levels. Known for her enthusiastic and energetic teaching style, she has helped instill a deep love and appreciation of foreign language and culture into our students. She also provides support in the 7/8 classrooms. Tonika graduated from SUNY Cortland with a B.A. in English Literature and Spanish Language. She served at SUNY Cortland as a residence hall director and as the interim coordinator of multicultural affairs for three years. She also assisted adults with developmental disabilities at the Franziska Racker Center and was an ESL tutor. Tonika greatly appreciates how life at CLCS centers around Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit. In addition to teaching, Tonika enjoys crafting, worshiping, singing, and spending time with people who are precious to her.

During morning Bible class, we have the opportunity to corporately focus on God and gain insight into the messages given to us through His word. As we read God’s word together, we learn to use study tools such as a concordance. We enjoy discussing the significance of Scripture verses and how they apply to daily life. Students work together to memorize passages throughout the year and to share praise and prayer requests.
In English Language Arts, students enjoy discovering several ways to communicate through words. Our reading explorations dovetail with World Studies through various written works including historical novels and cultural tales. World Studies also provides themes for writing and research.

The writing process and six traits are used continually throughout the year in a variety of projects including, but not limited to, public speaking and literature circles.

Students in Grades Five and Six continue to enhance their English Language Arts basics throughout the year via systematic studies of vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics.

Student Resources

Vocabulary Workshop – Sadlier
Grammar Workshop -fifth grade – Sadlier
Grammar for writing -sixth grade – Sadlier

Acknowledging God as the Lord of time and cultures, Grades Five and Six explore World Studies in a two year cycle, Eastern and Western Hemisphere alternatively.

We explore the cultures of the societies that laid the foundations of our current civilizations and investigate each continent’s unique geography and peoples and their contributions to the world community. We also explore emerging nations and cultures, and the expansion of technology and revolutions throughout the world.

As we study the Western Hemisphere students research Canadian provinces, U.S. States, and South American countries, compiling reports of specific selections. Through the study of the Eastern Hemisphere, students write about Greek and Roman influences, as well as Eurasian and African cultures.

Student Resources

My World Geography:Eastern Hemisphere – Pearson
Exploring Our World, People, Places, and Cultures:Western Hemisphere, Europe, and Russia -Glencoe

Mathematics 5

Students are encouraged to actively participate in acquiring new skills and developing confidence through problem solving, self-discovery and direct teacher instruction. On any given day, we introduce a concept and its related vocabulary, and work on problems to practice what we have learned. Topics are reinforced through hands-on activities, technology, and daily leveled homework.

We focus on areas such as:

1) Extending multiplication and division to larger 2-digit numbers and integrating decimals into those operations
2) Developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, and introducing multiplication and division of fractions
3) Increasing an understanding of geometry, especially in graphing points on the coordinate plane, classifying two-dimensional figures based on their properties, and developing an understanding of volume.

Student materials

Grade 5 enVision Math – Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley
Grade 5 Interactive Homework Workbook – Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley

Teacher resources

EnVision Math – Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley
New York State Common Core Mathematics Curriculum http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/pdfdocs/nysp12cclsmath.pdf

Mathematics 6

In sixth grade math, the students begin a new curriculum that continues through eighth grade. We examine many concepts including fractions, decimals, linear equations, geometry, and proportions. Students are introduced to a concept in class and work through examples for understanding. Daily homework is assigned to supplement the class work. We use hands-on activities and manipulatives to enhance the textbook lessons.

Student materials

Prentice Hall Mathematics: Course 1 – Pearson, Prentice Hall
Accompanying Workbook for Course 1 – Pearson, Prentice Hall
Math Minutes Grades 6-8 – Creative Teaching Press
Greg Tang Math Worksheets

This class gives students an overview of the four major/central areas of science:

Life Science: classification, cells, body systems, plants animals, and biomes
Earth Science: plate tectonics, rocks, minerals, fossils, resources, and weather
Physical Science: building blocks of matter, forces, motion, machines, and energy
Space/Technology: Earth, sun, moon, solar system, universe, and space exploration and its impact on technology

Class consists of short lectures, weekly hands-on labs, class discussions, and periodic testing for assessing comprehension and mastery. Our labs are age-appropriate and include real-world connections. Students are free to ask many questions and cooperate with each other on lab assignments.

Student materials

Science: The Diamond Edition – Scott Foresman

Teacher resources

The Planet Earth video series – BBC The Privileged Planet – Illustria Media

Spanish 5

Grade 5 students receive a foundation for reading and writing in Spanish. In this grade, students begin to make the transition from familiarity to proficiency with vocabulary such as colors, days of the week, and numbers. They learn to spell and write new vocabulary and have the opportunity to show off their skills through poetry, pen pal letters, and other creative class projects. At the same time, we start conversation development as students learn to talk about themselves and how to inquire about others. These skills are sharpened through role-playing activities and class presentations.

In the classroom, our students receive a foundation for reading and writing in Spanish. For example, our food vocabulary lessons are typically accompanied by fun kitchen activities such as preparing a dish from a Spanish speaking country, such as Tostones from Puerto Rico or homemade salsa and guacamole for a school-wide Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Student materials

Paso a Paso A Scott Foresman
Paso a Paso A Practice Workbook Scott Foresman

Teacher resources

Audio/video tapes

Spanish 6

Our Grade 6 students learn how to describe and ask about others. We also introduce grammar techniques necessary for discussing future plans and past experiences. They learn how to extend invitations and how to respond appropriately. Our students use vocabulary review games, written and verbal dialogue, and other comprehension skill-building exercises. For example, our food vocabulary lessons are typically accompanied by fun kitchen activities such as preparing a dish from a Spanish speaking country, such as Tostones from Puerto Rico or homemade salsa and guacamole for a school-wide Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Student materials

Paso a Paso A Scott Foresman
Paso a Paso a Practice Workbook Scott Foresman

Teacher resources

Audio/video tapes

Physical Education
Worship music