Mrs. Turnipseed and Mrs. Wiley

Welcome to
Mrs. Turnipseed and Mrs. Wiley’s


Welcome to Hickory Creek!  We are delighted to have you join us on this fifth grade adventure!  The information below will be helpful over the first few weeks of school until you become familiar with how things work at the school.  


Please send an email anytime you have questions or concerns.  We do check email and respond after school hours so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a question about an assignment or something that happened at school during the day.  If there is an urgent message, please contact the front office and they will relay that to us during the school day.

Main Office Phone Number:  (904) 547-7455
Email Address:    [email protected]   [email protected]                            
Behavior Management                                                                             character 1.gif                                                                                                                  

We expect everyone to demonstrate that Character Counts by building classroom communities through fairness, responsibility, responsibility, citizenship, respect, caring and trustworthiness.  While in class, students behavior will be tracked daily.  Each Friday, students will bring home a short report that summarizes their behavior for the week.  We will make notes regarding specific behaviors that may affect their citizenship grade negatively.

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We will follow the Florida Standards for Language Arts instruction which can be found on the Florida Department of Education’s site.  Please scroll down until you see the standards for 5th grade.  We are utilizing the Making Meaning and Being a Writer by Center for the Collaborative Classroom curriculum to teach the standards.  Making Meaning is a reading comprehension program that incorporates research based best practices in reading comprehension with support for fostering your child’s growth as caring, collaborative, and principled people.  During our daily writing workshop, we will tackle personal narratives, fiction, expository-nonfiction, functional writing, opinion writing and poetry.  Students will approach writing with confidence and understand that writing, first and foremost, is communication.  

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We will be following the common core standards for math and the Florida State Standards for Science found on the Florida DOE. Your child will have two consumable GO Math textbooks and a hardcover science text he/she will be utilizing. Please check the newsletter that is uploaded on the webpage to know which standard/s we will be working on and preparing to test.

Grades and Expectations

We believe strongly that if students take the time to complete a task that we should also take the time to evaluate the task and provide feedback to students in a timely fashion.  All graded work will be recorded in the grade portal as soon as it is evaluated.  The grading scale for St Johns County is pretty straight forward:

A=90-100, B=80-89, C=70-79, D=60-69 and F=0-59

Students will have the opportunity to work toward mastery with all tasks.  If your child needs additional time, instruction or just a second chance at the curriculum, they will have those opportunities.  It is our goal that every child we teach masters the standards even if it takes a little longer to get there.  We will talk more about this during Open House and certainly an open dialogue is welcomed and encouraged regarding your child’s success in my classroom.

Home Access Center

Home Access Center (HAC) is a browser-based student information system that allows you to view student registration, report card, attendance, discipline, transcript, success plan, course request, classwork, and scheduling information as it is entered in the school district’s database.  A parent reference book can be found here.

Florida Standards Assessment                                                           FSA

Students will be tested in math,  reading, writing and science.
Sample Test Items can be found at the FSA site 
 We will be preparing all year and students will be well prepared for the test.