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Franklin Borough School
Grade 5


Teachers can be contacted by calling (973)-827-9775 and entering the extension next to their names.


Teaching Staff

 Ms. Jessica Garris - ext. 403

Ms. Mary Hocking - ext. 471

Mrs. Mary Jordan - ext. 432

Ms. Andrea Kovalsky - ext. 435

Mrs. Diane Menzel - ext. 433

Mrs. Kim Panaite - ext. 423

Mr. Jason Samiljan - ext. 456

Ms. Stephanie Sapio - ext. 406


Ms. Garris



Ms. Garris’s Class News

We’ve had the showers; bring on the May flowers!

In 6th grade science, we have wrapped up our PARCC testing, and the students were great! We will get back into our unit on forces and motion by exploring Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. We have begun our station work using Max Axiom, Super Scientist (and main character in his comic books) as our guide. Going forward, we will continue to work through this unit and conclude with a final investigative phenomenon on force and motion. We record important notes Monday and Tuesday while utilizing our science stations Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. It has been exciting!

In 5th grade math, we will begin PARCC testing and continue for seven school days. Keys to success include lots of sleep, a big, healthy breakfast, and many deep breaths throughout the day! At the conclusion, we will jump right back in where we left off, learning about fractions, multiples, and patterns. We spend Monday and Tuesday recording important notes and lessons and switch to project-based learning Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, incorporating mini-lessons into each day. As we continue through the year, we will work toward automaticity with multiplication facts as it is essential for future math units.


Ms. Hocking


Mrs. Jordan

American flags

The end of the school year is quickly approaching. However, there is still a lot to be accomplished. In CAM class each student continues to work on his/ her own level and is very successful meeting his/ her objectives

The eighth graders are now reading The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton. It is a coming-of-age novel about two rival gangs and their trials and tribulations. They continue to develop their vocabulary and writing skills using prompts from the novel.

The sixth grades will begin the novel Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. This Newbery Honor-winning, hilarious Floridian adventure involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and more. The students will then research environmental projects to be presented in a research paper.

All students are encouraged to use smiley face tricks and their vocabulary words to enhance their writing. They continue to develop their vocabulary and writing skills using prompts from the novels. Remember every Tuesday vocabulary definitions are due and every Friday paragraphs using these vocabulary words are due. By completing these assignments, it helps the students to perform well in their quizzes and writing assignments.

Remember what C.S. Lewis said—We read to know that we are not alone.

In addition to language art classes, I assist in Mr. Samiljan’s sixth grade math classes. Here the students are working on all operations of decimals and percents.

Ms. Kovalsky

Mrs. Menzel

Mrs. Panaite

May with flowers

Mrs. Panaite’s May Web Update

This year flew by and is almost coming to an end, but we are still busy this month with Battle of the Books, novel projects, papers, and reading!

If you need to contact me, please feel free to call school at 973-827-9775 x423 or email me at kpanaite@fboe.org. I am also available after school Mondays and Tuesdays until 3:15 p.m. to make up any missing work or for extra help.

5th Grade:

  • Reading: Wonder by R.J. Polaccio, focusing on characterization and using textual evidence to support answers to questions
  • Writing: Personal Narratives, using voice in writing with smiley-face tricks
  • Vocabulary: Using context clues to determine meanings; writing
  • meaningful detailed sentences; quizzes are on Thursdays.
  • Spelling: Homework is due and tests are given on Fridays.
  • AR: Students are required to earn 9 points for the fourth marking period.


6th Grade:

  • Reading: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen; non-fiction texts; paired texts
  • Writing: Research Papers; using smiley-face tricks to add voice to writing
  • Vocabulary: 10 words are given each Monday, and tests are on Thursdays.
  • Sentences are due on Thursdays.
  • Spelling: 25 words are given Mondays, and tests are on Fridays.
  • AR: Students are required to earn 10 points for the fourth marking period.
  • All work missed due to absences must be completed.

Also, please encourage your child to read daily. This lifelong habit helps develop strong comprehension skills. Our third Battle of the Books book must be read by May 19th!

Mr. Samiljan

Math5th Web update May :

This May, 5th grade students will spend some time learning how to make and use line plots and line graphs to analyze data and solve problems. They will also learn how to plot and name points on a coordinate grid. The homework you will see will include making and analyzing line graphs and creating images on a coordinate grid.


Ms. Sapio






Last update May 12, 2017