School year ends for Fairview fifth grade

Teacher says she'll remember class' spirit of camaderie

Teacher says she'll remember class' spirit of camaderie

June 05, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Editor's note: This is the 13th and final entry in a series of stories The Herald-Mail has published during the 2007-08 school year about Bobbi Blubaugh's fifth-grade classroom at Fairview Elementary School in the Waynesboro (Pa.) Area School District. For today's story, staff writer Jennifer Fitch talked with students about what they've learned. Check out Monday's Herald-Mail for Jennifer's column on what she learned in fifth grade this year.

Weighed down by overstuffed backpacks, shoulder bags, canvas totes, plastic bags and lunch boxes, children shuffled out of Bobbi Blubaugh's classroom on Wednesday afternoon with everything that had been stashed in their desks. A couple jokingly flopped to the floor and wiggled their arms and legs like overturned turtles with bookbags for shells.

The students will gather together in the classroom for the last time today.

"There's nothing I'm not going to miss," Horizon Draper said. "Fifth-grade has been an exciting year."


Twenty-seven students entered Blubaugh's classroom at Fairview Elementary School for the first time 180 instructional days ago. Two left midyear, and two new students enrolled in the class in recent months.

The students now leaving fifth-grade are taller, older and more mature than in August. They wrote poems and performed songs Wednesday for the fourth-graders meeting their new teachers.

"School's out. I said, 'School's out,' but before that, it's time to shout what you're learning about," Darien Fann rapped, starting the presentation she created with classmates Hannah Rowe, Hollister Rolls and Marleigh Chaney.

They ended the song with the two words dominating conversation this week - summer vacation.

"But for now, finally summer vacation, it is here. It's time to shout, it's time to cheer!" the girls finished.

Just as the 2007-08 fourth-graders met their new teachers, the students in Blubaugh's class joined the others in their grade level to interact with the Waynesboro school's four sixth-grade teachers. They learned that sixth-grade promises two field trips, dissection of pig hearts, mandatory science fair projects, and the possibility of detention for the first time.

Children filled out index cards with information about themselves. Marleigh paused for a moment, then erased "all" from where she had written it for the "least favorite subject" category.

"If we have to be serious in sixth-grade, I'm not going to do very well," she said.

Blubaugh has enjoyed her student's input and contributions this past school year.

"They do have a lot of cool ideas, common sense ideas," Blubaugh said.

She said she'll most remember the close-knit class for the support and camaraderie it demonstrated.

"Typically at the end of the school year, for the last few months, it's tattling and picking on each other because they're tired of each other," Blubaugh said. "This year, I didn't have that. They all came together and blended together so well as a class."

Academic progress was greater for some students than others, Blubaugh said. One child tested two grade levels higher than at the start of the year, she said.

What did you learn in fifth-grade?

"I learned how to play 'Spud,' ultimate kickball and math," Dawn Hurley said.

Kyle Ebersole said he learned how to play Spud and "ga-ga ball," then suddenly had to leave class with a nose bleed. "It's gushing," he said.

"I learned a lot of stuff in math, science and social studies," Marshall Miller said. He shared that he found the curriculum more engaging than that in the school district he attended before this year.

"I learned how to talk," Destiny Ridenour said. "I used to be very quiet."

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