What a Week!

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It has been quite a week! We started the week by electing a new president and ended the week by celebrating Veteran’s Day! In the readers theatre War Stories students heard stories of veterans who had served in various wars. We finished the class by making cards to share with veterans we know or to send to veterans in the VA Hospitals.

Do You Have a Growth Mindset?


Did you know that your brain works like a muscle, and the more you use it the stronger it gets? In class this week, we began to explore what it means to have a growth mindset. Students were challenged to work together to recreate a model. There was a lot of confidence early in the challenge, students were heard saying “This is easy.” and “I know exactly what to do.” There were groups who strategised, “Wait let’s think about it first.” and “Imagine it before you cut anything.” As students began to realize that the challenge was a little more difficult than it first appeared, things like “It’s too hard.” and “It’s impossible.” were heard around the room. Only one group completed the challenge, but every student learned something about themselves. They also learned about having a growth mindset. Below you will find a link to the video we watched, feel free to join us on our growth mindset journey!


Welcome Back!

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Hi! My name is Mrs. McFall and I will be your Social Studies teacher this year.  This is my seventh year to teach 5th grade and my fifteenth year to teach at White Oak Intermediate.  I am excited to see what all we will explore and learn together this year.  I am looking forward to meeting all of our new 5th graders. Meet the Teacher Night will be Thursday, August 18th from 4:30 to 5:30. You can bring your school supplies and meet all of your 5th grade teachers. Let’s not wait until Thursday, let’s begin to get to know each other now! Below I have listed some of my favorite things, please leave me a comment and tell me about some of your favorites as well.


FOOD: Mexican

BOOK: ABC books and Cookbooks

COLOR: Green

DRINK: Green Tea with Honey


TEAMS: Roughnecks, CMC Stags, Molloy Lions, Sooners, Royals

HOBBY: Gardening and Cooking


It’s Homecoming

Homecoming in  White Oak is something special. It only happens every three years and Exes from all over the country come home to celebrate and catch up with classmates.  My fifth graders are just learning what it means to be a Roughneck and grow up in the Valley of the Roughnecks, check out their Homecoming posts.


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