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McArthur Garden Miracle League Ball Field


I am Mrs. Amentler.  I am one of the English Language Arts teachers.  English Language Arts means reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and fluency.  All of these areas are combined in one subject.


Focus is the name of the online gradebook used by teachers.  You can create a Focus account on the school district website.  Once you have a Focus account, you can access your child's grades any time you want to.  I encourage you to check Focus at least once a week to keep up with your child's progress.

Comprehension Tests

We are required to give "Cold Read" comprehension tests by the Escambia County Reading Department.  The term "cold read" refers to a passage or story that the child has not seen before.  It is on grade level.  Then the child has to answer questions about that passage or story.  The questions are based on the skills that the child has been learning in class.  Comprehension tests count for 50 % of the ELA report card grade.

Deidra Amentler

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

I want to welcome all 5th graders and their parents to the new school year.  5th grade is a challenging and exciting year.  There are a few things I want you to know so we can get of to a successful beginning.  First, our lunch is very late.  Your child will need to bring a snack and a bottle of water to school every day.  Snacks should be dry; for example, goldfish crackers or breakfast bars.  Water bottles must have a screw on lid.  No personal items or toys should be brought to school.  This includes fidget spinners.  Tennis shoes (sneakers) should be worn to school every day.  Second, information will be sent home for parents to sign up to receive messages through the "Remind" system.  You can download the app also.  Third, teachers are not able to control the temperature of the classrooms.  Your child may want to keep a light weight jacket in his or her backpack.  I will continue to add information to this website throughout the school year.  Check back often to keep up with what we are doing in our classroom.

Ear Buds / headphones

Please send ear buds in plastic ziplock bags or headphones for your child to use with their computers.  Your child will keep the earbuds or headphones in his or her backpack to use as needed.  Please do not send expensive headphones!!!


We have not received our chromebooks yet.  Once we do, much of 5th grade ELA work will be completed on the chormebooks.

Citizenship Report

Your child brings home the citizenship report every Friday.  It must be signed and returned on Monday.  If I don't receive it by Tuesday, your child receives a behavior mark.  

Homework Folder

Please check your child's homework folder every day.  There is a pocket for things that need to be returned, and a pocket for things you can keep.