Walk-a-Thon 2012

On Friday, November 9, 2012 the fifth graders participated in the Third-Annual McKinley Walk-a-Thon to raise money for our end of the year activities.  The weather was perfect (just like last year’s!) and the students and staff were more than ready to tackle the hour-long walk!

While students count their laps and tally their money amounts, I made a special video to commemorate the day!



Students:  What was your favorite part of the Walk-a-Thon???


Welcome Fifth Graders 2012-2013!!

Hey there kiddos!

If you are stumbling upon the classroom blog and/or patiently waiting for the Walk-a-Thon 2012 video, just sit tight- I am working on it! While I put the video together and update some blog content, you can click around and check out the site!

Miss Caponigro

Let’s Stomp Out Bullying!

No Name Calling Day – January 25, 2012

Join Us to Black Out Bullying at the McKinley

In honor of No Name Calling Day on January 25th, we are asking youth to participate in our initiative, Black Out Bullying, by wearing black and signing a pledge to take a stand against bullying and name calling. Bullying is an important issue, and this is an opportunity for us to begin a culture change. It is our hope that this event will be a stepping stone for making progress towards curbing violence within the Commonwealth.


What’s the matter?

In science this week we will begin discussing the three types of matter: solids, liquids, and gases.  Check this video out to watch how glass changes from a solid to liquid and back!  So cool!




Comment time!

How did the glass change from a solid to a liquid?  How did it change back to a solid?

Report Cards and Conferences

For Parents:

Report Cards for Trimester 1 will be coming home this Wednesday, December 7th and will be followed by conferences with Ms. Monagle Thursday, December 8th and conferences with me the following week.  Conference times for those parents who have requested them thus far will be going home with students today.  Please be sure to check your time and contact the school if you can not make your scheduled slot.

Looking for a way to be more involved in the report card process?  Check out the tips below (SOURCE):

  • Maintain open lines of communication. Talk with your child about school every day. As report card time nears, talk about the grades she expects to receive in each class.
  • Set goals with your child. Take time to set academic goals with your child at the beginning of the school year, and review and/or modify them each month or term.
  • Get organized. Record all of your child’s homework assignments, tests and activities on a calendar. Set up a study area for your child to complete homework and study for tests
  • Track your child’s progress against the goals you created together. Regular progress checks with your child will help him stay on track.
  • Identify trouble spots. As a parent, you should be on the lookout for academic trouble spots. Talk with your child to find out if there are any subject areas she doesn’t enjoy or finds difficult.
  • Get to know your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher can offer valuable insight into his academic progress. Develop a relationship with your child’s teacher and talk regularly, either by phone, by e-mail or in person, about how your child is doing throughout the year.

        • Celebrate successes. Whether he or she consistently earns good grades or  has made an improvement in his/her performance,  celebrate each and every accomplishment.

I look forward to meeting with you next week to discuss your child’s progress in math and science thus far.


Miss Caponigro


Did your report card have any surprises?  What kind of goals did you and your parents set together tobe even more successful Trimester 2?

Test Prep: Divisibility Rules

Want to see if you are ready for those divisibility rules?

FIRST: Check out this game (it is timed!) for a review of the rules and some extra practice with factors. Have fun, but remember: factors are NOT on the test Thursday!

THEN: Try this one out.  It is a pretty fun way to study!












And don’t forget the division!

Test prep rules!

Do you think you are ready for the test? How have you been preparing for the test at home?

Hello From Mr. Ramsey!!!

For Parents:

I am excited to present to you my first guest post!  It comes to you from our very talented music teacher, Mr. Ramsey, who is currently getting the kids in the holiday spirit in preparation for our Winter Concert and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Hello from Mr. Ramsey:

Your children will be performing in two events this December.  First, they should all come to the Revere Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday, December 7 at 4:45 PM.  We will be joining 5th graders from all over the city to lead a sing-along at this festive occasion!

They will also be performing at the Winter Concert at the McKinley School.  Come to the school on Tuesday, December 20 at 1:30 PM to hear the fifth graders perform classic Christmas and holiday tunes, the classic Sixteen Tons, and a very challenging piece by the composer Dvorak on their recorders. 

~Please help your students prepare by allowing them to view my videos on youtube and encouraging them to practice their songs at home. 

We hope to see you at our performances,

Mr. Ramsey

For Students:

Check out a Video Tutorial for the recorder piece on Mr. Ramsey’s You Tube channel.  Practice makes perfect!


Song Lyrics:

Tree Lighting Lyrics Sheet 2011

Sixteen Tons Lyrics

So folks, let’s practice, practice, practice and sing our little hearts out 🙂


What is your favorite Christmas/holiday song??  I love the Chipmunk Song and Carol of the Bells!