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5th Grade

Mrs. Mary RaetzMrs. Raetz

Mrs. Ratz grew up in the small town of Rush City, Minnesota. She is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a degree in Elementary Education K-6 with an emphasis in Science. She has taught 9th grade physical science in Princeton, and has prior teaching experience in both intermediate and middle school aged students. Mrs. Ratz and her husband, Steve have a daughter named Madison, and a son named Gavin. They also have two male Yorkies named Rocky and Oscar. Mrs. Ratz enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, watching her children play sports, and reading. Mrs. Ratz is very excited to be back teaching at SJAS!

Mrs. Ratz became Orton-Gillingham trained in 2014. A system very similar to Barton which is a tutoring system for individuals who struggle with spelling, reading, and writing due to dyslexia or a learning disability.

About the Classroom

  • Math: Measurement, multiplication and division of whole numbers and decimals, estimation, geometric parts, fractions, ratios, percents, and probability
  • Science: The nature of science and engineering, properties and changes of matter, motion and force, and types and transformations of energy
  • Social Studies: American government, colonization of America, American Revolution, Explorers, Industrial Revolution, geography and map units
  • ELA: Reading for meaning and inference in various reading selections both fiction and non-fiction. Increase writing and public speaking skills using various activities and formats. Word origin and spelling rules.
  • Religion: Participation in regular Mass, prayer programs, and study of the Sacraments of the Church

Other Things to Know

  • Assignment planners are filled out every day and initialed by parents
  • Classroom newsletter is sent home on Friday's, with the following weeks spelling list attached
  • AR Books: Students are to read and successfully test for 25 points per quarter
  • We will be using Classroom Dojo for our PBIS classroom management program.