5th Grade

In fifth grade, the emphasis is to be the bridge between elementary and middle school. Students strive to develop strong study skills and individual responsibility. They will also continue to strengthen academic skills and encourage personal growth reflecting “we are the Body of Christ.”

During the year, students will focus on the following:

  • Study of the sacraments, living as Christians and using the Bible
  • 4 digits by 3 digit multiplication, long division, fractions, decimals
  • Parts of speech, mechanics of writing
  • Vocabulary development, exposure to different literature genres, application of reading strategies (cause effect, use of graphic organizers, etc.) cross curriculum
  • Ecosystems, life science, earth science, physical science
  • U.S. history


Annual Classroom Activities

• Present Stations of the Cross

• Attend the Nutcracker Ballet

• Attend the Farm Fair

• Build ecocolumns


Staff Bio

  • Sylvia Billing    >>

    “Teaching at St. Joseph’s Catholic School is not just a job.  It is my vocation,” Sylvia Billing

    Sylvia Billing received her Bachelors of Arts and her elementary education degrees from the University of Oregon. When Ms. Billing relocated to Washington, she furthered her education with a 5th year program through the Washington State Office of Public Instruction. Ms. Billing has taught at St. Joseph’s Catholic School since l979 teaching a variety of grades.