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Ms. Smedley

Welcome To 5th Grade!

 

My name is Ms. Smedley and I am so excited to be teaching 5th grade English and Language Arts at Mannsdale Upper Elementary this year!

I grew up in Birmingham, AL where I first learned to love teaching. My mom, sister-in-law, and grandmother are all teachers too! I made my way to Mississippi when I attended college at Mississippi College in Clinton. I graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in Elementary Education K-12 and endorsements in English, Reading, and History. After graduation, I taught 4th grade English and Language Arts at Eastside Elementary in Clinton, MS. This past spring, I made the decision to move to Madison, MS and begin teaching at Mannsdale! I am so excited to be a part of this community and help each of my students achieve their academic goals in the 2020-2021 school year. Go Mavs!

 

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that there is not only a need for teachers, but there is a need for someone who can help the next generation feel capable. As a teacher, I strive to empower my students to not only achieve their academic goals, but to surpass them. I want them to feel capable of anything that they set their minds to, as well as know that they each have a unique set of gifts that makes them special. I believe that each student is created differently and that their separate learning styles should be allowed to flourish in the classroom. I am excited to learn more about each of my students and help them grow!

 

Fun Facts About Me!

  • I love spending time outside!
  • My favorite color is light blue
  • My favorite book is The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I am SO excited we get to read it together this year!
  • My favorite food is anything chocolate! :)

 

We are going to have a fantastic year and I cannot wait to meet each of you!

 

Student Survey

If you are in my homeroom, please complete the survey using this link. 

 Homeroom Student Survey

 

Back To School Information

Click here for the 5th Grade Supply List.

Click here for the 5th Grade Summer Reading Assignment. 

 

Book List for the Year

Click here to see our book list for the year! If you want your child to have their own book in class, these can be purchased at Barnes & Nobel or on Amazon.  

 

Parent Orientation PowerPoint

Click here to view the PowerPoint used during Parent Orientation on October 6th, 2020. 

 

Contact Information

Please feel free to email me at any time with questions and concerns. I will be checking email everyday between the hours of 7am – 3pm. Any emails sent after 3pm will be read the next day.

Email Address: laura.smedley@madison-schools.com

 

Weekly Newsletter 

Click HERE for this week's Newsletter.

 One of my favorite field trips my class took was to the Braves game!
I love being outside and doing adventurous activities in my spare time!
My family! I have 1 brother and 1 sister. Now I have a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law too!