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Donna Lynn


Holland Elementary School
P.O. Box 217 Holland, TX 76534

Conference Times: 

10:30-11:15 M-F

Ms. Donna Lynn

I love teaching in Holland and can't imagine ever teaching anywhere else.  Go Hornets!!!


About Me:

I have three children who are Jeremy, Megan, and Carrie.  I have a daughter-in-law named Nicole and a son-in-law named Travis.  I also have 6 grandchildren who are Rylie, Jacob, London, Landon, Jaydon, and Ryan. They rock my world!!! I taught in Moody one semester, Nolanville 7 years, and have been in Holland since 1994. People ask me when am I going to retire.  I have no idea.  I love the kids. I love my job, and l love learning new things and getting better each year so maybe I'll retire when I'm 80.  I take one day at a time and try to see the blessings in each day.  There are so many so I'm sure I miss a bunch.


My Education: 

I graduated from Moody High School. I played basketball, softball (summer league), and ran track(I was horrible). Basketball was my favorite sport and I still love playing when I get a chance.  In softball I played pitcher and second base.  In track I ended up being manager because I really was opposite of good, but I loved being a part of the team.  Now I run for pleasure, stress relief, and exericise.  Go figure! :-) I was cheerleader all through high school.  I played trumpet in the band, and I was in FCA, Beta Club, and Student Council.  

I received my Bachelors of Science in Education at UMHB. Go Crusaders!  Ok they didn't have a football team when I went, but still... 


My Interests:

I love hanging out with friends and families.  I love to travel to anywhere I can afford.  Road trips are awesome and sometimes I'll just get in the car and go wherever the wind blows me.  I love randomness and spontaneity.  I love to read mostly fiction, but I get some nonfiction in there also.  I absolutely love going to the theater to watch movies.  Relaxing!!! I love to work out but I also love to eat.  I love a great sense of humor.  Laughter is good for the soul.  I like almost anything.  I try to always choose happiness so can have fun anywhere.   If you read this far, you are quite amazing and thank you.

Fifth Grade Class Schedule


Sent to class/put things away














Recess/Study Hall


5th Grade Teacher Conference10:30-11:15 Monday-Friday

Academic Expectations

Ms. Lynn

Forty percent of your child’s grade will be from tests. Thirty percent will be from quizzes. Twenty percent will be from daily work, and ten percent from participation.   

The following skills will be taught this year:

  • Vocabulary – figurative language, multiple meaning words, affixes
  • Main idea and supporting details – stated and unstated main ideas
  • Summarizing
  • Recalling and organizing ideas
  • Genres
  • Characters- including their traits, motivations, conflicts, points of view
  • Relationships, and changes they undergo
  • Plot, setting, and problem resolution
  • Cause and effect
  • Sequencing
  • Similarities and differences across texts
  • How to read outlines, timelines, and graphic organizers
  • Logic of stories
  • Purpose of texts – inform, influence, express, or entertain
  • Compare and contrast
  • Author purpose and point of view
  • Inference and drawing conclusions
  • Fact and opinion

All reading assignments are done in class.  There will not be homework in reading unless a student does not finish an assignment. Some projects might have to be finished at home depending on what the student decides to do for a project.

Any grade below a 70 will need to be corrected and turned in before the end of the six weeks.

Language:   Eighty percent of your child’s grade will come from daily assignments. Twenty percent of your child’s grade will come from participation.

The following skills will be taught this year:

  • Grammar
  • Sentence structure
  • Different types of writing
  • Research

Any grade below a 70 will need to be corrected and turned in before the end of the six weeks.


Mrs. Malone

Fifty percent of your child’s grade will be from their daily assignments. Fifty percent of their grade will be from tests.

The following skills will be taught this year:

  • Number concepts
  • Computation of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions – this will include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Estimation
  • Problem solving
  • Patterns
  • Relationships in Algebra – finding the missing part or parts in a problem
  • Geometric figures - identifying attributes and properties
  • Coordinate Grids
  • Units of Measurement – area, perimeter, volume, angles
  • Spatial reasoning
  • Personal Financial Literacy Interpreting and organizing data – charts, graphs, tables, and plots
  • Vocabulary

Students will have math homework almost everyday. The only time they will not have homework is the day they take a test.

Any grade below a 70 will need to be corrected and turned in before the end of the six weeks.


Mrs. Wendler

5th Grade Science curriculum covers Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science.

Sixty percent of your child’s grade will be from classwork. thirty percent is for tests and quizzes and projects. Ten percent of your child’s grade will come from homework and participation.  

By the end of the year, students are expected to learn these basic concepts:

  •  Scientific Method, Safety, Tools
  • Classifying Matter
  • Properties of Water
  • Mixtures & Solutions
  • Energy
  • Circuits
  • Light
  • Force & Motion
  • Sedimentary Rocks & Fossils
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Changes to Earth
  • Alternative Energy
  • Weather & Climate
  • The Water Cycle
  • Sun, Earth, Moon
  • Interdependency
  • Food Chain & Food Web
  • Enviromental Changes
  • Carbon Dioxide & Oxygen Cycle
  • Adaptations
  • Inherited Traits & Learned Behaviors
  • The Life Cycle


Most science assignments are done in class.  There may be 1 at home project each six weeks.

Any grade below a 70 will need to be corrected and turned in before the end of the six weeks.

Behavior Reward System
Individual Reward System


Each student will start with 5 tokens every week. Students lose tokens for misbehavior, not being prepared for class, and not turning in homework.

  • After losing 3 tokens, the student will have lunch detention. (Lunch detention is eating at the front tables without talking.)
  • After losing 4 tokens, the student will have lunch detention and lose recess for the week.
  • After losing 5 tokens, the student will have lunch detention, no recess, no reward center, and will not get to go to pep rally or anything special that week, and may visit with Ms. Kinard or Mrs. Harris.  If they do visit the principals, they will determine what happens next.

Reward Center

Reward center is a “store” with prizes set up by PTO every Friday or every other Friday afternoon.

Any student who kept at least one token and is caught up on all class work may go to the reward center.

Any student who kept all 5 tokens receives a free $0.25 coupon to spend at reward center.

Hornet’s Nest Café

Hornet’s Nest Café is a meal provided by the school after each six weeks to honor the students with exceptional behavior.


To qualify to attend students must go 4 out of 6 weeks without losing any tokens.


Students who earn Hornet’s Nest Café will receive a homework pass for the next 6 weeks and an extra 20-30 minute break.


Any student who earns 4 out of 6 Hornet’s Nest Cafés will earn an invitation to the Ice Cream Social at the end of the school year.  They will be allowed to invite one guest that is not in 4th or 5th grade.

Whole Class Reward System


Classes will earn marbles for good behavior and lose marbles for undesirable behavior.  Any marbles lost outside of core classes will be doubled.

Marble Jar Parties

Once one of the classes has filled their marble jar, a party will be planned. Marble jar parties are half-day “parties” where the kids can play games, watch a movie, or have extra recess. The other class has to fill their jar before the day of the party to be able to join. Otherwise, they will have classes as normal. After the party all jars are emptied and everyone starts over.

Accelerated Reading

Your child’s grade will be determined by point goal and percentage correct goal.  If you ever have any questions about how they receive their grade, please feel free to ask.

Students are assigned an independent reading level based on Star Test. They will show maximum growth when reading on this assigned level.  Their point goal is set according to their reading level. They have 45 minutes during Accelerated Reading (AR) to read, test, and check out books.

During AR, students will be able to work in small groups with a teacher to practice skills using AR books.  Teachers will work with different students each day.  Your child will not work in a small group everyday.

STAAR Testing Dates

Math STAAR - April 7

Reading STAAR - April 8

Science STAAR - May 14







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