Fifth Grade

Welcome to Fifth Grade!!

The Virginia Department of Education sets standards for the state-mandated 5th Grade curriculum.

5th Grade English Standards (Reading and Writing) or click this link

5th Grade History and Social Science Standards (Social Studies) or click this link (Created by Arlington Public Schools)

5th Grade Math Standards or click this link

5th Grade Science Standards or click this link

Daily Schedule:

8:45- 9:00- Arrival/ Breakfast in classroom

9:00- 9:20- Morning Meeting

9:20- 10:05- Content

10:05- 11:10- Specials Click here to see your child’s specials schedule 

11:10- 12:15- Math

12:15- 12:45- Math Intervention

12:45- 1:05- Lunch

1:05- 1:35- Recess

1:40- 3:35- English Language Arts

3:35- 3:45- Closing Circle

3:45- 4:00- Dismissal

Meet the Fifth Grade Team!!!!

Ms, Bye

Classroom Teacher: Ms. Bye

Hello! My name is Emily Bye. I have been teaching at Hoffman-Boston for 14 years. I have spent my entire teaching career at Hoffman-Boston and I love this school! I taught 1st grade for five years and 2nd grade for five years. This will be my fourth year teaching 5th grade. I was born and raised in Northern Jersey and I am a huge NY Giants fan! I got my Masters in Teaching at James Madison University. One of my favorite things to do is read and my favorite genre of books is mystery. My favorite series of books is the Harry Potter series.


Ms. Casalengo

Classroom Teacher: Ms. Casalengo

Hello! My name is Debbie Casalengo and I am a 5th grade teacher. I have taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades over the past twenty years, and 5th grade is by far my favorite! I started teaching in West Palm Beach, FL. I lived in NYC for a few years and substituted there. I am also a certified personal trainer. This is my third year at HFB and I LOVE this school and community! I live in Arlington with my husband, our 15 year old son, and Labrador named Dallas. I love to work in my yard, go on hikes, exercise with friends, and read at bedtime.



Classroom Teacher: Mrs. Hinkson


It’s nice to meet you! My name is Melissa Hinkson and teaching is one of my favorite things to do. My husband and I are from Brooklyn, New York and we have two sons, two dogs and a cat.  Both of my sons attended Hoffman-Boston and I volunteered and subbed here for many years.  Then, five years ago, when my youngest son went to college, I decided to take a position teaching at my favorite school – you guessed it “Hoffman-Boston!”  I love watching ALL sports, reading, photography, gardening, decorating and fashion.  Most of all, I love to learn new things!



Special Education Teacher: Mr. Siegal

Hi! I’m Mr. Siegal and am the 5th grade and 4th grade Special Education teacher.  This is my 13th year at Hoffman-Boston and am very excited to meet all of our new 5th graders.  When I am not teaching I love to play tennis, read, and cook, especially Italian food!



Reading Specialist: Jenny Albro 

Hi! I’m Jenny Albro and I started in APS last year and excited to join the reading specialist team. I started my teaching career as a classroom teacher (2nd and 3rd grades) in Kansas City, Missouri, and then became a reading interventionist in a 5th and 6th grade upper elementary school. I moved to DC 8 years ago where I started a doctoral program in literacy and language at the University of Maryland. After completing my PhD, I joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University in the Urban Teachers program where I was an ELA Lecturer for new teachers for 4 years. When I’m not doing literacy-related things, I like to rock climb with my husband, Noah, and go on hikes and camping trips with our corgi, Atlas.



English Language Learner Teacher: Mr. Zargarani

Hello! My name is Soroush Zargarani. This will be my 5th year at Hoffman-Boston as EL (English Learner) teacher for 5th grade. I grew up all around northern Virginia, but also lived in Richmond for several years where I studied world languages and cultures. I wanted to be an EL teacher because of my appreciation for the many teachers who taught me over the years and of course my interest in different languages and cultures. When I am not teaching I love to read, cook and spend time outdoors. My favorite book genres are history and science fiction, and I usually read several books at a time!