Admissions Director


Fifth Grade

Student/Teacher Ratio – 22 to 1
School Day: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (Fridays 2:00 pm)

The goal of Zion Lutheran School is to help students develop a relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. At the elementary grades we realize positive socialization, Christian empathy for one another, and classroom relationships support much of a student’s school success. In order to prepare students for a rewarding Christian relationship, teachers implement self-help strategies that provide structure, teach organizational skills, and encourage successful performance.

Spiritual Life

Religion: In order for the students to grow as Christians and to know God’s desire for their lives, daily devotions, the Bible, Reformation period, Ten Commandments, memory work, and church history are studied. A pastor makes weekly presentations in class.

Chapel: As a class the students attend our all-school chapel every Wednesday morning. Our worship service includes prayer, music, Christian mission opportunities, and age appropriate talks. Parents are welcome to join us each week for this special time.

Academic Life

Language Arts & Reading: The students are challenged through thought-provoking literature, spelling, grammar, vocabulary and writing activities, using a wide variety of curricula.

Mathematics: Through the Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt curriculum, the students continue to improve their skills in multiplication, long division, decimals, fractions, and geometry. The curriculum includes online access. A variety of math games are used in class

Science: Using the study of the earth, matter, energy, physical and life science, students learn to appreciate the world that God has created for them. Students learn through a variety of learning opportunities including experiments, cross-curricular activities and other observation skills. The curriculum includes online access.

Social Studies: Because we are all God’s children, special attention is placed on studying diverse cultures as well as government and U.S. Geography. American history is studied from the beginning of this country through the Civil War. The classroom text is Studies Weekly.

Computers: Students enhance their earlier knowledge of the computer by completing writing assignments and research and completing writing activities using the Internet. Digital citizenship is stressed.
Physical Education: Physical Education is designed to help students develop an appreciation for physical fitness by providing aerobic exercise and learned skills in order to participate safely in individual and team athletics. Students are required to dress appropriately for exercise including proper footwear.

Music: As the students continue to build on their knowledge of music, they are also exposed to a variety of opportunities including choir.

Art: The creative side of each student is nurtured through art each week. Projects are planned to coordinate with the church year and the curriculum.

Literacy Center: Students will go to the library weekly to hear and explore different literary genres, practice library skills and to check out library materials.

Grade Activities

Field Trips: To appreciate our community more and connect real-life experience to classroom learning, a variety of field trips including the The Gates Foundation, Brightwater Treatment Facility, Padilla Bay, Hibulb Cultural Center and other cultural experiences in our Puget Sound area are scheduled.

Christmas or Easter Program: Special music and/or drama programs involve fifth graders.

Special Activities: In order for students to become well-balanced individuals, a wide variety of activities is offered. Fifth graders can participate in soccer, cross-country, flag football, volleyball, basketball, track, spelling bee, robotics, chess club, math club, knowledge bowl, music and drama.

L.E.S.T.: The Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament (L.E.S.T.) is a ministry of Concordia University, Tacoma in partnership with elementary schools of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. L.E.S.T. is based on the value of Christian education that emphasizes the love and praise of God, thankful use of talents and service to others. The primary goal of the L.E.S.T. is to provide an organized structure to promote fun, skill development, fair play and fellowship among Lutheran elementary school youth through academic, fine arts, and recreational activities. Students may be involved in one or many activities. These include: athletics, drill, cheer, drama, spelling bee, Knowledge Bowl, chess, math competition, piano and Authentic Writing competitions.

Piano Lessons: Lessons are available throughout the school day for an additional charge.

Jeff Cornish
B.A. Education, Pacific Lutheran University

Washington State Teaching Certificate

Career and Technical Education Certificate

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