Dear Parents,

Hello!  My name is Suzanne Leikam.   I will be teaching reading, writing, and math as well as all the history.  This will be my 19th year at Roosevelt.  My teaching experience spans grade levels K-5.  I enjoy teaching students of this age group because they are eager to learn and take a responsibility for their own learning.

After piloting the Reading/Writing workshop, USD 489 has adopted these programs. The workshop format involves short mini lessons and time for students to read/write.  Teacher conferences are utilized both individually and in small groups to discuss the reading/writing strategies students are applying to their independent work and to reinforce mini lesson skills.

Our History curriculum covers not only units of study, but also nonfiction text features and structures. Text features and text structures help students identify and apply the information in nonfiction text for better comprehension. The units of study in History include: Native Americans, European Explorers, European Settlements, Colonial America, the Revolutionary War, and the Constitution.  After each lesson, the student will be given a short quiz on vocabulary and content material, these quiz points will be totaled for a test grade. The student may also be required to create a project at the end of a unit.  Each project will be graded according to a rubric scale.  The criterion on the scale will be given to each student before they begin the project.  Some of these projects will require materials brought from home.

In Math, I break my daily lessons into three parts.  The first part is the instruction of the new concept.  The second part of the lesson, students will be working on sample problems for practice with the third part being their independent work. I try to keep homework at a minimal level.

I am excited for the new year and look forward to working with you and your child. To keep informed on 5th grade events or class information, you can access the 5th grade website, or check your child’s agenda. You can also find the 5th grade website on the Roosevelt site. We will also be using an app this year called Seesaw.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at school (785-623-2520) or by email at


                                                                   Suzanne Leikam

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