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Saint Joseph - Hessen Cassel

Fort Wayne, Indiana


5th Grade

Welcome to the 5th Grade web page!

This is my 8th year at Saint Joseph School and my 22nd year of teaching overall.  I spent 14 years prior, teaching at Queen of Angels in Fort Wayne.  I’m excited to work with the 5th graders.  What an exciting year the 5th graders have!  Students get a chance to enrich their faith and their knowledge throughout the year through many Religious and Academic activities.

In Religion, students will learn the Creed of the Catholic faith, the seven sacraments, and the importance of the celebration of the Mass.  They have the opportunity to not only attend Mass but also to serve and participate in the liturgy twice during the school week and on Holy Days of Obligation.  Practicing reverence and respect during these times allows the students to live out their faith.

A major component of 5th grade is also the study of American History.  In collaboration with the Social Studies curriculum, projects, and the use of technology, students get a chance to step through time and learn about the history and geography of the United States.  Also, taking a visit to Conner Prairie allows this history to come alive.

Students’ academics are also enriched with a trip to STARBASE located at the Air National Guard Base.  This 5-day program engages the students with hands-on learning with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills.  This is a trip the students look forward to as they enter 5th grade.

Most of all, 5th graders are encouraged to form a sense of responsibility for the transition to the upper grades.  Organization, independent working, and respect will help them to be successful learners for many years to come.   I feel blessed to be able to teach and guide the 5th graders as they are “Learning for Life and Living the Faith!”



Mr. Kurt Homan – 5th-grade teacher


Light of Learning Winner:


2013 (At Queen of Angels)
2008 (At Queen of Angels)

Here are some websites that we have used/recommend:

IXL– for academic skills practice

AR book finder website:



Websites to help practice for the States and Capitals Test:



Welcome (Draft, New)


Click here to view photos of our trip to Starbase.

Click here to view photos from our trip to BizTown.