Michael J. Allen

Class of 2016 - 2017

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The year we had...

This will be a list of all the things we will do during our time together....



Teacher Plans Archive

2016 -2017

Forgotten what we've been doing?

Here will be a chronological list of the lesson plans from our year together.

I'll be updating this page periodically.




Fifth-Grade Junior Olympics

Wednesday, June 14th

9:00 - 12:30pm

Hormel Stadium

Parents are welcome at this wonderful annual event designed for prospective Middle School students to meet other students while engaging in good-spirited physical endeavor.

The aim is not so much to encourage competitive behavior as to support and promote collegiality and the expansion of social horizons for all students as the Middle School future approaches.

This is always a great and exciting event.

Come along and support our cherubs!



Fifth Grade Kimball Farm Field Trip


All fifth grade classes will visit the Park on Friday, June 9th.

Come and celebrate our fantastic year.

Bus leaves at 9:00am. Return to school at 2:30pm

All students should bring lunch and snack.

Confirmed Chaperones (the more the merrier!):

Elaine and Mr. Chevalier, Liz White, Chris Myung, Gail Airasian, Amanda O'Leary, Natashya Sumitra, Katia Correa-Chaves, Maria Daniels, Max Heinegg



Moving-On Ceremony

Thursday, June 8th

Time: 5:30 pm in the Gymnasium at the Brooks

Followed by the Student Party: 6 - 9 pm!

A fantastic culminating celebration for the Fifth Grade students: A brilliant ceremony, dressing-up, collecting 'Moving-On' certificates and yearbooks, chowing down on fantastic nosh, and all of this is followed by a giant disco-dance party, as well as cake, a gymnasium and lots of laughs without too many adults in the way!

What's not to love?



The Eggdrop Challenge

See if your egg  perishes when cruel Mr. Allen chucks it off the roof of the school!

Thursday, June 8th

Parents welcome.

1:45pm - 2:15pm

Lower playground at the Brooks!

Follow the link to see the Eggdrop challenge from a few years ago!



Royall House trip

Wednesday, June 7th

11:00 - 12:30pm

This short trip is an annual event mandated and organized by the administration.

It's free and every fifth grade in Medford visits. We travel by big yellow bus, so a permission slip will be sent home.

Awesome history in our own back yard...




Follow the links to find out about the subject of the dramatic presentation we will experience at the McGlynn Theater at 10:50am on Monday June 5th.




Story pirates presentation

Brooks Cafetorium

Tuesday, June 6th

Time: 9:00 - 9:45am




Field Day

Friday, June 2nd (rain date: June 6th)

Playstead Park (and Brooks School)

9:00am -2:00pm

Great fun for all!!




Memorial Day Event

Friday, May 26th - Memorial Day Ceremony

Brooks School Gym

9:45 - 10:15am

All parents and family welcome to this Patriotic event!



MCAS  Test dates for Grade 5

Science tests

Tuesday, May 23rd, Thursday, May 25th

Tests are untimed - but we expect to allow roughly from 9:00 am until 12:15pm each day.



'Welcome to Spring' Open Mic Night

Friday, May 5th

Brooks Cafetorium.

6:00 - 7:30pm

Come and play or just watch.

Keep the new tradition going strong...



Fifth Grade Carwash

Wednesday, May 3rd


for the annual spectacular Fifth grade fund-raiser event.



Fifth Grade Students vs Teachers Basketball Game

Thursday, April 6th.

Medford High School gym


Prepare to be crushed, children!!!

Ha, ha, ha (cough).

The teachers have been practicing our moves, and they're sure to leave you dazzled and destroyed!



Viva Variety Show goes Fantasy

Friday, March 24th - SHOW NIGHT 1: 6:00 - 8:00pm

Saturday, March 25th - SHOW NIGHT 2: 6:00 - 8:00pm

Performers and ushers should arrive at school 30 minutes before showtime. We will be meeting up in room 110!

We look forward to two extraordinary evenings filled with fun, flair, and fulfilling entertainment!



Middle School Open House

McGlynn Middle School Open House 

Thursday, March 16th

6:00 - 7:45pm

McGlynn School

Take a look at both of the main choices and then make up your mind, dear families!



DARE Graduation Ceremony

Wednesday, March 22nd

9:30 - 10:30am

Cafetorium, Brooks School

Selected students will read their essays, DARE officers, the Chief of Police and other dignataries make speeches, then all the students receive their graduation certificates and merchandise. Many parents usually attend this event so get there early to get a good seat!

Students should dress in their finery!

As soon as I have the new date, I'll publish it here.

Belinda - POSTPONED until May

McGlynn theater

Sometime in May, all Fifth grade students in Medford get to see Belinda, a piece of Medford's history brought to life. This is a theatrical presentation concerning the life of Belinda Sutton and her petition of 1783 to the Massachusetts General Court in which she recounted her life story and claimed a pension from the estate of her previous slave holder, Isaac Royall Jr.

Follow the link to find out more...




Invention Challenge 1 - Fifth Grade Final!

The first challenge was to design and build a wheeled device, using K'Nex, that rolls furthest from the top of a ramp.

On Thursday afternoon, the 'champions' from each Fifth grade class go 'head to head' in the grand final!

Who will win?

Will they be sporting in victory and defeat?

We will soon know...




Friday, January 13th

6:00pm - 7:30pm


Brooks Cafetorium

Get your Sci-Fi clobber out, people.

The Open Mic night theme is... 'Sci-Fi'!

If you can sing, play an instrument, dance, juggle or tell a tale why not jump up on the stage and share your passion?

All ages welcome to perform.

Sign up at the door!




Come and see our show called...

The Eyes of Kid Midas 3:0

Be careful what you wish for...


Wednesday, December 21st.

6:00pm and 7:30pm

Please make Show  reservations by writing to me here letting me know:

  • Which show you want to attend?

  • How many will be in your party?

Seating will be done in the order that reservations were made!

Please note that graduate students will be allowed to come to the show. They will be seated only after all current class families are seated!

Follow the link to find out about our two-week long Project Period!

Mark it in your calendar, and please keep your student in school for the whole period!


Project Period

In many ways the show is the culmination of much of the work we've done all year in Language, in Math, Art, in Music, in Dance and Drama.

It's a summary and celebration of our journey together academically, socially and creatively.

Here are some notes about the process and the journey.



Report Cards and Conferences

The season for report cards and conferences is approaching.

This page will tell you everything you need to know about this period including:

  • When reports cards are due.

  • How to book a teacher conference

  • What to expect at the conference

You can contact me about scheduling a conference by email. Slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. This page will be updated frequently so you can see the available slots!



Windmills Workshop

Thursday, November 3rd

9:15 - 10:15 - Ms. O'Leary

10:30 - 11:30 - Ms. O'Donnell

11:45 - 12:45 - Mr. Allen

1:30 - 2:30 - Ms. Conti

Students practice the steps of the engineering design process as they test how changing aspects of a windmill blade effect its efficiency. They design and test their own blades, with a strong emphasis on identifying independent and dependent variables, team planning and design.

The program  incorporates physical science framework connections on the subject of Simple machines and math connections, such as graphing results.

It's also really good fun!




DARE Class

This week, the DARE class begins with the excellent Officer Pat O'Keefe on Tuesday, November 1st. The class is a once a week class that takes about seven weeks to complete.

Permission slips have come home already: the class is optional and requires parent's permission to proceed.

The 'textbooks' for the class will be coming home for your perusal on Tuesday afternoon.




T Shirt making

Monday, October 31st

1:30 - 2:30pm

To celebrate the Autumn, the Fifth grade will spend this Monday afternoon decorating T-shirts with the flavor of the day. Students need to bring a (disposable) white T-Shirt and fabric markers for this event.

A great way for the whole grade to prepare for the rigors of the evening!




Fall Festival


As part of the amazing Fall Festival event at the Brooks on Sunday, October 30th take part in this year's second Open Mic event.

When: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Where: Cafetorium at the Brooks.

If you can sing, play an instrument, dance, juggle or tell a tale why not jump up on the stage and share your passion?

All ages welcome to perform.

Sign up at the door!

Stick around for the first annual all-ages Halloween Fashion show.

Preview your Halloween outfits to the sounds of Seventies Disco classics...

3:30pm - 4:00pm






Friday, October 7th

6:00pm - 7:30pm


Brooks Cafetorium

Get your fancy clobber out, people.

The Open Mic night theme is... 'Under the Sea'!

If you can sing, play an instrument, dance, juggle or tell a tale why not jump up on the stage and share your passion?

All ages welcome to perform.

Sign up at the door!




Photo Day

Wednesday, October 5th

Dress in your finery!!




Meet the Teacher - Curriculum Night

Thursday, September 29th

Room 411

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Hopefully, I get to see and meet you on Thursday, September 29th for Meet the Teacher!

I'll be doing a 'question and answer' session from 5:30 - 6:30pm.

The main presentation will be from 6:30pm onwards.

I'll keep it as brief as possible - but I also aim to be detailed and thorough. Hopefully, I'll be entertaining and amusing too! 

See you there.



Ice Cream Night

Friday, September 16th

Brooks School

It's going to be delicious!!!