Empower Your Future.

Susan Rushing

Welcome to Mrs. Rushing’s Class 


A Little about Me:

My name is Susan Rushing. I am married to a wonderful Deaf man and we have 2 beautiful children, ages 9 and 1. I received my B.A. degree are from the University of Southern Mississippi in Deaf Education, and then moved to Texas to teach in a mainstream program for 3 years before returning to school to obtain my Masters Degree from Gallaudet University. I am certified to teach Deaf and Hearing elementary aged students and have taught for 13 years, 8 of which are here at MSD.


  • My Four Simple Class Rules:
  1. Be Respectful
  2. Be Responsible
  3. Be Cooperative
  4. Be Productive
  • My Contact Information



Fifth Grade Course Outline


Math instructional time will focus on three critical areas: (1) developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions and decimals, and developing understanding of the multiplication and of division of fractions and decimals; (2) extending division to multiple digit divisors, as well as making decimals from fractions to the hundredths place, and continue developing fluency with whole number; and (3) developing understanding of volume. 


Reading instructional time will focus on two vital areas: (1) vocabulary development through word study, use of strategies to determine work/phrase meaning while reading and (2) reading comprehension through use of a variety of literature and informational texts making inferences, citing evidence from the text and summarizing when writing or speaking/signing.


English instructional time will focus on three main areas: (1) text types and purposes – informative/explanatory texts as well as narrative and persuasive writing; (2) production and distribution of writing – for example, use of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing writing using technology as well as hand writing pieces; (3) “rules” of standard written English


Science instructional time will focus on three content strands: Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Physical Science. These areas will be addressed through hands-on learning, as well as through literature aligned with the science frameworks.


Social Studies instructional time will focus on United States primarily and how history has shaped and formed our country. Areas studied include history of the United States starting with early civilizations and continuing through colonial time including contributions from various cultures; and the political, religious and economic ideas that influenced the founding of the United States and its government and economy.