ASPIRE 5th Weekly News

December 11, 2015

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Good-bye Ms. McCoy! We will miss you!

Dates to Remember:

December 15 - Lunch with the Principal, Spelling Bee Qualifying Test

December 16 - Pajama Day - to thank everyone for donating over 300 pairs of pj's for the homeless. 5th Grade Choir to Wells Fargo

December 17 - Holiday Party - 5th grade will start with a pizza lunch and continue throughout the afternoon.

December 18 - Early Dismissal at 11:45

December 21-January 4 - Winter Break - Build family memories, safe travels to all!

January 28 - FIELD TRIP - SMU President Bush Library

Next Week in Our Classes


6th Grade Accelerated Math
  • Discovering the effect of scale factor on coordinate plane drawings

5th Grade Math

  • Review multiplication and division of whole numbers for Unit test
  • Grid Logic problems with a grid.
  • Holiday math fun!



  • Book clubs- reading scholar selected books set during the Revolutionary War period while Thinking Like a Disciplinarian (Historian, Linguist, Philosopher, Psychologist, and Sociologist)

Social Studies

  • The Road to Revolution- Analyzing the effect that Thomas Paine's Common Sense had in the movement for Independence
  • Comparing/Contrasting the real events of Paul Revere's Ride and Longfellow's account.


  • Exploring the pros and cons of hydraulic fracking from two industry experts.


  • Scholar led Book Club discussions
  • Collaborating with small groups
  • Presentations to class

Congratulations to our Geography Bee participants: Pravin, Nathan,Ella, Kavya, Molly, David, Nithya, Patrick and Lucas! Special congratulations to Ella as our 2nd place winner and to Nithya as the winner of this year's Geography Bee!

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A Peek at Last Week

Scientists at Work:

This week our scholars began their exploration into fracking and it's impact on NE Texas.

Humanities Fun:

The Revolutionary War book clubs went into full swing this week. The Scholars collaborated to create their assignment - how many pages and from each discipline (historian, linguist, philosopher, psychologist, or sociologist) from which each member would analyze the book. Then they each prepared a question to bring to the book club for discussion and wrote a reflection on the group's thinking after the discussion. Scholars leading Scholars in book discussions!

Order and Chaos in ASPIRE

This week order and chaos had the greatest impact on Mr. Boykin and Mrs. Fullhart. Mr. Boykin planned and ran the Geography Bee for the school. Whenever one takes on such an event, chaos reigns until it is organized into an orderly fashion. Mr. Boykin did a wonderful job not only on the day of the Bee itself, but also all of the days leading up to it as he met with judges and participants to ensure everyone understood the rules and the roles each was to play. Great job Mr. Boykin!

Mrs. Fullhart has had some chaos thrown her way the last couple of week's as well. In early November her daughter, Sarah, who is pregnant with twins, was placed on hospital bedrest. Babies and Mama are doing well and fortunately are at Baylor Hospital in Grapevine - just minutes away from all of her family. Mrs. Fullhart has adjusted her schedule to be able to spend 2-3 hours each night up at the hospital to be with her daughter. She is thankful for the thoughts and prayers sent her way and for your understanding why grades are showing up a little slower than usual. This past week they learned that Sarah will be at Baylor until at least January 7th. So not only was Thanksgiving at the hospital this year, but so is Sarah's birthday and Christmas! What a contrast this year's Christmas will be to next when the house will be full of boys!

5th Grade Holiday Party

If you’d like to help with the holiday party, please go to... The Winter Holiday Party will be Thursday, December 17th, starting at lunch and continuing until almost the end of the school day.

Giving Tree For GRACE

Glenhope’s Giving Tree for GRACE will be set up in the main hallway beginning Friday, November 20th! If you would like to help a family in need, please choose an ornament from the tree, and return the unwrapped item by Wednesday, December 16th.

5th Grade Video Photos

Did you receive the letter explaining how to submit photos for the 5th-grade video? If not, please ask your student to check their mailbox at school or visit the 5th-Grade Parents Facebook page for more details. The letter was sent home before Thanksgiving break. Just FYI - the first due date for photos is December 19th. Please email Liz Chalmers at if you have any questions.

Reading Rewards and the 40 Book Challenge

According to our goal setting conferences with our scholars, the most difficult part of the 40 book Challenge is not reading 40 books - but reading books from many different genres. Encourage your scholar to branch out and read a book from a different genre than their favorite! One of the ways the scholars may keep track of the books they read for the 40 Book Challenge is to use All of our scholars are now enrolled in our class!


Follow us on Twitter:

Mr. Boykin


Mrs. Fullhart


Mr. Boykin's BLOG

Mrs. Fullhart's BLOG with links to student blogs

And on Facebook:

"Like" our page - ASPIRE Academy 5th Grade

"Like" the ASPIRE Academy at Glenhope page

Remind 101:

We will also be utilizing the app Remind 101. To sign up:

ASPIRE 5th Grade Group (it states Fullhart, but is both classes) - Text @aspire5 to 81010

Fullhart Math - Text @fullha to 81010

Looking forward to next week!