ASPIRE 5th Weekly News

April 29, 2016

As the year winds down...

Dates to Remember:

May 2 - Wear PINK to celebrate the return of our 4th grade Warrier

May 6 - Spirit Day and Pep Rally - Wear Glenhope shirts!

May 9 - 6th Grade Accelerated Math STAAR

May 11 - Science STAAR

May 13 - Gator Games (field day)

May 16 - Career Day

May 20 - 5th grade vs faculty softball game

May 20 - ASPIRE Talent Showcase for ASPIRE Students only

May 26 - Math Olympiad Toga Party for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade ASPIRE math classes

May 27 - No school - Bad weather make up day

May 30 - Memorial Day, no school

May 31 - 5th grade celebration @ NRH2O - permission slips in this week's Friday folders.

June 1 - All School Celebration

June 2 - 5th grade graduation and last day of school

A Peek at Last Week

Scientists at Work:

This week our scholarly scientists have been reviewing what they know about the many aspects of science as we prepare for the Science STAAR test.

In Humanities:

On Friday the Scholars took a leap of faith as they used their reactions to quotes to group themselves for book club. Once they walked to their choice of corner it was revealed which book club was behind the door. Miraculously only one student felt the need to switched groups after the genre was revealed. We have groups reading Mysteries, Realistic Fiction, Science Fiction, and two non-fiction groups researching enigmas. We are still in the book choosing phase and will begin reading next week.

We had a great experience at the Civil War Museum on Wednesday. The scholars were fascinated (and somewhat disgusted) as we learned about battlefield medicine during this time period!

Next Week in Our Classes


6th Grade Accelerated Math
  • STAAR Review

5th Grade Math

  • Financial Literacy - finishing creating infographics to persuade for or against the bond election



  • End of Year Writing Samples
  • New book clubs formed

Social Studies

  • Examining turning points in the Civil War and the surrender at Appomattox


  • Animal Adaptations presentions
  • STAAR Review


  • Collaborating with small groups
  • Presentations to class

3rd Annual ASPIRE Talent Showcase

The ASPIRE Talent Showcase was the brainchild of three 4th grade ASPIRE students during the first year of the ASPIRE Academy. It's purpose was a chance for the ASPIRE students to get together across grade levels and share something they were passionate about through the arts. That first year it was held in Mrs. Hollinger's classroom since it was only 3 ASPIRE classes.

The next year these 3 students asked to do the Showcase again. Since the ASPIRE Academy was larger they split the day up so that 1st-2nd grade had a showcase and 3rd-5th grade had a showcase, but all showcases were in a class room.

This year we have five 5th grade students that were hand-picked by the originators before they went on to middle school. These 5 girls have gotten a good start on the planning, but since the ASPIRE Academy is now 7 classes - Mr. Boykin and Mrs. Fullhart are jumping in as the producers of the 3rd Annual ASPIRE Talent Showcase to help relieve the stress of putting on such a large show. The ASPIRE 5 classes will finish organizing and learning how to produce these shows. It will be a great experience in committee work and large group collaboration.

Once again due to the numbers of ASPIRE students and space available, the showcase is for our ASPIRE students only and will be in the afternoon after the 5th grade faculty softball game.

Summer Opportunities for Students

Check out some great summer opportunities!

TAGT Summer Opportunities for Students

And in GCISD, Summer Enrichment Program - Choose Your Own Adventure

SAGE Student Showcase

Start thinking about what you might to enter for the SAGE Showcase. Check out the information about the Showcase at the SAGE website. The deadline for entering is May 16, 2016.

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!

iPads - Being Prepared for the Day

This week both classes were asked to "Show me the Charger" and only about half of them could. Our iPads are older. They often don't hold a charge well. Scholars need to bring their charger each day in case they need to recharge during the day and they need to take home the charger again each night to use at home.

Many scholars are still coming to school with iPads that are not charged. They are prepared for the day. It is very important that iPads are charged each night. Please remind your child to plug in his/her iPad each night and to brings the iPad charger to school.

Thank you so much for your help in this!


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