ASPIRE 5th Weekly News

January 8, 2016

Dates to Remember:

January 11 - Deadline to turn in Opt Out form for the maturation video and Play It Safe.

January 13 - Math Olympiad Competition 3

January 15 - Book orders due, maturation video during specials and STAR WARS DAY in ASPIRE 5!!!!!

January 18 - MLK Holiday - No School

January 22 - Spelling Bee

January 29 - Lunch with the Principal

February 5 - Play It Safe

Field trip scheduled for January 28 had to be rescheduled. Stay tuned for updates.

A Peek at Last Week

Scientists at Work:

This week our scholars presented their arguments to our city council about whether or not fracking should be allowed in our community. Each scholar played a part - citizens For Fracking, citizens Against Fracking, City Council Member, or Mayor. After hearing all of the arguments, the City Council decided - YES - they would approve fracking in the community. After the council meeting an informal poll was taken and the citizens voted against fracking in their community.

In Humanities:

This past week the Scholars learned about "the shot heard round the world" and read excerpts from Thomas Paine's Common Sense. They are feeling the tensions between the Patriots and the Tories building. Many scholars were surprised that the war began before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Next Week in Our Classes


6th Grade Accelerated Math
  • Using percent, proportion and equation to solve real world percent problems.

5th Grade Math

  • Multiplication and division of decimal numbers Unit test
  • Adding and subtracting fractions



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

Social Studies

  • Analyzing the Declaration of Independence
  • Southern region states and capitals test


  • Analyzing the movements and relationships between the sun, moon, and earth


  • Collaborating with small groups
  • Presentations to class

STAR WARS DAY is Friday, January 15, 2016!!!

Next Friday we are having one of our special ASPIRE Theme days - this month the theme is STAR WARS! Yes, students are encouraged to wear STAR WARS shirts (but no costumes) or bring small STARS WARS paraphernalia or memorabilia to share. On this day we will be integrating themes from STAR WARS into our curriculum. May the force be with us!

Order and Chaos in ASPIRE

This week we are focusing on order as we reestablish our ASPIRE 5 classroom routines.

Mrs. Fullhart's life took a chaotic turn this week as she became a Nana when her daughter delivered twin boys on Monday!

Middle School ASPIRE Informational Meeting

There will be an informational meeting for ASPIRE 5 parents to learn about the ASPIRE Academy at Cross Timbers Middle School. This informational meeting will be designed with the middle school ASPIRE student experience in mind. The date has not been determined at this time - we will keep you informed.

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!


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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