ASPIRE 5th Weekly News

January 22, 2016

Dates to Remember:

February 4 - Talent Show dress rehearsal

February 5 - Spirit Day, Pep Rally, Play It Safe and wear Red for American Heart Association

February 5 - Talent Show 6:00-8:00 pm

February 9 - Math Olympiad Competition 4

February 12 - Valentine's Party

February 15 - Student Holiday

February 17-18 - Early Dismissal (11:45)

February 18 - ASPIRE Parent information night at CTMS Library - begins at 6:30 pm

February 19 - Visit to CTMS to hear about Fine Arts classes

February 22 - ASPIRE 3-4-5 Field Trip to George W. Bush Presidential Library

February 23 - CTMS Showcase for 5th grade parent information 6:00-7:00

February 25 - Follow up 5th grade parent Q&A information session 8:00 am in Library and again at 3:30 in the library.

A Peek at Last Week

Scientists at Work:

This week our scholars continued their study of the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon. Check out the photos of the scholars creating sundials to track the movement of the earth and to change the misconception that sun dials measure the movement of the sun.


In Humanities:

This week the Scholars have come to Owl Publishing to see if they can get their historical fiction short story published. The owners of Owl Publishing (Boykin and Fullhart, Inc.) give potential authors a 10 Gator Buck advance for their story. They require their potential writers to higher 3 independent editors to read and comment on their paper. Then they take the suggestions from the editors and decide which ones to utilize to improve the quality of their writing. Another plus for this activity is that all of this collaboration is happening in Google Docs. Be sure to ask your scholar to pull up their story to see how the process is working!

Next Week in Our Classes

Math:

6th Grade Accelerated Math
  • Evaluating variable expressions and solving one step equations.

5th Grade Math

  • Multiplying fractions with models.

Reading/Writing

  • Historical Fiction - revising their historical fiction story based on suggestions by peer editors. Final copy of story due on Friday.
  • Junior Great Books story to lead into our Fantasy book clubs.

Social Studies

  • Northeast region states and capitals retest on Thursday
  • Finish Battles of the Revolution presentations
  • Analyze the impact of war on the soldiers

Science:

  • Explore the different types of energy (thermal, light, sound, mechanical and electrical)

Leadership:

  • Collaborating with small groups
  • Presentations to class

Order and Chaos in ASPIRE 5

This week our ELA classes begin with the chaos of 29 authors needing to higher editors and 29 editors needing to find jobs. Each author must have 3 different editors with different editing specialization. Each editor must work for 3 different authors. As we watch them bargain, it reminds me of the floor of the stock market, or playing the game Pit.


Once jobs are attained - order returns as each editor begins reading and making suggestions for edit that would improve the story. Chaos is still in the undercurrent as sometimes more than one editor is working on the same story in Google Docs.

Valentine's Day Party in 5th Grade

The 5th-Grade Valentine’s Day Party will be Friday, February 12, starting at 12:40 pm. Would you like to help make it a really fun and memorable event? Please go to Sign-Up Genius to find out how to contribute party supplies or to volunteer your time: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49acaa22a13-valentines3/


We believe that in school, our Scholars should have a valentine for every classmate in their homeroom (giving them to the other ASPIRE 5 class is also fine). Please do not have your child bring "special" valentines for "Special" friends. We will attach a list of our students to the email that brought you this link.

Important iPad Reminders

In the past few weeks many scholars have been coming to school with iPads that are not charged. It is very important that iPads are charged each night. In some instances, scholars also came to school without chargers and had to borrow one.

Please check that your child has plugged in his/her iPad each night and brings the iPad charger to school. While we do have a few open outlets in the classroom, we don't have enough for the number of people who have been regularly forgetting to charge their iPads.

Thank you so much for your help in this!

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 Reading-Rewards.com. All of our scholars are now enrolled in our class!

Six Flags Reading

As your scholar works on the 40 Book Challenge, be sure to have them keep a reading log. Six Flags gives a free ticket to students that log in over 6 hours of reading. I need their logs by Feb 20. Read and you can go to Six Flags for FREE!

GET CONNECTED!

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Mr. Boykin

@aspire5gcisd

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@FullhartASPIRE5


Mr. Boykin's BLOG

Mrs. Fullhart's BLOG with links to student blogs


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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