Aviator News

March 21st - 25th

Learn. Connect. Serve.

Week at a Glance

This Week:

Monday, March 21st

  • Jeans Pass Day - support our Fifth Graders! Purchase pass from Jess

Tuesday, March 22nd

  • 5th Grade STAAR Training during Planning Time
  • 4th Grade STAAR Training during Planning Time

Wednesday, March 23rd

  • March 23rd - Third Grade Field Trip to Dallas Heritage Village
  • STAAR Oral Administration Training after school

Thursday, March 24th

  • TELPAS Rating Party in the Library after school.

Friday, March 25th

  • Good Friday- We actually get to cash in our bad weather day! :)


Coming Next Week:

Monday, March 28th

  • Kinder Flight School event from 10:45 - 11:25am. Our 2016-2017 Kindergarten students will join Ms. O'Rear in the Library for storytime and Ms. PIttillo for a guidance lesson.

Tuesday, March 29th

  • STAAR Testing: 4th Grade Writing Test & 5th Grade Math. Campus will be closed to visitors, Specials Schedules will change, and Recess will need to take place in the front of the school - playground will be closed during testing.
  • Jeans Day
Wednesday, March 30th
  • STAAR Testing; 5th Grade Reading. Campus will be closed to visitors, Specials Schedules will change, and Recess will need to take place in the front of the school - playground will be closed during testing.
  • Jeans Day

Thursday, March 31st

Friday, April 1st

  • 4th Grade "Proud To Be a Texan" Field Trip to Austin

Shout Outs!!

Kudos to:


  • Macey Arel, Angelina Covington, Shelby Kerner, Annette Sepulveda, Emily McLarty, and Erin Vennell for spending Wednesday of their spring break to attend the Active Shooter Training. We all left the training Wednesday with a deep respect and gratitude for what these men and women do for us on a daily basis. The SWAT team and Argyle Fire Department worked together through a variety of scenarios and after each one, they thoroughly deconstructed each moment of the drill, discussing what worked well and how they could improve. We were thoroughly impressed with their professionalism and commitment.
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Renee Grems takes the spotlight this week as our first author. Thank you, Renee!

My Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are in Secondary Science Education. I taught middle school science for ten years before staying home with my sons. When they were both in elementary school, I volunteered in their classrooms a bit and became truly impressed by the amount of attention and flexibility that a masterful elementary teacher must have on a daily basis. You people amaze me – every day!

I dabbled in substitute teaching and then started as a Math Interventionist. My only experience was tutoring 5th graders in preparation for the TAKS. Learning how children learn about numbers has been – and continues to be – a journey for me. You are my greatest resource. Thank you for that!

Here are three tips (not my own, but learned along the way):

· When you write a fraction, use a horizontal fraction bar instead of a diagonal fraction bar.

o It is faster when you are using a keyboard to type 4/5 but if you are creating a document in Word, go to the INSERT tab, and click the EQUATION symbol on the far right. A ribbon will open across the top of your document which includes fractions, and you can make your fraction look like this:

o In 4th and 5th grades and beyond, the horizontal bar will become a division symbol like this: ÷ That’s the origin of the division sign! The horizontal bar means “divided by,” the dot above represents the dividend, and the dot below represents the divisor.

· To help a student learn the efficiency of counting on from the greatest when adding, make two special dice.

o On the first dice, write the numerals 4-5-6-7-8-9 on the faces. On the second dice, draw dots like the pips on a dice for 1-1-2-2-3-3. When the student rolls the dice, they will see a numeral and naturally SAY it, then they can touch count the 1, 2, or 3 to count on.

· Squeeze in mini Number Talks.

o If you are not the “math teacher”, just take 30 seconds any time a number comes up in reading, in social studies, or in science to ask one or two quick questions. Is it even or odd? What number comes next when you are counting by ones? By tens? Show me with your hands what that would look like in inches. Could you eat that many hamburgers? Could you eat that many pieces of popcorn?