ASPIRE 5th Weekly News
September 25, 2015
Grit, Goal Setting and Making Your Mark
A Peek at Our Week
Thinking Like Environmental Engineers:
From our discoveries about different types of alternative energy last week, the ASPIRE 5 Scholars have teamed up to design ways to use alternative sources of energy to Glenhope. This week they have finished their models and are working on presentations that include a cost analysis and a discussion of community concerns, solutions, and counterpoint. We welcome Kent Hall, Energy Specialist for GCISD on Monday. How wonderful to present to an authentic audience. Check out the pictures below!
Organization and Time Management:
Friday was an interesting day. The Scholars met with Mr. Boykin and Mrs. Fullhart right after math and discussed assignments for each subject - some that needed finishing up and others that were new that day. So what made it interesting? It was a study in time management and organization in that they had from 9:15-2:15 to organize their day and turn in work. Each Scholar scheduled a one-on-one conference with their teacher to discuss goals and Beginning of the Year writing and then decided how to plan the rest of their day to get their assignments as well as other choice activities done.
Dates to Remember:
Sept. 30 - ASPIRE T-shirt orders due today
October 2 - Spirit Day and Pep Rally - wear your favorite Glenhope shirt, or blue and green, to show your school spirit. Both ASPIRE 5 classes had 100% participation last month - let's have a repeat! Also remember to turn in your Box Tops!
October 2 - Sock Hop
October 7 - Progress reports go home
October 7-8 - Early dismissal at 11:45. Student led conferences will be scheduled for the afternoons.
October 9 - Gatorville Session 1 starts
October 12 - Student Holiday
Still Looking for Volunteers for 5th Grade Activities
5th grade is off to such a great start! The room parents are getting everything in place for a fun 5th-grade year and have already recruited many volunteers to head-up specific events/tasks. Several committee positions are still open and in need of more parent volunteers to help with the graduation and celebration. See below on how to volunteer to help
http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F4CABAF2FA3F58-fall is the sign-up for ALL 5th grade Fall Festival booths. Just FYI - we’re working as a grade-level team this year instead of listing individual class booths in an effort to try to fill all of the time-slots for all of the booths. (Some classes have more parent participation than others.)
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4cabaf2fa3f58-glenhope2 is the sign-up to help with 5th grade committees for parties, graduation, celebration, etc. We’re especially looking for people to oversee the legacy gift, entertainment (bounce house rentals), and food/beverage because we need to reserve these vendors and/or purchase these items sooner rather than later.
Opportunity for Math Geeks and Science Freaks
Next Week in Our Classes
Math:6th Grade Accelerated Math
- Multiplying and dividing rational numbers
5th Grade Math
- adding and subtracting decimals
- Math CATS workshop (Create, Apply, Technology, and Small group)
- Unit test on place value including decimals.
- Finding theme and tone of a selection
- Adding depth and complexity to the critical thinking ladder
- Student created personal spelling lists
- Continue writing and goal setting conference
- Organizing writing around a central idea
- Creating a systems model to describe the influence of Chesapeake Bay on Jamestown
- Present Alternative Energy Models
- Properties of Matter - Lab fun!
- Collaborating with small groups
- Presentation skills
Order and Chaos in ASPIRE
Reading Rewards and the 40 Book Challenge
Mr. Boykin's BLOG
And on Facebook:
"Like" our page - ASPIRE Academy 5th Grade
"Like" the ASPIRE Academy at Glenhope page
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