ASPIRE 5th Weekly News

September 25, 2015

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Grit, Goal Setting and Making Your Mark

This week the Scholars of ASPIRE 5 have refined their SMART goals during conferences with their teacher. They are looking forward to sharing them with you during the upcoming student led conferences. As an extension to this, each of our Scholars has created an icon of their initials and have stated how they will "Make their Mark Beyond the Swamp." These will soon be on display in the 5th grade shadow box!

Congratulations to our Student Council Reps!

Each ASPIRE 5 class held student elections for class representation in Glenhope's Student Council. Cheers to the winners!

Boykin: Elyssa Chandler and McKenzie McCain

Fullhart: Emily O'Neill and Scott Noell

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

Please help your child update their iPad to iOS-9 this weekend!

This is done through the Settings app. Once you have updated to iOS 9 then go to the App store and update your apps!

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 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.) 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

Cross Timbers has invited 4th and 5th graders from the ASPIRE Academy to join their Math/Science Team. Click on THIS LINK to complete a form if you are interested! This sounds like a great opportunity!

Next Week in Our Classes


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

Social Studies

  • 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

Today was a perfect example of how order can come out of chaos. For some students the chaos continued for much of the day, for others they were able to incorporate time management skills to bring order to their day. We got some great feedback from the students on what they liked, disliked, suggested changes, and suggestions for how often we have an open work day. We love hearing from our scholars and they like having a say in their school experience - LEAD 2021 at work.


Calling all Glenhope Gators! Express Your Artistic Talents! Reflect on a theme. Create an original work. Be recognized. The PTA Reflections program is a wonderful opportunity for our kids to individually choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art and tell us their interpretation of the 2015 - 2016 theme: "LET YOUR IMAGINATION FLY". Deadline for entries is Tuesday, November 3, 2015. To view and print out Reflections general rules and specific category participation guidelines, please visit the PTA website at Questions about this year's Reflections program - please contact Stephanie Paul-Shukis @

Reading Rewards and the 40 Book Challenge

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!


Follow us on Twitter:

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Mr. Boykin's BLOG

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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

Looking forward to Week 6!