April 29, 2016

Mission Statement 2015-2016

As members of Ballardville, we recognize that each student in ASPIRE is unique and different in his or her own way. We promise to:

  • help each other learn and excel as a group in class;
  • be kind, respectful, and responsible to our teacher, each other, our classroom, and ourselves;
  • have a positive attitude, follow the Golden Rule, and make sure everyone feels like they fit in;
  • put aside our differences and cooperate with each other respectfully;
  • show kindness in and out of the classroom and treat others with care.

We expect our teacher to challenge us in a way that will help each of us excel in our learning. We like to be challenged and to think outside the box.

Our personal expectations are to be respectful and responsible. We will encourage others to be helpful and not hurtful. We will pull each other up when in need, and will help each other improve.

Dates to Remember

May 2- Wear Pink Gator Warrior T-Shirt in Honor of Mrs. Graham!!

May 5- Wildman Phil Show 1-2pm in Library

May 6- Spirit Day (Last of the Year- Let's Keep the Spirit Stick!); Pep Rally; Box Tops

May 9th: STAAR Test (4th Grade Math & 6th Grade Math), Campus Closed to Visitors

May 10th: STAAR Test (Reading), Campus Closed to Visitors

May 13- Gator Games (Field Day)

May 16- Career Day

May 20- Faculty/5th Grade Softball Game

May 20- ASPIRE Talent Show (Students Only Please 11:15-11:45; 12:45-2:30)

May 26- Math Olympiad Toga Celebration

May 27- No School-Bad Weather Make-up Day

May 30- No School-Memorial Day

June 1- Fourth Grade Success Assembly 8:00 am

June 1- All School Celebration

June 2- Last Day of School (11:45 Dismissal)

Objectives for Next Week

Math- Finish Angles (Circles; Supplementary/Complimentary; Join/Unjoin/Missing Measurement); Financial Literacy; Review for STAAR

Reading- Finish Bracketology; Poetry; Review for STAAR


Social Studies- Goliad; San Jacinto; Defeat of Santa Anna to Houston

Science- Finish Biomes; Adaptations and Behaviors

Of the Days for Next Week

Monday- gluttonous; sky's the limit

Tuesday- gourmand; sleep on it

Wednesday- guise; smell a rat

Thursday- heed; snug as a bug in a rug

Friday- hyperactive; spare the rod and spoil the child

It's Time to Paper the Room Again!

If anyone would like to volunteer to help hang paper to cover our room and hallways, Wednesday and Thursday during conference time (8:50-9:40) would be great!

All the paper was saved from the previous testing and labeled where it fits, so hopefully the process won't take too long.

Thank you for your consideration!!

Gator Games

For Gator Games (Field Day), each class is to come up with a country name and other various items. Today, the students brainstormed and voted for our country name. We are BALLARDVILLE. On Monday, students can bring flag ideas and other information to finish defining our country.
  • Country Name
  • Motto
  • Flag
  • Type of Government and/or Leadership
  • Population
  • National Anthem
  • Country Records
We will have a flag and wear our Pink Gator Warrior shirts on that day.

Stay tuned for more on our country!!

3rd Annual ASPIRE Talent Showcase

The ASPIRE Talent Showcase was the brainchild of three 4th grade ASPIRE students during the first year of the ASPIRE Academy. It's purpose was a chance for the ASPIRE students to get together across grade levels and share something they were passionate about through the arts. That first year it was held in Mrs. Hollinger's classroom since it was only 3 ASPIRE classes.

The next year these 3 students asked to do the Showcase again. Since the ASPIRE Academy was larger they split the day up so that 1st-2nd grade had a showcase and 3rd-5th grade had a showcase, but all showcases were in a class room.

This year we have five 5th grade students that were hand-picked by the originators before they went on to middle school. These 5 girls have gotten a good start on the planning, but since the ASPIRE Academy is now 7 classes - Mr. Boykin and Mrs. Fullhart are jumping in as the producers of the 3rd Annual ASPIRE Talent Showcase to help relieve the stress of putting on such a large show. The ASPIRE 5 classes will finish organizing and learning how to produce these shows. It will be a great experience in committee work and large group collaboration.

Once again due to the numbers of ASPIRE students and space available, the showcase is for our ASPIRE students only and will be in the afternoon after the 5th grade faculty softball game.