We had a very full week of growing together the past five days. Since two-thirds of our students are new to Glenhope, and all 19 of us are new to ASPIRE, we are spending lots of time and energy on building our classroom community. In order for good, rich learning experiences to take place, our classroom needs to be a safe place for all students to take risks, try new things, and feel supported. This is all new territory, and I have loved watching our class grow together and get to know one another better.


Sept. 7- Labor Day (No School)

Sept. 10- ASPIRE Curriculum Night 6:00-7:15 (6:00-6:30 in the cafeteria for parents NEW to the ASPIRE Academy; 6:30-7:15 in the library for ALL ASPIRE Academy Parents)

Sept. 14/15- Scientist At-Home Projects Due, Presentations in the afternoon 12:00-1:30 (This project packet came home this past Tuesday. Check your child's packet for their due date!)

Sept. 24- Fall Picture Day


Please plan to attend Curriculum Night this upcoming Thursday, September 10th. If you are new to the ASPIRE Academy, please join us at 6:00 in the cafeteria. We will then meet with all parents from 6:30-7:15 in the library.

We ask that you plan to leave your children at home if at all possible. If you can't come without bringing your child, please bring a quiet activity for them to do. Thank you for your cooperation in this.


Shutterfly- . In order to access this site, you must sign up (for free) on Shutterfly.

Please add your child to our roster, found under the tab "Class List and Contacts," ASAP so that our class roster will be completed. This will give each of you access to one another's contacts as parents as well. Thank you for those who have already done this.


Math (1)- Number Sense, Place Value (representing numbers in hundreds, tens, and ones), Composing and Decomposing Numbers (see below), Standard vs. Expanded Form

Math (2)- Place Value; Numbers on a Number Line, Composing and Decomposing Numbers (i.e. 48 is 40 + 8 or 30 + 10 + 8)

Writing- Reviewing GAPStopper strategy, habits of a good writer

Reading- Daily 5 (literacy stations)

Comprehension- Making Text-to-Self Connections, Monitoring our Comprehension using strategies, Jr. Great Books Story 1 Discussion

Accuracy- Using our letter sounds to decode new words and spell unknown words

Fluency- Reading with expression and voice

Expanded Vocabulary- Tuning into interesting words as we read and determining what they mean

Science- Weather, Summer, Wind, and Temperature

Social Studies- Rules and their purpose, Characteristics of a good citizen

GT/GatorAIDE Time- Beginning the Steps of Independent Research: Deciding on our first independent research topics of the year, asking questions about our topic, and finding good resources for our topic


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 @


We had MANY box tops turned in today, and we had nearly 100% participation in wearing a blue/green shirt or gator shirt. Thanks so much!


The following message was sent out to teachers and staff from our superintendent, Dr. Ryan:

"Despite our current dry weather, Grapevine Lake is still recovering from the damage and devastation left by the severe flooding this past spring. There is a Grapevine Lake Clean-up Day on Saturday, September 12. If you have a group of students or adults who want to volunteer next weekend, please sign up at this link:

Our community provides multiple opportunities to serve, so if you can't make it next weekend, there will be other chances and events all over GCISD throughout the year.

In order to be a good Global Citizen, you must first be a good local citizen. Giving back to our own local area builds a strong sense of community and a sense of accomplishment. It's one way we Build Excellent Schools Together!"