Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Week of September 24, 2018

Happy first day of Fall!  I hope this change of seasons refreshes you and inspires new works you've never explored before!

Social studies lessons will include the study of the effects of the Holocaust on the people of Europe.  I addition, I've planned some lessons on the effects of the Revolutionary War and WWI on our country.  Please be sure to complete your follow-up assignments by the end of the week.  Our language lessons will include creating an outline for the informative essays we've been researching.  Your novel study groups will meet again this week to continue to read and discuss the stories with a focus on identifying similes and metaphors in the texts. 

Next Monday you will have a vocabulary quiz based upon the following word list: 

Your word study quiz will take place Friday.  Please study the following words to prepare.  You will be asked to spell and sort each word correctly.

Circle group:

-er: promoter, analyzer, misnomer, sequester, milliner
-ier: amplifier, dehumidifier, intensifier, quantifier, emulsifier

Triangle group:

Long e (ee):  breeze, fleet, leech, sweet, weep
Long e (ea):  bleach, bleak, gleam, preach, spear

Square group:

singular: axis, crisis, ellipsis, oasis, thesis
plural: axes, crises, ellipses, oases, theses

Have a wonderful weekend!
Mr. Trent

P.S. Welcome back 1st year students from your trip to Ebenezer Camp! We can't wait to hear about all the fun adventures you've had!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Montessori Colloquium

Greetings from the first Montessori Colloquium in Savannah, GA!  I'm having a wonderful time meeting Montessori educators and administrators from all over the United States!  I've learned so much about how to better meet the needs of my students, and I'm very excited to put many of the strategies we've discussed into practice.  Thank you to the Montessori Partnerships of Georgia, the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, and the Montessori Education Society of Savannah for making this all possible! 

Charles Ellis representatives meeting with Annie Frazier of the Montessori Partnerships of Georgia

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Make-up Day Announced: October 8, 2018


The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) has designated Monday, October 8, 2018, as the make-up day for lost instructional time as a result of the impacts that were anticipated with Hurricane Florence on Friday, September 14th. This date is currently showing as a student and staff holiday on the approved 2018-19 academic calendar and is marked as a designated make-up day if needed. 

SCCPSS Administration has designated October 8th as a recommended make-up day. Students should plan report to school at their designated bell time. The official academic calendar modification will be presented during the October 3, 2018, meeting of the Board of Education and is subject to final Board approval.


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Classes to Resume September 17, 2018

Classes to Resume for SCCPSS Students on Monday

This is a notice from Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools that all facilities will reopen and classes will resume on Monday, September 17, 2018. Though indicators last week looked as if we might feel the effects of Hurricane Florence in our area, Chatham County was fortunate to escape the severe weather that has affected parts of the East Coast.

All facilities are in good condition and ready for reopening tomorrow. We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday, September 17th. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Week of September 17, 2018

As the excitement caused by Hurricane Florence continues, I hope you are making the most of your extended weekend with your family and loved ones.  Because Savannah is no-longer in the track of the storm, I'm going to assume we will be having school Monday as I plan the upcoming week.  That being said, please continue to monitor to see the latest updates about the passing storm.

Social studies lessons will include the study of the economies of various European countries.  We will also continue our studies of the Revolutionary War and WWI.  Language lessons will include continued prewriting activities as we prepare to write our first research papers concerning our social studies focuses.  Your novel study groups will meet again this week to read and discuss the stories with an emphasis on using "text talk" to describe what is happening in the stories.  

The 4th grade trip to Ebeneezer is this Thursday and Friday!  I hope you are ready for an exciting time out in nature!  Ms. Kami sent home a packing list for you to use as you prepare for the trip.  Please email her with any questions you may have (

Please be aware of the following additional important information:

- Your word study quiz you missed on the 14th will take place on Monday the 17th.  That means you will have both a word study and vocabulary quiz that day.  Click HERE to see your vocabulary list.  Word Study lists are found below:

Circle group:
-ly: thoughtlessly,  predominantly, conspicuously, mischievously, reluctantly
-ily: extraordinarily, momentarily, militarily, grouchily, ordinarily

Triangle group:
Short e:  edge, enter, scent, edit, center
Long e:  team, bead, eagle, heat, deal

Square group:
Present tense: forget, break, speak, drive, wake
Past tense: forgot, broke, spoke, drove, woke

- You will NOT have a Word Study list or quiz this week.
- The fall picture day was obviously canceled, but a new day has not been chosen. I will inform you of the new date as soon as I hear.
- The make-up day for Hurricane Florance will be Monday, October 8.
- I will be absent this Thursday and Friday to attend some professional development courses. I'm expecting an exemplary report from the substitute teacher upon my return.

I'll see you soon,
Mr. Trent

creating pin constellations during our mentoring time

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

SCCPSS Schools to Close Friday, Sept. 14th

There will be no school for students on Friday, September 14th, 2018, due to potential severe weather conditions associated with Hurricane Florence. School based staff will not be required to report to work unless otherwise notified by his or her supervisor.  Thursday, September 13th, remains a regular school day, but all afterschool activities and athletic competitions will be canceled.  The YMCA’s PrymeTyme program will operate Thursday until 6pm.

The school District will maintain regular contact with the Chatham Emergency Management Agency to monitor storm impacts and establish the official date for the safe return to school operationsOfficial return to school notices will be communicated through the District’s call notification system, district website, and social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.  An update will be provided no later than Sunday afternoon.

The 2018-19 School Year calendar includes designated make up days in the event there is a need to make up lost instructional time.  Please refer to the district’s website under the “Calendars” tab to stay familiar with designated make up days. 

Once again, there will be no school on Friday, September 14th, 2018 for students.  All afterschool, athletic and extra-curricular activities will be canceled on Thursday, September 13th due to potential severe weather conditions associated with Hurricane Florence.  Please make sure to check our website –, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

Latitude/Longitude Puzzle Map Game

It's important to know how to find locations on a map using latitude and longitude coordinates when tracking hurricanes like Florence.  The Latitude/Longitude Puzzle Map Game is a great way to have fun and learn these important mapping skills.

the latitude/longitude puzzle map game