Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Week of November 30, 2020

I trust that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and are ready to take on the final three weeks of term 2!  We will continue with our daily zoom lessons this week.  Required works will include follow-up assignments associated with each of the daily lessons, a Saxon math skills maintenance activity, a reading comprehension assignment at, and a cultural assignment that will be posted Wednesday.   A new word study and vocabulary list will be posted this Thursday for a quiz and activity to complete the following Wednesday. Please study these lists daily to prepare.  As always, I’ve posted a list of choice works in the “Announcements” section of ItsLearning.  These works are NOT required, but provide some opportunities for you to extend your studies and to engage in creative endeavors.  

Have a wonderful week,


Friday, November 13, 2020

The Week of November 16, 2020

As we begin our last week of school before the Thanksgiving holiday, I can’t help but think about how thankful I am to be sharing this time with you: my Ellis family.  The daily examples of partnership, patience, and persistence that I see are truly inspiring!  I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday!

I recently shared progress reports via  Please let me know if you were unable to view it. I suggest completing any missing works this week, so you can enter holiday break without any work carrying over afterwards.  You can to reach out to me via ItsLearning message if you have any questions.

Finally, I know there are many other educational activities going on at home (choice works, family field trips, etc).  Feel free to take some pictures of those activities and send them to me.  I will upload them to your Transparent Classroom portfolio so they become part of your “Ellis timeline”!

Have a nice weekend,


Friday, November 6, 2020

The Week of November 9, 2020

We’ve reached the mid-way point of term 2!  This upcoming week, I will be sending home midterm progress reports which will list your required works from the term.  You will be able to view information about completion and mastery of the skills practiced on each assignment.  Please work with your family to complete any unsubmitted works as soon as possible.  

The best way to keep up-to-date with your progress is to regularly view the “Gradebook” feature on ItsLearning.  The gradebook lists the status of all of your works.  Access the gradebook by following these steps:

  1. Log into your ItsLearning account

  2. Select the “Mr. Trent’s E-Learning Class” course

  3. Select “Follow-up and Reports”

  4. Select “Gradebook”

6th graders, be sure to remind your family to log into your PowerSchool account to see grades and averages for each specific subject.  ItsLearning will only give an overall average, but you will receive a report card at the end of the term that will include averages for each subject (math, science, social studies, language arts). 

If you have any questions after viewing the progress reports, ItsLearning gradebook, or (for 6th grade families, PowerSchool feel free to reach out to me via email ( or the Remind app.  You can also meet with me during my virtual office hours (M, T, Th, F from 7:30am-8:00am) using the Zoom link located on your ItsLearning schedule. 

Have a nice weekend,

Mr. Trent

Friday, October 30, 2020

The Week of November 2, 2020

It's shaping up to be a great first week of November!  We have been spending a lot of time working on writing skills using a structured writing curriculum.  The colorful outlines and rough drafts we’ve been using over the past weeks have helped create some amazing final copies!  During Monday’s writing lesson, we will be having a “writing scrimmage” where everyone will be asked to respond to a prompt.  I will use the responses to show growth in writing abilities during our time together and to plan future writing lessons.  This is an activity that I ask all students to complete without any assistance from others.  There will NOT be a followup associated with this activity. 

The rest of the week we will be similar to our previous weeks together.  Here is a list of weekly work:

1. A daily (except Wednesday) Zoom lesson and follow-up activity 

2. Two Saxon math skills maintenance assignments 

3. A reading comprehension assignment 

4. A cultural assignment (posted each Wednesday) 

5. A spelling quiz (posted each Wednesday) 

6. A vocabulary activity (posted each Wednesday) 

7. Choice works (not required, but highly recommended)

I highly encourage you to have some fun completing some of the choice works I suggest each week.  While not required, they do offer some enrichment opportunities and a chance to engage in creative endeavors.  

Have a spooktacular weekend,

Mr. Trent

Friday, October 23, 2020

The Week of October 26, 2020

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.

-Robert Frost

We’ve had our share of mild October mornings lately, haven’t we?! I’ve enjoyed spending these mornings presenting lessons to our class!

This upcoming week we continue our daily lessons in each of the subject areas.  To review, weekly assignments for “Mr. Trent’s E-Learning Class” include the following:

A daily (except Wednesday) Zoom lesson and follow-up activity
Two Saxon math skills maintenance assignments
A reading comprehension assignment
A cultural assignment (posted each Wednesday)
A spelling quiz (posted each Wednesday)
A vocabulary activity (posted each Wednesday)
Choice works (not required, but highly recommended)

These works are due each Friday.  The ItsLearning gradebook feature is a wonderful resource to use when keeping track of the completion of required works.  I’ve been reminding everyone to check the gradebook daily to keep abreast of work.  6th grade families can also find grades in PowerSchool.  Please let me know if you have any questions about accessing either of these places work is recorded. 

Have a nice “hushed October” weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, October 16, 2020

The Week of October 19, 2020

I had the best time meeting with everyone last week during our student/parent/teacher conferences!  I am quite humbled with how our community has come together during this unprecedented time to meet the needs of our children.  I really enjoyed hearing about how you are “making this work” in your homes. 

As we make this transition from using Google Class to assign and submit works to ItsLearning, I understand there will be a few hiccups.  You may need a bit more help uploading and submitting work.  Incomplete works are clearly noted on the Itslearning course pages.  Please complete any work that is past due.  Don’t hesitate to email or ItsLearning message me with any questions about the process. 

I’ve updated the daily check-off list to reflect term 2 works (including Saxon math practice that we will begin this Tuesday).  The new check-off list is found below.  Feel free to use it to help you structure your day.

It’s time for a weekend!

Mr. Trent

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Week of October 12, 2020

Welcome to the first week of term 2!  There are a few changes that will be taking place as we begin our new term together:

  1.  You no longer need to mark your daily attendance!  You will automatically be marked present when you sign in to ItsLearning each day.  That being said, it is important that you are logging on to ItsLearning every day to be marked present.  If you do not visit ItsLearning, you will be marked absent.  

  2. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each lesson.  You will need to have their camera on when attendance is taken.  Afterwards, you are able to turn off the camera, if you wish. 

  3. We will no longer be using Google Classroom to submit work.  All works will be assigned and submitted using ItsLearning.

  4. Your ItsLearning calendar has been updated to only show lessons you are required to attend.  It will no longer show the entire schedule.  Hopefully, this will result in a less cluttered and easier to read schedule.


Student/Parent/Teacher conferences will take place this week!  I’m looking forward to getting a chance to sit with everyone and have a brief discussion about all the awesome works that were done in term 1!  If your family has not signed up for a conference, please do so by visiting this link:

Once again, Ms. Lisa is hosting a Book Character Pumpkin Patch!  This year it will be a virtual event you can join from home!  See the flyer below for more information.

Finally, remember that Friday, October 8th and Monday, October 12 are school holidays.  You will not have any lessons or work to complete those days. See you Tuesday, October 13th!

Have a great long weekend!

Mr. Trent