Friday, September 28, 2018

The Week of October 1, 2018

It's shaping up to be an exciting week here at Charles Ellis!  We are going to hit the ground running to pack as much fun and learning into the short week that we can!

Lessons this week will include a lot of writing!  Everyone will be working on their essays based upon their social studies works.  4th graders are focusing on Valley Forge, 5th is all about the causes of WWI, and 6th is writing about Europe.  I'm looking forward to reading your pieces!  You will have a vocabulary test Monday.  Click HERE to see the words list.  You will NOT have a word study list this week.  

We do NOT have school on Friday.  Thursday marks the end of the term.  Please be sure that all works from term one have been given to your teachers.  6th graders:  it is extremely important that you are checking your PowerSchool closely to take care of any missed assignments before you leave Thursday afternoon.  Your first report card will be printed and sent home on October 16!

Finally, parent/teacher conferences for term 1 will be taking place the week of October 8th and 15th.  Mr. Trent’s homeroom families: please click HERE to sign up for a time that is most convenient for your family. 

Have an awesome weekend,
Mr. Trent



Term 1 Parent Teacher Conferences

It's time to start planning for the upcoming term 1 parent/teacher conferences.  Mr. Trent’s homeroom families, please sign-up HERE for the day and time that is most convenient for you.  It is best if your child joins you for the conference.  I look forward to seeing you soon!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Timelines

Timelines are a powerful tool when studying history.  We use timelines in the classroom to understand important events throughout time in our country, world, and universe! 

creating a timeline of WWII in Europe

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

SCCPSS ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES PLANNED OCTOBER 8 MAKE-UP DAY

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.

LINK TO CURRENT 18-19 ACADEMIC CALENDAR:

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 www.sccpss.com 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 (kami.johnson@sccpss.com).

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 – www.sccpss.com, 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

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Week of September 10, 2018

Our classroom is abuzz with various works!  I look forward to the amazing studies that are to come in the upcoming week!

Social studies lessons will include the study of environmental concerns in European countries.  We will also continue our studies of the Revolutionary War and WWI.  Please be sure to complete your follow-up assignments by the end of the week.  Our language lessons will include an introduction to the traits writing program that we will be using to structure the research writing we will be doing throughout the year.  Your novel study groups will meet again this week to continue to read and discuss the stories with a focus on using high-level words to describe what is happening in the stories.

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:


-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

Important reminder: Fall picture day is Friday, September 14th. This will be a free "dress up" day! Be sure to wear a smile, too!

Have a great weekend!
Mr. Trent


6th Grade Mid-Term Progress Reports

6th Grade Mid-Term Progress reports are being sent home today.  Such reports are issued at the mid-way point in each of the four terms of the school year.  The reports show a list of the required assignment and grades up to this point in the term for each of the four subjects.  Please have your child complete any missing work, so it can be placed into the gradebook. If you have any questions about specific assignments, feel free contact your child’s teacher.  You have 24/7 access to your child’s most up-to-date grades by visiting the PowerSchool Online Portal. Your child has already been given their log-in information. To obtain your parent log-in information, please call Ms. Jade at 912-395-5470.  Kindly sign and return this entire report by Monday, September 10th.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

American History Timeline

The American History Timeline is a larger-than-life material used to show the history of the United States from pre-colonial history through today.  The timeline uses the golden beads from the lower elementary classrooms to represent each year in history.  Three-part cards are used to identify formative moments in the life of our nation.  Students are currently focusing on the Revolutionary War and World War I.

American History Timeline 

Monday, September 3, 2018

The Week of September 4th, 2018


It's here: the first week of September!  I'm looking forward to what joy and learning opportunities this month will bring in our classroom!

Social studies lessons will include continued country studies of Germany, the United Kingdom, and Russia.  In addition, I'm excited to share with you a larger-than-life timeline that will aid our studies in both the Revolutionary War and World War I.  Please be sure to complete your follow-up assignments in a timely manner.  Our language lessons will include types of clauses, object complements, and verb tense conjugation.  Your novel study groups will meet again this week to continue to read and discuss the stories.  This week we will focus on characterization.  

Tuesday you will have a vocabulary quiz based upon the word list you received last Monday.  Click HERE to see the list.  

You will have a review word study quiz based upon words you've already had so far this year.  Because the words are not from one specific spelling feature list, you will NOT have to sort them into groups for the quiz.  

Circle Group
procrastinate
controversial

extrinsic 
inflate
precise
presume
postmortem
postscript
premier
postmodernism

Triangle Group
smooth
jewel

couch
dose
smog
olive
dome
roam
robin
pose

Square Group

watched
stirred

worried
dismayed
waving
closing
mailing
conveyed
married
moaning

6th Graders:  This Friday marks the mid-point of the first term.  You will be issued a special progress report on Friday that shows all of your assignments, the grades you've received on those assignments, and your overall averages for each of the four subjects at this point in the term.  Please sign and return these progress reports to your homeroom teacher the following Monday.

I'll see you Monday,
Mr. Trent