Wednesday, September 18, 2019

No Hurricane Dorian Make-up Days Scheduled

On Tuesday, September 3, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019 the District was closed due to the dangerous weather conditions associated with Hurricane Dorian. Students missed a total of four instructional days due to conditions associated with this weather emergency. Governor Kemp instituted a State of Emergency beginning on August 29, 2019 and followed with a mandatory evacuation order for all Chatham County residents living east of interstate 95 beginning Monday, September 2, 2019.

Administration has reviewed the conditions surrounding the loss of instruction and developed strategies for maintaining instructional progress in a manner that neutralizes lost academic calendar days. Because the storm occurred early in the school year, we anticipate that teachers will be able to incorporate the required curriculum into the remaining instructional days without adverse impact on student performance.

State law provides for local discretion regarding the make-up of lost school days when four days or less are missed due to certain emergency conditions.

State Board Rule 160-5-1-.02 provides that local Boards of Education (LBOE) may, without the necessity of authorization from the State Board of Education (SBOE), elect not to complete, as make-up days, up to four additional days otherwise needed which are the result of days when school was closed due to emergency, disaster, act of God, civil disturbance, or shortage of vital or critical material, supplies, or fuel as provided in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-168(c)(3).

Based on the timing of this incident, the State Board Rule allowing for up to four emergency days to be waived, and the possibility for future emergency weather interruptions calling for the need to maximize existing make-up days, staff recommends that no make-up days shall be utilized at this time.

THUS, BE IT RESOLVED, upon recommendation of the Superintendent, that the Board, as authorized by Georgia law and State Board rule, waive student make-up days related to the District closure that took place on September 3RD through September 6THas a result of Hurricane Dorian.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Individual & Class Pictures

Fall pictures are coming home today!  Please order what you wish and return any unpurchased pictures.  Order form for class pictures are coming home, as well.  Families may order class pictures by sending cash or check (payable to Strawbridge) to school with the order form OR by going online to www.strawbridge.net and using code: FM322621.  Class pictures and make-up individual pictures will take place on Friday, September 27th.  


Friday, September 13, 2019

The Week of September 16, 2019

Welcome to the second week of September!  I've been having a great time having lessons and viewing your follow-up work, and I can't wait to see what's in store for the upcoming week!

In social studies, I will be presenting lessons on the American Revolutionary War, the causes of WWI, and European languages & religions.  Your follow-up work from these lessons is due by Friday.  In addition, your follow-up work will include a current event article quiz about America's top chess player at www.newsela.com and a grammar practice activity at www.quill.org.  4th and 6th graders will be continuing with the second paragraph of the "Red Door" narrative with a focus on writing similes.  5th graders will have an other writing workshop with Ms. Pat.

On Monday, everyone will have a vocabulary quiz based upon the social studies words you were given to study last Monday.

This Friday, you will have a word-study quiz on the following words:

Circle group:

-ian: authoritarian, valedictorian, veterinarian, utilitarian, reptilian
-iest: finickiest, unluckiest, snappiest, portliest, ghastliest  

Triangle group:

Long e (ee):  freeze, creek, sleep, creep, breeze
Long e (ea):  grease, wheat, breathe, squeak, stream

Square group:

Change “y” to “i” before adding suffix: replied, hurries, carried, copies, studied
Add suffix: obeying, decaying, enjoys, displayed, delaying

Finally, don't forget that Monday is spirit night at Chipotle!  A portion of all sales will come to Charles Ellis.  I hope to see you there for some good food and fun!

Have a nice weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Week of September 9th, 2019

I am so glad that Dorian decided to stay out to sea and spare our beautiful city of any damage!  I look forward to hearing all your hurricane stories when we return to school Monday.  That being said, we are simply going to pick up where we left off in social studies and language arts the week before the hurricane came.  Here is your updated plan for the week:

Our social studies research will include studying the 13 colonies, the late 1800's in America, and continued research of Europe using the country study charts Montessori material.  We will also read the next chapter in our novel study books.  Some students will start a creative writing project that will give you a chance to create a magical adventure!

In addition to any followup work from your lessons, you will have the following required assignments that will be due Friday:

www.newsela.com current event quiz about how Hurricane Dorian affected the Bahamas 
www.quill.org grammar activity

You will have a word study quiz on the following words Friday, September 13. Please write these words onto your workplan and study and throughout the upcoming week. It is important that you are writing your words down on Tuesday since you will have one less day to prepare for your quiz.

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

Your vocabulary words this week will be about your social study lessons. Please copy and study the following words into your workplan. You will have a quiz on these words Monday, September 16th.

4th Grade Words



Stamp Act-  law that required colonists to buy stamps for paper goods and documents

Sugar Act- law that increased the price of sugar, molasses, and several other colonial goods

Parliament- the body of representatives that makes laws for Great Britain

Tyrants- a cruel and unreasonable ruler

Boycott- to stop buying or using goods or services from a certain company or country as a protest

Boston Massacre- an event in 1770 where five colonists were killed by British soldiers

Townshend Acts- law that taxed tea, glass, paper, paint, and lead

Engraving- a print made from an engraved plate, block, or other surface. 

Propaganda- information, often misleading or one-sided, used to promote a particular cause


Quartering Act- law requiring the colonies to provide housing for British troops in the colonies




5th Grade Words



Emigration- the act of leaving one’s country to settle in another

Immigrant- a person who moves to a new country

Assimilation- the process of fitting into a new culture or becoming like others in that culture

Refugee- a person who flees one country for another in search of safety. 

Visa- a legal permit to enter a country

Deportation- to force a citizen of another country to leave a country

Ellis Island- in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. as the United States' busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years from 1892 until 1954

Steerage- the cheapest passenger accommodations aboard a ship. 

Persecution- the subjecting of certain people to cruel or unfair treatment because of their ethnic origin or religious beliefs

Pluralism- the existence of groups with different ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds within one society.



6th Grade Words


United Kingdom- a small island nation located off the coast of mainland Europe.


Trade- the action of buying and selling goods and services


Climate- The average weather conditions in a certain place over many years.


Manufacturing-  make something on a large scale using machinery


Deposits- a natural layer of sand, rock, coal, or other material


Heartland- the central or most important part of a country, area, or field of activity.


Agriculture- the science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products.


Hub- a central airport or other transport facility from which many services operate


Urban- characteristic of a city or town.

Rural- relating to, or characteristic of the countryside rather than the town.


Have a nice weekend,

Mr. Trent

Monday, September 2, 2019

All SCCPSS Schools Closed This Week

All SCCPSS schools and district facilities will remain closed through Friday as families exit the area under the mandatory evacuation order issued by Governor Kemp.  Return to school notices will be issued after the evacuation order is lifted and all facilities have been assessed and deemed safe for return.  

Staff and families should continue to monitor our website and social media for continued updates.

RECAP:  All SCCPSS schools and district facilities will be closed September 3-6.  This includes all athletic events.​

Sunday, September 1, 2019

ALL SCHOOLS AND DISTRICT FACILITIES CLOSED ON SEPTEMBER 3RD AND 4TH

ALL SCHOOLS AND DISTRICT FACILITIES CLOSED ON SEPTEMBER 3 AND 4
SCCPSS officials continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Dorian in consultation with the Chatham Emergency Management Agency and information from the National Weather Service.  The current expected track of the storm is projected to bring dangerous weather conditions to our area.  While we don't know at this time if Chatham County will experience the full brunt of this powerful storm, we are expecting impacts that could include heavy rain, wind and flooding.  As a result, the decision has been made to close all schools and District facilities beginning Tuesday to allow our families time to prepare.
Throughout this weather event, only essential District Staff will be required to report to work as notified by his/her Supervisor. The School District will maintain regular contact with the Chatham Emergency Management Agency to monitor storm impacts and the safe return to school operations.  
At this time, all schools and District facilities (including the District's Central Office located at 208 Bull Street) will be closed Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and Wednesday, September 4, 2019.  Parents and Staff should monitor our communication channels for additional information regarding school operation on Thursday and Friday. The return to school date will be determined after post storm assessments and recovery efforts are conducted.  Official return to school notices will be communicated through the District's call notification system, email, district website, and social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.
The 2019-20 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 – www.SCCPSS.com – under the “Calendars" tab to familiarize yourself with designated make-up days.
Once again, the School District will be closed on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and  Wednesday, September 4, 2019, due to the anticipated impacts associated with Hurricane Dorian.   Please make sure to check our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Week of September 2, 2019

All eyes are on the tropics as Dorian slowly makes his way closer to the United States!  As of now, we are planning on having "business as usual" next week.  That being said, we will make any necessary changes to keep everyone safe.  Be on the lookout for email and call-outs about weather related issues if they do arise.  

Our social studies research will include studying the 13 colonies, the late 1800's in America, and continued research of Europe using the country study charts Montessori material.  We will also read the next chapter in our novel study books.  Some students will start a creative writing project that will give you a chance to create a magical adventure!

In addition to any followup work from your lessons, you will have the following required assignments that will be due Friday:

www.newsela.com current event quiz about the fire in the Amazon Rain forest
www.quill.org grammar activity

You will have a word study quiz on the following words Friday. Please write these words onto your workplan and study and throughout the upcoming week. It is important that you are writing your words down on Tuesday since you will have one less day to prepare for your quiz.

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

Your vocabulary words this week will be about your social study lessons. Please copy and study the following words into your workplan. You will have a quiz on these words Monday, September 9th.

4th Grade Words



Stamp Act-  law that required colonists to buy stamps for paper goods and documents

Sugar Act- law that increased the price of sugar, molasses, and several other colonial goods

Parliament- the body of representatives that makes laws for Great Britain

Tyrants- a cruel and unreasonable ruler

Boycott- to stop buying or using goods or services from a certain company or country as a protest

Boston Massacre- an event in 1770 where five colonists were killed by British soldiers

Townshend Acts- law that taxed tea, glass, paper, paint, and lead

Engraving- a print made from an engraved plate, block, or other surface. 

Propaganda- information, often misleading or one-sided, used to promote a particular cause


Quartering Act- law requiring the colonies to provide housing for British troops in the colonies



5th Grade Words



Emigration- the act of leaving one’s country to settle in another

Immigrant- a person who moves to a new country

Assimilation- the process of fitting into a new culture or becoming like others in that culture

Refugee- a person who flees one country for another in search of safety. 

Visa- a legal permit to enter a country

Deportation- to force a citizen of another country to leave a country

Ellis Island- in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. as the United States' busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years from 1892 until 1954

Steerage- the cheapest passenger accommodations aboard a ship. 

Persecution- the subjecting of certain people to cruel or unfair treatment because of their ethnic origin or religious beliefs

Pluralism- the existence of groups with different ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds within one society.



6th Grade Words


United Kingdom- a small island nation located off the coast of mainland Europe.


Trade- the action of buying and selling goods and services


Climate- The average weather conditions in a certain place over many years.


Manufacturing-  make something on a large scale using machinery


Deposits- a natural layer of sand, rock, coal, or other material


Heartland- the central or most important part of a country, area, or field of activity.


Agriculture- the science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products.


Hub- a central airport or other transport facility from which many services operate


Urban- characteristic of a city or town.

Rural- relating to, or characteristic of the countryside rather than the town.

I hope you enjoy your day off on Monday!

Mr. Trent

Happy Birthday, Maria Montessori!


Happy Birthday, Maria Montessori!
Born August 31, 1870

Tomorrow is Maria Montessori’s birthday!  Today we take time to celebrate her life and legacy!  

Friday, August 23, 2019

The Week of August 26th, 2019

Our social studies research will include colonial life in America, The French and Indian War, and continued research of Europe using the country study charts Montessori material.  I'm most excited about starting our first novel study groups for the year!  I have many great stories to share with you, and I can't wait to get reading with you!

In addition to any followup work from your lessons, you will have the following required assignments that will be due Friday:

www.newsela.com current event quiz about Orlando Pride soccer star, Carson Pickett
www.quill.org grammar activity

Monday you will have a quiz on the vocablary list you were given last week. Click HERE if you need to see the list again.

You will have a word study quiz on the following words Friday. Please write these words onto your workplan and study and throughout the upcoming week.

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

Be sure to be checking our online classroom calendar page for important upcoming events. If you use Google Calendar, you can even sync it to your own account! Just click the tiny + at the bottom of the list of events.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Girls on the Run Info.


Girls on the Run is a program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We will be meeting Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3:00-4:30.This season of Girls on the Run is set to start next Tuesday! There are only 7 spots left on the team, so if your 3rd-5th grade daughter is interested, register today! 

Parents of 3rd-5th grade girls: Click here to register your daughter for Ellis' Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia and Lowcountry chapter.

For more information about Girls on the Run, please read the flyer here.




Friday, August 16, 2019

The Week of August 19, 2019

Are you ready for another great week at Ellis?  There's a lot of fun and learning awaiting you!

Our social studies research will include continued studies of the Fundamental Needs of Humans chart, westward expansion in the United States, and a review of European geography.  Language lessons will include some more sentence analysis work.  

In addition to any followup work from your lessons, you will have the following required assignments that will be due Friday:

- www.newsela.com current event quiz
- www.quill.org activity 

You will also have a word study quiz on the following words:

Circle Group
ex- expressionless, extrinsic, extrusive, excruciate, extensive
in- inflate, innate, induced, incline, incisor 


Triangle Group
oa- coach, toast, throat, roach, float
o_e- pose, woke, tone, dose, mode

Square Group

change "y" to "i", add "ed":  worried, studied, buried, married, hurried
add "ed": played, stayed, delayed, dismayed, conveyed



Finally, please copy the following vocabulary words onto your work plan to prepare for a quiz on Monday, August 26th.


4th Grade Vocabulary Words

Fundamental- of central importance

Shelter- a structure that provides protection

Fauna- animal life

Vanity- pride in oneself or appearance

Textiles- a woven or knit cloth

Flora- plant life

Culturethe customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group

Folk Artthe traditional, typically anonymous, art of usual non-professional artists

Ornamentation- an object or action done to embellish one's appearance 

Material- relating to physical matter rather than spiritual or intellectual things



5th Grade Vocabulary Words


Gold Rush- a large-scale and hasty movement of people to a region where gold has been discovered, as to California in 1849.

Chisholm Trail- a cattle trail leading North from San Antonio, Texas to Abilene, Kansas It was used for about twenty years after the Civil War.

Black cowboys- Roughly 9,000 African American cowboys who had been freed from slavery to work in the American west.

Westward expansion- The movement of people towards the western United States during and after the Civil War.

Wright Brothers- achieved the first powered flight in an airplane they built themselves in 1903

George Washington Carver- An African American scientist who made an enormous impact on American life by inventing plastics, dyes, medicines, flour, and fertilizers from sweet potatoes and peanuts.

Alexander Graham Bell- invented the telephone in 1875.

Thomas Edison- An inventor best known for creating the first practical light bulb and electrical generating system.

Phonograph- a sound-reproducing machine using records in the form of cylinders or discs.

Transcontinental Railroad- A train route across the United States, finished in 1869.


6th Grade Vocabulary Words 


Eurasia- the large landmass that includes both Europe and Asia

English Channel- a narrow sea between Great Britain and France

Rhine River- a river that originates in the Swiss Alps mountain range and flows northwest to the North Sea

Mediterranean Sea- World’s largest inland sea

Population- the total number of persons inhabiting a country, city, or any district or area.


European Plain- a vast, flat area stretching from France’s Atlantic coast to the Ural Mountains.

Pyrenees- a mountain range that forms a border between France and Spain

Iberian Peninsula- located in southwest Europe, this landmass contains Spain and Portugal

Landform- a specific geomorphic feature on the surface of the earth, ranging from large-scale features such as plains, plateaus, and mountains to minor features such as hills and valleys   

Peninsula- an area of land almost completely surrounded by water except for an isthmus connecting it with the mainland.

There are a number of other special things happening this week.  They include:

Monday- Math MAP assessment
Tuesday- School pictures (free dress down day)
Thursday- Reading MAP assessment & PTA meeting at 6:30 in Ellis MPR

Finally, you will be receiving your first progress report of the year this Tuesday!  Please review it with your family, sign the front cover of the workplan, and return it to your teacher Wednesday.  Part of the report is found at www.transparentclassroom.com.  Feel free to contact me on the Remind app if you have any questions.

Enjoy your weekend!
Mr. Trent