Friday, April 9, 2021

The Week of April 12, 2021

 Hello, Room 22 families!


After having some allergy-related health issues this week, I am back on track to returning to campus Monday.  I appreciate your patience and understanding as I assigned asynchronous work Thursday and presented via Zoom Friday.  I feel blessed that we live in a time when technology has afforded us a means of continuing our work when it otherwise would have been very difficult to do so!


The following works should be completed during the upcoming week at school:


  1. studying for a weekly spelling quiz (Friday)

  2. completing a reading comprehension assignment at www.readworks.org

  3. completing a Saxon math skills maintenance assignment

  4. working on iReady for 30 minutes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

  5. reading to Amira on Tuesday and Thursday (4th grade only)

  6. attending daily zoom lessons and completing the associated follow-up work

 

Please note that your child does NOT have a vocabulary list to study this week.

 

GMAS testing will begin later this month.  In preparation, those students who are on campus will take a practice test in the classroom this week.  Cohort A will take the practice test Wednesday and cohort B will take it Thursday.  There is no need to do any preparation work for this practice test.  

 

GMAS testing will begin the week of April 19th.  Be on the lookout for another email detailing specific dates for each section of the test and information about the logistics.  

 

SCCPSS is providing a number of programs for remediation and enrichment this summer!  The “Embrace Learning” programs are open to all SCCPSS students.  I highly encourage you to consider enrolling your child in at least one of these courses.  To access the course catalog and applications, please visit this site: https://spwww.sccpss.com/aa/summer/Documents/FINALFINALSummerCampBooklet2021.pdf

 

Have a nice weekend,

Trent


Monday, April 5, 2021

The Week of April 5, 2021

 Room 22 families,

Welcome back from Spring Break!  I hope you had some time to resent and restore your body mind!  Work this week includes the following required assignments: 


  1. studying for a weekly spelling quiz (Friday)

  2. studying for a weekly vocabulary activity (Friday)

  3. completing a reading comprehension assignment at www.readworks.org

  4. completing a Saxon math skills maintenance assignment

  5. working on iReady for 30 minutes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

  6. reading to Amira on Tuesday and Thursday (4th grade only)

  7. attending daily zoom lessons and completing the associated follow-up work



Have a wonderful week,

Mr. Trent

Friday, March 26, 2021

Happy Spring Break!



 I hope you enjoy your well-deserved time off over Spring Break!  Classes will resume Monday, April 5th.




Friday, March 19, 2021

The Week of March 23, 2021

Room 22 families,


A week of celebration and wild weather has come to an end!  We have a packed schedule next week that includes completion of the following required assignments: 


  1. studying for a weekly spelling quiz (Friday)

  2. studying for a weekly vocabulary activity (Friday)

  3. completing a reading comprehension assignment at www.readworks.org

  4. completing a Saxon math skills maintenance assignment

  5. working on iReady for 30 minutes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

  6. reading to Amira on Tuesday and Thursday (4th grade only)

  7. attending daily zoom lessons and completing the associated follow-up work


I am having such a nice time getting to meet with everyone as part of this term’s parent/teacher/student conferences!  If you haven’t already done so, there is still time to sign up for a conference using the following link: https://signup.com/go/RTsTebA


Heads up: Spring Break will be the week of March 29th!  There will be no zoom classes or required assignments during break.  The extended forecast is calling for good weather that will be perfect for relaxing in the sun and rejuvenating our spirits! 


Have a nice weekend,

Trent

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

SEVERE WEATHER NOTICE

 SEVERE WEATHER NOTICE: SCCPSS Shifts to Remote Schedules due to Potentially Dangerous Weather Conditions

 

Due to the forecasted severe weather on Thursday, March 18, 2021, that could bring significant thunderstorm activity with damaging winds, threat of tornadoes, and power outages, all SCCPSS facilities will be closed tomorrow (3/18) and all instruction will be provided virtually on a modified schedule.  Because of the possibility of power outages associated with the arrival of this weather system, all virtual learning and remote work schedules will end at 12:00pm.  The start times for student and staff remote schedules will remain unchanged.  All athletic practices and games, as well as any after-school activities will be canceled on Thursday, March 18, 2021

 

All staff, excluding essential personal as identified by his/her immediate supervisor, will work remotely.

 

RECAP:

 

  • SCCPSS will provide virtual learning for all students on 3/18/2021.  

 

  • Staff will work remotely unless instructed otherwise by his/her immediate supervisor. 

 

 

Parents and staff are encouraged to monitor the weather forecast closely and stay alert to changing conditions.  As always, the safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority.  Please visit the District’s website at sccpss.com or follow us on social media for the most current updates and information.

 

**The schedule change does not apply to students enrolled in a Charter school.  Families with students enrolled in a Charter school should refer to their site-based school leadership for guidance.

Friday, March 12, 2021

The Week of March 15, 2021

 Hello, Room 22 families!


“May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.”


With this Irish blessing, I welcome you to the first week of the last term of the school year!  This upcoming week brings with it another chance for a fresh start as we begin term 4 together.  


Required assignments will include:

  1. studying for a weekly spelling quiz (Friday)

  2. studying for a weekly vocabulary activity (Friday)

  3. completing a reading comprehension assignment at www.readworks.org

  4. completing a Saxon math skills maintenance assignment

  5. working on iReady for 30 minutes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

  6. reading to Amira on Tuesday and Thursday (4th grade only)

  7. attending daily zoom lessons and completing the associated followup work


We will not have school on Wednesday, March 17th as we mark Savannah’s most lively holiday, St. Patrick’s Day!  


Finally, it is time once again for parent/teacher/student conferences!  Please use the following link to choose a day to meet virtually and talk about all the wonderful things we’ve done over the past few months together: https://signup.com/go/RTsTebA.


Cheers!

Mr. Trent


Friday, March 5, 2021

The Week of March 8th, 2021

 This upcoming week is the last week of term 3!  As we finish out another term, please take time to review your child’s ItsLearning account to ensure that all required works are complete.  This is especially important for 6th graders because any unfinished work will be marked as “missing” when final averages are being calculated.  Feel free to message or email me (trent.kissinger@sccpss.com) if you have any questions.  


Required assignments for the upcoming week will include what you would normally expect:

  1. Saxon work

  2. ReadWorks assignment

  3. 30 min of iReady on Mon, Wed, and Fri.

  4. 30 min of Amira on Tues. and Thurs. (4th only)

  5. Study vocabulary words daily (words assigned Monday, activity assigned Friday)

  6. Study spelling words daily (words assigned Monday, quiz Friday)

  7. Zoom lesson followup work


In addition, the students have been introduced to this year’s Charles Ellis Presents production: The Fundamental Needs of Humans!  Each upper elementary classroom will focus upon a specific fundamental need to research and create a project sharing what they learned.  These projects will be combined into a virtual Fundamental Needs of Humans chart you can explore!  Our class will be focusing upon the fundamental need of clothing.  We will be working on our research and projects over the next few weeks.  While I am sad that we cannot perform a stage production this year, I am happy we can continue this Ellis tradition in a unique virtual format!


Finally, please note that I am changing the time of my office hours from 7:30 am to noon.   This time change will allow me to greet the students who are on campus in the morning.  It will also be more convenient for those students who have late-morning lessons.  I’ve updated the students’ Itslearning calendars to reflect this change.


Happy Friday,

Trent

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The Week of March 1, 2021

 Hello, Room 22 families!


I can’t express to you how wonderful it is to have students back in the classroom!  Procedures and worktimes are quite different, but simply having face-to-face interactions makes for a joyous day!  I continue to ask for your patience as I navigate the logistics of delivering lessons to three cohorts of students.  If you have any questions or concerns as we figure this out together, please email me at trent.kissinger@sccpss.com or send me a Remind or Itslearning message.


This upcoming week be on the lookout for your child’s “regularly scheduled” required assignments to be shared on Itslearning.  These include:  daily lesson followup works, a ReadWorks comprehension activity, and a Saxon work.  All students are expected to spend at least 30 minutes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on iReady.  4th graders should read at least one story on Amira on Tuesday and Thursday.  Your child will get a new spelling and vocabulary list Monday.  The spelling quiz and vocabulary activity is to be completed on Friday.  As always, I will provide choice work suggestions in the “Announcements” section of ItsLearning for you child to complete. While not required, these choice works are a great supplement to the curriculum and can be a lot of fun, too!  We will be following the Zoom lesson schedule that is posted on your child’s ItsLearning calendar.   


It’s going to be a beautiful weekend!  Enjoy it!

Trent


Friday, February 19, 2021

The Week of Feb. 22, 2021: Return to Learn!

Hello, Room 22 families! 

We will officially begin the next phase of the "Return to Learn" plan this upcoming week! The Zoom lesson schedule has been updated, so please pay close attention to your child's calendar on ItsLearning for any changes that may have been made.  Here is a link to the updated lesson schedule:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xTpSS5ZDcGDUpuDal1kmklDU_A0xq580BmUJxm3eDuU/edit?usp=sharing

Please review the Ellis "Return to Learn" Parent Handbook linked below for important information about arrival, dismissal, safety procedures, and supply lists.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iDnhcKxpqVUT7m7-erbP0XqG6_DtgjF1ZWI7-pgDlu0/view

Please feel free to respond via email or Remind with any questions,

Trent

"Return to Learn" Ellis Parent Handbook

 Please review the "Return to Learn" Ellis family handbook as your child prepares to return to campus:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fuYdMYNVuuswYfcHQY2VL3ebym-fOMGi/view?usp=sharing


Friday, February 12, 2021

The Week of February 15, 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!  I hope you find yourself surrounded by loved ones!  

This upcoming week in school looks to be a good one!  I will be delivering Zoom lessons daily and assigning appropriate follow-up works.  In addition, your child is asked to complete their weekly ReadWorks activity, Saxon work, 20 minutes of iReady on Wednesday and Friday, and read on Amira Tuesday and Thursday (4th only).  I will post a spelling quiz, a vocabulary activity, and cultural activity for your child to complete Wednesday.  REMINDER: Students do NOT have school on Monday, Feb 15.  

On February 22nd, we are entering the next phase of the SCCPSS “Return to Learn” Covid plan.  There will be three different cohorts of students in our class: 

Cohort A:  Attend class on campus either 2 of 3 days a week

Cohort B:  Attend class on campus either 2 or 3 days a week

Cohort C:  Attend class at home Monday through Friday

It is my hope that we can keep our current schedule in place as much as we can as we transition into this next phase of reopening campus.  That being said, some changes may need to be made to accommodate for this different structure.  One of the changes that will be made is that our class will have all exploration classes on Mondays.  This will require me to modify our live Zoom lesson schedule as follows:

Monday - EXPLORATION CLASSES 8:00-12:00 (No Zoom lessons from Mr. Trent) 

Tuesday - Writing Zoom Lesson

Wednesday - Math Zoom Lesson (No longer “Asynchronous Wednesdays”; there will be live Zoom lessons)

Thursday - Geometry Zoom Lesson

Friday - Cultural (Science/Social Studies) Zoom Lesson

Your child’s ItsLearning calendar has been updated to reflect this new schedule.  

Cohorts A and B families, in the near future you will be receiving an email from administration with logistical information about returning to on-campus learning.  It will include information about arrival/dismissal times, supply lists, safety procedures, and many other aspects of “Return to Learn''.  Your child will now be receiving the lessons and having their worktime on campus 2 or 3 days a week.  Your child should continue attending lessons and working on followup works as they have in the past during the days you are at home.  

Cohort C families, please continue to attend lessons and complete weekly works as in the past from home.

More information from SCCPSS about the reopening can be found here: https://spwww.sccpss.com/Pages/School-Reopening-Guidance.aspx

Finally, please be sure that you have logged into and explored the Parent Access Portal of ItsLearning.  This portal is useful for being “in the know” about lessons your child is receiving.  I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the Parent Portal.    

Enjoy your weekend,

Trent

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Friday, February 5, 2021

The Week of February 8, 2021

We’ve already reached the mid-point of term 3!  I will be sending progress reports your way this upcoming Wednesday.  As before, this report will list all of the required works so far this term noting how you performed on each.  In addition, it will indicate any missing works that should be completed as soon as possible.  

Our required assignments this week are consistent with what they have been:  daily follow-ups from our Zoom lessons, one ReadWorks assignment, one Saxon work (Lesson 21), 30 minutes of iReady Practice (Mon, Wed, Fri), 30 minutes of reading on Amira (Tues & Thurs, 4th grade only), posted Wednesday work (spelling quiz, vocab. activity, & a cultural activity).  

While we cannot have a traditional Valentine exchange in a virtual setting, I’d like to invite each of you to create one virtual Valentine to share with the class!  I will introduce this activity to everyone on Tuesday.  I’m asking that the Valentine be submitted to me by the end of the day Wednesday, so I can compile them to share with the entire class on Friday.    

Finally, I will be absent Monday, therefore I will not be holding Zoom lessons that day.  A self-paced interactive lesson about Booker T. Washington will be posted on itslearning for you to complete.  I will also you to complete at least 30 minutes of reading practice on iReady.  I will resume Zoom lessons Tuesday morning.  

Have a lovely weekend,

Trent


Friday, January 29, 2021

The Week of February 1, 2021

We are gearing up for the first week of February! Please note the following information about our upcoming week together:

1. Required assignments will include follow-up from daily lessons delivered via Zoom, one comprehension practice assignment on www.readworks.org, and Saxon math skills maintenance (lesson 20). 2. Now that we have completed the iReady diagnostic, everyone has been placed in the appropriate starting point in the curriculum. All students are required to do 30 minutes of iReady work each Monday (Reading), Wednesday (math), and Friday (student choice of reading or math). 3. On Wednesday, students will complete a cultural activity, a spelling quiz, and a vocabulary activity. All of these works will be shared with the students on itsLearning Wednesday morning. The spelling and vocabulary lists have already been shared with them on ItsLearning. 4. 4th graders will need to complete at least one read-aloud activity with the Amira program on Tuesday and Thursday. 5. Optional choice works are posted each Monday in the “Announcements” section of itsLearning. While not required, these activities are a great supplement to the required works you complete. Please know that I am available to answer any questions via the Remind app, email (trent.kissinger@sccpss.com), and itsLearning chat. I appreciate you! Mr. Trent 

Friday, January 22, 2021

The Week of January 25, 2021

Congratulations to you for another successful Boosterthon Fundraiser!  This year, we have raised over $10,000 for our school!   Our classroom raised just about $32 per minute of dancing!  This means that we have earned a few more incentives:

Monday, Jan. 25th will be crazy hair day

Tuesday, Jan. 26th will be sunglasses day

Thursday, Jan. 28th will be “show and tell” day


Most students have completed the iReady diagnostic assessment, so we will go back to our normally-scheduled lessons this upcoming week.  Because of last week’s testing, there will be no spelling quiz or vocabulary activity this Wednesday.  Your child will receive new spelling and vocabulary lists to study this Thursday to prepare for a quiz and activity on Wednesday, Feb. 3.  This upcoming week they will be required to complete a ReadWorks and Saxon activity by Friday.


There are a few changes to our weekly required assignments that will take effect this week.  All students will now be required to spend at least 30 minutes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday completing online work on iReady.  In addition, 4th graders will need to read at least one story on Amira for fluency practice each Tuesday and Thursday.  I’ve added these works to your itsLearning calendar/schedule to help them remember to do it.  In order to give you time to complete these added required works, you will now only be asked to complete one Saxon work per week.  I have updated the “Daily Checklist” to reflect these changes (you can access it here).   


Have an enjoyable weekend; you deserve it!

Trent



Friday, January 15, 2021

The Week of January 18, 2021

 "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."

Martin Luther King Jr. 


Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!  My wish for you this holiday weekend is that you find renewed energy and spirit during this time of remembrance and service.


This upcoming week of school will be a bit different, so please take note of the following changes to our normal schedule:


  1.  There is no school Monday, January 18th


  1.  Tuesday is Hat Day!  Everyone is welcome to wear their favorite hat to Zoom classes!  The students earned this prize as part of their fundraising efforts with this year’s Boosterthon event.  There is still time to register and collect pledges at www.funrun.com! This weekend is a great time to get a donation because there’s a special challenge for families: your child can earn a bonus reward simply by getting a donation this weekend only. 


  1. Wednesday is the Boosterthon Dance Party!  A link to the event will be shared on ItsLearning.  On Wednesday, they will also have to complete a vocabulary activity, but there is NO spelling quiz this week.


  1. Thursday and Friday we will be taking the iReady assessment.  All students will log onto itslearning at 9:00am to take the assessment together via the Zoom link on their calendar.  The assessment will take the place of all other lessons we normally have on these days.  I expect this assessment to take about two hours to complete.  More information about the assessment and the iReady program is attached to this email.


  1. Parent/Teacher/Student conferences will continue this Wednesday.  If you have not already picked a time to meet, please do so here: https://signup.com/go/BAwaQsm


Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.  Have a wonderful, LONG holiday weekend!


Mr. Trent



Friday, January 8, 2021

The Week of January 11, 2021

 Hello, Bobcats! 

We will continue with our daily Zoom lessons and follow-up works this week.  Remember that Wednesdays are considered “asynchronous”.  Each Wednesday, your work will be posted to ItsLearning for them to complete by the end of the day.  This upcoming Wednesday, everyone will need to complete the spelling quiz, vocabulary activity, and a cultural activity.  I am available via ItsLearning chat if you have any questions about the posted work.

This term in writing we are focusing on the narrative genre.  This Friday, you will have the opportunity to complete a narrative pre-assessment that will be used to plan future lessons and to show growth over the term.  This assessment will be administered during your regularly-scheduled Zoom lesson time.  

This upcoming week, 4th graders will be introduced to a new reading fluency program called Amira. Amira uses sophisticated voice-recognition software to help increase oral reading fluency!  Spending time on Amira will become a weekly required assignment.

Over the next few weeks, we will be taking some time to practice using the online program that will be used for taking the GMAS at the end of the school year. You can find it here:  https://wbte.drcedirect.com/GA/portals/ga/ott2?index=2&adminId=575125

It’s time for Boosterthon!  Boosterthon is an annual fundraiser sponsored by the Ellis PTA.  This year’s Boosterthon is going to be held virtually, but it should be just as much fun as previous years!  This upcoming week we will be having a pep rally and daily character education lessons during our regularly-scheduled Zoom meetings to get ready for the event.  Please visit www.funrun.com to register and start gathering donations.

Finally, parent/teacher/student conferences will be taking place over the next two weeks.  If your family has not already done so, please visit the following website to schedule your time slot: https://signup.com/go/BAwaQsm

Have a nice weekend,

Mr. Trent

Sunday, January 3, 2021

The Week of January 4, 2021

Happy New Year!  Tuesday, January 5th starts the first day of term 3!  I look forward to another term of fun and learning with you!  

At this time, we are entering the next phase of the SCCPSS “Return to Learn” Covid plan.  There will be three different cohorts of students in our class: 

Cohort A:  Attend class on campus Monday and Tuesday, at home Wednesday through Friday.

Cohort B:  Attend class on campus Thursday and Friday, at home Monday through Wednesday.

Cohort C:  Attend class at home Monday through Friday.

Daily schedules of lessons have been updated in your ItsLearning platform for the upcoming term.  You will notice that the lesson days and times have not changed from last term.  It is my hope that we can keep our current schedule in place as we transition into this next phase of reopening campus.  That being said, some changes may need to be made to accommodate for this different structure.  I ask for your patience as we work through this together.  

Cohort C families, as of now no change in procedures will be made.  Please continue to attend lessons and complete weekly works as was done during term 2.

Cohorts A and B families, in the near future you will be receiving an email from administration with logistical information about returning to on-campus learning.  It will include information about arrival/dismissal times, supply lists, safety procedures, and many other aspects of “Return to Learn”.  You will follow the same lesson schedule and work requirements they had in term 2.  The only difference is that you will be receiving the lessons and having their worktime on campus 2 days a week.  You should continue attending lessons and working on followup works as you have in the past during the 3 days they are at home.  

All students will once again be working "asynchronously" from home on Wednesdays.  I will post Wednesday work on ItsLearning and send a Remind message about it as I have done in the past. 

If you have any questions about what cohort you are in or about anything else associated with the upcoming term, please feel free to email me at trent.kissinger@sccpss.com.

Works for this week will include daily lessons and follow-up in math, cultural studies, geometry, and grammar.  In addition, all students have these daily works to complete:

1. Saxon Math Maintenance - 4th and 5th graders will NOT have Saxon this week. 6th graders, please complete lessons 15 & 16.  This assignment is due by Friday, January 8th.

2. Vocabulary - You will receive your first vocabulary list of the term this Thursday.  Please study it for an activity on Wednesday, January 13th.

3. Word Study - You will receive your first spelling list of the term this Thursday. Please study it for a quiz on Wednesday, January 13th.

4. ReadWorks Comprehension - Please complete your weekly ReadWorks comprehension activity at www.readworks.org by Friday, January 8th. 

Finally, it’s time for term 2 parent/teacher/student conferences!  Please visit the following link to choose a day and time for your virtual conference: https://signup.com/go/BAwaQsm

See you Tuesday,

Mr. Trent