Saturday, December 20, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you the happiest of holiday seasons!  Enjoy your time off with your family and friends!  I'll see you back at Ellis on January 6, 2015!

Mr. Trent

Create your own snowflake!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ms. Jessica Helps Us Calculate Dolphin Populations

Today, our resident scientist from Savannah State, Ms. Jessica, visited us with some data from her work.  She showed us how to estimate dolphin population size using pictures taken of dorsal fins.  To do this, we analyzed the data and plugged it into the Lincoln-Peterson equation.  Thank you, Ms. Jessica, for sharing this fun activity!

Ms. Jessica shares her research.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tomorrow is the Last Day of Term 2

Friendly reminder:  Tomorrow (December 19) is the last day of the second term.  Please complete and hand in any unfinished required assignments from this term before the end of the day tomorrow.

Monday, December 15, 2014

There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays...Even for Chinchillas!

Georgia, our classroom pet chinchilla, needs a home for the holidays.  If your family would like to keep her please bring in a signed note.  I will provide the food and other supplies you will need to care for her.  She can be picked up this week and returned in the new year.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Week of December 15, 2014

Welcome to the week of "lasts":

- The last school week of the month.
- The last school week of the year.
- The last week of the second term.
- The last week "2014" will be part of your "name, date, activity" procedure.

Let's use this week to get some closure on both the calendar year and term 2.  This about your successes and areas of struggle over the past term.  What can you do to improve your life inside and outside of school in the new year based on what you've learned?  Perhaps thinking about such things could help you choose a New Year's resolution, if that is part of your holiday traditions.

We will continue our work with inequalities this week in math.  Together we will explore solving inequalities and plotting them on a number line.  This can be a tricky skill to master, so please exercise extra focus with your math studies.  Here is a great resource you can use when working with solving and graphing inequalities: 


You will have two Compass Learning requirements to complete by Friday, as well as a weekly journal entry.  You will NOT have a Compass Learning or journal assignment this week.  These assignments (as well as your homework on Monday and Tuesday night) will help you prepare for you last math quiz of the term on Thursday.

In science, we will continue to look at the distribution of Earth's water.  While you will not have a choice sheet or a quiz this week, you will be complete a number of classwork activities that will help you further understand where water is found here on Earth.  As a culminating activity, you will be creating a written response about examples of the "Unconscious Exchange of Services" you've come across so far this year in your research.  Your written response is due Friday, December 19th.

As you know, this Friday is the last day of the term.  All work from term 2 is due by that day.  Any work not handed in by Friday will be given a score of "zero".

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Mr. Trent

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

National Computer Science Education Week: An Hour of Code

This week we've spent an hour of our class time coding!  Why is coding important? Check out the video below to hear what President Obama has to say about it!

A message about Computer Science Education Week from President Obama

An Hour of Coding!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Week of December 8, 2014

This upcoming week of school is shaping up to be a lot of fun!  You can expect exciting labs, opportunities for your own research, and even a fiedltrip to the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum!

Last week, our math lessons focused on solving equations.  We spent a lot of time discussing the need for equality on each side of the equals sign in the equation.  This week we will take a look at number sentences that are not equal...these are called inequalities.  Here is some information about reading and writing inequalities:

Inequalities (Click to enlarge)

You will have homework Monday and Tuesday (Update 12.8- Because of my absence, you will have math homework Tuesday and Wednesday) evening to complete.  In addition, be sure to finish your weekly math journal and TWO Compass Learning assignments by Friday.  All of this work will help you prepare for a quiz on inequalities Thursday.

Our science studies will continue to focus on the distribution of water on Earth.  We will take some time to explore groundwater in more depth.  I have an artistic lab for you to complete that will help you understand how urban development can effect the level of the water table beneath it.  Your "Drop in the Bucket" choice sheet is due Friday.  You will also have a test on Earth's water Friday.  Use your notes to help you prepare.

A few reminders:

1.  Please hand in your permission slip and payment ($5) for the Might 8th Air Force Museum field trip by this Thursday.  Any student not handing in their slip or money by that day will not be able to attend the trip.  Please let me know if you are unable to cover the trip cost, because a generous donor has agreed to pay for anyone who can't afford it.  Please pack a lunch that will not require a microwave to prepare.  

2.  The last day of the term is Friday, December 19th.  All 2nd term work is due that day.  Please check Power School for missing assignments.

3.  Progress reports will be sent home Tuesday.  Please review, sign, and return them Wednesday, Dec. 10.

4.  This week we will celebrate Computer Science week!  Be ready for some fun coding activities!

5.  Because of a Montessori training I must attend after school, there will be NO math tutorial this week.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Mr. Trent

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Coming Next Week: An Hour of Code!

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our classroom is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14). Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we're joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students!  Our Hour of Code is a statement that Charles Ellis Montessori Academy is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. 
See for details.

Field trip to the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum

On Friday, December 12th we will be taking a trip to the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum.  Please return the following form and $5 to your homeroom teacher by Thursday, December 11.  Any student who does not bring in a slip or payment by the 11th will not be able to attend.  A generous donor has offered to pay for anyone who is unable to afford the cost of the trip.  Please let me know if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity.