Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Welcome Back, Bobcats!

Dear Ellis Bobcat family,


Hi, I am Mr. Trent.  I am excited to share that I will be your child’s homeroom teacher this year at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy! I look forward to seeing familiar and new faces in our 4th, 5th, and 6th upper elementary classroom. The 2021-2022 school year will be one of growth, excitement, and adventures for your child.  


This will be my 15th year in the Ellis family and my 19th in the education field.  I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  I spent 4 years teaching in the Shenandoah Valley while pursuing my Master of Education Degree in reading education at the University of Virginia.  After my move to Savannah, I earned my Specialist Degree in instructional leadership from NOVA Southeastern University.   I hold a certification in Elementary Montessori I and II through the American Montessori Society.  I am so excited for this upcoming school year to continue to put into practice all the wonderful methodology I’ve learned over the years! 


I love to travel in my free time.  When I’m not traveling, I enjoy spending time with my friends and walking my Shiba Inu, Loki.  I like reading historical fiction books and watching spooky (but not too scary) movies.   


I believe that communication between school and home is very important.  I have a blog found at www.mrtrent.com that is updated weekly with news and information about what’s happening in the classroom.  

 

As you are aware as a Montessori parent, the environment sets the stage for your child’s development.  In our 9 to 12 year old group, we want each classroom to be a peaceful, accepting place for each child to reach their greatest potential.  In order to have a peaceful environment, please review the SCCPSS Handbook (found at www.sccpss.com) with your child at home.  More information about procedures specific to our classroom will be shared when we return to campus. 


If you have any questions or concerns before the school year begins, please feel free to contact me via email.  I will try my best to return your message as soon as possible.  


I will close with this quote from Maria Montessori to ponder as we start our year together:


“The Environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”


I look forward to another amazing year at Ellis!  


Mr. Trent                                                             


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2021-2022 Supply List - Mr. Trent’s Homeroom 


Dear Upper Elementary Families,


As we prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, please gather the following items and bring them to the first day of school.  Don’t worry if you can’t find an item or two, we always have enough to share.


* a pair of headphones

* a clear or mesh book bag

* a two-inch 3-ring binder

* pencils (we recommend Mirado or Ticonderoga brands)

* one package of colored pencils (Basic colors)

* one pair of child scissors (Fiskars preferred)

* an enclosed pencil sharpener

* a pencil bag (one that can be clipped into a binder is best)

* two packs of small index cards lined (3 x 5)

* one package of lined notebook paper (wide-ruled)

* one sketchbook for art class


  • The following items would be helpful for the entire class: glue sticks, construction paper, copy paper, paper towels, lined paper, Clorox wipes, vinegar, dry erase markers, tracing paper, watercolor paper, Sharpies, pump hand sanitizer, ziplock bags, and ​tissues​.


Friday, May 21, 2021

Happy Summer!

Room 22 families,

As we end the school year and begin the summer of 2021, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the amazing accomplishments your family has achieved.  We started the school year as we ended the previous: in a completely virtual environment.  Your tech-support skills were put to the test as you helped your child understand how to use a brand-new educational platform, ItsLearning.  You became a home-schooling parent tasked with aiding your child with lessons and follow-up works.  You had to make countless difficult decisions as we transitioned into a hybrid schedule midway through the year.  Your family routines and schedules were constantly in flux.  At times you were frustrated and worried.  All of this was done while trying to attend to personal matters of work, relationships, and the realities of “adulting”.  If parenting is hard, parenting during a pandemic is punishing.  

But you persisted!  Your guidance has more than just led your child to the end of the year.  It has taught them valuable life-lessons in perseverance, time-management, task-completion, and countless metacognition skills.  You’ve also modeled to them what it means to be a loving caregiver; a lesson they will look back upon for guidance when they one day become a caregiver themself.  


Today, I congratulated the students for completing another year of school.  I also wish to congratulate YOU for making it possible for them to be a success!


I look forward to all the promises of a new school year, but first let’s enjoy a well-deserved summer break!


In appreciation,

Trent

Friday, May 14, 2021

The Week of May 17, 2021

 Hello, Room 22 families!


We’ve made it to the last week of school!  Truthfully, I can’t decide if this has been the longest or shortest school year I’ve ever had!  Nevertheless, I’m so happy that we’ve shared this experience together.  


Because Ms. Lisa will be collecting devices, I’ve had to make a few changes to our lesson schedule this week.  We will be having whole-group Zoom lessons at 10:00 am everyday this upcoming week.  Your child’s ItsLearning calendar has been updated to reflect this change and includes the meeting Zoom link.  Please let me know if your child no longer has access to a computer at home...I’m sure we can work something out to allow your child to participate in the end-of-the-year fun!      

 

As previously stated, Ms. Lisa will be collecting SCCPSS devices over the next two weeks.  Please note when your child’s device will be returned to the school:

 

May 17th-18th- Cohort A

May 19-21st- Cohort B

May 24-28th- Cohort C (Use this link to schedule a day/time for return: https://bit.ly/EllisMCBooking)


  • All Chromebooks/HotSpots will be collected (unless your student is attending summer school).

  • Don't forget to return the charger!

  • Please remove any stickers/sticky notes that you may have added to the device. 

  • If your student has saved any pictures/files on the device that you would like to keep, move those to their student Google Drive. Click here for a quick video tutorial

  • Make sure the device is fully charged when it is returned so that we can ensure that it is in working order.

  • If there is damage to the device, please contact Ms. Lisa now so that we can arrange payment for the repair, if applicable.​


Please email Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com) if you have any questions.

 

The parent/teacher conference signup is quickly filling up!  Please sign up for our end-of-year conferences using the following link: https://signup.com/go/KOxqxQj

 

Have a great weekend,

Trent

Friday, May 7, 2021

The Week of May 10, 2021

 Hello, room 22 families!


I am happy to share that we are officially done with GMAS testing for the year!  Thank you so much for all of your help keeping your child on track as testing altered our schedule.  We will continue with our Zoom lessons every day this upcoming week!  All lessons and Zoom links are located on your child’s ItsLearning platform.  


Required work assignments for everyone this week will include:


  1. Saxon Skills Maintenance 

  2. ReadWorks Comprehension

  3. Study spelling list for a Quiz Friday, May 14

 

We will be taking the end-of-year I-Ready diagnostic during our Zoom meetings on Tuesday and Thursday.  These diagnostics will be used to show growth in both math and reading.  For those taking the diagnostic at home, I ask that you not assist your child with answering any of the questions.  I will share the results with you at our end-of-the-year conference.  

 

To give me enough time to prepare for our end-of-year conferences, all required works from term 4 are due Friday, May 14th.  Unfinished works are identified with the “Not Taken” tag in your child’s ItsLearning gradebook.  

 

Coach Lesley has organized a field day celebration that will take place for those on campus this upcoming Wednesday (Cohort A) and Friday (Cohort B)!  Cohort C can join the fun on Friday using this link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1TaSH17XEZ_rtVtwBDAzqTNFAkk3FOCErDwEnCr6hKxs/present?slide=id.p.

 

Ms. Lisa will be collecting SCCPSS devices in the near future.  Please note when your child’s device will be returned to the school:

 

May 17th-18th- Cohort A

May 19-21st- Cohort B

May 24-28th- Cohort C (Use this link to schedule a day/time for return: https://bit.ly/EllisMCBooking)

 

Please email Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com) if you have any questions.

 

Finally, please sign up for our end-of-year conferences using the following link: https://signup.com/go/KOxqxQj

 

I look forward to meeting with your family to personally thank you for your partnership in your child’s education this year!  

 

Have a pleasant weekend,

Trent

 

  


Friday, April 30, 2021

The Week of May 3, 2021

 Room 22 families,


Good news: we’ve come to the last week of GMAS testing!  I will describe the schedule below and also send daily reminders throughout the week so we can continue to be on the same page. 


Required work assignments for everyone this week will include:


  1. Saxon Skills Maintenance 

  2. ReadWorks Comprehension

  3. Study spelling list for a Quiz Friday, May 7


On testing days, students who are not testing will have asynchronous work posted on ItsLearning to complete.


Testing Schedule for the week of May 3



Monday, May 3

Cohort A:  English/Language Arts Section 1

Cohort B:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete. 

Cohort C:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete.


Tuesday, May 4

Cohort A:  English/Language Arts Section 2 & 3

Cohort B:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete. 

Cohort C:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete. 


Wednesday, May 5

Cohort A:  Math Section 2 

Cohort B:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete. 

Cohort C:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete. 


Thursday, May 6

Cohort A:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete. 

Cohort B (4th):  5th Science 

Cohort B (4th & 6th):  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete. 

Cohort C:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete.


Friday, May 7

Cohort A:  No testing!  Please attend regularly scheduled Zoom lessons. 

Cohort B:  No testing!  Please attend regularly scheduled Zoom lessons. 

Cohort C:  No testing!  Please attend regularly scheduled Zoom lessons.  


Enjoy your weekend,

Mr. Trent


Friday, April 23, 2021

The Week of April 26, 2021

 Room 22 families,


Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue GMAS testing this upcoming week.  I will describe the daily schedule below and also send daily reminders throughout the week so we can all be on the same page. 


Required work assignments for everyone this week will include:


  1. Saxon Skills Maintenance 

  2. ReadWorks Comprehension

  3. Study spelling list for a Quiz Friday, April 30


On testing days, students who are not testing will have asynchronous work posted on ItsLearning to complete.


Testing Schedule for the week of April 26



Monday, April 26

Cohort A (5th):  Science 

Cohort A (4th & 6th):  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete. 

Cohort B:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete.   

Cohort C (5th):  Science

Cohort C (4th & 5th): No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete. 


Tuesday, April 27

Cohort A:  Math Section 1

Cohort B:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete. 

Cohort C:  Math Section 1 


Wednesday, April 28 

Cohort A:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete. 

Cohort B:  Math Section 1

Cohort C:  Math Section 2 


Thursday, April 29

Cohort A:  No testing!  Please attend regularly scheduled Zoom lessons. 

Cohort B:  No testing!  Please attend regularly scheduled lessons. 

Cohort C:  No testing!  Please attend regularly scheduled Zoom lessons.


Friday, April 30 

Cohort A:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete.   

Cohort B  Math Section 2 

Cohort C: No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete.   



Finally, we are officially at the half-way point in the last term of the school year!  Today, I will be emailing you a progress report that will list your child’s works.  6th graders will also receive a copy of their PowerSchool gradebook noting their current average for each subject.  Remember, these reports are available for you to view at any time via the ItsLearning platform (all grade levels) and the PowerSchool Parent Access program (6th grade only).  


Please do not hesitate to ask (via Remind or email) if you have any questions.


Have a nice weekend,

Trent


Friday, April 16, 2021

The Week of April 19, 2021

 Room 22 families,


There will be a few changes to our schedule as we begin GMAS testing this upcoming week.  We will begin with the ELA (English/Language Arts) section of the test.  I will describe the daily schedule below and also send daily reminders throughout the week so we can all be on the same page.  Please note that it has changed slightly from what I previously sent to you.   


Required work assignments for everyone this week will include:


  1. Saxon Skills Maintenance 

  2. ReadWorks Comprehension

  3. Study spelling list for a Quiz Friday, April 23

  4. Charles Ellis Presents: “The Fundamental Needs of Humans (Clothing)” Project (Due Friday, April 23)


On testing days, students who are not testing will have asynchronous work posted on ItsLearning to complete.


Testing Schedule for the week of April 19


Monday, April 19 

No testing.  All cohorts will have regularly scheduled Writing Zoom lessons. 


Tuesday, April 20

Cohort A (6th):  ELA Section 1

Cohort A (4th & 5th):  Regularly scheduled Math Zoom lessons. 

Cohort B (6th):  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete.   

Cohort B  (4th & 5th): Regularly scheduled Math Zoom lessons. 

Cohort C (6th):  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete.   

Cohort C  (4th & 5th): Regularly scheduled Math Zoom lessons.


Wednesday, April 21 

Cohort A:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete.

Cohort B:  ELA Section 1 (4th & 5th) & ELA Section 2 (6th) 

Cohort C:  ELA Section 1 


Thursday, April 22 

Cohort A:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete.   

Cohort B:  ELA Section 2 (4th & 5th) & ELA Section 3 (6th)

Cohort C:  ELA Section 2 


Friday, April 23 

Cohort A:  No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete.   

Cohort B  (4th & 5th): ELA Section 3 

Cohort B (6th): No Zoom lesson. Work posted to Itslearning to complete.   

Cohort C:  ELA Section 3 


You can see there are a lot of moving parts to the logistics of testing.  Please do not hesitate to ask (via Remind or email) if you have any questions.


Have a restful weekend,

Trent


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