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

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