Short Week

Don’t forget we have a short week this week. School is only on Monday-Wednesday.

  • There is NO HOMEWORK this week 🙂
  • Winter Break is from Dec. 21-Jan. 7.
  • School resumes January 8, 2018.

I hope you have a wonderful time of family, fun, and fellowship.

Merry Christmas & Have a Happy New Year

See you next year!
–Mrs. Thorne

Last few weeks before Christmas… (keep checking back since I will be updating this as new information comes)


Wear RED to school–Dec. 5, 2017

PTO Meeting 6pm–Dec. 5, 2017

Wear Christmas Hat–Dec. 6, 2017

Wear Christmas accessories–Dec. 7, 2017

Holiday Pictures–Dec. 7, 2017 (Prepaid Only)

D.A.R.E. Graduation–Dec. 8, 2018~Students need to practice the DARE SONG. Click here for the lyrics: I Will Dare Lyrics

Wear Ugly Christmas Sweater–Dec. 12, 2017

Wear Christmas Socks–Dec. 13, 2017

Wear Boots–Dec. 14, 2017

Classroom Christmas Party—Dec. 15, 2017

Wear GREEN—Dec. 19, 2017

Wear PAJAMAS—Dec. 20, 2017

Christmas/Winter Break–Dec. 21-Jan. 7


Civil War Project…

Students will be assigned a Civil War Project which will be due Tuesday, September 5, 2017.  Students will be able to choose their project, which will be completed on a poster board. Students will be completing a portion of our Social Studies standard:

SS4H5 Explain the causes, major events, and consequences of the Civil War. a. Identify Uncle Tom’s Cabin and John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry and explain how each of these events was related to the Civil War. b. Discuss how the issues of states’ rights and slavery increased tensions between the North and South. c.Identify major battles, campaigns, and events: Fort Sumter, Gettysburg, the Atlanta Campaign, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and Appomattox Court House. d.Describe the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and William T. Sherman.

Therefore, students will be selecting to do their project on one these choices:

  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • John Brown’s Raid
  • States’ Rights and Slavery
  • Battle of Fort Sumter
  • Battle of Gettysburg
  • The Atlanta Campaign
  • Sherman’s March to the Sea
  • Appomattox Court House
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Robert E. Lee
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
  • William T. Sherman

Only 2 students in each class can choose the same project topic. Project choices are on a first come, first serve basis. Below are the requirements and rubrics for each project.

Civil War Project Signature Page
This page must be signed by a parent and returned to school no later than Weds. Aug. 23.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin and John Brown’s Raid

Civil War Project John Brown and/or Uncle Tom's Cabin
Project requirements and rubric for John Brown’s Raid and Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Civil War Hot Topics: States’ Rights and Slavery

Civil War Project States' Rights and Slavery
Project Requirements and Rubric for States’ Rights and Slavery

Civil War Leaders

Civil War Project Leaders Pic
Project Requirements and Rubric for Civil War Leaders
Civil War Project Battle & Rubric
Famous Battles listed in our Standard

Sample Projects that are similar to what I am assigning:

Mrs. Thorne’s Reading/ELA and Social Studies Classroom


Our Reading class will focus on improving our lexile levels through stations, centers, and high intensity learning. Did you know the best way to improve your reading level is to simply read more and THINK about what you are reading. Therefore, students will be required to read at home and keep a reading log.

In Social Studies, we will begin the year with an exciting unit on the Civil War. Students will be able to thoroughly explain the causes and effects of the Civil War.

Parents, you may assist your child at home by finding any additional resources that coincide with our units.

—Mrs. Thorne

Welcome Back!

I am Mrs. Jessica Thorne and I am excited to be your child’s ELA and Social Studies teacher! We are excited here at NCES for this upcoming 2017-18 school year. Please remember, school starts on Monday, August 7, 2017, so come prepared with a good night’s rest. Together, we can make this the best school year ever!!!

Mrs. Jessica Thorne