Conley Chronicles

September 16, 2018

This edition of Conley Chronicles is dedicated to the loving memory of Ms. Nicie Wright.

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Ms. Nicie Marlow Wright ~ 1959 - 2018

A Note from Principal Pettway

Conley Hills Family and Friends,

The first six weeks of school at Conley Hills have been exciting. Since August 6th, we have completed a series of very important tasks, including learning classroom routines to ensure quality teaching and learning all year long. Additionally, scholars took a series of assessments in reading and math. Each assessment helped teachers understand how to tailor instruction to scholars' individual needs.

When you visit classrooms you may notice more than one teacher leading instruction. This is because our newly adopted co-teaching model allows EIP (Early Intervention Program), ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), and Exceptional Children teachers to push-in to classrooms instead of pull-out. When this occurs, scholars benefit in two ways:

  • they do not miss instruction from their primary teacher
  • the ratio of scholars to teachers decreases

You may also notice scholars receiving breakfast in the classroom. This allows morning news to begin promptly at 7:40, and instruction immediately after, at 7:45. Please assist us by ensuring your child arrives to school between 7:15 AM and 7:30 AM. Arrival after 7:40 results in a tardy.

For safety and security reasons, scholars should not be dropped off before 7:15 AM. Teachers and staff report to work at 7:10 AM. Please come into the main office to sign your child in if he or she is arrives after 7:40.

Early dismissal is available up until 1:45 PM, and each school day ends at 2:40 PM. Early dismissals cannot be granted after 1:45 PM.

We always welcome volunteers. Please consult with your child's teacher for volunteer opportunities or stop by our Parent Center and speak with Ms. Grounds or Ms. Garcia.

We hope you will enjoy this publication of the Conley Chronicles, and we certainly do look forward to seeing you in our beloved school. Thank you so much for partnering with us.

Educationally Yours,

Jami Pettway

What's Happening on the Hill?

National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration | PTA Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 20th, 6pm

2580 Delowe Drive

East Point, GA

What Our Cubs Are Learning During the First Six Weeks of School and How You Can Help!!!



ELAGSEKRI2: Identifying main idea and recalling key details of a text

ELAGSEKRL3:Identifying characters, setting, and major events in a story

K.CC.1: Counting to 100 by ones and tens

K.CC.2: Counting forward in sequence (without starting at 1)

K.CC.3: Writing numbers from 0-20

SKP1: Describing object in terms of materials they are made of and physical attributes

ELAGSEKW3: Use drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several linked events, sequence, and provide a reaction

How Parents Can Help At Home:

  • Sign up for Class Dojo (Interactive communication system used for parent/teacher updates
  • Check book bags daily for important notes, homework, school updates, etc.
  • Practice writing first and last name
  • Practice counting to 100 by ones and tens

First Grade


ELAGSE1RL5: Explain major difference between narrative and informational texts

(Phonics: Soft c and hard c; soft g and hard g)

MGSE1.NBT.1: Count to 120 starting at any number; Read and write numerals

MGSE1.MD.4: Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to 3 categories

S1E1: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate weather data to identify weather patterns

Writing: Writing narratives to recount two or more sequenced events

How Parents Can Help At Home:

  • Sign up with Class Dojo (Interactive communication system used for parent/teacher updates
  • Check book bags daily for important notes, homework, school updates, etc.
  • Establish a daily routine of mealtimes with time for homework, chores, and bedtime
  • Reinforce learning at home and show your child skills they are learning are applicable to everyday life.

Second Grade


ELAGSE2RL2: Reading and retelling stories(including fables); Focusing on moral at story's end

ELAGSE2W3: Working on the five steps of the writing process; Focus is on writing narrative stories

MGSE2.NBT.1: Understanding the difference between the place of a digit in a number and its value (how much it's worth)

MGSE2.NB5.3: Learning how to write numbers in standard form, written form, and expanded form

SS2G1: Learning about the five regions of Georgia as well as the main rivers in Georgia; Focusing on use of rivers

How Parents Can Help At Home

  • Allow your child to access iRead, iReady Reading, and iReady Math. Do not provide instruction as the program is leveled to their ability. Allow them to work independently to ensure classroom performance will be accurate
  • Take turns reading various types of materials with your Cub
  • Allow your child to help with every day reading, writing, and math tasks. Allow them to help write the grocery list, read a recipe and measure out ingredients, pay for items at the store with cash, and/or count the coin change you receive back from a transaction
  • Ask open-ended questions about their day. Instead of asking: "Did you have a good day?" Ask: "Tell me about your day? What did you learn in class today?"

Third Grade


MGSE3N.NBT.2: Discovering new strategies and algorithms based on place value knowledge to add and subtact values up to one thousand

RI.3.2, 3RL9: Determining central message of a folktale; Comparing and contrasting important points and details in texts; Writing narrative paragraphs

S3L1: Learning about the geographical areas of Georgia and exploring the various living and non-living things that inhabit the regions

SS3H1: Learning about Native American groups (food, housing, and clothing) that settled in North America.

ELAGSE3W3: Reading stories dealing with character traits and finding evidence to support the trait; Reading stories that deal with folktales and what a folktale is

How Parents Can Help At Home

  • Listen to your child read aloud. Ask questions and have them to find evidence to support their answer
  • Download educational apps using the website ( Examples: "Bill Nye, The Science Guy", "Read Me Stories", Google Earth, Duolingo
  • Set aside some time every week for a family trip to the local library.

Fourth Grade

Reading: Comparing and contrasting literary texts (plot, setting, characters); Identifying point of view and how it affects the description of events

Math: Reading and writing multi-digit numbers using base ten blocks, number names, and expanded form; Comparing and rounding numbers; adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers using standard algorithm

Science: Identifying the parts of the water cycle and its circular nature; Identifying the states of matter

Social Studies: Identifying events that led up to the American Revolution (beginning with the French and Indian War and concluding with the signing of the Declaration of Independence); Identifying important historical figures (i.e. Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, etc.); Identifying important events (i.e. the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, battles of the Revolutionary War)

Language Arts: Writing narrative pieces (real or imagined events); Focusing on good writing technique (i.e. descriptive language and dialogue)

How Parents Can Help At Home

  • Read with and encourage your scholar to read daily
  • Have a discussion based upon what was read after shared reading. Speak with the teacher to find the same kinds of questions we use in school
  • Sign up for Class Dojo to receive information about upcoming assignments and assessments

Fifth Grade

Reading: Identifying main idea and key details in stories; Identifying story elements including text features (cause-effect, problem and solution, etc.); Drawing inferences and using quotes from text to provide support

Math: Identifying the order of operations, powers of ten, and starting multiplication of multi-digit numbers; Completing long division with a multi-digit dividend and divisor

Science: Identifying electricity and magnetism; Identifying static and human harnessed electricity, parallel and series circuits, and magnets

Social Studies: Identifying key elements of the Industrial Revolution as well as key American inventors at the turn of the century; Analyzing the Spanish-American War, Panama Canal, immigration, and cattle trails; Completion of a project on African-American cowboys

Language Arts: Writing informative essays using the writing process; Supporting writing by focusing on vocabulary (synonyms, antonyms, multiple meaning words)

How Parents Can Help At Home

  • Locate various types of reading materials which you and your scholar can read together.
  • Ask your scholar "How" and "Why" questions about materials read.
  • Sign up for Class Dojo to receive information about classwork and events.

Specials: Music

For the first six weeks, the focus will be on rhythm and beat.

Grades K&1st: Identifying a steady beat and ways we use our voice

Grades 2nd-5th: Creating movements as well as writing and playing rhythm patterns to enhance various forms of literature

(In addition, Grades 2 and 5 are preparing performances for the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on September 20th.)

How Parents Can Help At Home

  • Reinforce good study habits by designating study spaces and solidifying reading and other after school routines
  • Attend PTA meetings
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude about education to your children
  • Participate in a fundraising event


Scholars of the Month

Citizens of the Month

Conley Hills Student Calendar as of September 17, 2018