School begins at 8:00 --7th Grade; 8:05 --8th Grade

Monday, October 31, 2011


Your child brought home a paper today with directions from Mr. Locklin (Technology Coordinator) about how you can log on and see your child's grades, schedule and other important information. I have added this link on our blog ( left-hand side under "Important Links") that will give you quick access. I have also added a page titled "INOW" (directly above "Important Links") where you can read specific directions that may also help you. You would need to "Allow pop-ups" on your computer for this to work correctly. Also, you may need to remove your Google toolbar if you are not able to get on. He has provided a phone number at the bottom of his letter if you have any problems.

November Employee Birthdays

Happy Birthday!

Ms. Sims--21st
Mrs. Stockdale--26th

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Movie Day

 October 28th 1:30 p.m.

Students should turn in money to 5th period teachers.

Monday, October 24, 2011

2011 EJH Youth Cheer Camp

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ms. Webb Makes Us Proud!

After submitting her proposal, Ms. Webb was selected to serve as a presenter at the ASTA (Alabama Science Teacher Association) Conference at the McWane Center. Her topic was, "Making Your First Year as Easy as 1,2,3." Her  presentation included: classroom management, time savers, and quick labs. Ms. Webb does a great job in the classroom, and we are thankful she was willing and CHOSEN to share her expertise with fellow educators across the state.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Red Ribbon Week

The Story Behind the Symbol

Enrique "Kiki" Camarena grew up in a dirt-floored house with hopes and dreams of making a difference. Camarena worked his way through college, served in the Marines and became a police officer. When he decided to join the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out it. "I can't not do this," he told her. "I'm only one person, but I want to make a difference."

The DEA sent Camarena to work undercover in Mexico investigating a major drug cartel believed to include officers in the Mexican army, police and government. On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found in a shallow grave. He had been tortured to death.
Within weeks of his death in March of 1985, Camarena's Congressman, Duncan Hunter, and high school friend Henry Lozano, launched Camarena Clubs in Imperial Valley, California, Camarena's home. Hundreds of club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifices made by Camarena and others on behalf of all Americans. These coalitions began to wear red badges of satin, red ribbons, as a symbol Camarena's memory. The Red Ribbon Week campaign emerged from the efforts of these clubs and coalitions.

Today, Red Ribbon Week is nationally recognized and celebrated, helping to preserve Special Agent Camarena's memory and further the cause for which he gave his life. The Red Ribbon Campaign also became a symbol of support for the DEA's efforts to reduce demand for drugs through prevention and education programs. By wearing a red ribbon during the last week in October, Americans demonstrate their ardent opposition to drugs. They pay homage not only to Special Agent Camarena, but to all men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of our nation's struggle against drug trafficking and abuse.

(Copied from

Monday, October 17, 2011

Extra Cokes

We have several extra cases of Coke products left!
We have:
  • 1 case Coke Zero
  • 2 cases Dr. Pepper
  • 2 cases Diet Dr. Pepper
  • 1 case Mello Yello
  • 1 case Strawberry Lemonade Powerade
  • 1 case Mountain Blast Powerade
  • 1 case Grape Powerade
  • 1 case Fruit Punch Powerade
Cases cost $20 and will be sold to the first people who bring their money to school.

2011-2012 Ellis Emeralds

The following young ladies have been selected to be Ellis Emeralds for the 2011-2012 school year. We are very proud of them and know they will do an outstanding job representing Ellis!
  • Brittany Bond
  • Cortney Cook
  • Sierra George
  • Lizzy Gray
  • Arden Horn
  • Charity Johnson
  • Caitlin Keefover
  • Brady Limbaugh
  • Alexis Ponder
  • Caitlin Stratton
  • Brittany Tyson

Congratulations, Thelma!

Mr. Ward's students recently completed a two-week project whereby they were to create a newsletter about internet safety. The newsletters were judged, and Thelma D.'s newsletter was selected to be used in conjunction with Ms. Smith's Terrific Tuesday session scheduled for October 18th. Thelma is picture below with an excerpt from her newsletter.

"Internet safety is a very important thing. NEVER EVER put your phone number online. Don't tell anyone if you are a boy or a girl. Don't tell people how old you are."

These are great points to remember when using the internet. Congratulations, Thelma!

Homecoming Dance

Tickets are on sale for our Homecoming Dance which will be October 20th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Pre-ordered tickets are $6.00 and tickets sold at the door the night of the dance are $7.00. Parents are required to pick up students from the Ellis gym. Students will not be allowed to leave the gym upon entering. Parents are welcome to stay for the dance and observe from the stands. Student dress is casual and must be appropriate.     

Friday, October 14, 2011

WIn, Win, Win

"All we gotta do is win, win win," may have been what was heard by our faculty and parents during yesterday's friendly volleyball game held in the Ellis gym. Thanks to our PTO officers for planning this event, Ms. Keith for helping gather players, and to parents, teachers, and students for participating in this fundraiser.  

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pink Day

Thursday, students dressed in pink to show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Ellis. Students, faculty, and staff could be seen wearing pink shirts, pink earrings, pink socks, and pink bows.

Report Cards

Please sign and return as soon as possible. Feel free to set up a conference with any teacher to discuss your child's progress. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Medal Ceremony

22 Ellis students, who were former students at R.L. Young School, were recognized recently at an Awards Ceremony for their success and hard work on last year's ARMT. These students received either a bronze, silver, or gold medal. We are proud of these students and appreciate Mrs. Pattie Thomas, principal at Young, and her Awards Committee for remembering our students and rewarding them for their past accomplishments. To see pictures and more details click here.   

Terrific Tuesdays

Do you know the answer to this? Find out October 18th at our Terrific Tuesday session."Cyber Safety:  A Parent's Guide to the Internet" will be our discussion topic. Pointers will be provided concerning how parents deal with the internet as it relates to their child. Starting time is 11:00!

Red/White Day

October 18th students may wear red or white shirts and jeans to school to show their support for our football team when they play Munford Homecoming night. Parents are invited to our final football pep rally beginning at 2:40. Go, Ellis Tigers!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pink Day

October 13th is Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Ellis. Students are encouraged to wear pink shirts, pink ribbons, pink belts, and pink jackets. Shorts and pants must be navy or khaki.

Friday, October 7, 2011

School Spirit

This fun group was found showing their Ellis spirit and school support Friday. They will be allowed free admittance to our Homecoming game October 18th. Shirts cost $10 and are still available for purchase. Please contact the front office if you are interested. 

Free Dress Day

Students who had perfect attendance September 6th-October 3rd will be allowed to participate in a "Free Dress Day" October 11th. Homeroom teachers will be provided a list from the office of those students who qualify. Please make sure all attire is appropriate and follows the Talladega City Schools dress code policy.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Baby Foy

Below is the cake the faculty and staff had planned to enjoy this afternoon during a Diaper Shower for Mrs. Foy. However, her baby had other plans. Born last night, Baby Girl Foy weighed 6 lbs. 1 oz. and was 19 inches long. This makes baby #6 for Mrs. Foy and her husband. Congratulations, to the Foy family!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cool Site

Talk about excited! Mr. Miller is thrilled with a new site he, Mr. Ward,and Mrs. Carroll are using with their students. Students are able to create PowerPoints and other types of work and keep it in their "backpack." Teachers are able to approve, view, and grade projects. All this and NO "real" papers are involved! The best part is that students, teachers, and parents can access this from home. What a great way to take advantage of the benefits of technology in a 21st Century class. To view this site click here.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Donate Used Books

Have any good books you would like to donate? If so, you can help with our fundraiser! These books will be resold to the public with all proceeds going to help Ellis. Used books may be  dropped  off with Ms. Smith, counselor, or Ms. Hare, secretary, until November 4th. The re-sale will be November 17th-18th.

Cheer Mania Mini-Camp!

Ellis cheerleaders are hosting a Mini-Cheer Camp on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 9 a.m til 1:00 p.m. The camp is for girls aged 4 to 6th grade. The camp will be at the school's gymnasium. The cost is $25.00 for early registration and $35.00 for late/on-site registration. The participants will receive instruction on cheers, chants, motions, dance and jumps. They will receive a t-shirt and cheer at Ellis' homecoming game on Tuesday, October 18, 2011.