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

Monday, December 31, 2012

January Employee Birthdays

Mrs. Widick-3rd
Mrs. Hanner-14th
Mr. Lipscomb-30th
Mrs. McKinney-31st

Best Wishes!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Welcome Back!

Second Semester Begins

Thursday, December 20, 2012

BETA Walk-a-Thon

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Visit from Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Ragland's civic students, while completing a unit of the juvenile justice system, were visited by Probation Officer, Mrs. Brown. Students participated in a question/answer session, and Mrs. Brown clarified procedures involving juveniles and rehabilitation. Thank you, Mrs. Ragland, for making the necessary arrangements for this informative learning opportunity!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Holidays-- December 24-January 2

Semester Finals

Students with a "C" or better average are exempt from semester tests. Attendance will not be held against exempt students starting December 19th.

 For students who are not exempt, semester final exams will be:
  • Wednesday, December 19th-- 1st 3rd, and 5th period tests
  • Thursday, December 20th-- 2nd, 4th, and 6th period tests
  • Friday, December 21st--Make-ups during 1st and 2nd period (for any final tests missed) 
Students may be checked out by parents when finals are completed. Arrangements should be made at home ahead of time, since students will not be allowed to call to be checked out.
***School will dismiss at 1:00 on December 21st for the Christmas holidays.  

Friday, December 7, 2012

Jeans Day

December 14th
(Students are to wear school uniform shirts.)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Nursing Home Visit

Students from the Career Tech department helped distribute fruit to residents at the Talladega Nursing Home. This Christmas community service project was heart-warming for both students and residents. Thank you, Mr. Lipscomb, for organizing this event.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

BETA Walk-a-Thon

BETA students will be participating in a walk-a-thon with proceeds going to the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Sponsors are needed! If you would like to sponsor a student by donating $5.00/mile, please contact  Ms. Webb. (  

This event will take place December 8th from 9:00a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Mary Dumas Stadium. Hot dogs, drinks, and hot chocolate will be sold. Please help support these students in this worthwhile community service project!

Christmas Concert

The Ellis and THS bands would like to invite you to enjoy their Christmas concert at Harwell Auditorium December 11th beginning at 7:00 p.m. The cost of admission is $3.00 for ages 6 and older; $1.00 for ages 5 and younger. A silent auction will begin  at 6:00 prior to the concert. Anyone interested in making a donation to the silent auction may contact Mr. Martindale at Ellis.

November Student of the Month

My name is Daniel L., and I am twelve years old. I like to watch football, and my favorite team is Auburn. When I am older, I hope to attend Harvard University and earn a masters degree in criminal law. I have a brother named Elisha and a sister named Destiny.

Friday, November 30, 2012

December Employee Birthdays

Mrs. McElderry-14th
Mr. Martindale-21st
Mrs. Johnson-22nd
Mrs. Thomas-27th

Terrific Tuesday

"The Trouble with Boys," will be the topic of Ms. Smith's Terrific Tuesday session, December 11th at 11:00. Parents are invited to attend and then stay to eat lunch with their child.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Students' Mural

The students in Mrs. Barnes' and Mrs. Truss' class have created a beautiful mural in their building. Beginning this past September, the colored pictures (some illustrated by Mrs. Truss) have been added with the goal of extending the mural to the back wall of the classroom, as well. Please enjoy their art exhibit below!

Monday, November 19, 2012

School Supplies

Attention Students!

If you get to school and realize you are in need of school supplies, please see Mrs. McKinney. She will be happy to sell you the supplies you need!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Early Dismissal

School will dismiss November 21st at

Auburn/Alabama Jersey Day

November 21st
(Money will be collected by your first period teacher)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be sent home November 21st!

Pancake Breakfast

A pancake breakfast sponsored by the Ellis Drama Club will be enjoyed at Talladega Creek Baptist Church, Saturday, November 17th from 8:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Tickets are on sale for $5.00, and may be purchased from a Drama Club member, Mrs. Carroll, or Mrs. Johnson.  All proceeds will  benefit Ellis' Drama Club's production, "The Gift of the Magi."

Monday, November 5, 2012

October Student of the Month

My name is Nicole C. I'm in the 8th grade and a cheerleader at Zora Ellis. I'm a member of the Student Council, and I'm in the BETA club. My favorite food is tacos, and I love cheese! I live with my dad, mother, brother, and dog. When I get older, I want to go to Auburn University and become a forensic scientist.

Veterans' Day

School will be closed November 12th for Veterans' Day

Friday, November 2, 2012

Canned Food Drive

Help us provide canned goods to the Red Door Kitchen for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please bring any donated items to the front office November 5-16th.

Movie Day

November 16th
(Money will be collected by your 5th period teacher)

Terrific Tuesday

"Cyberbullying" will be the topic of Ms. Smith's November 13th Terrific Tuesday session. Parents, be here at 11:00 to learn more!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November Employee Birthday

Ms. Sims-21st

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

PTO T-Shirt Sale

PTO school t-shirts will be on sale November 2-November 9. Shirts are $12.00. Money must be included with order forms. These shirts may be worn on Fridays. Turn in forms and money to first period teachers.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Apple Annie Day

Friday, November 2nd the Talladega Junior Welfare League members will be selling apples (red and green) at Ellis for 50 cents each. Be sure to bring your money and support this annual event!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Band Concert

The Ellis and THS band will host a Halloween concert Tuesday, October 30th beginning at 6:00 in Harwell Auditorium. Adult admission is $3.00; admission for students in K-8th grade is $1.00; children ages 5 and younger are free. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

BETA Car Wash

The National Junior Beta Honor Society Students of ZEJH met at O’Reilly’s on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. to participate in their first car wash fundraiser. The car wash lasted from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The kids had a load of fun! They even got the opportunity to wash a big rig!!! All proceeds from the car wash will help students to attend and compete at the Alabama State Beta Convention that will be held in Huntsville, Alabama in March 2013. A special "thank you" to the Ellis PTO for providing bottled water to these hard-working students.

Cases of Drinks

We have extra cases of drinks that are available. The cost is $20/case. 
They are:
  • 8 cases of Minute Maid Fruit Punch
  • 5 cases of Sprite
  • 1 case of Mello Yello
  • 1 case of Powerade (orange)
  • 1 case of Powerade (Mountain Blast)
  • 1 case of Powerade (grape)
  • 2 cases of Fanta (orange)
  • 2 cases of Pink Lemonade
  • 1 case of Coke Zero
  • 3 cases of Dr. Pepper
  • 1 case of Caffeine-free Coke
  • 1 case of Mr. Pibb
If you are interested, notify the front office.

2012 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mr. Ward for being selected 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year and being nominated as a candidate to the Jacksonville Teacher Hall of Fame by the Ellis faculty! Mr. Ward is an excellent teacher, and we are thrilled with his accomplishments.

Bubble, Bubble!

Ms. Webb’s 8th grade classes performed a lab on Friday entitled Bubble, Bubble, Toil or Trouble?  This amazing lab demonstration really excited the students!  They mixed two viscous liquids together and watched as the mixture expanded to about 30 times its original volume. Liquid "A" is a polyether polyol. Liquid "B" is a polyfunctional isocyanate. The result is a hardened, lightweight polyurethane foam. Students were able to identify the signs of a chemical reaction and understand that a new substance always results from it.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Free Dress Day

October 26th
(Please remember to follow the Talladega City Schools' Dress Code Policy)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Red Ribbon Week

October 22-26

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


8th Graders will take the EXPLORE test October 22-23.

 To find out more about this test, click here.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Homecoming 2012

Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home October 25th. Parents, please examine the grades, sign, and have your child return the report card to school. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

PTO Hard at Work

Parents delivered pizza slices and drinks to students who had placed orders earlier during the week. This was one of many fundraisers our PTO had planned for the year. Thanks, parents for volunteering your time! 

Terrific Tuesday

Parents, you are invited to join Ms. Smith at 11:00 for our second Terrific Tuesday session, October 16th. The topic will be "Bullying." Remember, these sessions last approximately 30 minutes, and you are welcome to stay and join your child for lunch!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

September Student of the Month

September--Quadarius W.
I have 5 sisters and 1 brother. My favorite sport is baseball, and my favorite food is pizza. My best friend is Jyvon T., and we have been friends since first grade at Salter Elementary School. My favorite subject is math in Mrs. Irons' class.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Students Get a Visit

Last week, Mrs. Taylor's gifted students received a surprise visit from Talladega's police and fire department. On September 11th these students hand-delivered letters they had written thanking these departments for their service and dedication to our city. Last week, these gentlemen hand-delivered letters they had written to the students.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." 

Margaret Mead 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Homecoming Dance

The Homecoming Dance will be held Thursday, October 11th from 6:30-8:30 at the Zora Ellis gym. The cost is $7.00 in advance or $8.00 at the door. Students should give signed permission forms and money to their 6th period teacher. 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.

Homecoming 2012

In celebration of Homecoming, students will have the opportunity to dress in different attire as listed below:

Friday, October 5-- Hawaiian Day
Monday, October 8-- Twin (Multiple) Day
Tuesday, October 9-- Red/White Day

Students are expected to use good judgement and also adhere to Talladega City Schools Dress Code policy regarding decent attire.

Go Ellis Tigers!!

Monday, October 1, 2012


What? pizza and drinks

How much? $1.00 per slice of pizza; $1.00 per drink

When? October 5th; 6th period 

(Place your order by October 4th with 6th period teacher) 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

October Employee Birthdays

Mrs. Cunningham-4th
Mr. A. Ragland-5th
Mrs. Irons-5th
Mrs. Keith-11th
Ms. A. Smith-23rd
Ms. Runyan-24th

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Classroom Flags

Thanks to Mr. Thad Miller's hard work and Mr. Steve Hurst's generous donation, each classroom at Ellis has a brand new flag hanging proudly. We certainly appreciate both of these individuals' hard work!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Free Dress Day

 September 28th
(Please remember to follow the Talladega City Schools' Dress Code Policy)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

PTO Bulb Sale

The PTO Flower Bulb Sale will begin September 21st. Brochures will be sent home for students to begin taking orders. Money must accompany all orders. The sale will extend through October 5th. Orders will be filled in time for fall planting and spring blooming. We encourage all students and parents to participate and help our wonderful PTO!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Parent/Faculty Volleyball Game 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

August Student of the Month

August--Amber T.
My name is Amber and I am twelve years old. I have one brother and no sisters. I love to play football. I like to hang out with girls my own age. I enjoy spending time with my two cousins.   

Monday, September 10, 2012

Parent/Faculty Vollyeball Game

The Ellis gym will be the site for a friendly volleyball rivalry game between faculty members and parents Friday, September 14th beginning 6th period. Admission is $2.00 per student. Study hall will be provided for students not attending. Money will be collected Thursday during 6th period. Bring $2.00 and cheer on your favorite team!

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be sent home September 19th. Parents, please examine these grades and feel free to call 256-315-5700 to set up a conference if you have any questions concerning your child's progress.