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

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

August Employee Birthdays

Mr. Miller-23rd
Mrs. Carroll-25th
Mr. Ward-25th
Ms. Montgomery-26th

Band Meeting a Success

Parents and students interested in Ellis' 2012-2013 band program met July 26th at 6:00 in the Ellis band room. Mr. Martindale provided important information for the upcoming school year and then fielded questions from parents and students. Mr. Martidale also met with parents and students individually at the conclusion to answer specific questions and discuss instrument assignments.    

Monday, July 30, 2012

Faculty Spotlight--Mr. Martindale

Ellis proudly welcomes Mr. Matt Martindale to our hard-working faculty!

My name is Matt Martindale, and I am happy to announce I am the new Director of Bands at Zora Ellis Junior High School and Assistant Director of Bands at Talladega High School.  I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama, where I grew up and graduated from Hoover High School.  I received my Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University. 

At Auburn, I was a four-year member of the Auburn University Marching Band, Symphonic Winds Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, and was also a member of Concert Choir.  I was very much involved in the music community of Auburn and taught in various schools during my time down on “The Plains.”  Currently, I am pursuing my Master of Music Education from Auburn, as well. 

I have worked with all groups from ages of 5 to 22 years old.  I have taught every level of band and music.  I have performed throughout the United States, Mexico, England, Scotland, and Ireland.  I hope to bring my diverse background to my classroom to make it the best possible experience for my students.  

First Day of School

School begins August 20th!
  • 7th Grade 8:00
  • 8th Grade 8:05 
 See you then!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Band Instruments

Recently, Ellis was the recipient of 11 band instruments to add to our collection for students to use. We are extremely appreciative of this donation and continued support of our wonderful band program. A special "thank you" to Mr. Martindale, Ellis' new band teacher, for making the necessary arrangements.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Band Meeting

Students and parents, you are invited! 

Matt Martindale, new band director at Ellis, would like to meet any student who is interested in participating in band for the 2012-2013 school year. This meeting will take place in the Ellis band room Thursday, July 26th at 6:00 p.m. Instruments, costs, and fun experiences which are planned for this year will be discussed. If you are unable to attend, but have questions, you may email Mr. Martindale at He is looking forward to meeting you!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Meet the Teacher/Orientation Night

August 16, 2012 (Thursday)
7th grade (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
8th grade (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Parents and students:
*Come and meet your new teachers
*Pick up your schedules
*Purchase lockers and gym bags
*Bring school supplies

Monday, July 2, 2012

Dress Code Changes

Students and Parents!
Please examine the "Dress Code 2012" page on the left-hand side of the home page. You will notice that students will be allowed to wear any solid-colored collared shirt. (No stripes or designs.) Pants and shorts must be khaki or navy colored. (No change in this from last year.) Also, belts are not required, but shirts must remain tucked in and pants must be worn at the waist. Happy Shopping!!