Scott M. Ellis Elementary School
Welcome to the Scott M. Ellis Elementary School website! On behalf of the entire school community, I welcome you to our school website. This is the place where you can find information about our wonderful school and the professional staff that takes pride in being part of this caring, supportive, and enriching school environment.
Together, the home-school connection truly does everything possible to ensure that each and every child receives an excellent education while celebrating diverse perspectives and individual strengths. Our curriculum is challenging, differentiated to meet the individual needs of the students, and aligned with the New York State Common Core Standards. Every teacher strives for student learning that is enduring and engaging.
We believe that all children have the right to an outstanding education and we make every effort to fulfill this obligation. The staff at Scott M. Ellis Elementary School chose to work in this school for two reasons– the children and the community. There is something wonderfully special about SME that one can only experience by actually being in the school itself. It is the spirit of family, teamwork, and the simple appreciation that one person can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child.
Please take time to visit this website periodically as updates will occur on a regular basis. If you would like to visit the school or receive more information, please feel free to call.
News and Events
We learn so much from books, and I have enjoyed seeing our Kindergarten students read and write "Pete the Cat" books with our school librarian, Miss McConville! I appreciate the lesson that Pete the Cat teaches... don't fret over the "small stuff" in life. These are words to remember during our busy days! We have had several special events at school during the past two weeks. First, kindergarteners celebrated Fall Field Day. The weather was brisk but we had a great time enjoying some outdoor games. We also had several fifth grade students attend the sculptural exhibits at Storm King Art Sculpture Park with
our art teacher, Mrs. Spring. The students enjoyed seeing the size and features of these fascinating sculptures! We also had a number of fifth grade students attend Young Mathematicians Day at "Minds On." The students explored a variety of math challenges and applied their reasoning in non-traditional ways. This week we continued our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, which is sponsored by the Caring Kids club. I am proud to see the generous giving from your children! Thank you for teaching your children to care for others within the community! The food drive will continue until November 12. Many boys and girls finished their week preparing holiday cards for our veterans. The cards will be shared with local heroes and with service men and women at the Veterans' Hospital in Albany. Tonight Greenville CSD will host the Greene County Music Festival, which has been coordinated by Mrs. Rochler. Several elementary students will be part of this outstanding event; let's wish them a great performance!
Have a great weekend!
We have been immersed in science investigations this week and
our students have had a great time learning about themselves
and our world!
Second grade students visited Indian Ladder Farm and learned
how apples are made into pressed cider (and enjoyed some
delicious donuts as well). Third grade students visited the Huyck
Preserve and learned about the biodiversity of our local forests.
The student scientists counted the biological features living
inside 15 by 15 inch squares of the forest floor and then used this
information to estimate the number of organisms living in the
Parents were "hands-on" at Family Science Night as boys and
girls worked side-by-side with their parents to complete a series
of scientific experiments. These fun stations were selected to
teach about our senses, perception skills, balance, water and air
pressure, as well as some very fun physics lessons. We had
approximately 100 students attend with their families, and we
appreciate everyone who came to enjoy this evening with our
Finally, a word of congratulations. Congratulations to Dawson,
who achieved his certificate as a Therapy Dog! We are so
fortunate to have him and his handlers, Mrs. Stahlman and Mrs.
Rosenberg, as a support for students at Scott M. Ellis! Dawson
now joins the ranks of other service dogs, including our own
We look forward to seeing many of you at our PTA Halloween
Bash this evening.
Have a great weekend!
Have you ever wondered how to capture a reader's attention? Our fifth grade students have learned to write interesting "hooks" that draw their readers into their narratives. We practiced different ways to organize a paragraph and how to make writing come to life by using vivid language. I am looking forward to seeing our fifth graders' writing grow as they work through the writing process. This week we welcomed two new helpers at Scott M. Ellis. Mrs. DiDonato joined us as our new school secretary. Mrs. DiDonato lives in Cornwallville with her family and has two children attending college. She is happy to be part of the Scott M. Ellis community. We also welcomed Mr. Hash, our K-12 Administrative Intern. Mr. Hash grew up in Cambridge, NY and previously taught ELA in Guilderland Central School District. Mr. Hash is studying school administration at the University at Albany, and is excited to work with the students and teachers in Greenville! We planned a number of special activities this week. The rain impacted some of our field trips, but new dates have already been scheduled. Today our third grade students were visited by the Greenville Rotarians as part of our annual Dictionary Day. Each student was presented with a new dictionary and played games to familiarize themselves with this wonderful learning tool!
Have a great weekend!
The PTA carnival was a huge success! Thank you to our PTA leaders, parent, and teacher volunteers who made this an funfilled
night for our children! The students were still talking about the carnival on Monday morning!
This week I enjoyed seeing students learning together. I noticed our fantastic fifth graders helping as reading buddies with younger students. I also noticed them set a good example for the
first graders! Nice work girls and boys! The third grade students enjoyed getting their hands dirty as they played cooperative games and created tie-dyed shirts at "fun day." The students enjoyed the opportunity to build
relationships with children in new classrooms.
"Smoke Detectors, a Noise You Can Live With" was the theme at Fire Prevention Day and our kindergarten hallway is full of displays featuring these important community helpers. Younger students visited fire equipment stations and had fun during inclass presentations. Older students focused on actions to keep themselves and their family safety smart. I offer a special thank you to Mr. Augstein for all his help in coordinating our local fire companies as they teach our children.
Have a great weekend!
The Second Week of School at Scott M. Ellis Elementary
This week I asked the boys and girls what they have liked about the first twelve days of school. I was pleased to see that many of our students enjoyed what is happening inside their classrooms! This week I have noticed children develop their Hopes & Dreams for the year, study the forest habitat, learn about expanded notation, and write about what characters in stories are thinking. I was also happy to see children learning with the iPads that have been introduced in our Kindergarten - Second Grade classrooms. I was especially pleased to see young children making discoveries on their tablets and then talking to their friends about what they have learned! It is a pleasure to see them enjoying the school year so much! As a follow-up to my letter earlier this week, we continue to focus on student safety. While local schools experience the arrival of enterovirus D68, we will continue to remind children of the healthy habits of "catching our sneezes" and washing our hands. I want to thank all of our families for their support in helping children remember the importance of hand washing. I am already looking forward to next week! Please remember that the PTA Back to School Carnival is Friday, September 26! This family event will include games, face painting, balloon sculptures, and a magic show. Food and drinks will be available. Please review the PTA flier for more information!
Enjoy your weekend,
The First Week of School at Scott M. Ellis Elementary
Thank you to our amazing students and staff for making this first week of school at Scott M. Ellis so wonderful! I am so proud of all that was accomplished this week! During the first full week kindergarten students have learned how to walk to their classroom and participate in basic school routines. They are an outstanding group of youngsters, and they add joy to the building. Our returning students have published well written reports about themselves, created salt-dough maps featuring the geographical features of New York State, and set an example of how to safely participate in our fire drill series. But the most exciting part of my week has been to see your children reading books by themselves and with their teachers. The school feels alive again. Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us! This is a great start to our school year!
Enjoy your weekend,