Farewell to My Fabulous Students – Letter(s) and Portfolio Sent Home Today

Hi there!
Today I sent home a letter that I wrote to each of my wonderful students along with their writing portfolio. (To those of you that I have had the pleasure of teaching for the past two years, I also attached a letter your parents wrote to me about you at the beginning of sixth grade.) Please take a look at the letter(s) and all the writing that your child has worked very hard on this year. Writing well is a challenging task, and I am so proud of all of my students.
I have the greatest job in the world! Parents, I sincerely appreciate you sharing your children with me. Students, keep reading great books over the summer, and please come back to visit me next year. I will miss you terribly.
Mrs. Short 

Research Presentations due May 6th – 9th

Research Presentation

Please click on the attachment above to see the timeline and expectations for our research presentations. Students who selected a purple cube will present on Monday, May 6th. Students who selected a blue cube will present on Tuesday, May 7th. Students who selected a green cube will present on Wednesday, May 8th. Students who selected a yellow cube will present on Thursday, May 9th.

Parents, please ask you child to practice presenting to you at least twice and give them suggestions for improvement. A parent signature is needed on the form. Thank you for all of your support this year! I am enjoying my time with your children. 🙂

Letters to Someone Special

We have been working on punctuation lately, and I had the students write a letter to someone that was important to them. Most letters were written to parents and grandparents! I handed the originals back to the students today. Please ask your child about their letter. 🙂

JCS Survey

The Jackson County School System has created a survey to gauge the priorities of how our community would like to go about saving money for the system. Please visit the site below and provide us with your feedback. Thank you for your time.


Poem Final Draft due this Wed., March 6th

We have been working on the rough drafts of our poems for about a week. Students looked at the poem “Cinderella” with me today to see examples of good techniques to use in peotry. Today in class we got help from others to revise our poems to include vivid words, figurative language, and other literary devices to make our writing pop. A copy of the poetry rubric can be found on the writing rubrics page of this website.

Look at what’s coming up for the last week of February!

Hello, everyone!

On Monday we will be sharing our poet group presentations. I was impressed at how well our groups worked together in the computer lab.

Each student will be writing a poem of their own. The rubric can be found on the “Writing Rubrics” page of this website. They will be collected on Wednesday.

We will also be taking a second look at Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” and the film adaptation entitled 2081 to compare them.

On Friday we will celebrate Read Across America Day!

Thanks for sharing your children with me. 🙂

Our classroom needs your help!

Hi again!

It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is quickly approaching. (What am I going to do when I have to say goodbye to this truly REMARKABLE group of students? I have become attached to them, especially since most of us have shared almost two school years together.)

Our classroom supplies have dwindled. Parents, if any of you could send in some of the following supplies, the students and I would greatly appreciate it.
copy paper
boxes of tissue
dry erase markers
hand sanitizer
colored pencils or markers

Thank you for checking out The Short Report and for sharing your children with me!
Mrs. Short 🙂

Big News from Mrs. Short’s class :)

Hello, students and parents!
Here are some things you will want to know.

Our very own Kate Fouts won for the 7th grade Young Georgia Authors Competition for WJMS. Congratulations, Kate!

Today I gave the letter essay drafts back to the students along with my suggestions and feedback. The final draft (along with the rough draft and rubric) is due on Wednesday, February 20th.

Parents, we need your help. Our school is celebrating Read Across America Day on Friday, March 1st, and we would love for you to volunteer to come in and read a short story to a class of students. Please consider signing up on the “Read Across America” page of our school website. www.jackson.k12.ga.us/wjm

Draft of Letter Essay/Response to Literature Due on Tues., Feb. 12th

We have been reading and analyzing science fiction stories in class. These include “All Summer in a Day,” “The Pedestrian,” “Old Glory,” “They’re Made Out of Meat,” and “Harrison Bergeron.” Students will pick just one of these short stories to write a letter essay/response to literature. Rubrics will be given to students on Friday, February 8th. The rough draft with the rubric is due on Tuesday, February 12th. I will then give the kids feedback on the rubric. The final revised drafts will be due on Wednesday, February 20th.