The Box Method of Multiplication

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It’s that time. We will begin finding products of multi-digit factors very soon. Our 4th graders will be taught the box method of multiplication, also known as the area model. This method of finding products is more time consuming at first, but it is much easier. Once learned there are likely fewer opportunities for mistakes and many more for success. Please watch the attached video to learn more.

Mackinvia/Brainpop access at home

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The school district has made some changes to how students will access some of our digital resources while at home.  Students can now use one of these options to log in to CDL at home:
·         firstname.lastname
·         SCH/studentID
·         [email protected] (O365 login)
Password will be their computer login password.

Ident-A-Kid is coming!

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Ident-A-Kid Services of America is coming to Nickajack Elementary for a safety event on Friday, August 17. We are partnering with Ident-A-Kid to offer ID cards for our students. The IDs contain your child’s photograph, fingerprint, parent contact information, and other vital information on them. They are used in times of emergency and in times when you need to show ID.  


Be prepared & order your child’s Ident-A-Kid card now!  


The Ident-A-Kid program provides parents with an identification card that has your child’s photograph, fingerprint and vital information on it. The Ident-A-Kid card provides parents and law enforcement officials with crucial information should your child become lost or missing. Parents keep the card with them at all times and, in an emergency, can provide it to law enforcement for immediate response. In addition, the United States Government’s Social Security Administration recognizes the Ident-A-Kid Card. It also may be used as identification for travel, sports teams, extra-curricular activities, and more. Look for information coming home in your child’s backpack soon! To learn more about the program, visit To order your ID cards, please visit 




Stay Informed

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Welcome back to a new school year! Please sign up to receive text messages from the teacher. These texts will be messages to which you are not able to respond, but they will keep you informed.

Text @ccee89 to 81010 to receive my messages. Thank you and I look forward to working with you and your children.

The Library Pass program

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The Library Pass program is up and running!!  The Library Pass program is a partnership between the Cobb County Public Library and Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools to provide students access to the public library’s collection using their student ID number as their library card!  This is for all K-12 students in CCSD and Marietta City Schools, amazing!


All of our students now have a Library Pass which means they can access the public libraries print books, ebooks, audiobooks AND database collections!   Students may access the site at school and at home.  We have a link in our Cobb Digital Library (Mackinvia) – Cobb County Public Library System – under databases.  Students will use the following credentials to log into the public library website:





                                         Library card #:  Student ID number

                                         Pin:                4 digit birthday (mm/dd)


Once they open the database, it opens to the Library Pass Homepage.  Click Elementary School and then click on the colorful subject area boxes – yellow, orange or blue (they all take them to the same page).  From this page they can access:

  • print collection (Library Catalog)
  • Ebooks (Overdrive)
  • Databases


Once they have selected a resource they will get a pop up to log in or they may have to look for a Login button on the page.  This is not the ideal situation and can be frustrating for some.  Library Media Specialists are continuing to work with CCPLS to work through issues and make improvements to the process.

Toasty Toes Sock Drive

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Nickajack will be collecting socks for children in need from January 8, 2018 – January 12, 2018. Warm socks are one item that many children living in shelters go without. Please donate new or gently used clean socks during our sock drive so we can warm the toes and hearts of others. Thank you.

Six Flags Read to Succeed

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Once again Nickajack students  will have an opportunity to earn a free ticket to Six Flags by reading for 6 hours. The Read to Succeed program encourages students in grades K-6 to read for fun – outside of normal schoolwork. Students will earn a free ticket by completing 6 hours of recreational reading. They may read anything – books, magazines, newspapers, etc. – not associated with schoolwork, no textbooks for example.

The program will start this week and run through Tuesday February 27th. Each child will receive a copy of the parent letter and student reading log.   I’ve also included links to the parent letter and the student reading log that your child will receive today, just in case.

Please encourage your child to participate in this program.  It’s a great way to earn a FREE Six Flags ticket.  Who doesn’t like free?  Happy reading!