ECMS 6-1 Weekly Team Newsletter – July 24th, 2015

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Happy Friday, July 24th, 6-1 Families!

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to join us for the “Meet the Teacher” Night! We hope you were able to learn a little more about the teachers, the team, and ECMS.  If you still have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of the team members.  Now, for this week’s updates:

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –   There will be an OPTIONAL Take Home Test due on Monday, July 27th.  There will be a QUIZ on Divisibility Rules, Prime and Composite Numbers, Prime Factorization, Greatest Common Factor (GCF) and Least Common Multiple (LCM) on Wednesday, July 29th.  Unit 2 TEST will take place on Friday, July 31st.

Science (Ms. Haynie) – Students started learning about the Layers of the Earth this week with Mrs. Aldred.  We will continue to discuss these layers next week as well.  A QUIZ on the Layers of the Earth will take place in class on Friday, July 31st.  The Layers of the Earth work packet that students were working on this week will now be due on Wednesday, July 29th.  This will give students an opportunity to ask Ms. Haynie any questions on Monday.  It will be an “Intermediate” grade because it’s a week’s work of classwork.  A copy of the work packet can be found on Ms. Haynie’s teacher website:  http://mshayniescience.weebly.com/

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) –  Students have started in on their Ancient Americas unit – learning about the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations.  A QUIZ on these civilizations is on Wednesday, August 5th.  The Cartographer’s Challenge project is due on Thursday, August 6th.  Please see Mr. Miller’s website for more information: http://www.mrmiller.info

ELA (A Fabulous Teacher to be Named Soon) – We are excited to have a highly qualified ELA teacher coming our way very soon!  The team members had the opportunity to interview this teacher and think that they will be a great fit for your students.  While their paperwork is getting processed, we will still continue to have a certified ELA substitute in the class.  This week, students worked on diagraming story plots and characterization.  Students will continue talking about characterization next week.

Once again, we appreciate all the feedback and questions as we all navigate the first few weeks of a new school year.  Please do not hesitate to contact any of the team members if you have questions or concerns.  If we don’t know the answer, we can definitely point you in the right direction.  We also encourage you to check in with your students nightly about their agenda and homework.  They should have something written down for every class even if they have to write “No Homework/Nothing”.  PowerSchools/Parent Portal/HomeBase information should have gone home with you or your student this week.  This allows you to monitor your student’s grades.  If you still need to sign-up for PowerSchools /Parent Portal/HomeBase and/or have questions about setting up e-mail notifications when grades are posted, please visit WCPSS HomeBase webpage: http://www.wcpss.net/domain/69 .  We strongly encourage you to set-up the e-mail notifications for the gradebook.  You will be e-mailed any time a grade is added or modified for your student.  It also allows you to see if your student has missing work or is turning in work late.

One final note, please make sure you and your student have reviewed the STEM Elective document.  It was posted by Mr. Miller earlier this week.  Students will be signing up for their preferences with Mr. Miller this coming week.

Warmly,

Lauren Haynie (LHAYNIE@wcpss.net)

Chad Miller (CMILLER@wcpss.net)

Mike Hayes (MHAYES@wcpss.net)

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