ECMS Weekly Team Newsletter – July 31st, 2015

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Happy Friday, July 31st, 6-1 Families!

It’s hard to believe that we have already completed a month of school together! Time sure does fly when you are having fun.  We had another IMPressive week together.  It seems as though most students have transitioned very nicely to the ECMS way.  We are really working hard to be “GREEN” which is this year’s PBIS motto.  Being GREEN means students are being Global, Respectful, Encouraging, Engaged, and Never giving up.  Students earn GREEN tickets when they are demonstrating these 5 values.  Ask your student about how many tickets they’ve earned and how they plan to use them.

Other important information:

  1. PowerSchools – Please encourage your student to check PowerSchools to keep with up their grades. Teachers are noticing that some students already have missing work.  If you are checking PowerSchools, there should be symbol key at the bottom of the page that lets you know if your student has “Missing”, “Late”, or “Exempt” Work.  If your student has a missing assignment, teachers will put in a “0” and hit the “Missing” symbol code.  If you see that there is no grade or two dash marks (–/100), that means that the teacher has created the assignment in the gradebook but just has not entered the grades yet.  With 120 students, the support of having students and parents checking grades often helps us out tremendously.  If you have questions about how to understand the grades in PowerSchools, please do not hesitate to e-mail us.  If you still need access to PowerSchools, please contact our school data manager, Ms. Shanti Chundi, (schundi@wcpss.net).  Teachers also post missing work lists outside each of their classrooms as reminders for students to turn in work.
  2. Student’s Binders – 6-1 teachers helped students set-up their binders on the first day of school. It is imperative that students keep an organized binder throughout the year to help maximize student success.  Each class has a Table of Contents that students fill in to help them know which order to keep their papers in.  Students should date and place a number on each paper they receive.  Please encourage your student to show you their binder this weekend.  We still have some students that need support in not shoving papers just anywhere in their binders.  The only papers that are to be in the student’s homework folders are current homework assignments.  Once those papers are graded or reviewed, they need to go in their binder in the appropriate section and numerical order.
  3. ELA Teacher – We are excited to have our new 6-1 teacher joining us soon. The latest word is that their start date is Thursday, August 6th.  We have also been working with administration to get some ELA grades entered into PowerSchools as soon as possible.   We will send out an official welcome to this teacher very soon!

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –   Unit 2 LCM, GFC, Prime Factorization, Venn and Word Problem Test is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 3rd.  We are starting our next Unit 3, which will focus on Operations with Decimals.

Science (Ms. Haynie) – Students will be working through the next Subunit of our “Land Beneath Our Feet” Unit.  This subunit will cover Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes and Volcanoes.  This subunit will conclude with our first TEST (Major Grade) of the quarter which will be sometime during the 3rd week of August.  Exact test date to be determined.  We will also be spending some time in the Media Center next week with Mrs. Harris learning how to use Student E-mail accounts.

Needs for Upcoming Science Labs:  Boxes of Graham Crackers, Containers of Vanilla Frosting, Plastic Knives, Rolls of Wax Paper

For all other science information, please see Ms. Haynie’s website. http://mshayniescience.weebly.com/

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) – A big week ahead in our class. On Wednesday, we have the Ancient Americas quiz, please have your child studying the Ancient Americas notes every night. On Thursday, the Cartographer’s Challenge is due in the morning to my class. We will be exhibiting these in each class, so students can share their work in a museum format.

Needs: We could really use some 4×6 index cards and some really inexpensive prizes for the PBIS store (erasers, dividers for binders, stickers, headphones, etc..) Please see Mr. Miller’s website for any other Social Studies information: http://www.mrmiller.info

ELA (A Fabulous Teacher to be Named Soon) –  Students are continuing to work on the Theme and Characterization Unit.   Students will be doing book circulation through Science class next Thursday.

Our team really does appreciate all the support you’ve given us in these first few weeks of the school.  We can’t tell you how much it helps us on a daily basis.  Please continue to contact us if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or feedback.  We strive daily to have the best team and communication at ECMS.

Have a great weekend!

Lauren Haynie (LHAYNIE@wcpss.net)

Chad Miller (CMILLER@wcpss.net)

Mike Hayes (MHAYES@wcpss.net)

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