ECMS 6-1 Weekly Newsletter – August 14th, 2015 (Early Release)

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Happy Friday, August 14th, 6-1 Families!

We’ve had another IMPressive week at ECMS! It’s hard to believe that we are only 3 weeks away from finishing the 1st Quarter of the school year.  With the end of the quarter fast approaching, it is essential that students with missing work continue to turn in their late assignments to receive a grade other than a zero.  All missing work is due by the end of the day on Friday, August 28th.  If it is not turned in by this time, the assignment grade will stay a zero for the report card.  Report cards will go home on Track out day – Friday, September 4th.  Please continue to check grades on PowerSchools and encourage students to check their grades as well.  If you have any questions or need assistance in setting up a PowerSchools account, please contact our Data Manager, Ms. Shanthi Chundi (schundi@wcpss.net).  On another PowerSchools note, letter grades have been removed from the system.  You will now only see percentages for grades.  Some letter grades may still remain but please DISREGARD them.  Please use the new 10-point scale to see the letter grade correlation:

A: 90-100

B: 80-89

C: 70-79

D: 60-69

F: 59 and below

In other news, students received a letter that states what STEM elective they have been placed in this school year.  Every effort was made to place students in one of their top choices by our STEM coordinator.  Students will not be allowed to switch STEM electives.  The date of the 1st STEM elective day is next Friday, August 21st.

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –   Students will have a Unit Test on Decimal Operations on Wednesday, August 19th.  A study guide will be sent home on Monday.  Unit 4 on Fractions will begin on Thursday.

Science (Ms. Haynie) – Students have had an awesome time learning more about Plate Boundaries, Earthquakes and Volcanoes this week.  The Graham Slam lab with the graham crackers and frosting was a hit – especially the clean-up portion of the lab.  Next week we will finish discussing earthquakes and volcanoes and then review for the upcoming Unit Test.  The Unit TEST for Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes and Volcanoes will now be on Thursday, August 20th.  This is a firm date and it will note change again. This test will be a MAJOR grade.  A study guide will be sent home on Tuesday.

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) – We are in the middle of our Ancient Middle East Unit. Your child has a choice of taking a test or turning in a mini-project on August 26th. I have urged them to do the project, but it is an option. We will also have a benchmark the final week of this quarter covering all topics, which will not be for a grade.

ELA (Ms. Chappell) – This week, we continued to establish classroom routines and procedures. Students learned about and practiced some speaking and listening protocols that they will be using to talk about their thinking this year. They created symbols to represent their hopes and dreams for this year in Language Arts. They also discussed choices that readers make, including how to choose just-right books. We practiced making good reading choices and building our stamina as readers during DRIL (Differentiated Research-Based Instructional Literacy) Time.

Thanks again for all your support and have a great weekend!

Lauren Haynie (LHAYNIE@wcpss.net)

Chad Miller (CMILLER@wcpss.net)

Mike Hayes (MHAYES@wcpss.net)

Margaret Chappell (MCHAPPELL3@wcpss.net)

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