ECMS 6-1 Weekly Team Newsletter – August 21st, 2015

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Happy Friday, August 21st, 6-1 Families!

We are now down to the final two weeks of the quarter.  School Picture Day is coming up on Monday, August 24th.  Students will take their pictures during their PE time.  Dress to IMPress!

Please remember:  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.  If you have any questions or need assistance in setting up a PowerSchools account, please contact our Data Manager, Ms. Shanthi Chundi (

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –  Students will be continuing their work in Unit 4.  Unit 4 contains Order of Operations for Fractions and also covers Decimals and Percents.  There will be no quiz or test next week.

Science (Ms. Haynie) – Students took their first unit test on Thursday on Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes and Volcanoes.  We will end the quarter by starting our last mini-unit in the Land Unit which studies minerals, rocks, and soil.  Students will have a quiz on this last mini-unit on Thursday, September 3rd. This quiz grade will be the first quiz grade on 2nd quarter.

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) – This coming Wednesday, August 26th your child has a mini-project due, unless they chose to take the test on Wednesday. If you need any details on the project or what is on the test, please visit my website. The test will cover the Ancient Middle East Guided Notes. I strongly urged them to consider the mini-project, but a few have chosen to take the test.

ELA (Ms. Chappell) – This week, we learned about metacognition and the importance of listening to your inner conversation and tracking your thinking while “real reading.” We discussed reasons why readers get off track and strategies we can use to fix our understanding.

Next week, we will continue to focus on monitoring our comprehension. On Thursday, students will practice tracking their inner conversations by coding and annotating an informational text. On Friday, they will take a test on metacognitive strategies. These two assessments will be taken together as a major grade. A study guide will come home on Tuesday.

As always, thank you for all you do to support your student(s) and our 6-1 team.  Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback.

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

Lauren Haynie (

Chad Miller (

Mike Hayes (

Margaret Chappell (