ECMS 6-1 Weekly Team Newsletter – September 29th, 2015

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Happy Tuesday, September 29th, 6-1 Families!

We hope that everyone had a safe and restful track out and is ready to get started with the 2nd Quarter on Thursday, October 1st.  We have a lot of IMPortant announcements for the beginning of track in.

CORE Updates

ELA (Ms. Chappell) – We will be visiting the Book Fair on Thursday, October 1; you may bring money if you wish to purchase books. The Book Fair will be held in the Media Center every day and ends on October 6th. Next week, we will begin Writer’s Workshop. Please remember to bring a composition book to class to use as a writer’s notebook. I can’t wait to hear about what everyone read over track out!

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) – Math Focus for the start of Quarter 2 will include Integers and Rational Numbers on the Number Line with Fraction/Decimal/Percent conversion methods.

Science (Ms. Haynie) – Students will be receiving information regarding Science Fair and their first Science Benchmark on Thursday.

All 6th grade students are required to complete a science fair project.  Students will have the opportunity to work individually or with one other 6-1 student.  If students choose to work with a partner, both parents and students will need to sign a partner contract understanding the responsibilities for working with a partner.  The Science Fair project will be a quarter-long project that counts as a MAJOR grade, as well as, will be judged in our ECMS Science Fair in January.  Science Fair topics will be due by Friday, October 9th.  Topics MUST be approved by Ms. Haynie.  All Science Fair information can be found under the “Science Fair” page on Ms. Haynie’s website:

Students will also be taking a 1st Quarter Benchmark to see what information they mastered from 1st Quarter.  This will be taken on Tuesday, October 6th.  Students will receive a study guide on Thursday.  This will NOT count as a grade but will be reflective of the content students mastered.  This information will help myself, and my fellow 6th grade science teachers, to reflect on our teaching and help us to enrich and remediate where necessary.

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) – We will be building up background knowledge of Ancient Greece over the next week and a half. It will be a great time learning about the government, geography, arts, philosophy, and architecture of this monumental time in history.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback.

Our next Team Update will come out on Friday, October 9th!

Have a great track out!

Lauren Haynie (

Chad Miller (

Mike Hayes (

Margaret Chappell (