ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: January 8th, 2016

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Happy Friday, January 8th, 6-1 Families!

We’ve had a great first week back despite how tired everyone was feeling.  There is a lot going on this month so please help us stay on-track and read the Team and CORE updates below.

Team Updates

  1. Field Trip forms were handed out on Wednesday. Please make sure your student returns their signed permission and $10 by Friday, January 15th.  We also have plenty of cleared parent volunteers to chaperone so we do not need anyone else for this trip. Thank you again for everyone’s willingness to help out.
  2. BYOD Contracts were handed out on Thursday. These only need to be returned if your student will be bringing their own device to school.
  3. Family and friends may come view the Science Fair projects from 5-6pm on Wednesday, January 13th in the Media Center. Haynie will be there to greet families as they walk around to see the projects.  It is not mandatory for students to attend but it’s always nice to see all the hard work the students and their classmates displayed for the public.  The Science Fair projects will remain in the Media Center on Thursday, January 14th for the Prospective Student Open House.  Students will take their Science Fair boards home on Friday, January 15th.
  4. 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Celebration will be held in the Auditorium next Friday, January 15th from 7:45am-8:15am. We will recognize 2nd quarter honor roll and a few other special awards.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  A light breakfast will be served after the ceremony.  Any food/drink donations would be greatly appreciated.  Please e-mail Ms. Haynie if you are able to donate packaged food/drinks (muffins, doughnuts, water, juice, etc.)
  5. Please make sure your student has a set of earbuds. They need to be kept in their pencil pouches at all times.
  6. Next Friday, January 15th is an Early Release Day. Students will be dismissed at 11:45am. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
  7. Monday, January 18th is the MLK Holiday. School will not be in session this day.


CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) – There will be a short Quiz on Percent of Whole Numbers on Thursday, January 14th.  It will be “calculator active” and a study guide will be provided.

Science (Ms. Haynie) –  We started a short unit on reviewing Ecosystems this week.  We will finish up this review on Wednesday, January 20th.  We will be taking our 2nd Quarter Science benchmark on Friday, January 22nd.  This will cover Flowering Plants, Plant Processes and Ecosystems.  Benchmarks are formative and do NOT get factored into the student’s grade.

Science Fair project grades were returned today.  Students have an opportunity to earn back points by completing any section they received a zero/ “Not Completed – 0” on.  Sections in which they received a “1” or a “2” may not be resubmitted because students had the opportunity throughout 2nd quarter to get feedback on their sections before they turned in their final board.  About half of the students did not turn in an abstract which was 15 points of their grade.  Missing sections of the Science Fair board are due by Friday, January 15th in order to earn points back.  This grade is a MAJOR grade for 3rd quarter.

This semester, we have Mr. Yang Xia, from NC State, student teaching in our science classes.  He will slowly begin leading activities and classes in the next few weeks.  We expect him to be teaching full-time starting Monday, January 25th through the remainder of the quarter for our Matter Unit.  He’s a great addition to our team!

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) – We will be wrapping our unit on Islam this coming Friday. We will have a multiple choice test and short essay covering the topics on the guided notes. Our next unit will be the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation, we will have a major project during this unit. I will send out details on this on Tuesday, January 19th!

ELA (Ms. Chappell) – Our novel study of Flush is off to a great start! Next week, students will be meeting in their literature circles to discuss and interact with the text. In order to fully and actively participate, they’ll need to keep up with the reading schedule posted on the ELA website.

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

Lauren Haynie ( & Yang Xia (Student Teacher)

Chad Miller (

Mike Hayes (

Margaret Chappell (