ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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Happy Thursday, January 28th, 6-1 Families!

We had another great week on the 6-1 team!  Students learned more about being “flexible” this week as we encountered snow days and delayed start times.  Monday’s make-up day will be this Saturday, January 30th.  Thing to know about Saturday School:

  1. Arrival is at 7:00am and dismissal is at 11:00am. Please plan transportation accordingly.
  2. School buses will run on the same morning schedule as any other school day.
  3. NO breakfast or lunch will be served. Students may bring a snack if needed.
  4. See the attached bell schedule for Saturday.

ECMS Saturday School Schedule

Students were sent home with Spring Picture information on Wednesday, Jan. 27th.  Spring pictures are optional and payment must be given to the photographer at the time of the picture.  Spring pictures will happen on Tuesday, February 2nd.

Our 2nd Semester PBIS Dance is scheduled for Friday, February 19th.  Students may purchase tickets during lunch the week of the dance.  Tickets are $5 or 25 PBIS tickets.

Have you signed up for our Remind text messages this year?  If not, please use the document below.  We use this to send out important reminders for the week and for school announcements.  Expect to receive at least one text message per school day.

Remind Invite

Please continue to check PowerSchools a couple of times a week.  The grades are as up-to-date as possible.  If you see a gold square, that indicates your student has a missing assignment.  Interims for all classes will go out on Friday, Feb. 5th through your student’s homeroom teacher.  If you have a question about a particular grade, please contact that teacher directly.

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –Students will continue working through Unit 10 Coordinate Planes and Absolute Value.  A quiz will be taken on Unit 10 on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd.

Ms. Haynie) –  Students began their unit on Matter this week with Mr. Yang, our student teacher.  They have been exploring what matter is and is not, what atoms are, and the history of the atom.  Students will soon begin discussing the Periodic Table of Elements.  There will be a corresponding project for the Periodic Table with more details coming soon.

The 2nd Quarter Science benchmark will be given tomorrow, Saturday, January 30th for those students who are present.  Students who have to miss Saturday school will make-up their benchmark during EE time on Monday, February 1st.

Lastly, please see the flyer below in regards to an opportunity for 6th and 7th grade students to apply to be a member of the Marbles STEM Play Corps.  A group of students from across the county are selected each year to bring STEM outreach programs to younger children and the community through Marbles museum.  6-1 had one student selected last year for this amazing opportunity and has loved every minute of it.  Consider applying! More details in the flyer below.


Social Studies (Mr. Miller) –We just wrapped up our focus on the Middle Ages, we will have a brief quiz covering what we worked on in class and from the first section of the guided notes (All the words before Renaissance). We will begin talking about the Renaissance on Monday. Just a reminder to look at your child’s project paper and see if they are keeping up with all of the to-do list. The project is due on the morning of February 11th to be graded in class. 

ELA (Ms. Chappell) – Next week, we will continue to analyze literary elements and the author’s craft with Flush. There will be a test on the novel on Friday, 2/12; this will be a major grade. Students identified as AIG in ELA will report to Mrs. Cornejo until Monday, 2/15.


If you haven’t already, follow @eastcarymiddle , @WCPSS ,  and the 6-1 teachers on Twitter.  Our Twitter handles are listed below.  Great sources of real-time updates for those that use Twitter.

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

Lauren Haynie (E-mail:  Twitter: @lhaynie1081) & Yang Xia (Student Teacher)

Chad Miller (E-mail: Twitter: @ECMSMiller)

Mike Hayes (

Margaret Chappell (E-mail: Twitter: @MsChappellECMS)