ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: April 1st, 2016

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Happy Friday, April 1st, 6-1 Families!

Welcome to 4th Quarter! It’s hard to believe how quickly this year has gone by and 4th quarter goes by the quickest.  4th quarter is a very busy time around ECMS and especially on the year-round calendar.  We have EOGs approaching, as well as, all the end of the year events.  EOGs for Track 1 will begin on Monday, May 23rd.  6th graders will take EOGs in Math and Reading.  Social Studies and Science will have final exams separate from EOGs in order to gauge mastery of the 6th grade curriculum.  More information on testing to come later.

It takes a lot of man power to get testing done for all tracks.  If you have the time to volunteer during either May or June to help with testing, please following the directions below:

East Cary Middle School is using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming needs for EOG Proctors.  Track 1 will be testing May 23 – 31 and Track 2, 3, and 4 will be testing June 20 – 27.  We are in need of lots of Proctors to make the testing run smoothly.   To sign-up and see open spots go to

Proctors must be registered and cleared with WCPSS to volunteer in the classroom.  Please come in to ECMS (or another WCPSS school) and register to be a volunteer online ASAP, if you have not already done so this school year!

SIGN UP TODAY to proctor at!  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Stern (testing coordinator) at or 919-466-4377.

We have our last inclement weather make-up day TOMORROW, April 2nd. Please keep in mind the following about Saturday school:

1) Arrival time is like a normal school day. Bell rings at 7:00am to enter the buildings.
2) Dismissal is at 11:00am.
3) No lunch or breakfast will be served but students may bring a snack.
4) Students should plan to have all their core classes and their 1st Elective materials.  Here is the Saturday Schedule: Sat Make up Schedule 1st elective
5) Let the teachers know in advance if your student will not be attending school on Saturday. Attendance is taken and students are responsible for the work they miss.

ECMS is participating in the Cary/Apex/Morrisville Relay for Life on May 21st to support the American Cancer Society. We would like to have as many students and families be a part of the event as possible and we are also trying to reach a fundraising goal of $1,000. If you would like to donate, find more information, or if you would like to join our team and actually walk in the Relay, please follow the link If you have any additional questions, please email the ECMS team captain, Ms. Schneider at  Ms. Haynie will be participating and would love some 6-1 support!

Lastly, as the weather warms up, please take time to review the WCPSS dress code in regards to shorts, skirts, dresses, and tank tops.  Dress code applies for all genders.  The WCPSS Board Policy on Dress Code can be found here: WCPSS Dress Code Board Policy

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) – We will be continuing with Unit 12 – Surface Area next week.  Students will take a test on Thursday, April 7th.

Science (Mr. Yang/Ms.Haynie) – The 3rd Quarter Benchmark on Matter is on Monday, April 4th.  We will be taking the benchmark online so students who have a device should bring their device to class.  Students who do not have a device will use classroom computers to complete. Students have a study guide as well as the papers in their binder to use to study.  Students will begin the next unit on Energy on Tuesday, April 5th.

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) – In Social Studies, we have started a new project for Ancient South Asia. All details can be found on my website. We will also have a quiz over the guided notes for Ancient South Asia on Thursday, April 7th.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland formerly known as Ms. Chappell) – Next week, we will focus on analyzing the author’s point of view, purpose, and word choice in an informational text. Buzz Letters for Cores 1 and 3 are due on Friday, 4/8. These are intermediate grades and in-class assignments. Please also note that I have a new email address:


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

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

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

Mike Hayes (

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