ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: April 15th, 2016

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Happy Friday, April 15th, 6-1 Families!

These weeks just keep going by faster and faster!  It’s been another IMPressive week on 6-1 as we move closer to EOGs and the end of the school year.

IMPortant Announcements

  1. Yellow 7th Grade Registration Forms: Most students received a yellow rising 7th grade registration form in Homeroom this morning. Please review these sheets, sign, and return to Homeroom teachers by Monday morning.  It is very important these come back by Monday, April 18th.
  1. Team Needs: The 6-1 team currently could use donations of packs of notebook paper, glue sticks, #2 pencils, and highlighters.  Any donations are greatly appreciated as we get closer and closer to EOGs and the end of the year.
  1. STEM Career Day Volunteers: Tracks 2 and 4 will be having their STEM Career Day on Friday, May 6th.  They currently need about 20 presenters to make this a great day for them.  Please see the attachment for further information and contact our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Shandua Ellis (, if you can present.  ECMS STEM CAREER DAY SPEAKERS NEEDED_May 6, 2016
  1. PowerSchools: Please continue monitoring 4th Quarter Grades. Teachers are beginning to enter grades for this quarter and we are hoping with your support, we have less missing work as we prepare your students for 7th  All assignments/missing work will be due by Friday, May 27th.
  1. EOG Testing: We have EOG’s approaching, as well as, all the end of the year events. EOG’s for Track 1 will begin on Monday, May 23rd.  6th graders will take EOG’s in Math and Reading.  Social Studies and Science will have final exams separate from EOG’s 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.

  1. ECMS Relay for Life Team: 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 is also participating so we are looking for some 6-1 support J

PTA will also be selling Relay for Life T-shirts during lunches the week of April 25-30.           Please see the ECMS website for more information.

  1. Dress Code: 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
  1. Celebrations: 3rd Quarter Honor Roll certificates were given to students in homeroom this week. Per ECMS policy, we only hold Honor Roll celebrations at the end of each semester.  Please mark your calendars now for our End of the Year Celebration Ceremony on Friday, June 3rd beginning at 12:45pm in the ECMS Auditorium.  We will send more information home towards end the end of May and also let you know if your student will be receiving an award.

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) – After School tutoring sessions start April 19th. An electronic copy of the form is found below and a hard copy was provided to students in class today.  Next week, we will continue Unit 13 Collecting, Analyze and Display Data.  Quiz on Mean, Median, Mode, Range, Box and Whisker Plot and Histogram will be on April 19th.

Tutoring Program (1)

Science (Mr. Yang/Ms.Haynie) – Students will continue to learn about sound waves at the beginning of next week.  There will be a Quiz on Wave Properties and Sound Waves on Wednesday, April 20th. After the quiz, students will start learning about light waves and the electromagnetic spectrum.  There will be a unit test on Waves, Sound and Light around the end of April.

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) – We will begin our next unit, Ancient China this week. We presented our projects this past Thursday. If you see a missing grade, please speak with your child about completing it. There is a 10% per day late penalty.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland)– Next week, students will begin working on a critical thinking project. This project will allow students to apply the critical thinking skills we have practiced with “Microchips Everywhere” to a text of their choice. Students will receive a project guide on Monday; the guide will also be available on my website at that time. The project will be due on Friday, April 29; it will be a major grade.


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 Gilliland (E-mail:  Twitter: @MrsG_ECMS)