ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: April 22nd, 2016

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Happy Friday, April 22nd, 6-1 Families!

It’s hard to believe we are already halfway done with this quarter! Interim reports will be distributed to students next Friday, April 30th.  They will need to be signed and returned to teachers by Monday, May 2nd.

IMPortant Announcements

  1. Yellow 7th Grade Registration Forms: Students received yellow Rising 7th Grade registration forms last Friday, April 15th. Those were due back by Monday, April 18th. Please check in with your student to make sure they turned it into their homeroom teacher.

Classroom teachers follow the Guidance Department’s protocols for recommending placements based on the student data provided from EVAAS (tracks student progress and growth since 3rd grade) and class grades.  The guidance counselors will review any parent comments that were written on the yellow registration form.  You may also follow-up with the guidance counselors (Margaret Ray-Nobles, to inquire about placements.  They can discuss filling out a waiver form if you disagree with the placement.

  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.


  1. PowerSchools: Please continue monitoring 4th Quarter Grades. Teachers are updating grades as quickly as possible 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.  Missing work is indicated by an orange square on PowerSchools and the grade of zero.  If you see a score of (- -/100), that means that the teacher is in the process of grading that particular assignment.
  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 attached Order Form for more information.

ECMS Relay for Life Tshirt Order Form 2016

  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) – Students will be continuing their EOG Prep next week and the weeks leading up to EOG week beginning May 23rd.

Science (Mr. Yang/Ms.Haynie) – Students have started studying light waves this week.  This will continue next week as we continue exploring light and the electromagnetic spectrum.  A Unit Test on Waves is coming in the next few weeks.  A date will be announced soon.

Project Plants is an opportunity for rising 7th graders.  Sarah Dinger will be coming to our science class on May 4th to promote this opportunity with hands-on activities about plants.  Please see the flyer for more information.

project plants

Science Events happening this weekend in the area:

  1. NC State’s College of Veternary Medicine is holding their Annual Open House on Saturday, April 23rd from 9am – 3pm. It’s always a lot of fun.  For more information, see this link:
  2. The Triangle SCITECH Expo is happening at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, April 23rd from 9am-4pm. For more information, see this link:

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) – Your child has a choice of turning in a project or doing the test for the Ancient China Unit on May 5th. This coming week, we will have one workday to work on the project or learn more about Ancient China, if they have chosen the test. All details are on my website.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland)–  Next week, we will read an argumentative text and evaluate the author’s argument, claims, and evidence. Students will also complete their critical literacy projects, which are due on Friday, April 29. These projects are a major grade; a project guide is available on my website.


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)