ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: May 20th, 2016

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Happy Friday, May 20th, 6-1 Families!

These weeks are flying by! Please keep an eye on PowerSchools as we near the end of the year.  We are updating grades and assignments daily at this point.  Missing work needs to be taken care of ASAP.  All missing 4th quarter work is due by Friday, May 27th.

IMPortant Announcements

  1. Reminders for EOG Week (starting on Monday, May 23rd):
    1. Please make effort to get your student to school before 7:30am. Late arriving students prevent the whole school from starting testing on time.  If students arrive after the EOGs begin, they will be placed in the Media Center during the testing time and will have to make-up the EOG on a make-up EOG day later in the week.
    2. Make sure students get a good night’s sleep the nights before their tests.
    3. Please make sure that students get a good, hearty breakfast the morning of their EOGs. Students are not allowed to bring in food during the testing session and we will be eating lunch later than usual.  ECMS offers a FREE EOG breakfast on Monday and Tuesday for students who signed up.
    4. Students are allowed to bring #2 pencils, highlighters to use on the test, and hardback/paperback books to read after they have finished their EOGs. They are NOT permitted to bring any devices of ANY kind into the classrooms during the testing period.  We will provide students #2 pencils for those who do not have them or are unsure if their pencil is #2.
    5. If an emergency arises and you need to get ahold of your child, please call the front office and DO NOT contact them on their personal cell phones. We are going to do our best to make sure that ALL cell phones and devices are powered down and in students’ lockers before the beginning of the testing period.  We had instances last year with students’ cell phones going off in their lockers during the testing period.  This causes a testing misadministration.
    6. Students will be going to 2 of their CORE classes and 1 elective each day of EOGs. Most teachers will keep those CORE classes very “light” as we understand students are usually mentally exhausted after the testing period each day.
      1. Monday, May 23rd – Students will have Period 2, Period 3, and Period 4
      2. Tuesday, May 24th – Students will have Period 6, Period 7, and Period
      3. Wednesday, May 25th – All classes
      4. Thursday, May 26th – All classes
      5. Friday, May 27th – All classes
  1. EOG/Final Benchmark Testing Schedule:
    1. Monday, May 23rd – Reading EOG
    2. Tuesday, May 24th – Math EOG
    3. Wednesday, May 25th – Final Social Studies Benchmark
    4. Friday, May 27th – Final Science Benchmark
  1. Memorial Day Holiday – Monday, May 30th: There will be no school on Monday, May 30th as we observe the Memorial Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 31st.  The last day of the school year is Friday, June 3rd.
  1. Lockers/Locks: All students were issued a lock at the beginning of the year to use on their academic lockers.  Students are expected to turn that assigned lock back in during the last week of school.  Any student who has lost their lock will need to pay $5 to the front office to replace the lock.
  1. PBIS Ticket Auction: PBIS tickets are earned by students throughout the year.  These tickets CANNOT be used the following school year.  Due to this, on the last day of school, 6-1 will be holding an “auction” for students to bid on different items using their tickets.  If you have any new or gently used items that would work for our auction, we would love to have them.  We usually auction off items like: DVDs, speakers, headphones, games, books, etc.  If you are able to donate, please send those items in by Wednesday, June 1st.
  1. 2016-2017 School Year: Final school assignment slips will be sent home with your student on Monday, May 2nd. If you already know your student is NOT going to attend ECMS next year, you need to contact our Data Manager, Ms. Shanthi Chundi ( as soon as possible to give her those details.  That information is needed for our allotment for next year which determines the number of teachers/staff we will be able to have.  Thank you for taking care of this soon.
  1. Overdue Library Books: Students received pink overdue notices from our Media Center this morning. Please encourage students to locate those books and either renew or return as we approach the end of the year.  This is especially important if your student is not attending ECMS next year.
  1. EOG Testing: It takes a lot of man power to get testing done for all tracks. If you have the time to volunteer during 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 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. 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 biggest infraction is the length of shorts/skirts/dresses.  Those pieces of clothing must be as long as the longest finger on your student’s hand with their arms relaxed by their sides.  We will ask your student to either change into their longer gym shorts or call home to get appropriate length clothing. 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) – The Math EOG will take place on Tuesday, May 24th.  After EOGs, students will begin previewing 7th grade math material.  No other assessments will be given for the rest of the year.

Science (Ms.Haynie) – Students took their last Unit Test for the year today.  They also received their Science Folders that contain all their work from this year.  They should use this as a resource as they begin to prepare for the Final Benchmark that encompasses all content learned in 6th grade science this year.

We will pause EOG/Benchmark week (May 23-27) to review and prepare for our Final Science Benchmark on Friday, May 27th.  These grades will NOT factor into the student’s overall 4th quarter grade.  This data is only used to see what content students mastered this year and to help 6th grade teachers plan for how to make it better for our next group of 6th graders.

We will spend our last week of the year together discovering how Space Exploration has evolved and changed over time.

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) – We will be taking our 4th Quarter benchmark for Social Studies on Wednesday, May 25th. We will then be moving onto a project about Global Issues. This project will not be for a grade, but it is required. The work should be able to be completed during class time until the end of the year.

Book Swap: Bring in books that you no longer want and trade for some that you do want. You also have the option to donate a few to Ms. Chappell. This will be during EE on Thursday, June 2nd. You can bring books starting on May 30th to Mr. Miller’s room, be sure to get a ticket for each book you donate from him.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland)– On Monday, students will show off all the great comprehension strategies they learned this year as they rock the Reading EOG :). When EOGs are finished, we will team up with Social Studies for an interdisciplinary project on global issues.


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

Lauren Haynie (E-mail: Twitter: @MsHaynie_ECMS)

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

Mike Hayes (

Margaret Gilliland (E-mail:  Twitter: @MrsG_ECMS)