ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: May 27th, 2016

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Happy Friday, May 27th, 6-1 Families!

I know it’s hard to believe but we are down to our last 4 days of 6th grade together.  It’s a bittersweet time of the year for us as we have really enjoyed getting to know you and your students but know it’s time to move onto bigger and better things – 7th grade! We know that your students are prepared to tackle anything that comes their way.  We look forward to celebrating with you on the last day.  Please see below for more information.

IMPortant Announcements

  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 home GOLD letters on Wednesday to let students and parents know that their student will be receiving an award.  We will be recognizing: A and A/B Honor Roll for the School Year (based on Final Grades), BUG Awards (students who have brought their grade up 2 letter grades between 1st and 2nd semester), Elective/Specialist Awards (submitted by elective teachers), and GREEN awards (students who we think have represented being Global, Respectful, Encouraging, Engaging, and Never giving up).  All are welcome to attend.  We will have light refreshments after the ceremony.  Students may be checked out after the ceremony with their homeroom teacher.
  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. Expectations of Students: As we approach the last few days of school, we do have the same rules, expectations, and policies that have been established since the first day of school. We understand it’s an exciting time of the year but we also expect students to continue to make good choices and follow all rules and procedures set by the team, the school, and the county.  Any non-compliance or defiance of these expectations will have consequences right up until the last day of school.  Please encourage your student to finish the year strong!
  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. Final Report Cards: Final report cards will be MAILED home the week after June 3rd.  Once again, students will NOT receive their final report cards on June 3rd.  Our school will be mailing home all final reports.
  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


CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) – Students will continue previewing 7th grade math material.  No other assessments will be given for the rest of the year.

Science (Ms.Haynie) – We will spend our last week of the year together discovering how Space Exploration has evolved and changed over time.

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) & ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – We will be working on our Global Issues project this week and presenting it on Thursday, June 2nd. All work must be done at school during ELA and Social Studies time and it is not for a grade.

Book Swap: We want all of our students to have some fun things to read during track out, so we are going to host a Book Swap! Our Book Swap during EE time on Thursday, June 2nd. Students may start bringing in books to trade on Tuesday, May 31st. Students will receive a ticket for each book they give. They will be able to trade for another book. We will only be giving a ticket per book, no matter if they are paperback or hardback.


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)