ECMS 6-1 Weekly Team Update: July 22nd, 2016

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Happy Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 6-1 Families!

We had another great week of 6th grade!  Students have done a great job of learning rules, procedures, and expectations of each class and ECMS.  Students have also learned about our GREEN expectations and have started earning GREEN tickets.  Ask your student how many they have earned so far.  These tickets can be used for a variety of rewards throughout the year.

Students learned about the Track 1 STEM elective offerings this week during Social Studies.  Students picked their top choices for this elective that meets for an hour every 3 weeks.  The first STEM elective will be held in mid-August.

Just a reminder that this Tuesday, July 26th is “Meet the Teacher” Night. This is a chance to walk your student’s schedule and learn a little bit about their day including expectations and important information about each class. This event starts at 5:45pm and ends at 7:45pm. Please keep in mind that this evening is just for general information and it is fast-moving so we will not have the opportunity to talk about individual students. Please contact us via e-mail if you need to speak with us as a team separately.

Please sign up for the Remind Texts/E-mails for the 6-1 Family. You will receive daily texts at 2:15pm Monday through Friday from us to remind you about upcoming ECMS events and other important reminders specific to the 6-1 team. Click on the link from last week’s blog post for more directions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will we get access to PowerSchools?

A: Parents who have already delivered their ParentPortal form and shown their Photo ID, will receive their usernames and passwords during the 3rd week of school. We have to wait until after the 10-day head count before those requests can be processed.

Q: What if my child is absent?

A: Please send a note to your student’s homeroom teacher. This may either be via e-mail or a hand-written note. Please check each teacher’s website to see what the student missed. Students are responsible for the work that they miss. They have 2 days for each day missed upon return to school to get work made up.

Q: What if my child needs to change their transportation plans?

A: If your student is planning on going a different way home than usual, please send a quick note to your student’s homeroom teacher either via e-mail or hand-written. This will be useful in case of an emergency.

Q: What if I have questions or concerns I need to address with teachers?

A: Please contact your student’s homeroom teacher if you would like a conference with all the CORE teachers. Please only request conferences if there is an issue or concern that needs to be brought to our attention.  

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) – Next week, students will be starting Unit 2.  The objectives covered in this unit include: Least Common Multiple (LCM), Greatest Common Factor (GCF), and Prime/Composite Numbers.

Science (Ms. Haynie) – Next week, we will continue practicing the scientific method (observations, inferences, identifying variables, and analyzing data).  The Scientific Method will be woven into everything we do during science this year.  On Wednesday, July 27th, we will take our 1st quiz on everything we’ve learned since July 11th.  The quiz will cover #1-#8 from their science section and their Science Notebook warm-ups/notes from the past 2 weeks.  On Thursday, we will begin our unit for the rest of the 1st quarter – “Land Beneath Our Feet”.

All resources and documents for each day can be found on Ms. Haynie’s Teacher Website: Click on the “Daily Lessons/HW” tab and then the “Quarter 1” tab and it will take to our daily agendas and resources.

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) – Students were given the project details for our first major project on Friday.  Please give over the materials and make sure to sign off as your child works through the project.  A quiz was given on Friday, and grades will be posted for the quiz as soon as we have our gradebooks setup in PowerSchools.  We will let you know when that happens via our blog.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – Next week, we will learn about metacognition and practice monitoring our comprehension and keeping track of our thinking as we read.  We will also begin to meet in guided reading groups during DRIL (Differentiated Reasearch-based Instructional Literacy) time.  On Monday, students will receive an article of the week to read and annotate; this will be due on Friday.


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

Have a great weekend!

Lauren Haynie (

Chad Miller (

Mike Hayes (

Margaret Gilliland (