ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: Friday, July 29th, 2016

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Happy Friday, July 29th, 6-1 Families!

Thank you to all those who were able to come out and meet us this past Tuesday night at “Meet the Teacher” night.  The night was a whirlwind for all so if you missed the night or missed something one of us said, please visit the “Parent Resources” tab on our 6-1 Team Website to review our PowerPoint presentations.

Interim reports will be sent home with students the week of August 8th-12th.  We will send a Remind text home the day that they are given to students.

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.  See the “Parent Resources” section on our 6-1 Team Website for 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 very soon. We have to wait until after the 10-day head count before those requests can be processed. *Update: Word from WCPSS last night on Twitter was that PowerSchools will be available to parents and students on Monday, August 1st.  We are still awaiting word on when you will receive logins and passwords.  We will let you know via blog post and Remind text when those are passed out to students.

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. *Update: If you know your student will be absent ahead of time, please give us the heads up or have your student let us know so that we can give them any materials before they are absent if they are ready.

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. *Update:  Families and parents have been doing a great job of letting us know of any transportation changes.  Please keep doing so.

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 you there is an issue. With 110 students on our team, “no news is good news.”  We will make sure to notify you immediately if there is any academic, behavioral, or social concerns.

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –  Students will learning about Least Common Multiples (LCM) and Greatest Common Factors (GCF) next week.  A test will be given on these concepts on Thursday, August 4th.  A study guide for this unit will be given out on Monday, August 1st.

Science (Ms. Haynie) – Yesterday, students started the next unit, “Land Beneath Our Feet” and for the several days, students will be learning about the layers of the earth (the composition of each layer and why they are in the order that they are).  They will have a quiz on the layers on Friday, August 5th on devices.

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) – Your child should be finishing up their projects to be turned in during class on Friday, August 5th. Remember that each day it is late is 10% off. All project details are on my website under the weekly post. We will also have a quiz on physical features on Thursday, August 4th.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – Next week, we will continue our Building Active Readers unit. After concluding our lessons on metacognition and monitoring our comprehension, we will focus on the importance of activating background knowledge and building meaningful connections with the text. Buzz Letters are due Friday, August 5; these are classwork assignments and intermediate grades. While there will not be a homework article of the week, students should read at least 20 minutes each night.


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 (