ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: August 19th, 2016

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Happy Friday, August 19th, 6-1 Families!

Another week has flown by! We are quickly approaching the end of the quarter so please read through our next few weekly newsletters very carefully as we have important end of the quarter information.

Teachers have missing work lists posted outside their rooms by student number.  Students are encouraged to check those lists often to see if they are missing any work.  Please encourage your student to turn in any missing work as soon as possible.  All missing 1st Quarter work is due to teachers by the end of the day on Thursday, September 1st.  If missing work is not turned in at that time, the grade for that assignment will remain a zero.

In PowerSchools, missing work is indicated by the symbol of a gold square next to the assignment.  See the bottom of the PowerSchools reports for a key to what each symbol means.  If you see the grade of a 0 (zero) that means the student has not turned in that graded assignment.  If you see no grade or (- -/100) that means that the assignment has been created in PowerSchools but the teacher is not ready to enter the grades yet.

Next Friday, August 26th, will be our 1st STEM Elective meeting day.  STEM electives will occur in the morning and the schedule will be adjusted for the CORE classes and electives.  This schedule can be found on our STEM section of the ECMS website.  Students will be finding out their 2016-2017 STEM elective early next week.

School pictures are scheduled for Tracks 1, 3 & 4 for Monday, August 29th.  More information will be coming home soon.

On a final note, Ms. Haynie takes groups of students and families from ECMS to various locations abroad through EF Tours.  They visited Costa Rica in June 2015 and have a trip planned to England, Ireland, and Wales for this March 2017’s trackout time.  There are still a few spots available until November when the enrollment period ends.  Students must be the age of 12 by the time of travel in order to travel without a parent.  Students may be any age by the time of travel if a parent travels with them.  Take a look at the information and our travel website.  If you have any further questions or would like more materials/information, please send Ms. Haynie an e-mail (

Please check out our tour website at You can                    also call customer service at 1-800-665-5364 between 9-5:30pm Monday- Friday                    with specific questions too.

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –  Students will begin Unit 4 – Operations of Fractions.  There will not be a quiz or test next week.

Compact Math Class (Mr. Hayes) – Students should see Mr. Hayes to discuss quiz and test timeline expectations.

Science (Ms. Haynie) – We’ve had a great week seeing the connection between plate tectonics and volcanoes.  Our timeline has shifted due to changes in lesson plans.  Here is what to expect for the remainder of 1st Quarter:

Week of August 22nd – 26th: Continue work on the in-class Volcano Resume Project.  This will be due by the end of class on Wed. August 24th.  Projects will be submitted via Google Docs on the Science Google Classroom site.  Discuss Earthquakes. Unit Test moved to Tuesday, August 30th.

Week of August 29th – Sept. 2nd: Unit Test on Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes on Tuesday, August 30th. This is a major grade.  We will spend the remainder of the week on rocks and the rock cycle.

Week of Sept. 5th – 9th:  This trackout week, we will review 1st Quarter material.  We will take our 1st Quarter Science Benchmark on Thursday, September 8th on devices.  This is not for a formal grade but helps to gauge what students mastered during the first nine weeks.

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) – We will have our last major grade of the quarter on Friday, August 26th. It will be over the Geography Unit. We will be making a study guide throughout the week, please check my website throughout the week for items to review with your child.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – This week, we practiced questioning the text to discover answers and expand our thinking. Next week, we will focus on making inferences using text features and clues. Inferring will be the last strategy we cover in our Building Active Readers unit. Students will take a unit assessment on Thursday, September 1; this will be a major grade.


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 (