ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: November 18th, 2016

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Happy Friday, November 18th, 6-1 Families!

The end of the 2nd quarter is quickly approaching.  We wanted to send out some reminders for the next 2 weeks.

Year-Rounds schools will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th.  There will be NO SCHOOL these days.  We understand that families travel during this time of the year.  Please let us know if your student plans to miss any days next week, as well as, please ask your student to check in with their teachers to obtain any work they will miss.

Trackout Day for 2nd Quarter will be on Friday, December 2nd.  This is also an Early Release Day.  We like for our December Trackout Day to be a time of service learning/giving back and getting into the festive spirit.  We encourage our students to dress festively on this day if they would like.  The teachers will be in their holiday festive wear as well.

It’s that time of the year where our 6-1 team tissue box supply is running low.  We would appreciate any donations of tissues and Lysol disinfectant wipes.  We currently have plenty of hand sanitizer.  Students can bring those to donations to Ms. Haynie to put in the team supply closet.

Mr. Miller is also in need of some white card stock, an 11”x17” ream of paper, and any small prize donations for our PBIS 6-1 weekly store.

ECMS is holding its annual Fall Food Drive to support the Wake Relief Food Bank in downtown Raleigh.  Students can bring in non-perishable food items to their homeroom class collection box.  The Food Drive will run until Monday, November 21st.  Please consider donating especially at this holiday time of the year, as well as, in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

ECMS is need of volunteers for Science Fair Judges in December and January.  Please see the attached document for more information about the responsibilities of science fair judges.  If you are interested in helping out or getting more information, please contact Mrs. Shandua Ellis, our STEM coordinator/Assistant Principal at .


Lastly, we encourage both students and parents to review our teacher websites for lessons, homework, and resources.  We update our websites daily and weekly.

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –  Students will have a Unit Test on Monday, November 21st covering how to solve equations and inequalities.  After the test, students will start Unit 8 on Ratios and Rates.  This unit will last the remainder of the 2nd quarter.  There will be no other tests or quizzes this quarter.

Science (Ms. Haynie) –

Overview for remainder of Quarter 2 in Science:

Week of Nov. 21-23:  Exploring Biomes through Comparing and Contrasting and creating an Ecological Tourism Poster for one of the Biomes. This will be an intermediate grade for 3rd quarter. Details will be on my website.

Week of Nov. 28-Dec. 2: Finishing up Biomes, Review and Take Quarter 2 Science Benchmark, Clean Out Science Section (we will add this quarter’s papers/work to our classroom science folders)

Students should be working on the final parts to their Science Fair projects.  Please see the Science Fair packet for more details and examples.  Once again, students do not have turn in each part as they finish but they are welcome to give it to Ms. Haynie to give them some feedback/corrections to make before the final product is due on Thursday, December 1st.  Students may share their Google documents or e-mail attachments to Ms. Haynie to review.

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) – On Monday we will be taking a major assessment covering primary and secondary sources, this will only be weighted .50 towards your child’s major assessment grade. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be allowing students who did not finish their project on time to present a few days late with only a 10% penalty. Students who finished on time will be provided an extension activity for Tuesday and Wednesday.

For the week of Nov. 28th – Dec. 2nd, we will be wrapping up 2nd quarter with the achievements of ancient civilizations. We will be covering how achievements advanced societies and helped them thrive. Have a great trackout!

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – Next week, we will plan and write argumentative texts. During the week of November 28, we will focus on the comprehension skills of summarizing and synthesizing information as we read non-fiction. Students will take the ELA Quarter 2 benchmark on Wednesday, November 30. This assessment will measure students’ progress toward learning objectives, but it will not be graded. Students should plan to bring their library books to school on Friday, December 2 to return or renew before tracking out.


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 (