ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: January 6th, 2017

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Happy Friday, January 6th, 6-1 Families!

We had a great start to the new year by jumping right back into where we left of before we tracked out.  Second semester is really about preparing students for 7th grade.  The pace picks up and expectations get higher.  It is extremely important that students really get into the groove of staying organized and keeping track of their grades.  We would like to remind students and parents that the rule for late work is a 10-point deduction for every day the assignment is late up to the most of 40-point reduction.  This policy can be found in the ECMS Student Handbook.

We will be celebrating 1st Semester accomplishments with a brief ceremony on Friday, January 20th at 8:00am in the ECMS Auditorium.  We will be sending home more information with students who will be receiving an award next week.

The Science Fair is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 10th in the Media Center.  Students, friends, and family are welcome to come to the Media Center from 5:00-6:00pm to view the projects and project winners.  If the Science Fair needs to be postponed, we will update you with that information as well.

Our next STEM elective day is Friday, January 13th and our next Early Release day is Friday, January 20th.  Monday, January 16th is a Holiday for the school system as we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We could still use some donations of tissues as we move into this winter season.  Our supply is getting low.  Your student can give the donations to their homeroom teacher.

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 be taking their 2nd Quarter Benchmark on Monday.  Benchmarks are only for assessment of mastery only, not for a formal grade.  Beginning on Tuesday, students will be starting Unit 9 which will cover Percents, Percent Applications and Measurement Conversions.

Science (Ms. Haynie) –  Students have now started a new unit on Matter.  We will be learning about atoms, elements, molecules, and the periodic table for the next week.  Students will begin having Notebook Checks for a grade this quarter.  The first date will be announced soon.

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) – We will be taking our benchmark for 2nd quarter on Monday. We will begin our unit on Politics in Ancient History this week. Please make sure to help your child reach their goal for this quarter, their homework from last week had to be signed by a parent or guardian.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – On Monday, we will begin our study of this year’s whole-school read, Seedfolks. We will read Seedfolks over the course of six weeks as we focus on different literature standards. Next week, our focus will be on determining the author’s tone and word meanings. An article of the week will go home on Monday and will be due with annotations 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 (