ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: March 31st, 2017

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Happy Friday, March 31st, 6-1 Families!

Our 1st week of Quarter 4 is almost complete.  Please see below for our general and CORE updates.  There is a lot of information this week!

  1. Our last Snow Make-up Day is tomorrow, Saturday, April 1st, from 7:00am-11:00am. Reminders about Saturday School:
    1. School starts at the regular time – 7:00am.
    2. School will dismiss at 11:00am.
    3. There will be no breakfast or lunch served. Students may bring a snack if they feel they need to.
    4. Buses will run their normal routes.
    5. Students will attend their 4 core classes and their 1st
    6. Attendance is taken on Saturdays. If your student has to be absent, please make sure they check-in with their teachers for any make-up work.
  1. ECMS will be having their annual STEM Career Day on Friday, April 21st. We are in need of professionals in STEM fields to volunteer to present.  If you or anyone you know would be interested in presenting, please contact Mrs. Shandua Ellis ( See the attachment below for more information.


  1. Students received their 3rd Quarter Honor Roll certificates in class today. Our team only holds celebrations at the end of each semester.  You can go ahead and mark your calendars now for our End of the Year Celebration on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 7th beginning at 11:30am in the ECMS Auditorium.  We will send home more information and invitations on Friday, June 2nd.
  1. Students received information about the No-Fuss Fundraiser sponsored by the ECMS PTA in homeroom this week. There are a few ways to participate so please read the information in the envelope given to your student carefully.  The deadline for this fundraiser is next Friday, April 7th.
  1. Next Friday, April 7th is our next STEM Elective day. Students should bring any necessary materials that they need for their particular STEM elective.  There will only be one other meeting this year on Friday, April 28th.
  1. As we move into warmer weather, we just want to remind everyone of the WCPSS School Dress Code. Teachers do have to monitor the dress code and we will ask student to change or call home if attire is not within those guidelines. Please see the policy here:
  1. Students received information in Science class at the end of the 3rd quarter about ordering a FREE energy-efficient kit for your home from Duke Energy. Please ask your student for this flyer.  All of the information about the program is on the flyer.  The energy kit is free, no strings attached. We can also earn money for our school and you can have the chance to win $1,000.  East Cary has earned $500 for having 200 families sign up so far.  We are looking to reach the next milestone of getting 300 families signed up for more money for our school.  The easiest way is to sign up at
  1. If your student will not be attending a WCPSS school next year, please e-mail our Data Manager, Shanthi Chundi ( with the following information:

    Student’s PowerSchool ID
    Student’s Complete Name
    Parent’s Complete Name
    Where will the student attend for 2017-18

Once again, this is only if you already know that your student will NOT be attending a WCPSS next year.

  1. Yearbooks: ECMS yearbooks can be ordered through the Josten’s Yearbook site:
  1. 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) –  Next week, the 6-1 math students will continue our surface area and volume unit in math.  For this to happen, we are going to build “robots” out of household materials and find their surface area and volume.

If you have any household items, please send them in for us to use! I’m talking cereal boxes, other types of food boxes, food or drink cans (washed out!), paper towel or toilet tissue rolls, bottles, anything that our students could use to build a robot, and measure! We will need lots of items! We are going to start building and using these robots next Thursday (4/6).

I would greatly appreciate anything you could send our way. Thanks!

Science (Ms. Haynie) –  Next week, students will be focusing on learning about the moon. We will cover moon phases, eclipses and tides.  We will be starting a PBL (Project-Based Learning) project on planet properties on Monday, April 10th.

In case anyone is interested, there is a “State of the Sciences 2017” at NC State’s Hunt Library on Saturday, April 21st from 6pm-9pm.  It is a free, family-friendly event.  See more information: State of Sciences 2017

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) –  This Friday we will have Theatre4Change with us talking about peer pressure, please talk with your child about what they learned about on Friday afternoon. We will be wrapping up our short unit on Social Systems this week. Our assessment will be Monday, April 10th. Be on the lookout for a study guide on Thursday, April 6th.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – Next week, we will read an argumentative text and evaluate the author’s claims and evidence. For homework, students will read and annotate a news article; it 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 (