ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: April 13th, 2017

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Happy Thursday, April 13th, 6-1 Families!

We hope everyone has a safe and happy 3-day weekend! There is NO school tomorrow, Friday, April 14th.  Please see the information below for IMPortant ECMS announcements, team announcements, and CORE updates:

  1. At the end of the 3rd week of the 4th quarter, we are finding that we have A LOT of missing work. Please continue to check PowerSchools frequently and encourage your student to be checking PowerSchools and/or the missing work lists outside the teachers’ classrooms a couple of times a week.  As they move towards being 7th graders, they really need to be taking on that responsibility as well.  Remember, in PowerSchools, missing assignments are indicated by the grade of a “0” and an orange square next to the assignment.  If you see a –/100, that means the assignment is still in the process of being graded.
  1. ECMS is participating in the Cary/Apex/Morrisville Relay for Life on May 20th to 21st. Students and families may participate by joining our team as a walker, donating to our team, participating in Relay for Life Spirit Week (more information to come), or order a Relay for Life t-shirt through the ECMS PTA (form attached). Haynie will be representing 6-1 as a walker on that day so are welcome to donate to her page or the ECMS Team page.

ECMS Team Site: ECMS Relay for Life Page

Ms. Haynie’s Site: Ms. Haynie’s Relay for Life Page

T-Shirt Order Form: ECMS Relay for Life Tshirt Order Form 2017 (4)

  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. 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. Please review BYOD expectations with your student. Students who violate the BYOD contract, signed by both parent and student at the beginning of the year, will be referred for a technology violation.  Also, the contract clearly states that devices should NOT be used for personal e-mail and communication during class time.  If you need to contact your student, please call the front office at (919) 466-4377 and we will relay your message to your student.  A copy of the BYOD contract can be found here: BYODpolicy-contract 2015
  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 258 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. 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) –  Math Unit 13 Objectives that will be covered next week:

-Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it in the answers. For example. “How old am I?” is not a statistical question, but “How old are the students in my school?” is a statistical question because on anticipates variability in students’ ages.

-Understand that a set of data collected to answer a statistical question has a distribution that can be described by its center, spread, and overall shape.

-Recognize that a measure of center for a numerical data set summarizes all of its values with a single number, while a measure of variation describes how its values vary with a single number.

-Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots.

Science (Ms. Haynie) –  Next week students will continue to work on their Planetary Amusement Park.  The project is due by the end of the day on Thursday, April 20th.  Copies of the project packet can be found on my website. This is a major grade for 4th quarter.

In case anyone is interested, there is a “State of the Sciences 2017” at NC State’s Hunt Library on Saturday, April 22nd from 6pm-9pm.  It is a free, family-friendly event.  See more information: State of Sciences 2017

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) –  We will be continuing to work on our Civilization Bingo Projects and beginning to talk about why civilizations go into decline. Reminder, homework is due on Monday the 17th, it was given out on April 1st. I cannot put copies on the website because of copyright reasons.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – Next week, students will continue to analyze the author’s craft by focusing on determining the author’s point of view and purpose. We will also explore critical literacy and begin to brainstorm topics and audiences for our upcoming argumentative writing project. For homework, 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 (