Week of August 29th

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Parents, the long awaited Georgia Milestones individual score reports were distributed today and students should have brought them home TODAY! While most 6th graders received their scores today, some 6th graders and those students who did not attend ECMS last year will receive their reports as we receive them from their previous schools.



What is the Georgia Milestones Assessment System? The Georgia Milestones is a comprehensive summative assessment program for grades 3 through 12. Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state content standards in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students in grades 3 through 8 take an End-Of-Grade (EOG) assessment in each content area. High school students take an End-Of-Course (EOC) assessment in eight courses. Georgia Milestones includes the following types of test items: •open-ended (constructed-response) items in language arts and mathematics; •extended writing responses to passages read during the test in language arts; •norm-referenced items to provide a national comparison in all content areas; and •multiple-choice items in all content areas.

How are the results of the Georgia Milestones scored? Your student’s performance on the assessment is reported in one of four achievement levels: (1) Beginning Learner, (2) Developing Learner, (3) Proficient Learner, or (4) Distinguished Learner. Descriptions of each achievement level are given in the ISR. Your student also received a scale score for each test. Using the scale score, you can compare your student’s performance with the average student in the school, district, and state. Your student’s performance in each subject is described in greater detail using domain categories for each subject area.

Dates to keep in mind…

  • ECMS/Chick-fil-a Spirit Night, Tuesday, August 30th at 5PM with a dunk tank sponsored by PTSA and Partner in Education, Chick-fil-a East Lake. Come and eat dinner and join the fun! A part of the proceeds will be given to support or PTSA and ultimately ECMS!
  • Morning tutoring/help sessions will begin September 6, 2016.
  • Schoolwide Detention begin Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Morning detentions on Tuesdays 8:15- 8:45 and afternoon Detentions on Thursdays at 4:30- 5:00PM.

Week of August 22nd

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Thanks for an amazing turnout to Back-to-School Night! It is our hope that you had the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and learn more about their school day. Parents remember you may access teacher’s online gradebook in Synergy, ParentVue. To stay up-to date, access teacher’s blogs for the day-to-day happenings in their classrooms.
Our Fall Picture Day is scheduled for this Thursday, August 25th. Here is what you need to know:
• These are yearbook pictures. Payment envelopes will be distributed in your child’s homeroom on Tuesday, August 22nd. Students must bring their payment envelope with their money on picture day if they plan to purchase to pictures. Everyone will take a pictures!
Mark your Calendar
• Please plan to join us on August 26, 2016 for FRIDAY Night Lights and Food Trucks. Wear your Wildcat Spirit Wear and come support Wheeler vs Centennial football game! Join us for tailgating, food trucks and fun. This is a joint venture with East Cobb Middle School and Wheeler High School parent and football booster organizations.
• Next week we will have our first ECMS/Chick-fil-a Spirit Night of the 2016 school year at 5PM with a dunk tank sponsored by PTSA and PIE Chick-fil-a East Lake. Come and eat dinner and join the fun! A part of the proceeds will be given to support or PTSA and ultimately ECMS!

Week of August 15th!

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Student schedules –   Administratively, we have been leveling classes and making changes to students schedules due to personnel changes, class sizes and moves to accommodate students’ academic needs. We have made every effort to keep your child with the same teacher for consistency; however there may be changes with teachers.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

East Cobb Middle School will implement a schoolwide Detention beginning September 6th, Tuesday mornings 8:15- 8:45 or Thursday afternoons 4:30- 5:00.  Parents will be contacted when students are assigned detention and will be responsible for dropping them off on time on Tuesday mornings or picking them up on time on Thursday afternoons.  If a student is assigned a detention, parents will need to be sure that the detention is carried out so that no further consequence is necessary due failure to serve detention.  It is our hope that detentions will be minimal as our students will continue to show RESPECT, EFFORT and PRIDE and exhibit positive behavior while meeting PBIS expectations.

Question of the week…. How can I regularly check my child’s grades?  Parents may access teacher’s online gradebook in Synergy.  Parent access is called ParentVue and parents must provide a copy of their I.D. to the attendance office to obtain your activation key.  Students have access to their grades via StudentVue in Synergy.  For parents that will be in attendance for Back to School night, you can secure ParentVue information at that time.

On Thursday, August 18, 2016 there will be a General PTSA Meeting including a Meet the Jr. Wildcat Nation at 5:30 as well as Back to School night for all grade levels. Parents will report to their child’s homerooms by 6:10 PM that night.

Please plan to join us on August 26, 2016 for FRIDAY Night Lights and Food Trucks.  Wear your Wildcat Spirit Wear and come support Wheeler vs Centennial football game!  Join us for tailgating, food trucks and fun. This is a joint venture with East Cobb Middle School and Wheeler High School parent and football booster organizations

It’s the First Day of School!

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Greetings from The ECMS Admin Team and welcome to East Cobb Middle School for the 2016-2017 school year!
We extremely excited about the start of the new school year. We are looking forward to continuing to “Educate with Positivity” here at East Cobb Middle School. We hope that each of you enjoyed your summer. We are rejuvenated and ready to begin encouraging, engaging and educating our students on Monday August 1st! We are looking forward to a great start where students are actively engaged in learning! On August 8th and August 9th, students will participate in Team Talks. Team Talks is a discussion that grade level administrators will have with all students by to discuss expectations for the year. Additionally, on August 18th, ECMS will have Open House @ 5:30pm! Please know that we are happy to speak with you regarding any questions, comments, concerns or just to say “hello”.
Middle school is a big place with a lot of teachers and a lot of students. Your children are growing and developing right before your eyes… With that being said, it can also be a challenging time. Continue to support your child… I encourage you to check our blog as we will share information regularly. Additionally, your child’s teacher’s blogs provide information with regards to what is happening in the classroom. Please do not hesitate to check teacher blogs for information with regards to your child’s school work Students in middle school are experiencing a tremendous amount of change. Here are a few tips for parents and caregivers as they navigate the middle school years.
Require an Assignment Notebook Many schools give students an assignment notebook or planner at the beginning of the school year. Parents can require their student to record all homework assignments in the planner and then check it. If the school does not provide one, create your own.
Read Course Syllabi Parents should read each course syllabus. This will provide you with information about classroom policies and expectations and will provide a timeline for major projects and assignments.
Check Homework Parents should check to see that homework assignments are being completed in a timely fashion. If students would spend a little time every day on each class, that will save a great deal of stress and time the night before an assignment is due.
Designate a Study Time and Place Work with your student to pick a time and place where school work should be completed each day. If students do not have a homework assignment, they should read. Study areas should be as free from distractions as possible and should have available a study survival kit.
Create a Study Survival Kit This kit should contain pens, pencils, paper scissors, and any other supplies necessary for completing assignments. Having all of these materials in one place will keep students from wasting time looking for them.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate Communicate with your student’s teachers by phone or e-mail. Introduce yourself to them at back to school nights and PTA meetings. Let them know to contact you if ever they have a question or concern. Also communicate with your middle school student. Although they are growing up and peer relationships take a higher priority than family relationships, it is important the students know that you are available to talk to them and listen when they need it.
~ Adapted from Anna R. Brussel, 2003 – Hayfield Secondary School