Week of October 15th

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Box Tops for Education are due October 18th! Please submit all Box Tops in a ziplock-bag with students’ name & homeroom teacher to the tall blue box in the main hallway across from the main office. The class from each grade who submits the most Box Tops will win a morning breakfast party.

The book fair is open this week during school hours (8:30 – 1:30) through this Wednesday October 17, 2018.  Come check out some great items for your students; also, there are some wish lists! Come make a teacher’s wish come true.

Conference Week is October 15th – October 19th. School will be dismissed for Conference Week/Report Card Distribution/Early Release daily at 1:30PM. Your child’s homeroom/conferencing teacher should be reaching out to you this week, if they have not done so already to schedule your parent/teacher conference. There are three different opportunities during conference week. You may select a face to face, a phone conference or no conference at all (in which you would just like to receive your child’s Quarter 1 report card and accompanying documents sent to you).

Performing Arts envelopes came home a couple weeks ago. Students must have signed permission to participate and attend any of the Performance Arts events that are brought to East Cobb Middle School, regardless of a donation. The requested donation is $14, however a donation in any amount would be appreciated. Students must have signed permission to attend the performances with or without a donation.


Week of October 8th

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Please join us for Literacy Night on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 6PM hosted by our Language Arts and Social Studies Departments. The whole family can enjoy games and activities related to Literacy (Reading, Writing and Speaking) including cakewalks, jeopardy, Escape rooms, spoken word, and sipping. WE have huge Literacy baskets up for grabs and fun for the whole family! Participants can enter to win one of three cool baskets (a game themed basket, a movie themed basket, and a puzzle themed basket).

The Book Fair begins the evening of October 10th as well. Come and get great deals on books and literacy items on opening night! The book fair will be held in the Learning Commons. We can’t wait to see everyone!

8th Grade students will take PSAT!  PSAT test administration will be Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  It is a one day administration and there will be no make-ups.  The notification of the test was sent home to parents on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

Conference Week is approaching… Be on the lookout for more information. Conference week will be held on October 15th – October 19th. School will be dismissed for Conference Week/Report Card Distribution/Early Release daily at 1:30PM. Your child’s homeroom/conferencing teacher should be reaching out to you this week, if they have not done so already to schedule your parent/teacher conference. There are three different opportunities during conference week. You may select a face to face, a phone conference or no conference at all (in which you would just like to receive your child’s Quarter 1 report card and accompanying documents sent to you).

Performing Arts envelopes came home a couple weeks ago. Students must have signed permission to participate and attend any of the Performance Arts events that are brought to East Cobb Middle School, regardless of a donation. The requested donation is $14, however a donation in any amount would be appreciated. Students must have signed permission to attend the performances with or without a donation.

Parents please send in any UPDATED information to Student Services to keep your contact information current such as email address, phone numbers


Week of October 1st

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Conference Week is approaching… Be on the lookout for more information. Conference week will be held on October 15th – October 19th. School will be dismissed for Conference Week/Report Card Distribution/Early Release daily at 1:30PM.

8th Grade students will be taking PSAT!  UPDATE:  PSAT test administration will be Tuesday, October 10, 2018.  It is a one day administration and there will be no make-ups.  The notification of the test was sent home to parents on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

Stock the ECMS Food Pantry – Please help us restock the ECMS Pantry with non-expired food and toiletries. Our pantry serves the local East Cobb community when families are in need.

Please drop-off donated items between 9am and 3pm in the ECMS front office by Thursday, September 20, 2018. Look for a “Stock the ECMS Food Pantry” sign-up genius link in the weekly email and on our social media pages. Thank you in advance for your support!

Performing Arts envelopes came home a couple weeks ago. Students must have signed permission to participate and attend any of the Performance Arts events that are brought to East Cobb Middle School, regardless of a donation. The requested donation is $14, however a donation in any amount would be appreciated. Students must have signed permission to attend the performances with or without a donation.

Parents, Nurse Braswell has some clinic needs throughout the year… If you are willing and able, she needs tissue (Kleenex), snack size Ziploc bags, paper towels, single wrap saltine crackers, cases of water (full size), feminine products, and OdoBan (deodorizer).

If you have not obtained your ParentVue code to view grades, progress reports, and report cards check with Student Services.

Performing Arts envelopes came home a couple weeks ago. Students must have signed permission to participate and attend any of the Performance Arts events that are brought to East Cobb Middle School, regardless of a donation. The requested donation is $14, however a donation in any amount would be appreciated. Students must have signed permission to attend the performances with or without a donation.

An important letter was distributed on Friday September 14, 2018 for parents and students regarding an addendum to the Student Code of Conduct at East Cobb Middle School in reference to Physical Altercations/Fighting.

East Cobb Middle School is dedicated to sound discipline practices in the continuing effort to provide students and staff an effective and safe learning environment, to promote learning, and to encourage maturity during the school day as well as during all school-related activities.

How will it be addressed? Students who engage in a physical altercations/fighting will receive school consequences resulting in out of school suspension and may also have a POLICE REPORT and COMPLAINT FORM filed with Juvenile Court. It is our desire to focus time and attention on improving student achievement; however, we need our students’ help in practicing self-discipline to prevent such action. Please review this letter and sign it with your student. To read this letter in its entirety, please click HERE.



Week of September 17th

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An important letter was distributed on Friday September 14, 2018 for parents and students regarding an addendum to the Student Code of Conduct at East Cobb Middle School in reference to Physical Altercations/Fighting.

East Cobb Middle School is dedicated to sound discipline practices in the continuing effort to provide students and staff an effective and safe learning environment, to promote learning, and to encourage maturity during the school day as well as during all school-related activities.

How will it be addressed? Students who engage in a physical altercations/fighting will receive school consequences resulting in out of school suspension and may also have a POLICE REPORT and COMPLAINT FORM filed with Juvenile Court. It is our desire to focus time and attention on improving student achievement; however, we need our students’ help in practicing self-discipline to prevent such action. Please review this letter and sign it with your student. To read this letter in its entirety, please click HERE.

Stock the ECMS Food Pantry
Please help us restock the ECMS Pantry with non-expired food and toiletries. Our pantry serves the local East Cobb community when families are in need.
Please drop-off donated items between 9am and 3pm in the ECMS front office by Thursday, September 20, 2018. Look for a “Stock the ECMS Food Pantry” sign-up genius link in the weekly email and on our social media pages.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Retakes: Tuesday, September 18,2018.

Performing Arts envelopes came home a couple weeks ago.  Students must have signed permission to participate and attend any of the Performance Arts events that are brought to East Cobb Middle School, regardless of a donation. The requested donation is $14, however a donation in any amount would be appreciated.  Students must have signed permission to attend the performances with or without a donation.

Parents, Nurse Braswell has some clinic needs! If you are willing and able, she needs tissue (Kleenex), snack size Ziploc bags, paper towels, single wrap saltine crackers, cases of water (full size), feminine products, and OdoBan (deodorizer).

If you have not obtained your ParentVue code to view grades, progress reports, and report cards check with Student Services.

Performing Arts envelopes came home a couple weeks ago.  Students must have signed permission to participate and attend any of the Performance Arts events that are brought to East Cobb Middle School, regardless of a donation. The requested donation is $14, however a donation in any amount would be appreciated.  Students must have signed permission to attend the performances with or without a donation.

FALL Break! Parents be mindful that Cobb County Schools will be closed September 24th -28th.

 


Week of September 10th

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7th Grade Parents, on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, your child will take the Cognitive Abilities Test, and from September 13-18, 2018, your child will take the Iowa Assessments™. A letter outlining specific details regarding the test was sent home, Wednesday, September 5, 2018.   Click on the tab above, Testing Updates – Upcoming testing information (7th Grade CogAT/Iowa)

Performing Arts envelopes came home a couple weeks ago.  Students must have signed permission to participate and attend any of the Performance Arts events that are brought to East Cobb Middle School, regardless of a donation. The requested donation is $14, however a donation in any amount would be appreciated.  Students must have signed permission to attend the performances with or without a donation.

Nominations are in and School Council voting will take place on Thursday, September 13, 2018 in the ECMS front office.  See Ms. Reade to cast your vote!

Q1 4 ½ weeks progress reports were made available in ParentVue on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. An envelope with pertinent information was sent on that day as well. Your child should have returned the envelope with your signature indicating that you have viewed your child’s progress report online and all of the information in the envelope. If you have not obtained your ParentVue code to view grades, progress reports, and report cards check with Student Services.

Parents, Nurse Braswell has some clinic needs! If you are willing and able, she needs tissue (Kleenex), snack size Ziploc bags, paper towels, single wrap saltine crackers, cases of water (full size), feminine products, and OdoBan (deodorizer).


Week of September 4th

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Testing Updates: 7th Grade Parents, on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, your child will take the Cognitive Abilities Test, and from September 13-18, 2018, your child will take the Iowa Assessments™. A letter outlining specific details regarding the test will be sent home, Wednesday, September 5, 2018.   Click on the tab above, Testing Updates – Upcoming testing information (7th Grade CogAT/Iowa)

Also, 2018 EOG Milestones score reports were distributed last week. If you have not seen your child’s score reports, please ask your child.

Tutoring/Help sessions are in full swing! They are at 8:15 every morning! If students arrive at school prior to 8:45 they will report to help sessions in the appropriate grade level. Monday – Language Arts, Tuesday – Science, Wednesday – Study Skills in the Theater, Thursday – Math, Friday – Social Studies

Parents, please send in a note when having someone pick up your child. Even if the person is listed on your child’s emergency card, a heads up is needed when someone other than you are coming to pick up your child during the day.

Q1 4 ½ weeks progress reports will be available in ParentVue on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. An envelope with pertinent information will be sent on that day as well. Please have your child return the envelope with your signature indicating that you have viewed your child’s progress report online and all of the information in the envelope. If you have not obtained your ParentVue code to view grades, progress reports, and report cards check with Student Services.

Parents, Nurse Braswell has some clinic needs! If you are willing and able, she needs tissue (Kleenex), snack size Ziploc bags, paper towels, single wrap saltine crackers, cases of water (full size), feminine products, and OdoBan (deodorizer).

6th Grade Parents, on Thursday, September 6, 2018 your child will participate in the 6th grade social in the gym during 6th period. Students are welcome to bring money to purchase drinks and snacks!

Parents are invited to attend information sessions regarding the six Cobb County School District Magnet School Programs on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Wheeler High School or Tuesday September 11, 2018 at Pebblebrook High School at 6PM. Additionally, East Cobb Middle School 8th graders will attend a Magnet School presentation here at ECMS on September 6, 2018 during the school day at 11:45AM. Parents you are welcome to attend that session as well if you wish.

CCSD will be on Fall Break September 24, 2018 – September 28, 2018 all schools will be closed.


Week of August 27th

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Your child’s EOG Milestones reports from last year will be distributed Tuesday, August 28, 2018 and students will bring them home for your review. If you do not receive scores, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.  Click on “Testing Updates” above for more information.

Parents are invited to attend information sessions regarding the six Cobb County School District Magnet School Programs on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Wheeler High School or Tuesday September 11, 2018 at Pebblebrook High School at 6PM. Additionally, East Cobb Middle School 8th graders will attend a Magnet School presentation here at ECMS on September 6, 2018 during the school day at 11:45AM. Parents you are welcome to attend that session as well if you wish.

At Wheeler High School there will be a Combined Coding Competition (3C) – Saturday, September 22, 2018.

It is a free programming contest centered on helping students learn web development. It will focus on three core web development languages – HTML, CSS, and JavaScript – through an individual written test and a real-world team design challenge. The competition, hosted by the Circuit Runners Check Wheeler High School’s website for more information https://circuitrunners.github.io/C3_1.html for more information and registration. Download flyer!

Early Release – Wednesday, August 29, 2018! Students will be dismissed at 1:30PM. Parents please be sure your child knows their correct mode of transportation. There will be no supervision after school is dismissed for students.

Get your YEARBOOK on an Early Bird Special for $25 until October 31, 2018!

Tutoring/Help sessions began last week. They are at 8:15 every morning! If students arrive at school prior to 8:45 they will report to help sessions in the appropriate grade level.  Monday – Language Arts, Tuesday – Science, Wednesday – Study Skills in the Theater, Thursday – Math, Friday – Social Studies

This Friday and EVERY Friday we will sell Chick-fil-A near the stairs; the main stairwell lobby area. CFA chicken biscuits are $3. Come help The Foundation support our school.

We encourage students, parents, staff and ALL stakeholders to join PTSA. Students may place money to join PTSA in a money envelope and then into the safe near the Locker Stocker. The Locker Stocker is right around the corner from the back or the café there are signs that lead the way!

 


Week of August 20th

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Greetings from The ECMS Admin Team and welcome to East Cobb Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year! We are off to a great start at East Cobb Middle School! This is our opening year on Terrell Mill as we have now moved our new building! There is always lots going on… To stay informed, stay tuned for Principal Young’s Monday Message (dial-out), the school’s website, this blog and your child’s teachers’ blogs!

Parents, please be mindful that Middle school officially begins at 9:15. Student drop off is at 8:45AM. Students should not be dropped off prior to 8:45AM as there is no supervision until that time.

There are opportunities for early morning activities such as Intramurals. Students must arrive between 8:00AM- 8:10AM each morning and coaches will pick them up near the café at 8:10AM in order to participate.

Our music department and other clubs/organizations will prearrange meetings and practices for some mornings as well. (Students will need to listen out for those announcements).

Help session are at 8:15 every morning! If students arrive at school prior to 8:45 they will report to help sessions in the appropriate grade level.

Monday – Language Arts Tuesday – Science Wednesday – Study Skills in the Theater Thursday – Math Friday – Social Studies

Also, please be mindful that checkout time ends at 3:45PM. If you want your child to have an early dismissal please do so prior to 3:45PM. Announcements begin each day at 4:10PM in order to dismiss car-riders promptly at 4:1PM5.

This Friday and EVERY Friday we will sell Chick-fil-A near the stairs; the main stairwell lobby area. CFA chicken biscuits are $3. Come help The Foundation support our school.

We encourage students, parents, staff and ALL stakeholders to join PTSA. Students may place money to join PTSA in a money envelope and then into the safe near the Locker Stocker. The Locker Stocker is right around the corner from the back or the café there are signs that lead the way!


Summertime Fun!

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READ READ READ! One of our goals is to continue show growth in student Lexile scores. An action to reach this goal is to give students an opportunity to read more. During the school year we read at least once a week during our Advisement Period. Parents, you can help us with that action at home and have your child read for at least 20 to 30 minutes each day during the summer break to strengthen their Lexile scores. The more you read to more you know, the more you read the better your score. Thank you for supporting our goals and actions.

Have a safe, enjoyable and restful summer!