East Cobb Middle School

Mission~To cultivate civic-minded, life-long learners who promote respect for diversity in our community by:

  *Delivering rigorous and relevant learning experiences

  *Facilitating creativity, innovation and collaboration

*Nurturing individual determination and success

  *Fostering a spirit of unity among all stakeholders

Vision~Developing High-Achieving, Independent, Critical Thinkers for Tomorrow's Challenges and Beyond

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When the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) announced the College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores on December 8, district administrators noticed that specific information for calculating a portion of the score was not included in the released score for each middle school.  Therefore, the middle school CCRPI scores showed an inaccurate drop across the district.  The issue was immediately addressed on December 9 by the district with the GaDOE Accountability and Assessment Department and is currently being resolved. 

 

Once the new data is incorporated into the recalculation, correct scores for CCSD middle schools will be released and published by the GaDOE at the end of January.  Based on internal preliminary calculations by district administrators, the results show that the CCRPI score at every middle school, as well as the overall district score, will increase.  The corrected scores will be issued by the State within the next 45 days.


Tuba Christmas


On Friday, December 5, 2014, East Cobb Middle School musicians participated in the Tuba Christmas at Underground Atlanta.  The students rehearsed with other musicians and then performed at Underground Atlanta.  There were about 200 musicians playing either the tuba or baritone.  The music spread holiday cheer to all in attendance.


Spreading Holiday Cheer

On Saturday, December 6, 2014, the ECMS Beta Club met at Target to purchase items for the Angel Tree.  The students purchased the gifts with the proceeds they raised from selling Chick-Fil-A calendars.


ECMS Angel Tree

Are you looking for a way to give back this holiday season?  Please consider taking an angel from the East Cobb Angel Tree benefitting students in need in our school.  All gifts are due Friday, December 12th.  Please wrap the item and tape the angel to the outside of the package.  Thanks for helping our students have wonderful holidays!


ECMS Students Participate in Hour of Code

The STEM classes at ECMS are joining the Hour of Code sponsored by Studio Code during the week of December 4th-12th, 2014. The Hour of Code is a global movement hoping to reach tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.  Designed to demystify code, “Studio Code shows that computer science is not rocket-science, anybody can learn the basics," said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org.

 

Code.org® is a 501c3 public non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming.

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he ECMS Design Club will be hosting an Hour of Code session on Wednesday, December 10,  4:30PM – 5:30PM.

 


ECMS Super Heroes Supporting the United Way

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Parent Survey

The Georgia Department of Education and East Cobb Middle School appreciateyour feedback.  Please take a few minutes to complete the Georgia Parent Survey.  Data from the Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0, the Georgia School Personnel Survey and the Georgia Parent Survey along with other sources will be used in the calculation of a School Climate Star Rating which is a diagnostic tool within the CCRPI. The survey will remain open through Friday, February 27, 2015. 

Parent Survey


Congratulations ECMS Students!

Two of the winners of the WaterSmart WaterArt awards ceremony are from ECMS.  Sixth graders, Katie F. and Jackson T., were chosen out of over 200 entries from Cobb and Paulding counties.  Katie's art also received the honor of "most creative".  They were given their certificates Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at the Art Station Big Shanty.  Their work was submitted by Ms. Angela Lockman, ECMS's art teacher.

Art Station
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District Direction for Continuous Improvement Chart

Please click here to review the District Direction for Continuous Improvement Chart.


    

CCSD Updates Enrollment Protocol

The health and safety of our students and school staffs is our highest priority. National and international health authorities are currently working to manage an ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in several countries in West Africa. The Cobb County School District has released an update to the Enrollment Protocol as well as a letter to parents informing them of the changes. Please see the links below.

Download the Enrollment Protocol Memo

Download the Parent Letter regarding Ebola Protocol

Download the Parent Letter regarding Ebola Protocol in Spanish

Download the Parent Letter regarding Ebola Protocol in Portuguese

Download the Parent Letter regarding Ebola Protocol in Korean


Framework for Leading and Operating Schools

By June 2015, state law requires all Georgia school districts to choose a framework for leading and operating schools. The Cobb County School District currently saves almost $44 million annually through state waivers no longer available after July 1, 2015, unless a contract is developed to become either a charter system or an Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) system. The Cobb County Board of Education will continue the IE2 proposal discussions.  For more information about the Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) system click here.


What is all this talk about P.B.I.S and REP?

We know that schools are successful when they help children grow academically, socially and emotionally.  For this to happen it imperative that we have a safe environment that is supportive and conducive for growth.  By setting forth clear social and behavior expectations and directly teaching students about those expectations, it is our goal to create a positive atmosphere for optimal learning.

The P.B.I.S. system has four (4) components:  (1) a matrix of behavior expectations, 2) lesson plans to teach students the behavioral expectations (3) an acknowledgment/reinforcement system and (4) behavioral infraction notice.

Our plan is based on P.B.I.S. - Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.  The staff and students kicked off this initiative in August with an introduction to all Wildcats during the first few weeks of school.  We have three (3) school-wide expectations:

·         Demonstrate Respect

·         Demonstrate Effort

·         Demonstrate Pride

The P.B.I.S. system encourages consistent positive rewards to celebrate student success.  Students who are “caught” following the behavioral expectations are rewarded with REP Reward Cards.  These cards may be used to purchase school supplies in the classroom or other items and privileges Thursday during lunch at the REP Rewards Store.  Store items change as donations are made from our Partners in Education, parents, community members. etc. 

Sample items:

·         School supplies (pencils, grippers, pencil pouches)

·         Locker pass

·         Homework pass

·         Patio lunch pass

·         Morning Announcement Shout Out

·         Birthday Announcement

·         9Rounds- One week/Two Weeks or a month pass

·         After school basketball

Our goal is to teach children alternate behaviors to ensure a school environment that is safe, fun and free from distraction, and ultimately helps all children reach their maximum learning potential. 

 To make a donation please contact LaTanya Walker, Academic Coach  at LaTanya.Walker@cobbk12.org or 770-578-2740 x226.


2014-2015 AC Criteria

Click here for the AC Criteria.


2014-2015 Online Meal Applications

Click here to access the 2014-2015 online meal application.


New Immunization Requirements for 2014-2015

The Georgia Department of Public Health has released new immunization requirements for Georgia students.  In addition to the immunizations currently required, all students born on or after January 1, 2002 who are entering 7th grade, and new entrants to Georgia schools in grades 8-12 will be required to have the Tdap (Tetnus, Diptheria and Pertussis) and meningococcal conjugate vaccines before entering school for the 2014-2015 school year. 

For more information, call Cobb & Douglas Public Health at 770-514-2349 or visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.

Click here for more information.
Click here for more information in Spanish.


2014-2015 School Choice

The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2014-2015 school year.  Applications will be available beginning February 10, 2014.  For more information, please see our 2014-15 School Choice website.


Focus School

East Cobb Middle has been identified as a Focus school according to the definition contained in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver granted to the State of Georgia in February of 2012.  East Cobb Middle’s Focus school designation is due to an achievement gap between student groups identified from 2010-2011 school data.  Focus schools must offer a Flexible Learning Program (FLP) designed to increase academic achievement.  The East Cobb Middle FLP program addresses the subject of math.  The FLP program will provide additional math instruction from certified teachers during the school day to identified students.  If you have more questions about the Flexible Learning Program or the ESEA waiver please click on the link below or call Leetonia Young at 770-578-2740.

http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/title1/FlexibleLearningPrograms.pdf


Study Island Resources

Parent Overview

Parent Letter - English and Spanish


No habla Inglés? Necesita ayuda?

Las familias que no hablen Inglés y necesiten ayuda con el proceso de matriculación de sus hijos en la escuela pueden llamar al Centro Internacional de Bienvenida al (770) 819-2383.

Note: Non-English speaking families in need of assistance with registration in the ESOL Program may call the International Welcome Center at (770) 819-2383.

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East Cobb Middle has been identified as a Focus school according to the definition contained in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver granted to the State of Georgia in February of 2012. Focus schools must offer a Flexible Learning Program (FLP) designed to increase academic achievement. The East Cobb Middle FLP program addresses the subject of math. The FLP program will provide math instruction from certified teachers during the school day to identified students. If you have more questions about the Flexible Learning Program or the ESEA waiver please click on the link below. http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/title1/FlexibleLearningPrograms.pdf