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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January is National Mentoring Month!

The East Cobb Middle School Council is focused on increasing the Community and Parent Involvement at ECMS.  One of the initiatives that has come out of this program is the Student Mentoring Initiative.  Cobb County has a fantastic mentoring program “Cobb Mentoring Matters” which serves all Cobb county schools and East Cobb Middle School has a great need for mentors. 

 

Research shows that school based mentoring programs have many benefits including:

·         *Reduction of school absences

·         *Improved academic performance

·         *Improved behavior

·         *Improved relationship with parents

·         *Increased parental involvement with the student’s education

·         *Reduced drug and alcohol use

·         *Reduced violent behavior

 

A mentor is an adult who, along with parents, provides a young person with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement, and constructive examples.  Mentors are not “cool friends.”  They are good listeners, people who care, people who want to help bring out strengths that are already there.  Many children in our school system need guidance, support, and encouragement aimed at developing competence and character.  The introduction of a mentor in these student’s lives often can mean the difference between success and failure at school.  In the amount of time you spend watching your favorite weekly TV show, you could be mentoring and changing a young life.

 

(The commitment is for Mentors to meet with a student of one hour, one day per week at ECMS.  The mentors will receive a 90 minute orientation and training from the Cobb Mentoring Matters and will receive some electronic forms that will need to be completed.

 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please go to www.cobbmentoringmatters.org and read about the program and how to become a mentor for an East Cobb Middle School student.

 

Please join us in this incredibly important initiative.  If you can mentor an East Cobb Middle School student, please sign up at http://cobbmentoringmatters.org/become-a-mentor.php

 

You can make a difference.

 


2015-16 School Choice

The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2015-2016 school year.  Individual school capacity information and applications will be available beginning February 1, 2015 on the District website. 
For more information, please see our 2015-16 School Choice webpage.


Sources of Strength

ECMS parents are invited to attend an informational breakfast .  The presentation title is "Sources of Strength" with our guest speaker being Mary Hines-Bones of Cobb County School District's Prevention Intervention program.

"Sources of Strength" talks about suicidal warning signs and mental health issues with our students.  Mrs. Hines-Bones can assist parents in Cobb County with family resources as needed with mental health challenges.

Date:  February 5, 2015
Time:  8:30AM - 9:15AM
Place:  ECMS Media Center

Please RSVP via email.
regina.taylor@cobbk12.org or robert.chiappetta@cobbk12.org


Wheeler 8th Grade Sneak-A-Peek

Join the Wheeler Counseling Department and Administrative Staff for an informative evening and learn what Wheeler High School has to offer.

Date:  Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Time:  6:00PM
Place:  Cafeteria

Clilck here for more information.


Cultural Awareness Night

Come join an infusion of cultures with samplings of traditions, history, customs, food, performances, and talents of the ECMS students, staff, and community.

Date:  Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Place:  ECMS Theater
Time:  5:45PM

Would you love to share part of your homeland with us?  Were you born in America, but have a heritage that you are proud of and want to celebrate your roots?  We are looking for ECMS students and families to serve as “Diplomats of Culture” and share their ethnic entertainment, food, and/or information about their culture.  If you are interested, please complete the attached flyer and return to your child's homeroom teacher by Friday, February 6, 2015.

Cultural Awareness Flyer


Rising 6th Grade Tours

Rising 6th grade tours have been scheduled for April and May.  The tours will include the following:

*Meet our principal and administrators
*Learn valuable information and tips about middle school
*Ask the 6th grade counselor questions pertaining to ECMS
*Tour the school building with tour ambassadors who have previously attended their elementary school
*Tour ambassadors will answer questions that our rising 6th graders may have as well as share their own experiences

Parents are welcome to join us.  We look forward to you coming to ECMS!

Tour Dates:
April 29, 2015 at 9:00AM - Sedalia Park
April 30, 2015 at 9:00AM - Brumby
May 4, 2015 at 9:00AM - Eastvalley
May 6, 2015 at 9:00AM  - Powers Ferry & Sope Creek


Congratulations!

Harrison Marable, an ECMS 8th grade orchestra student, has earned a spot in the Georgia Music Educators Association's All-State Orchestra.  Harrison successfully passed two auditions, and based on his scores he placed fourth chair in the cello section of the top orchestra.

Harrison will be participating in the All-State Orchestra in Athens, GA Thursday, February 26 through Saturday, February 28.

Good luck Harrison!


Reading Bowl Team

The ECMS Reading Bowl team competed in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at North Cobb High School.   Congratulations on all of your hard work!

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Crusade Against Bullying

The Crusade Against Bullying Committee created an Anti-Bullying PSA which aired on ECTV the week of January 12th.  The committee includes a group of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and has invited all ECMS students to take a pledge to put a stop to bullying.  During lunch on Friday, January 16th, students were encouraged to sign a pledge to join the crusade.  Also, students are invited to participate in a week of kindness beginning January 20th.
The committee will continue their efforts to combat bullying through a variety of activities for the remainder of the school year. 
Join the crusade!

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Thank You Jet's Pizza!

A HUGE thank you to Jet’s Pizza for supporting ECMS by supplying the pizza for our Focus Celebration on January 14th. Jet’s was able to donate enough pizza to about 80 of our students who have made and met personal/academic goals this first semester!!

We appreciate your continued support.


Congratulations!

Erika Donley, an ECMS student, won an honorable mention for Visual Arts in the ECCC Reflections Contest.  She will be attending the awards ceremony at Lassiter High School on Tuesday, January 27th with the other Cobb County winners.  Congratulations Erika!


Cobb Alcohol Youth Summit

The Cobb Alcohol Youth Summit will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Cobb County Safety Village in Marietta.  Students will have the opportunity to earn community service hours as well as receive t-shirts and other prizes.
For more information, click here.


ECMS Robotic Team Qualifies for Super Regionals

The 2014-2015  8th Grade Robotics Team – Control, Alt, Delete won Best Mechanical Design for the FLL Regional Competition in December.

They will be competing in the Super Regionals on January 17, 2015. Members include: JJ J., Ben H., Randy W., Walter K., Katy P. and Nick C.




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Hour of Code

The STEM classes at ECMS joined 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.

The Super Regional Competition will be held at Creekland Middle School on January 16, 2015.


Superintendent-elect Woods seeks Student Advisers

State School Superintendent-elect Richard Woods is accepting applications for the 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The members of the Student Advisory Council meet three times during the school year with the State School Superintendent to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia. Members are advisers and act as liaisons between the Department of Education and the students of Georgia. Superintendent-elect Woods will be conducting the meetings, which will also feature various DOE personnel providing further information.

"Meeting with students and getting their advice will be a top priority of mine as State School Superintendent," said Superintendent-elect Woods. "I am committed to making decisions that are in the best interests of our students, and hearing from them directly is how I can ensure that happens.”

All students in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply. Meetings will be held in February, March and early May (dates are subject to change). Applicants should be able to attend all meetings.

To be eligible for the Council, applications must be received by Friday, January 16, 2014.

Link to application


ECMS Super Heroes Supporting the United Way

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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.


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.

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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.


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