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
*Facilitating creativity, innovation
*Nurturing individual determination
*Fostering a spirit of unity among all
Independent, Critical Thinkers for Tomorrow's Challenges and
School Board Appreciation Week
March 16-20, 2015
East Cobb Middle School thanks Scott Sweeney
for representing and supporting our school!
Title I Policy, Compact and School
Wide Plan Review Meeting
Date: Thursday, March
Time: 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Place: ECMS Conference Room
If you are unable to attend, please click
here to review the documents and provide feedback.
Congratulations ECMS Orchestra
The District 12 Honor Orchestra was held
Friday, March 20 and Saturday March 21 at McEachern High School.
The following students represented ECMS:
8th Grade: Elasia Campbell, Claire Sohn,
Harrison Marable, Yu Chaio, and Rex Martin
7th Grade: Erin O'Dea, Naomi Chernowski,
and Aubrey Blair
Congratulations to our students!
Seeking Bus Drivers!
The Cobb County School
District is seeking professional, safety-minded individuals for
school bus drivers.
*Starting rate is $14.51 per hour
*Apply online at
*For more information, click
2015-2016 ECMS School Council
East Cobb Middle School (ECMS) has many ways
for parents to be involved and welcomes parent participation in
students’ academic success. The ECMS PTSA and Foundation
have many venues to volunteer. ECMS also has another
entity within the school which has the power to change lives and
has direct access to the Cobb County School District. The
Cobb County School District supports and solicits family
involvement in all the district schools.
Established in September 2003, the East Cobb
Middle School Council is intended to bring the community and
school closer together in the spirit of cooperation to solve
difficult education problems, improve academic achievement,
provide support for teachers and administrators, and bring
parents into the school-based decision making process.
It is a great opportunity for parents and businesses to help in
the school’s decision making processes from budgets and
expenditures to class sizes and school improvement plans.
The ECMS Council consists of 3 parents or
guardians of students enrolled at ECMS, two parents who are
business persons, 3 certified teachers employed at ECMS and the
ECMS Principal. The ECMS PTSA and Foundation can also
participate in the ECMS Council.
With this strong support, the ECMS Council
has the ability to help the school where it is most needed.
It is a spirit of cooperation and parents and teachers working
together for the betterment of students.
In 2013-2014 the ECMS Council addressed
school bus related issues. In 2014-2015 the Council worked
with the Cobb County Mentoring program to establish a base of
mentoring volunteers dedicated to ECMS students.
You can help continue bringing ideas and
helping ECMS students achieve their best. Please consider
being part of the ECMS Council – volunteer today!
For more information and to be considered for
the ECMS Council, please contact ECMS at 770-578-2740.
Please complete the
nomination form and submit it to Marilyn Reade no later than
Friday, March 20, 2015.
Superhero 5K/1 Mile Fun Run
ECMS will be hosting a 5K/1Mile Fun Run.
Come join us for food, prizes, and fun!
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Place: East Cobb Middle School
Click here for more information.
here for online registration.
Wheeler 2015 Summer Reading List
the Wheeler 2015 Summer Reading List.
Congratulations Ms. Moore and Ms.
Two of our sixth grade teachers, Ms. Moore
and Ms. Fleming, were featured in articles about their use of
IWitness in their classrooms.
Become a Mentor
If you are interested in becoming a mentor,
please go to
and read about the program and how to become a mentor for an
East Cobb Middle School student.
You can make a difference.
LGPE Good News!
Both the 7th and 8th Grade Orchestras
received a superior rating for performances and a superior
rating for sightreading. Congratulations!
Good Luck ECMS Students!
Brian Kent, Leo Giannoni, Erica Redmond, and
Mariah Butts will be participating in the Georgia Music
Educators Association District 12 Honor Band. Rehearsals
are on Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7 at Lovinggood
Middle School, and the concert will be at Hillgrove High School
on Sunday, February 8 at 1:00PM. Good luck!
Uriah Anuwae, Laine Fischer, and Khila Stone will be
participating in the statewide 6th grade Honor Chorus on Friday,
February 6. Good luck!
We are very proud of our outstanding musicians!
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!
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 ECMS Students!
The 2014-2015 Future City Team won Most
Innovative Design of
Infostructure at the Future City State competition on
January 24th at Southern Poly Tech.
Future City is a fun competition where middle
school students design a city of the future. It is a great way
to learn about how cities work, while strengthening STEM core
subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Students
build a model of a future city, write a research paper, prepare
a presentation about their city and us SIm City to build a city
of the future.
The 2014-2015 Future City team is sponsored
by Barbara Quarles, the STEM teacher at ECMS.
The 2015-2016 Future City team will start meeting this
March in the STEM room. All students who are interested are
invited to attend.
Future City Club was awarded a $500 stipend by Ch2MHill to help
participate in Future City
Nick O., Nic C., Lucy
B., Kace C. and Kaleb N.
Allie A., Naomi C., Yakim, L., Caleb L., and Kevin C.
Xavier Rodriguez, an 8th grader, won first
place in the ECMS Geography Bee held on Friday, January 30th. PJ
Goodloe, a 6th grader, was the runner up. Congratulations
to both of our ECMS students!
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!
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!
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
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!
ECMS Robotic Team Qualifies for Super
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.
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
The Super Regional Competition will be held
at Creekland Middle School on January 16, 2015.
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
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.
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, March 27, 2015.
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
Enrollment Protocol Memo
Parent Letter regarding Ebola Protocol
Download the Parent Letter regarding Ebola Protocol in Spanish
Download the Parent Letter regarding Ebola Protocol in
Download the Parent Letter regarding Ebola Protocol in Korean
District Direction for Continuous
here to review the District Direction for Continuous
Framework for Leading and Operating
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
What is all this talk about P.B.I.S
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)
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.
School supplies (pencils,
grippers, pencil pouches)
Patio lunch pass
Morning Announcement Shout Out
9Rounds- One week/Two Weeks or a
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
here for the AC Criteria.
New Immunization Requirments for
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
here for more information.
for more information in Spanish.
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.
2014-2015 Online Meal Applications
here to access the 2014-2015 online meal application.
Study Island Resources
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.