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

ECMS


GA Milestone Testing

GA Milestone testing begins Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  Testing will begin each day at 9:15AM.

Testing Schedule:

Wednesday, April 15:  Language Arts Parts 1 and 2
Thursday, April 16:  Language Arts Part 3
Friday, April 17:  Mathematics
*Calculators will be provided for students to use for the Mathematics portion
Monday, April 20:  Science
Tuesday, April 21:  Social Studies


Congratulations to ECMS PTA!

Congratulations to the ECMS PTA for winning the following awards:

*Georgia Congress of Parents and Teachers Early Bird Award
(for achieving 200 members by September 30, 2014

*ECCC PTA
Model PTA

*ECCC PTA
Spectacular Eight Award

*ECCC PTA
Best Ideas


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


2015 Rising 6th Graders ECMS Wildcats' Camp

Rising ECMS sixth graders are invited to come to the annual ECMS Wildcats' Camp.  Students will learn about middle school and specific topics such as schedules, lockers, buses, student organization, and more.  This is a great opportunity to meet staff members and learn more about ECMS!

When:  Thursday, July 23, 2015
Where:  East Cobb Middle School Theater
Time:  10:00AM-12:00PM

The deadline for students to register for this event is Thursday, May 21, 2015.

For more information, click here.
To register online, click here.


KidTalk Contest

KidTalk:  Ideas from the minds of Cobb kids

Have you ever wanted to ask, WHY NOT?
Create a 10-minute video about your great idea!

For more information, click here or www.kidtalkcobb.com


Jr. Wildcats Cheerleading Tryouts

A mandatory parent information meeting will be held on April 21, 2015, at 6:30PM in the ECMS Cafeteria. 

Please click here for more information.


Congratulations ECMS Orchestra Students!

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
www.ccsdbusdriver.com
*For more information, click here.


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
Time:  9:00AM
Place: East Cobb Middle School

Click here for more information.

Click here for online registration.


Wheeler 2015 Summer Reading List

Click here for the Wheeler 2015 Summer Reading List.


Congratulations Ms. Moore and Ms. Fleming!

Two of our sixth grade teachers, Ms. Moore and Ms. Fleming, were featured in articles about their use of IWitness in their classrooms. 
Congratulations!

Ms. Moore
Ms. Fleming


Become a Mentor

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.

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!

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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 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.

 

Additionally, The Future City Club was awarded a $500 stipend by Ch2MHill to help all  students participate in Future City.

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        Pictured:  Nick O., Nic C., Lucy B., Kace C. and Kaleb N.
    Not pictured:  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 teacher.

Art Station
WaterSmart


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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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.


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, March 27, 2015. 

Parent Survey


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


District Direction for Continuous Improvement Chart

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


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.


New Immunization Requirments 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


2014-2015 Online Meal Applications

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


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.


CCSD District Calendar of Events
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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