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
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.
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
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
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
.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
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.
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
District Direction for Continuous
here to review the District Direction for Continuous
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
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.
2014-2015 Online Meal Applications
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
here for more information.
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
2014-15 School Choice website.
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.
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.