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
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 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
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
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.
Please join us in this incredibly important
initiative. If you can mentor an East Cobb Middle School
student, please sign up at
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
"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.
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
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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
For more information, click
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.
Superintendent-elect Woods seeks
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
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
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, 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.
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.