Dear Current ECMS Parents,
Your ECMS Panther Parents Organization would like to invite your family to join our team for the 2016-17 school year for just $10. The benefits of the $10 family membership fee include an ECMS Panther car sticker, a pizza party for the class in each grade level with the highest percentage of family memberships, and a gift card for teachers of those classes to be used towards the purchase of much needed classroom supplies. Our membership drive kick-off will take place at Open House immediately prior to the first day of school. Each family who submits a membership form with payment during Open House will be entered into a drawing for numerous door prizes valued anywhere from $5 up to $50. Additionally, their ECMS student will receive a free jeans day pass! Please know that we encourage all families to take part, so if you are financially unable to pay the membership fee, simply talk to one of our officers so that we can waive your membership fee.
Scheduling Clarification for 2016 - 2017
We are pleased to introduce a 1st period literacy block for all ECMS students this school year. During this 35 minute segment of time, our students will be engaged in reading high-interest, content-related texts. We will now have a 7 period day, with "Library/Research Skills" representing our literacy block. We are excited about the positive impact that this literacy focus will have on our Panthers!
More about “Student Growth”…
“Georgia is implementing the student growth percentile (SGP) methodology. SGPs describe the amount of growth a student has demonstrated relative to academically-similar students from across the state. Growth percentiles range from 1 to 99, with lower percentiles indicating lower academic growth and higher percentiles indicating higher academic growth. With SGPs, all students – regardless of their achievement level – have the opportunity to demonstrate all levels of growth.”
-Copied from GaDOE website. For more information go to: http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/Georgia-Student-Growth-Model.aspx
PARENTS’ GUIDE TO NEW TESTS IN GEORGIA
NOTIFICATION OF SCHOOL STATUS
The ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) of 1965 requires that parents of children in Title I schools be notified of how well their school is preparing its students for college and/or a career. It also requires that Title I schools provide information regarding their designation status under Georgia’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver. Please see the attached links for the ECMS designation status information as well as the Effingham County School District as a whole:
The mission statement of the Effingham County School System and Effingham Middle School is to provide rigorous and relevant instruction in a safe environment to enable all students to obtain a high school diploma as a foundation for post secondary success.
1. We believe school staff, parents, students, and community working together to promote excellence in academics and character.
2. We believe differentiated learning opportunities provide for academic success.
3. We believe a safe and respectful environment promotes learning while enhancing positive relationships between students and staff.
4. We believe data should guide decision making and student learning..
The vision of Effingham County Middle School is to
Educate, Challenge, Motivate, and Succeed.