East China School District K-2 parents,
Michigan's Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments are short, online assessments that are fully aligned to Michigan's academic standards, and may be used by teachers as one measure of student growth.
These Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments (also referred to as the K-2’s) were developed in cooperation with Michigan educators beginning with item writing and continuing through field-test data review. The benchmark assessments currently offered by Michigan are for students in Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade, in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. These will subsequently be given to ECSD K-2 students within the month of May, 2017.
If there are any questions regarding these K-2 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmarks, please contact your child’s Principal. Thank you for all you do to support the East China School District, our students and our community.
The results of your child's performance on last spring's M-STEP, Michigan's statewide assessment are coming home with your child this week.
The M-STEP assessment that your child took last year was more challenging than the assessment they took the previous year. The assessment your child took in the spring of 2016 contained computer adaptive questions, which means that the better they did the harder the questions became or vice versa.
If the scores on your student's report is not what you are used to have previously seen, please understand that the first time any of us do anything new it sets a baseline for improvement. I'm confident that as your student has more exposure to the new State standards, practice with them and we all get used to taking adaptive assessments online, results will improve.
Please trust that now that we have the results, East China administrators and teachers will be working together to identify areas in which we can improve so that over time, each student or graduate will be better prepared to succeed in the next grade level and after high school, in college or post-secondary training, a career, and life. We take this idea of post-secondary success very seriously as evidenced by our position in the county as a leader in the percentage of graduates attending two- and four-year colleges and training programs.
But, as you are probably aware, competition for those post-secondary opportunities are becoming more competitive every year. To that end, we welcome Michigan's commitment to higher standards and more rigorous tests that prepare our students to not just compete for opportunities but secure them.
Thank you for allowing the East China School District to be a part of your child's education.
Steven C. Skalka
Thank you to Ryan Lehr for donating his time and talents to create this special video of our Buddy Bench dedication ceremony. The video will serve as a reminder of the significance of the bench, and it will allow us to experience over and over the incredible performance of "Count on Me" by Matthew Redmond!
Please click on the picture to view the video.
Breakfast Offered at All Buildings Daily
Elementary Schools have breakfast in the classroom.
Breakfast is delivered to each classroom every morning. The students wishing to have breakfast order the breakfast the day before.
MCMS, MCHS and Riverview East High School:
Breakfast is served in the cafeteria at 7:00 A.M.
St. Clair Middle School:
Breakfast is served at 8:00 A.M. in the cafeteria
St. Clair High School:
Breakfast is served in the cafeteria at 7:00 A.M.
Paid Breakfast $1.25 - Reduced Breakfast $0.30 - Free Breakfast
If you qualify for free and reduced price meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program
Here is the list of 2016-2017 suggested school supplies so you can take advantage of the summer sales that have already started. Some teachers may request additional items that are specific to their classrooms, and those requests will be sent with teacher notification letters when they become available on August 25th.
Second grade students are learning the value of giving back to their community. On May 19th, the boys and girls visited The Pride and Heritage Museum where they got an up-close look at artifacts from our local community. They were also given four guided tours by volunteers who shared their expertise of what life was like in Marine City’s past, including the the shipping industry, life inside a home, farming, military service artifacts, and a blacksmith shop. A fun and learning-filled morning was had by all.
The students also learned that our little museum is funded solely by donations. They thought a collection would be a perfect way to show their appreciation for everything the museum and its volunteers do for our community. Students were encouraged to do little jobs at home to earn money to donate to this worthy cause. As a group, second graders collected $100.00 to send to The Pride and Heritage Museum.
Another communicty service effort happened on June 2nd when the boys and girls visited Medilodge Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility to sing several songs to the residents. Each second grader also made a handmade gift and card to present to the residents. Classrooms had follow-up discussions regarding the benefits of community service.
Our second grade students learned more about their community and that helping others feel special makes us feel special as well!