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.
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.
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!
Our 5th graders participated in the Sturgeon Festival Poster Contest and won a free Huron Lady Sturgeon Cruise on Friday, June 3, 2016. During the educational 1-hour cruise, the students will learn about lake sturgeon habitat, test water quality, and see live sturgeon tagging in Lake Huron from fisheries biologists. Chloe McKenzie and Sarah Conover were finalists in the contest from Belle River, and Makayla Williams will be recognized with an honorable mention. Voting will be done with pocket change at the festival on June 4th at the Great Lakes Maritime Center. The Sturgeon Festival is a fun family event, so put that date on your calendar. Congratulations to Chloe, Sarah, and Makayla and the rest of our fifth graders who will enjoy a fun, educational cruise on Lake Huron and the St. Clair River to learn more about lake sturgeon.
Super Sturgeon (cartoon) - Chloe McKenzie
Help the Sturgeon (water color) - Sarah Conover
Save the Sturgeon (blue sturgeon) - Makayla Williams
Our third grade experienced Pioneer Day at the Port Huron Museum! The students spent a day learning what life would have been like as a pioneer in Michigan in the museum’s authentic 1850s log cabin. During the program, they participated in a variety of activities and chores that children did during the time period including making soup, baking cornbread, churning butter, candle dipping, tin punching, writing a journal entry with a quill and ink, and playing pioneer games.
Congratulations to Emma Arnold, who won Marwood Nursing and Rehab’s “Best Older Friend” essay contest. She was selected as the second grade winner for St. Clair County. Emma read her essay last night during a special ceremony at Marwood and was given a certificate, cash prize, and a carnation in remembrance of her best older friend.