football
Air Force Memorial
choir
Wash DC2
building
Wreath
Wash DC4
White House
band
Vets
WAsh DC3
Gettysburg
Wash DC
football
Air Force Memorial
choir
Wash DC2
building
Wreath
Wash DC4
White House
band
Vets
WAsh DC3
Gettysburg
Wash DC
St. Clair Middle School
4335 Yankee Road
St. Clair, Michigan 48079
Phone number: 810-676-1800
Fax number: 810-676-1825
Attendance: 810-676-1826
http://www.ecsd.us/scm

Strategic Planning Survey
Community Links

Kagan Registration
Annual Education Report

 
 
 
 
 
 

Attention all current SCMS 8th graders and parents. SCHS will be holding it's Freshmen orientation on Thursday March 2nd, 7:00 pm at the SCHS cafeteria. All current SCMS 8th graders and parents are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, please contact SCHS at 810-676-1700

As it happens every year, I forgot to mention a few things.  Here are a few things I forgot to mention and/or some info that came from questions after the meeting.

  • Students do not need their birth certificates or ID's (Although adults do)
  • Grandparents can be chaperones.  Every year we have grandparents as part of our trip and they have loved it.
  • Can an older brother or sister be a chaperone?  That needs to be cleared individually through me.  
  • SCHS's Homecoming is not on the same date as our DC trip.
  • The trip is awesome
  • If you are going as a chaperone, you need to fill out a ECSD Volunteer Application and turn that in to our SCMS Office with a copy of your drivers license.  If you've done this in the past, they stay on file for 3 years at our Central Office (if it's been more than 3 years, you need to re-do the application).
  • You can't piece the trip together.....in other words, you can't drive to DC, stay in a Super 8 outside of town and tag along with our tours.  When you're dealing 200 people, it would be an absolute nightmare.  

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to give me a call.  It's an AWESOME trip....did I mention that?

It's that time of year again....time to start thinking about M-Step.  As everyone knows, M-Step is the assessment the State uses to compare schools and judge how well our students are mastering State Standards.  I completely believe that our students are as good as any in the State and I'd like our test scores to prove it.  In order for that to happen, Even though the testing windows aren't until April and May, I need some help.  The first and most important thing parents can do is to stress the importance of your child doing their best.  Lets be honest.....the M-Step is more of a marathon than a sprint.  Our kids at the middle school level are not wired to take a test that lasts over 50 minutes.  Many of our students will get to a point where they just run out of gas and start to hurry, just so they can be done.  Getting kids to fight that and do their best on every question is our #1 job.  If we can accomplish that, there is no doubt in my mind that our scores will be at the top when the State and County scores are announced.  The second area I need a little help in is with M-Step prep.  To make sure that our students perform to the best of their ability, it's important that they get a taste for what kind of questions they can expect to see on the assessment. Below is a website and directions to access some sample questions.  Thanks in advance for your help and thanks for sending us great kids.

Online Practice for M-STEP ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies

The online Sample Item Sets are a select group of test items in ELA, mathematics, science, and social studies that encompass different item types, such as multiple choice, constructed response, and various kinds of technology-enhanced items. The sets provide students, teachers, and parents practice in solving grade-level and content-specific test items aligned to Michigan's academic content standards.

 

1) Anyone can access the Sample Item Sets through the Chrome browser at https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi/.
 

The directions to access the sample items are the same for both methods:

a) M-STEP is on the left side;
b) Select "Online Tools Training"
c) Select "Sample Item Sets"
d) Select the grade
e) Select the content area
f) Login with the Username and Password provided on the login screen

Our 1st PTO Activity Night of the year was a HUGE success.  Thank you to our PTO and all of the chaperones that made this fun event possible.

If you ever wondered what the phrase "a picture is worth a 1000 words" meant, take a look at the photos below.  Mrs. Beindit was able to give her class a real life experience and you can tell by the looks on their faces, the experience was a huge success.  The Field Trip to Liberty Riders was the result of Mrs. Beindit applying for and receiving a East China Educational Foundation Grant.  Thank you to all of the chaperones that helped to make this possible and a special thank you to Mrs. Beindit for organizing this experience that they'll remember for a lifetime

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28, Sep 2016

M-Step Results

Dear Parent(s),

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.

Sincerely,

 

 

Steven C. Skalka
Superintendent

Our 2016 Washington DC Trip is now behind us and it was a GREAT trip.....not good, GREAT.  The amount of information and sights that we squeeze into 3 days is hard to put into words.  If you have not had a chance, check out or SCMS Facebook page for some of the photos and highlights.  If you are a current 6th or 7th grade parent, please start planning on signing up for the trip when your student is an 8th grader. We currently have an ongoing fundraising opportunity for all students, regardless of grade called Scrip.  If you'd like information about Scrip, please contact Mrs. DeVries in our main office.  Current 7th graders and parents will be having a informational meeting in February.

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