ELMS 2015  
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What's Happening at East?
AVID Award  
 Ms. Losh awards AVID elective students with a special treat. 85% grade average makes them one smart cookie! 100 grand focuses on the growth mindset of reaching for 100% average next quarter.

Mr. Bruton's reading class have been studying other countries and other cultures. This video as well as other studies we have taken part of this year help bring these far away places a little closer to home. You might even say it puts out students in these far away places.
These pictures were taken in Northern Ireland by Mr. Burton's former Professor at East Carolina. His students were very excited to see "their" puppets in a location that seemed to be on the other side of the globe (students used a virtual globe to trace NC to Northern Ireland).
The incorporation of our classroom puppets into a trip to Northern Ireland was part of a large-scale project that his former professor is involved in.

Candemonium 2015  
It’s time for Candemonium!
Candemonium is our annual food drive that benefits Lee County families in need through the CUOC – Christian United Outreach Center. Staff and students are encouraged to bring in canned food items as well as non-perishable food items between now and November 20th. Once food items are collected, they’ll be used to create a structure in our front office. Our structure will be judged against SanLee’s structure by representatives from CUOC. Once the structures are judged, the cans will be collected by CUOC and distributed to families in need throughout Lee County.
For the past two years, East Lee has beat out SanLee in the Candemonium competition….let’s keep the trophy here at East Lee! Bring in your cans and non-perishable food items today!

UNC-Chapel Hill
On Friday, October 30th, Ms. Williams, Officer Whitaker, Ms. Matthews and Mrs. Harris accompanied 9 East Lee boys to UNC-Chapel Hill where they took part in Tar Heel Preview Day. Tar Heel Preview Day is an initiative of the Carolina Millennial Scholars Program and was geared towards middle school males. After being welcomed to UNC with music, UNC chants and cheers, and a few words from UNC students, our students were divided up and sent all over the campus with fellow attendees to take part in academic sessions. 7th grader Dacarlos Johnson got to practice his rapping skills in a session titled “The Art and Business of the DJ”. 6th grader Elwin Benitez and 8th graders Jordan Batts and Samuel Neal learned about acids and bases as they participated in experiments to help determine the acidity of a variety of household items. Each of the boys had a unique experience as they attended the different academic sessions and had the opportunity to intermingle with students from across the state. As the groups returned from their academic sessions, they were treated to lunch and a cultural show put on by several of UNC’s student organizations. Tar Heel Preview Day wrapped up with a Q&A session with UNC students. Before boarding the bus to head back home, the East Lee crew made a pit stop at the UNC Student Store and the Old Well for a group picture.
After returning to school, the boys expressed their excitement about the day and their appreciation for having the opportunity to take part in Tar Heel Preview Day and get a small glimpse of college life. 

Young Authors's Contest 2015
The Lee County Reading Association sponsors the local entry to the state and national Young Authors contest each year, the submissions are due in mid-November.
The contest specifications came from http://www.ncreading.org/young-authors/
The theme for the 2015–2016 Young Authors’ Project is “Making the Most of Me.” Young Authors are encouraged to write about defining choices that have shaped their lives or their own journeys toward becoming the very best version of themselves. Authors may write prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction.
Guidelines to follow:
All entries must be original creations.
Only one entry per person may be submitted.
All entries must be submitted by a member of NCRA.
All entries should:
Use Microsoft WORD (not Works), and save as a .doc or .docx file.
Use 10-point, “Times New Roman” font, single-spaced, for the body of the piece.
Include an original title, typed in bold, 12-point type, with only the first letter of each major word in the title capitalized (e.g., Making the Most of Me)
Include author information after the body of the piece. Skip two lines and then center the following information in 10-point:
Author’s first and last name
** Please use the correct formatting for each entry. A flash drive with all correctly formatted entries must be included with the hard copies of entries at the time of entry submission.
Length of Entries
Grades K-1: Entries should have no more than 200 words.
Grades 2-8: Entries should have no more than 300 words.
Grades 9-12 and Forever Young: Entries should have no more than 500 words.

 Red Ribbon Week revolves around the importance of living a drug free life. This year, our goal is to expand the focus of Red Ribbon Week by promoting the importance of making good choices in all areas of our students’ lives. We encourage school-wide staff and student involvement and participation in this year’s Red Ribbon Week activities. Click here for more information.
Red Ribbon Week activities  

 community service projects

Students in Ms. Farley's 8th grade Social Studies class are finding ways to give back.  In keeping with the LCS District ​Goal that students "are responsible and respectful leaders who can empathize in various situations," these students have initiated and implemented a variety of community service projects.  Here, in the students' words, is a description of a few of those projects.

On Saturday a few volunteers and I are going to clean up Deep River Park. We will work for an​ hour and a half starting at 1:00. We will have rubber gloves and contractor bags, I already have all my supplies together. My mom and cousin will be chaperons at the park while we clean up. People use this park to swim in the summer, to fish, to put boats in and out of the water, and to take kids to the playground.

For my project I am getting 50,000 grains of rice on a program called FreeRi​ce. This program donates 10 grains of rice to hungry people in Africa for every correct question answered. I chose to do this because I don’t think anyone should have to go hungry.

My project is a food drive. Donations of either canned or boxed foods are accepted at the boxes at the front office of the school​. I’ll also be accepting money. Currently I have 11 canned foods and 2 boxed foods in the donation boxes. In addition, I will also donate canned foods to the donation boxes.
Fo​r my community service project I am asking students to donating new or lightly used stuffed animals to children's hospitals. I wanted to make children in hospitals feel better since they are going through a tough time. I really wanted to do this because our school has not done anything like a toy drive for hospitals. So far I have collected twenty-one stuffed animals.

​Two of us are having a kickball tournament on October 30th to raise money for East Lee Middle School. Besides having the kickball tournament we will also have a costume contest for the players. We encourage everyone to come out. It is $5 to play, and $3 to watch. We chose to do this because we want to make East Lee even better for other students.
For my project I decided to help people who are undergoing chemotherapy. My dad, great uncle, and step grandma had to go through chemo and only one of them survived the cancer. I want to help the people that are going through the same thing so they will​ get better treatment.

 I am going to put all the​ things that I get from donations into care kits or bags to give to patients. Items include but are not limited to lemon drops, chap-stick, lotion, plastic ware,​ and more.

Science Student Showcase Fall  
 Students at East Lee Middle School worked towards success with student showcase! Each classes provided students an opportunity to practice their presentation skills and communicate their ideas to their peers and adults by presenting their bulletin board. Students prepared a display board and had a representative from each class give an oral presentation introducing the display and summarizing how the activity was used in the classroom to support their learning of the curriculum. 

 Azaleas 2015
Mrs. Shuey applied for a grant for East Lee to win azaleas. Well...we won!! Mrs. Shuey picked up over 40 azaleas for our courtyard today! Thank you Mrs. Shuey and NC Beautiful, the Capitol Broadcasting Company, and WRAL-TV5. 

8th Grade band students from East Lee, West Lee, and San Lee performed the Star Spangled Banner with the Lee County High School Marching Yellow Jackets at the LCHS football game, Friday, October 9.  The middle school students learned the music at their respective schools and rehearsed with the high school band the Monday before the game. They were able to interact with the high school students during rehearsal and during the game.  This was an excellent opportunity for our middle school students to experience the dedication and excitement of high school marching band.

6th Grade- Students have been studying Egypt culture in art class. Students were asked to create an original piece of artwork using the same style as the Egyptians did for 3000 years.  

Egypt Fall 2015  
Around 4,000 years ago, a civilization now known as ancient Egypt began to develop along the banks of the Nile River in Africa. The Egyptians were dependent on the Nile for food, transportation, and trade. Because the Nile flows into the Mediterranean Sea, it offered the Egyptians a gateway to all the other civilizations developing throughout the Mediterranean. The Egyptians were polytheistic, meaning they worshiped many gods and goddesses. Among those was Isis, the goddess of motherhood, magic, and fertility. Gods and goddesses were at the top of society. Next was the pharaoh, or king, who was actually included at the bottom of the list of deities, or gods. Egyptian queens also ruled as pharaohs, with Cleopatra being the best known of female pharaohs. Below the pharaoh in Egyptian society were the dead. Below them were the Egyptian people, who raised food during the growing season and worked for the pharaoh when the growing season was over. Egyptians believed in an afterlife, and because they valued the dead so highly, they took great care to preserve the bodies of those who had died. A pharaoh's death was particularly important. Pharaohs were preserved and then buried in enormous stone structures called pyramids. Each pyramid contained everything the pharaoh would need in the afterlife. Archaeologists learned much about Egyptian life when they uncovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. The modern world still marvels at Egyptian society. The Egyptians developed hieroglyphics, or picture writing, along with papyrus, the first paper-like material. They made their extensive trade with other civilizations easier by standardizing weights and measures, and they left a rich historical and artistic legacy that still fascinates people today.

7th Grade- Students learned about the Ming Dynasty in art class. Students were to create a two-dimensional porcelain vase using common themes of this time period.

Ming Fall 2015  

The Ming dynasty arose from a series of rebellions by native Chinese people against the Mongol rulers of China. Over a period of years, the first Ming emperor, Zhu Yuanzhang, unified rebel states and pushed the Mongols out of China. The dynasty he founded lasted from 1368 to 1644. It became one of the longest and most stable dynasties in China’s history. Under the Ming, China built an enormous fleet for trade and for tribute missions. Zheng He, the famous admiral, commanded this fleet. Eventually, Ming Chinese established trade relations with the Portuguese and other European nations. The Ming undertook huge building projects, working on the Grand Canal and the Great Wall. Ming arts flourished, from silk embroidery to porcelain making, poetry, and literature. Ming Chinese practiced folk religions like Daoism and Buddhism. Toward the end of the Ming dynasty, however, Jesuit missionaries arrived from Europe and introduced China to Christianity. As the Manchus, northern tribes united under a strong leader, seized Beijing, Chinese peasants revolted, and the Ming dynasty fell.

8th Grade- Students learned about Native American culture. Students studied various Native Americans from North Carolina and then wove a pouch with their own choices of color.

Weavings 2015  

People lived in the United States long before the arrival of Christopher Columbus and the Europeans. These people and cultures are called Native Americans. The first people to live in a land are called indigenous peoples. This means they were the original settlers. The Native Americans are the indigenous peoples and cultures of the United States. Sometimes these peoples are referred to as Indians or American Indians. This is because when Columbus had first landed in America, he thought he had sailed all the way to the country of India. He called the locals Indians and the name stuck for some time. Native Americans lived throughout North and South America. In the United States there were Native Americans in Alaska, Hawaii, and the mainland of the United States. Different tribes and cultures lived in different areas. In the middle of the country lived the Plains Indians, including tribes such as the Comanche and Arapaho. In the Southeast area of the country lived tribes such as the Cherokee and the Seminole. The Native Americans were grouped into tribes or nations usually based on the area they lived in and their culture such as their religion, customs, and language. Sometimes smaller tribes were part of a bigger tribe or nation. As best as historians can tell, these tribes were fairly peaceful prior to the arrival of Columbus and the Europeans. There were hundreds of tribes throughout the United States when Columbus first arrived. Many of them are well known such as the Cherokee, Apache, and the Navajo.  The Native Americans did not write down or record their history, so we have to find out about their history in other ways. Today archeologists are able to learn a lot about past cultures by digging up artifacts such as tools and weapons. Much of what we know comes from the recordings of the first Europeans to arrive. We can also learn from traditions and stories that have been passed down within the tribes from generation to generation. Today, some of the descendants of the original American Indians live on reservations. These are areas of land set aside specifically for Native Americans. This helps to protect their heritage and culture. However, only around 30% live on reservations. The rest live outside the reservations just like anyone else.  

Students Learn About Weather Fronts 
Weather 2015  
Weather can be defined in many ways, but basically it is the state of the atmosphere at any given time and place. The atmosphere is the mixture of gases that surround Earth. Within the atmosphere are conditions that interact to produce weather: precipitation, humidity, temperature, pressure, cloudiness, and wind. For example, a sunny afternoon at the beach might become cloudy and end in a thunderstorm because of evaporation. When the sun shines on the surface of the lake or ocean, it causes water to evaporate and become water vapor. The water vapor begins to rise. As it does so, it cools, condenses, and forms clouds. The clouds continue to cool, and as they do, moisture in the form of rain begins to fall from them. Rain can also happen in areas that are far from bodies of water, as clouds often move once they have begun to form. Clouds may form near bodies of water and then move toward areas with large expanses of land before raining down. A rain storm might spoil an afternoon at the beach, but at the same time, it provides nourishment for wildlife and crops in a field. Weather is not the same as climate. A region’s climate is what the weather is typically like throughout the year. While climate is predictably stable, weather can change from moment to moment, which means predicting the weather is often difficult. 

Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated at East Lee from October 26th-30th. The focus of Red Ribbon Week is substance prevention – staying drug and alcohol free – but this year, we want to focus on making good decisions and positive choices in all areas of your life. Visit the counselors’ webpage for more information on Red Ribbon Week.

Unity Day 2015  
On Wednesday, October 21st all East Lee staff and students are invited to take part in Unity Day as part of a nation-wide bullying prevention campaign. Those who choose to participate in Unity Day should wear orange to show support for bullying prevention and to unite for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. 


Daily Announcements
ELMS Community Meeting 2015  
No ELMS Community Meeting on November 12. We will reschedule. 

report card pick up 2015
Seventh Grade will have parent report card pick up on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 3 to 5:30 PM in the Media Center.
Eight Grade will have report card pick up on Thursday, November 12 from 3 to 5:00 PM in the Media Center.  

Tryout Dates for Boys and Girls Basketball
Boys will tryout November 16th-17th.
Girls will tryout November  18th-19th. 

Team Pictures ELMS  
Fall Team Pictures Will Be on October 28th.  

Candy Bars 2015  
Information will be coming home soon about our Fall Fundraiser--We will be selling Candy Bars. Sign up slips to participate are due back Oct 22, the first set of boxes go out Nov 2 Each box has 60 bars, each bar $1.00, Proceeds go to East Lee for classroom supplies and school needs.

Picture retakes will be held on November 5th 
Picture Day Retakes  

Teacher of the Month
 Teacher of the Month October
Staff of the Month 
Staff of the Month October  

 Student Ambassaador ELMS
2015-2016 Student Ambassadors 
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade

YearBook 2015  
Snapchats don’t last, but yearbooks do.

Pre-order your 2015-2016 yearbook today for the lowest price of the year. Yearbooks are available for just $26.75 now through November. After that, the price will go up. Take advantage of this low price by pre-ordering your yearbook through Mrs. Harris in office 600B or online at www.jostens.com. Checks should be payable to East Lee Middle School. If paying with cash, please have exact change. Don’t miss out!