March 27, 2015
As many of you have become aware, an adult on our campus has been charged by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office for alleged inappropriate conduct with a student. This alleged charge has been a regrettable experience for everyone involved with Effingham County Middle School.
As the administration of ECMS became aware of the situation, immediate action was taken and protocol was followed to ensure appropriate procedures were followed. The safety and well being of students were at the forefront of these actions. To that end, a complete investigation occurred that also involved the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department.
Despite the publicity our school currently faces, please continue to entrust that ECMS promotes the safety of everyone that comes into our contact. We have exceptional students, teachers, parents and community members. Our school continues to experience great gains in academic achievement and extra-curricular achievement because of everyone’s involvement. As a school, we will continue to make those gains.
Thank you for allowing our school to be a part of your student’s future. This is a fact that we do not take lightly. Please remember that we have a counseling staff that is here to serve students and families as needed. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school at anytime.
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: ECMS No School Designation Parent Notification and FY15 District Letter No School Designation Notification.
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.