Echo Lake
  • May 24, 2024: IC message

    Dear Parents,  

    First, we would like to thank the generous donation of one of our families who has supplied 6 cases of tissues this year. THANK YOU!  

    Next, we have spirit week next week. Please look for the flyer on the dates/dress days. Clothing needs to be school appropriate. 

    Our finals will be taken on Tuesday, June 4th (3A/3B/5/1) and Thursday, June 6 (6/2/4A/4B). Classes will be 104 minutes long. There will be NO retakes on finals since it is their final assessment for the year.  Lunch and Enrichment will be the same times. Wednesday, June 5th IS an early release at 1:15PM. 

    ALL LATE WORK IS DUE ON MONDAY JUNE 1ST! 

    Friday, June 7th is our assembly/activity day.  

    The last day of school is Monday, June 10 with early dismissal at 11AM.  

    Thank you for your support this year.  

    We wish all of our current sixth graders "Good Luck and Best Wishes" in seventh grade. 😊 

    Thank you for your support, gifts, and help this year. 

    With love, 

    Echo Base 

    Mrs. Lowery and Ms. O'Neill 

    May 8, 2024: IC message (UPDATED 5/9 at 7AM)

    Dear Parents,  

    We have iReady testing NEXT week on Thursday and Friday (5/16 & 5/17). Students will start in their Enrichment classes with iReady testing. Afterward, the schedule will be 6 to 1 on Thursday and 1 to 6 on Friday with shortened classes.  

    Please make sure students have their headphones, pencil, and a good night's sleep. These scores will help place students into their 7th grade classes.  

    Also, elective forms are due 5/17. They were given out on 5/6. If you have misplaced yours, please go to the Sky Ranch website. The form will be live on Monday 5/13. You will be only able to complete the form one time.   

    We are out of pencils. Please make sure your student has at least two sharp pencils in their backpacks so that they are prepared for class. 

    Monday, May 27th is Memorial Day. There is no school.  

    Thanks for your support,  

    Mrs. Lowery and Ms. O'Neill 

    April 12, 2024 : IC message

    Dear Parents,  

    SBAC testing starts on Monday, April 15 & 16. Students will start in their Enrichment classes on these days. Mon schedule 1-5-3A-3B. Schedule 6-2-4A-4B. The following week 4/22 and 4/23 will be the same schedule, starting in Enrichment.  

    Please make sure students are at school on time, got a good night's sleep, ate breakfast, have  headphones, have a reading book, and leave any devices at home. We have to collect ALL cell phones during testing.  

     

    Mrs. Lowery and Ms. O'Neill 

    Echo Base 

    March 15, 2024: IC message

    Dear Parents,  

    Spirit Week is next week. The dress up days are on a flyer students received in Enrichment last week. Please make sure dress up days are school/dress code appropriate. 

    Just a reminder that gum is not allowed in class. Students will be put on Step 2 if they are chewing gum in class since this should be clear by the end-of-the-school year. 

    Pencils. Pencils. Pencils. Students are coming to class without a pencil. We do not have enough pencils to replace them daily for the same students. The generous donation of 300 pencils is almost gone.  

    Speaking of donations...THANK YOU to one of our families for their second donation of a case of tissues this year. We're on our fourth case of tissues! 

    Next week starts the final quarter of 6th grade. Some grades will be carried from this week to next week to allow for retakes and the numerous absences.  

    Students are responsible for work missed due to illness or missing school. Please check our planner for assignments.  

    Spring Break is from 3/23 to 4/7. We return April 8.  

    The 2 following weeks are SBAC testing. One week off from testing then start again with iReady testing.. Students need their own headphones. (Many still don't use them and cannot pass their iReady lessons). 

    Have an AMAZING Spring Break.  

    Here's the link to our webpage: https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/19196 

     

    Echo Base 

    Mrs. Lowery and Ms. O'Neill 

    March 1, 2024: IC message

    Dear Parents,  

     

    Students should have headphone/earphones for their weekly iReady assignment with them. There are listening lessons and reteaching that students are not listening to on the program when they do not wear earphone/headphones. They need them for their weekly iReady lessons, GoMath online, SBAC testing, etc. 

     

    SHARE will be held on March 18th  and 19th during the morning block while 8th grade does their Science CRT testing. If you asked that your child NOT participate, they will be sent to another classroom at that time. If you have changed your mind about SHARE, please let Mrs. Lowery know by Friday, March 15th at 2pm.  

     

    And a reminder that the third quarter ends on Friday, March 15, with one week of fourth quarter the following week and then spring break. Please encourage your children to turn in classwork and homework assignments on time as grades drop by 10% every day when assignments are late. With the end of the quarter approaching, we ask students to give continued attention to completing assignments on time. Missing assignment slips were given in Enrichment today 3/1.  

    ALL late assignments are due Friday March 8th 

     

     

    Thanks for your continued support,  

    Mrs. Lowery and Ms. O'Neill 

    Echo Base  

     

    February 21, 2024: IC message

    Dear Parents,  

    Next Monday 2/26 is a professional development day for teachers. There is no school for students.  

    Picture day is this Friday 2/23. They need to be prepaid.  

    Rotations schedule is off in students' planners. For example, on Monday 2/20, it should have been an A day not B. Please keep this in mind when students are trying to figure out their A/B days.  

    Please remind your students to not share water bottles. Many germs are being shared.  

    AR tests for the third quarter needed to be taken by Tues., Feb. 20. Please check IC for a grade or ask your child if they already took their AR test, which is a major test grade for ELA. 

    Look in the comments section of behavior in IC if you want more information on lower behavior points for specific weeks. Behavior grades are posted once a week in subject areas. 

    The end of the 3rd quarter is March 15. ALL late assignments are due Friday March 8th 

    Spring Break is March 25 to April 5.  

    Please continue to check out our weekly planner online at: https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/19198#calendar53095/20240221/month 

    Thanks for your continued support,  

    Mrs. Lowery and Ms. O'Neill 

    Echo Base 

     

    January 24, 2024: IC message

     

    Dear Parents, 

    We wanted to let you know that your student received their report cards on Monday, January 22, 2024 in their Enrichment class. In case, they have not shared this with you. 😊 

    Science notebooks can still be replaced to Mrs. Lowery. There are approximately 24 still on loan. 

    Please check our website for updated retake or test dates at: https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/19196 

     

    AR tests for the 3rd quarter need to be taken by Tuesday, Feb. 20. This allows adequate time for a retake by the end of third quarter, if necessary.  

     

    Students also are reading "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" for our class novel. Because these are checked out from the school library, Ms. O'Neill is unable to loan them to students to catch up on missed reading. 

     

    Thanks for your support,  

    Mrs. Lowery and Ms. O'Neill 

     

    January 16, 2024: IC message

    Dear Parents,

    We wanted to let you know that iReady testing is this week and it changes our schedule for Thursday 1/18 and Friday 1/19. Students will start in Enrichment on these days and then have:

    6 - 2- 4A/4B Thursday

    1 - 5 - 3A/3B Friday

    Your students know of this schedule change.

    Also if your child borrowed a new composition book for Science, please bring a new notebook to trade for one they used. Mrs. Lowery appreciates it. :)

    For Math, please remind students that EVERY week, they need to complete one week of their test packets which are due on Wednesdays. This week is week 20 which is due Wed. Next week is week 19, etc.

    The third quarter AR novel test must be taken by Monday, March 11. Students have a new reading log to support their reading that is due on Friday, Jan. 26.

    https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/19198#calendar53095/20240116/month

     

    Thank you for your support,
    Mrs. Lowery and Ms. O'Neill

     

    January 8, 2024: IC message

    Dear Parents,  

    School starts again tomorrow, Tuesday, January 9.  

    It is a flipped day, so students will start in their 6th period class.  

    Please check out their new schedules on Monday night or Tuesday morning since electives will change for the students since it is a new quarter and a new semester.  

    For Science, students will need a new composition notebook for this second semester since many are full or missing or falling apart.  

    Also students should have earphones to use during iReady time and for other program such as GoMath 

     

    **Continue to check your students' planner and the online Echo Base planner for content and assignments covered in class.** 

     

    Here's a reminder to turn your assignments in on time and that there will be a deduction of 10% each day for late assignments. 

     

    Here's to a fresh start in 2024.  

     

    Echo Base  

    Mrs. Lowery and Ms. O'Neill 

     

     

     

    December 13, 2023: IC message

    Dear Parents,  

    Just a few reminders from Echo Base: 

    There is no school on Friday, December 22 and Monday, January 8. Winter Break is from 12/25 to 1/5. 

    ALL LATE WORK IS DUE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 for the 2nd quarter. Retakes need to be completed by Wednesday, December 20. There will NOT be any exceptions. It is the end of the grading period. We need time to grade and enter grades.  

    FINALS SCHEDULE:  

    12/19: 6th period, 2nd period, 4A/4B 

    12/20: 1st period, 5th period, 3A/3B 

    Upon our return on January 9th, some students will be changing their electives. Please check Infinite Campus for the new semester schedules.  

    Thank you for the tissue donation. Please keep them coming. 😊 

    Also we are in need to pencils. Many students come to school without a pencil. In the least, please replenish your students pencil supply. If you would like to donate pencils to our team, we would appreciate it. Mrs. Lowery has given over 400 pencils out this year alone! 

    Thank you for your continued support.  

    Please check out our webpage: https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/19196 

    Echo Base 

    Mrs. Lowery and Ms. O'Neill 

     

     

    November 28, 2023: IC message

    Dear Parents,  

    Thank you for the generous donations of cans. We donated over 2000 cans of food for those in need! 

     

    Please remember to send your child with headphones to use for iReady, online programs, and lessons. They are available at most stores or you may have a pair around the house. They need to have the audio jack not wireless like airpods or bluetooth. Students needs their OWN pair for the whole year.  

     

    Our base is out of tissues. 🙁 We had two very generous donations of cases, and now they are gone.  Please send in donations as soon as possible. 

     

    Late work will be graded after our regular work. We are trying our best to keep up with regular assignments then to add to that late assignments. Patience is appreciated. It takes twice as long to grade late assignments than if they are turned in on time. Also please remember than each day an assignment is late there is a 10% reduction in grade and after 10 days, the grade will be a zero.  

     

    Assignments are listed in the website planner and in student's planners for what we are doing in class that day. Whatever is not completed in class is homework. We post this so students can keep track of their assignments especially when they are absent.  

     

    ELA: Students will continue to read "Lion: A Long Way from Home." When finished, students will complete an AR novel test toward the end of December and that grade will count for a Project and Assessments grade. Students also will begin a two-page narrative writing assignment. 

    Social Studies:  Sixth-graders are starting a unit on Africa and starting with a focus on North Africa. They will have an Africa poem project that will be explained to them on Nov. 30 and is due Mon., Nov. 11. Students will turnin the assignment using Teams. 

     

    Math: We are starting Module 6 which is Representing Ratios and Rates. This is the first module where the content is new not review like Modules 1 though 5. Students still have access to GoMath anytime via the web. Students will have a weekly quiz to check their progress in this new content. 5.2 Quiz retakes are due 11/28. Please don't forget to include explanations why the problem was incorrect.  

    Science: We are learning about Human Systems Interactions. There will be test when we complete our review. Please ask your students to see the notes they are taking in class and that their notebook is updated and organized. They are able to use their notebook for their test; therefore, they need to be updated and organized. The date will be on our web planner.  

     

    Finals will be held on Tuesday 12/19 and Wednesday 12/20. We will post the schedule for students to check. Basically, Tuesday will be 6/2/4th periods and Wednesday 1/5/3rd periods.  

     

    Friday, December 22nd is a teacher work day. Students do not have school. 

    Winter Break is from 12/25 to 1/8.  

    Students are also off on Monday, January 8th due to professional development.  

     

    Thank you for your continued support.  

    Echo Base 

    Mrs. Lowery and Ms. O'Neill 

    Echo Base website link - https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/19196 

     

     

     

    November 9, 2023: IC message

    Dear Parents,  

    We wanted to let you know that there is a food drive currently happening for our school. The Enrichment class that brings in the most food can win a pizza party! 

    Also on Friday, November 17, is our career dress up day. Please make sure clothing is school appropriate and represents what your child wants to be when they become adults.  

    Please have students clean out their binders and backpacks at least once a week.  

    Just a friendly reminder that only water is allowed in the classroom. There is no gum, food, or other drinks allowed.  

    If you have questions, please let us know.  

    Mrs. Lowery and Ms. O'Neill 

    Echo Base 

     

    November 1, 2023: IC message

    Dear Parents,  

     

    Few reminder dates: Veterans Day is 11/10. Thanksgiving Break is 11/22-11/24. There is no school on these days.  

    Please have students check their planners for assignments especially when they are absent. It is the student's responsibility to ask for their work.  

    Please encourage your student to email us if they have questions and cannot asking during an appropriate time during class. The students have practiced this skill in their Global class and our email addresses are active links on our webpage for Echo Base.  

    If your child is going to be absent for multiple days, please have them ask us for their work as well as communicate that they will be gone. It is difficult to track every single student when we have at least 10% of our team absent daily.  

    Just a friendly reminder that every day an assignment is late, there is a 10% reduction in their grade.  

    Retakes are given once the entire class has taken their test. All information is shared with the students and written on our classroom board. Please ask your student for information.  

    AR novels for the second quarter must be read by Monday, Nov. 20.  (Students wrote these dates in their planners.) To take their AR test, students must submit a plot diagram assignment and have a signed form from an adult saying their novel is complete. Both of these papers are available in Ms. O’Neill’s classroom. Of course, students can complete their novel and their AR test before the 20th. However,  this date gives students the opportunity to read a new novel and do an AR re-take , if they want. All re-takes must be completed before Friday, Dec. 15. The same papers need to be submitted for the re-take. 

     

    Thanks for your support and understanding with us when we teach our team as well as 2 Global classes, so we have approximately 130 students.  

     

    Mrs. Lowery and Ms. O'Neill 

     

    What a completed planner should look like: (sent home the first week of school AND this week)

     

    Dear Parents,  

    Today is the first day of the second quarter. All assignments and grades for the first quarter are finalized. :) 

    Please remember that ALL assignments are listed on our team website planner at https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/19198#calendar53095/20231010/month  and your student knows their assignments since they copy the planner into their paper planner during Global Studies as well as their weekly grades AND any missing assignments. Parents should be seeing AND signing planners weekly.  

    Missing assignment reports will only be printed bi-weekly for the second quarter.  

    Every day an assignment is late will be a 10% grade reduction. 2 days = 20% and 10 days = 0%.  

    Please remember students should have 30 minutes of reading AND 30 minutes of Math homework daily.  

    Students will receive a new two-week reading log on Oct. 16. In the second quarter, they also will read a class novel called "The Lion" for ELA. 

    If you have questions, please ask your students. 😊 

    Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:10AM to 2:45PM. If you email us outside of these hours, it will take up to 24 hours to respond. Thanks for your understanding.  

    Mrs. Lowery and Ms. O'Neill