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Achieve 3000

Last Week East Lee was visited by Vickie Smith and Jonathan Charney from Achieve 3000. Achieve 3000 provides online differentiated instruction using nonfiction text. Students work with Achieve 3000 at least twice a week for 45 minutes in the Social Studies classrooms. Achieve 3000 assesses students abilities throughout the year as they complete their articles. The following students were recognized as having above average lexile growth so far this school year:


Jose Cabrera B +330 Lexile points

Mary Ashlee L +330 Lexile points

Dalton S +335 Lexile points

Paulina R +340 Lexile Points

Zachary A +350 Lexile points

David Fuentes +360 Lexile Points

Emily G +390 Lexile points

Victor M +400 Lexile points

Natalia +510 Lexile Points

Ian H +555 Lexile Points


In addition to the lexile growth students were recongized for completing an above average amount of articles. Congratulations to the following students for having read many articles and with high percent correct:


Tinsley L has completed 147 activities with an average score of 90%

Orfael S has completed 136 activities with an average score of 84%.

Sarah G has completed 122 activities with an average score of 84%

Madison P has completed 121 activities with an average score of 84%

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Students Find Gold!

On May 18th, ELMS 8th grade students traveled to Reed Gold Mine in Midland, North Carolina to pan for gold. Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. From this discovery, gold mining spread gradually to nearby counties and eventually into other southern states. During the visit to the gold mine, students had the opportunity to navigate though the underground tunnels at the Reed mine, explore mining equipment and pan for gold.

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Wet with Science.... Potential and Kinetic Energy

Have you ever wondered about the secret behind a ball's bounce? Observing these bounces, however, can be difficult! A bounce often happens too quickly to see precisely what is occurring as the ball hits and deflects off a surface.Ms. Nolan's 7th grade science class used water balloons to understand two forms of energy: potential and kinetic. Students learned that if something has potential energy, it has energy that's stored.


During this activity, students understood that when you lift an object—a water balloon, for example—against the force of gravity that object now has the potential energy equal to the work done to elevate it. When you drop that same object, that potential energy becomes kinetic. Kinetic energy is the energy of motion: the motion of a water balloon falling, of rubber stretching or of rubber springing back to its original shape. Bouncing is an exercise in energy changing forms from potential to kinetic.

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Spring Music Concert

Our band and orchestra students performed their Spring Concert on Monday, May 2. Our music included a bit of classical, some concert band pieces, a little classic rock and pop. Our students researched musicians the month before the concert. Their projects were on display and several students dressed as their musician for the concert. The most exciting part of the concert for our sixth grade students was when our very own Ms. Mowrey, Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Shuey, Ms. Koch, and Mrs. Banks played with them. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make this concert a successful and exciting experience for our students.

Upcoming Events

May 23rd- Boomerang Trip (10:00-1:00)

May 24th- Staff Meeting (3:15)

May 26th- Testing: Science 8 EOG

May 27th- Testing: 6 North Carolina Final Exam Science, Extend 1

June 7th -Avid Banquet (3:00-4:40)

June 9--8th grade Graduation and Awards (8:30 AM)