Here’s How to Unsubscribe from Gnomes Team Updates.

Dear Parents,

While I’m sure you totally dug receiving Gnomes Team Updates via email this year, I’m also sure that you won’t want to KEEP receiving those updates now that your kids have moved on to new teams, grade levels and schools!

To unsubscribe from Gnomes Team Updates, just find the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of this email message. ┬áHere’s a picture to help you figure out what to be on the lookout for:

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

 

 

With Gratitude….

Dear Parents,

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for all of the kind words and gifts that you sent in for me on Friday.

I’m always touched by those kinds of gestures, largely because I already think I’m pretty darn lucky to work with your kids on a regular basis. They were nothing short of amazing — kind and funny and smart and determined and hopeful. All of those things made my day time and again this year.

Please enjoy your track out — travel safe and have fun! And please don’t hesitate to reach out in the future if there is ever anything that I can do for you or for your children.

With kindest regards,

Bill Ferriter

Thanks for Pizza Lunch Donations!

Dear Parents,

Just a quick note to say thank you for all of your pizza lunch donations yesterday!

The kids had a great time with each other AND cleaned out all of the fruit and veg that you sent in.

We couldn’t pull events like that off without your willingness to help, so I’m always grateful when all y’all come through like that.

Regards,

Bill Ferriter

Thursday and Friday Schedule

Dear Parents,

Here’s what’s happening in school on Thursday and Friday:

Thursday: Locker cleanout, media checkout, pizza lunch, team movie.

Friday: Team kickball game, Quiz Bowl Competition and Yearbook Signing.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Science / Social Studies End of Grade Tests – Salem’s Sixth Grade Average

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up to let you know that the average score for sixth grade students on all four tracks here at Salem Middle School on both the science and the social studies end of grade exam was a 71.

That means when you see your child’s score on the exam, you should be hoping that they made something in the ball park of a 70 on both exams. That would represent "average" performance as compared to their peers here at Salem.

Anything higher than a 70 would represent "above average" performance. Anything that is far from a 70 would suggest that your child struggled on the exam as compared to their peers here at Salem.

As a reminder, the scores will be attached to your child’s report card — which is coming home on Friday of this week.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

EOG Test Scores to Come Home with Report Cards on Friday

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up to let you know that there will be a half sheet of paper attached to your child’s report card that includes their scores on all four of their end of grade exams. Report cards will come home with your child on Friday. Report cards will be mailed home to the parents of students who do not come to school on Friday.

As a reminder, report cards are only ONE indicator of your child’s progress/performance over the course of the school year. To have a better sense of your child’s growth, combine their performance on the end of grade exam with the marks that they have earned in their core classes and on their core assignments throughout the school year.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Update on Science EOG Exam.

Dear Parents,

Your children completed the science end of grade exam today in class. The VAST majority of the students that I had in class today felt really confident about their performance — so that’s good news!

I’m not exactly sure how scores will be reported, but I THINK your students will get a percentage score for the science and social studies exams and I think we will be sending those scores home at some point next week.

That’s similar to how grades have worked on our team all year long, but very different from how performance on Language Arts and Math end of grade exams are reported. A percentage tells you how your student did against this year’s version of the exam. The scale scores (1, 2, 3, 4 or 5) that you receive for Language Arts and Math end of grade exams are drawn from ranges that are determined based on the average performance of students who have taken the test in previous years.

In many ways, I think reporting percentages alone can be deceptive. For example, a child that is used to making all As in class might feel really bad about earning an 83 on the science EOG because it is a lower mark than they are used to earning. But if the statewide average on the exam is a 63 and the county average on the exam is a 66 — which was the case the last time that Wake County gave the sixth grade science end of grade exam — an 83 would actually be a great grade.

To better understand your child’s performance on this year’s science exam, I will share as much information with you as I can. That way, you will get a better sense of how your child’s performance fits in as compared to other sixth grade students taking the same exam.

And to better understand your child’s performance in science this year, I’d encourage you to look at more than just their end of grade exam scores!

They’ve earned dozens and dozens of grades, completed dozens and dozens of assignments, and taken a bunch of quizzes and tests on the content in our required curriculum. All of those individual marks are just as important in making an informed decision about how will your child is mastering sixth grade science content.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Update on Honor Roll Assembly

Dear Parents,

Wanted to drop you a reminder to let you know that our fourth quarter Honors Assembly will take place next Wednesday, starting at 8:30 in the auditorium.

Parents of students receiving a Teacher’s Choice or Kids of Character award have already been notified directly. Parents of students receiving other awards (Honor Roll, Band Recognition, Perfect Attendance etc.) will not be notified directly by the Gnomes team. There are just too many kids being recognized to make notifications possible!

Our Honor Roll will be based JUST on fourth quarter grades. Students earning All As in all of their classes — including electives and PE — will receive an All A Honor Roll certificate. Students earning a 3.0 average or better on a 4.0 scale will receive an "Honor Roll" certificate.

Parents are invited to attend — but please don’t sit in sections labeled "For Students Only." We have a large team that we have to seat!

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Two More Parent Volunteers for Pizza Lunch Needed!

Hey Parents,

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we are planning a pizza lunch celebration for the students next Thursday from 11:00 – 1:00. It’s always a nice time for the kids — a chance to socialize with each other one last time before the year ends.

I am looking for two more parent volunteers who are willing to come and help us set up and serve for the event. I promise that it will be easy and maybe even a little bit fun!

If you think you can help out, please drop me an email at:

wferriter@wcpss.net

Thanks a ton for your consideration!

Be well,

Bill Ferriter

Does Your Child Have Their Lock?

Dear Parents,

Over the next week, I’ll be collecting locks from your students. If they’ve lost their lock, there will be a $5.00 replacement fee. We use those locks over and over again and can’t afford to lose any!

Please check with your child in the next day or two to see if they have their lock. If not, please plan on sending them in with $5.00 at some point in the next week.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter