Final Update before Trackout!

Dear Parents,

Here’s to hoping that all y’all have a fantastic track out! Hard to believe that one quarter has already flown by.

Thank you for sharing such a great group of kids with us. They are truly remarkable. They are willing and eager and kind and friendly and funny almost every single day. I enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed any group of kids that I’ve taught in the last 25 years and am looking forward to three more quarters of learning together.

A few details for you:

(1). In science, we started studying the characteristic properties of matter this week. Those are properties that never change — no matter how much of a substance you are studying. That makes them super valuable to scientists because it means when we find an unknown substance, we can cleary identify what it is. Density is one of those properties. So is boiling point and solubility.

(2). When we come back from break, we will be looking at the different states of matter — solids, liquids and gasses — and trying to understand a bit more about how a material moves from one state to another.

(3). Thanks for sending in Boxtops for Education for us! We’ve been collecting them like crazy this week. Please keep looking for them when you are shopping and throwing away packages. The money that we get from those simple boxes really starts to add up over time. I think that’s cool.

(4). Remember that you won’t be getting your child’s report card until AFTER we track back in. New county rules.

(5). There are two fliers coming home today about our PTA’s fundraiser. I hope you’ll consider getting involved. We could use all the help that we can get when it comes to providing opportunities and materials for our students. That’s what the PTA’s fundraiser is all about.

Finally, our first quarter Honors Assembly — which you are invited to — is scheduled for Monday October 30 in the auditorium from 9:00-10:00. It should be a fun chance to celebrate the greatness of your kids.

Be well,

Bill Ferriter

My Hero’s Journey Reminders

Published narratives (your very best work!) are due tonight. The only comments that should appear in the margins are your comments labeling all seven stages of the hero’s journey and your very best examples of imagery.

Please refer to page 28 of your ILL for punctuating dialogue rules, page 29 for how to create effective dialogue and page 30 for imagery examples.

I can’t wait to read your masterpieces!

Mrs. Barrow

ILL Check Rubric

Here is the rubric that we will use to check your ILLs on Thursday during class. Please use my ILL or a friend’s ILL as a guide if you need to get your notebook in order.

Have a great afternoon!

Mrs. Barrow

Social Studies- update

This week in Social Studies the students completed their study of ancient Egypt with a quiz on Tuesday. The rest of the week was focused on the history and the impact of Judaism. Students learned about the traditions, culture, and holidays of Jewish people. Today, the students dug into the history of the Arab- Israeli conflict and tried to evaluate the reasons for the current standoff.

Next week the students will begin looking at the geography of the India sub-continent and the early settlements along the Indus River.

Have a great weekend!

LA Update

Happy Friday!

Drafts of the hero’s journey are done and the revising has begun! Students have been working really hard to tell their own creative heroic journey, incorporating effective dialogue and using imagery to pull the readers in. Our hope is to continue to revise and edit Monday and Tuesday of next week. If all goes as planned, students will turn in their final copy after class on Tuesday. Thanks for the hard work, you guys!

Mr. Caggia, our incredible media specialist, will spend Wednesday with us teaching us how to create a #BookSnap. The idea of a #BookSnap was created by educator Tara M. Martin after watching her son become engrossed with Snapchat. #BookSnaps are a new and interesting way for students to learn to annotate text, connect with text by creating a digital visual representation, note character conflict, and much more. I can’t wait to see what the students create! To read about #BookSnaps, check out this link.

Have a great weekend!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

Will YOU Collect Boxtops for Education for Us?

Dear Parents,

Just wanted to send out a request: Can you keep your eyes open for "Boxtops for Education," the small icons that appear on the packaging for a WHOLE TON of popular products that you are probably already buying?

If you see them, can you tear them off or cut them out and send them in to me?

Our Student Council collects them and turns them in, and they make a HECK of a lot of money doing it. I didn’t realize it, but each boxtop is worth 10 cents.

If we get our whole team collecting them and sending them in, those dimes add up to TON of cash that our Student Council can use.

And this year, that money is going to provide mini-grants for teachers doing interesting projects in their classrooms that our STUCO representatives want to support.

Thanks a ton,

Bill Ferriter

Corrections Page

Here is a copy of the corrections page for your assessment from last week. You will receive your score and the questions missed tomorrow. You may use the corrections page give to you in class today, or you may fill it out digitally here and share it with me. Please refer to the example that we did together today during class.

Anyone may submit corrections for additional points. All corrections pages are due this Friday.

Let me know if you have questions!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

A Note on the End of the Quarter

Dear Parents,

I wanted to update you on a change in county policy that will make the end of our quarters look a little different to you than usual: The grading period for all year round middle schools ends on the last day of the quarter. In previous years, the grading period always ended a week before the end of the quarter.

The reason that change matters to you is because we also track out on the last day of the quarter. That means your child’s report cards won’t be available until the last day of the first week of the SECOND quarter. In this case, that date is October 27th.

While that may seem strange, remember that you can always see your child’s current averages in PowerSchools. You can look those scores up anytime.

One last note: Our team typically likes to do an honors assembly to recognize students who have had an outstanding quarter. That assembly will also be held on October 27th. We will share more details with you as we nail down a time and a place for the assembly.

I hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

LA Update

After our reading assessment on Wednesday, we moved into writing our own hero’s journey. So fun and creative! We began the brainstorming process today, and I encouraged students to think about this and work on it some over the weekend or during Spartan Time on Monday. The clearer picture they have of their hero, the easier creating a journey will be!

All of next week will be focused on writing the narrative. We will do a mini-lesson each day and then spend time writing for the remainder of the class. Students should be working on this each night, and we hope to wrap it up by the beginning of the following week.

Lastly, we will spend a chunk of time on Monday reviewing this week’s assessment and corrections as well as their hero comparison paragraphs. Corrections to both of these assignments will be due on Friday, September 22. Further explanation of the corrections will be given on Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

Social Studies- update

This week in Social Studies the students analyzed the accomplishments of ancient Egypt. Their investigations were on pyramids, mummification, pharaohs, hieroglyphics, and the Nile River. Students used documents as well as links to fun and informative websites to learn and explore these interesting topics. They completed a packet of actives for these topics. Ask your student if they completed the packet or if they need to finish it up over the weekend.

Next week there will be a quiz on Tuesday on ancient Egypt. The latter part of next week the students will be learning about Judaism, one of the world’s oldest religions based on monotheism. This will be the first of many religions the students will explore this year as our topics travel around the world to the ancient civilizations.

Have a great weekend!