LA Update

Happy weekend!

Just wanted to let everyone know where we are going this upcoming week. We just wrapped up the narrative poetry stations last week. We hoped that students enjoyed getting a taste for several different novels and maybe found one they want to finish. These stations were due completed on Friday. Students took a poetry quiz yesterday, accessing the skills from the previous 3 weeks os instruction. We will be working on corrections during Spartan Time this week. All corrections for this quiz are due Monday, Dec. 17.

We will continue reading and studying poetry this week in preparation for writing our own poem. We will finish the quarter with a poetry writing assignment and a poetry cafe. This will be the last major assignment for Q2.

In regards to homework this week, two more Read Theory quizzes are due on Friday. Also, corrections for the following two assessments will be due Monday, Dec. 17. Students, please use allotted class time and Spartan Time to get extra support on these corrections.

– Friday’s poetry quiz (mid unit 2 quiz in Google Classroom)

– Visual Essay (We will be viewing and discussing these on Monday. We will be starting our revisions in class.)

Have a great and warm weekend!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

Social Studies- update

We are just about finished with our unit on Ancient China. Last week the students completed an investigation on a major religion by creating an Informational Display illustrating the major beliefs and creating an Advice Column using each religion’s perspective on common problems. This week students investigated the Silk Road and the effect that this trade had on China’s economy as well as culture through a Web-quest activity. They also completed a timeline of some of the major dynasties in China’s history.

Monday students will take an ancient China Unit Test. The students worked on the study guide in class on Thursday and Friday to prepare. A copy of a blank study guide and the answers are posted in Google Classroom. There is a link to Quizlet for the Ancient China vocabulary posted in Google Classroom as well.

Once the students have completed the China Unit test we will be off to start our next unit, ancient Greece!

Have a great and safe weekend!

Heads Up: Quiz Friday

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up: Students will have a short (10 question) quiz in Science on Friday about the three ways that heat transfers from one object to another.

This is not a new concept for kids. We’ve talked about it extensively in class.

Students will spend all day Thursday studying in class — so they may not need to study a ton at home.

The three best study tools are their notes, a Heat Transfer Quizizz and a Heat Transfer Quizlet. Those are all posted under the "Classwork" tab in Google Classroom.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

Interim Reports Coming Home

Dear Parents,

All students were given a printed copy of their grade sheets to bring home to you today so that you can see where they currently stand in each of our classes.

This is important information because there are three weeks remaining in the quarter. Students still have time to raise low grades or to turn in missing work.

Here’s the hitch: The reports that our grading program allows us to print out are hard to read and include very little useful information.

So here’s what I’d recommend: All of your children know how to sign into Power Schools — our school grading program. If you are concerned/confused about grades, please have them do that for you. There, you will be able to see lists of specific grades earned on every assignment in all of their classes. You will also be able to see any work that is missing in each of their classes.

If you don’t have easy access to the Internet at home, you can also ask your child to print off a list of their grades from here at school — or email me and I’ll help you to get that information.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

LA Update

Happy Friday! So hard to believe that there are only three weeks left until track out. Time flies!

We began exploring narrative poetry this week. We read various narrative poems from a collection, Good Master’s, Sweet Ladies. We used this book to practice locating and explaining the impact of figurative language, the impact of word choice/tone, and supporting our claims with evidence.

Today we began modified literature circles where students will be practicing these skills within novels written in verse. This work will continue through Thursday of next week. Throughout the week, students will read excerpts from five different novels, hopefully finding a couple that peaks their interest! There is a handout that corresponds with each novel, and these will be due on Friday, December 7th.

Literature circle work will need to be completed during class or during Spartan Time since students will need copies of the novel to complete the work. Outside of school, two Read Theory quizzes are due on Friday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

Black iPhone Found on Team

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up: A phone was found today and turned in to me. It’s a black iPhone with Sprint Cellular Service.

If your child comes home missing their device, have them see me and we will figure out who it belongs to.

For what it is worth, the notifications on the home screen are all from Instagram and are all, I THINK, about cheerleading!

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

Desperate Need of Tissues and Paper Towels!

Dear Parents,

Tis’ the season to be sneezy — and we are fresh out of tissues here on the Gnomes team!

We are also out of paper towels — which we use to clean desks and tables and counters.

If you have any of those items and home and are willing to send in a box or a roll, we’d be incredibly grateful.

Thanks for thinking of us,
Bill Ferriter

Social Studies- update

This week the students began the Ancient China Unit. We began the week by examining the geography of China and how natural barriers, like mountains and deserts have impacted China’s development. Students are currently working to create a TALDOGS map of East Asia, which are due on Monday.

Students also spent time this week analyzing the Three Ways of China: Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism. We completed a chart that compared the basic beliefs of each religion. Next week students will be comparing and contrasting these religions. They will also begin working on an information display about one of these religions, detailing facts about the founder, basic beliefs, quotes, and also including an advice column.

Have a great weekend!