LA -Update

Happy Track Out Gnomes!

I am in the process of grading the informative consumer guides, and there are several students who need to share their website/infographic with me in order for me to grade it.

If you would please ask your child to check Google Classroom to see if they need to submit their work for a grade, that would be extremely helpful.

I posted an announcement to only the students who needed to take action.

Thanks so much!

Please reach out if you have any questions.

Nicole Messier

Found: Pair of Glasses

Dear Parents,

The other day, I found a pair of glasses in my room: Silver frames – black arms – Oakleys.

I’ve asked all of my classes and no one has claimed them. My guess is that they belong to one of our students, though.

If that sounds like a pair of glasses that your child is missing, please have them come and see me.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

LA Update

In language arts class last week, the students worked on completing their problem and solution paragraphs. The students have been reminded that the writing portion is the key element of the Informative Consumer Guide. It was stressed that their paragraphs should include relevant and compelling evidence.

At this point, students are working at their own pace. The first step is to complete the problem and solution paragraphs and have a teacher review it. After their paragraphs have been reviewed, then students will work on creating an infographic. Mr. Caggia was very kind and uploaded flipped videos for students to follow. After they have a peer revise/edit their infographic, then they move to the last step, which is creating their own website. On this website, they will include their problem and solution paragraphs along with their infographic in a visually appealing manner.

Students have been working really hard, and I cannot wait to see the final result.

Extra Credit was also discussed last week and posted on Google Classroom for any student who is interested in completing it.

We are looking forward to a fun and productive last week before track out.

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

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Single Subject Acceleration – Math

Parents can find information about SSA on our school website under the Academics tab. The nomination and testing dates are posted and the parent/student nomination agreement form will be posted on April 1. This signed nomination form must be turned in to Ms. Baker during the dates below.

  • Track 1 nomination = 4/15-4/29 with testing between 5/7-5/13
  • Track 2 nomination = 4/16-4/30 with testing between 5/8-6/7
  • Track 3 nomination = 5/10-5/23 with testing between 6/3-6/7
  • Track 4 nomination = 5/10-5/23 with testing between 6/3-6/7

Wake County policy states that a student can not move from Math 6 to Math 7+ unless they score 80% or higher on the Math 7+ SSA assessment. The nomination and test dates are NOT flexible and Ms. Baker orders the tests the day after the nomination window closes.

For questions, please contact Cindi Baker at

LA Update

Hi Gnome Families!

Since PowerSchool is currently under construction, I wasn’t able to update grades this weekend. However, it should be up and running again early next week, and I will post grades as soon as I can.

This past week we completed our novel study of Flush, and the students will take the end-of-unit assessment on Monday.

For this upcoming week, we will be introducing our final unit of the quarter…our research and writing unit. Students will choose a topic and conduct research to identify and define the problem, along with possible solutions to this problem. The final product will be a website created by each student, which will include problem and solution paragraphs and an infographic. This week the students will focus on annotating their research articles and completing their graphic organizers.

Have a wonderful week!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

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LA Update

This week we will finish up our Flush novel study. We will review figurative language and discuss the importance of finding evidence to support the perspective and tone of an excerpt. Also, we will review how specific events contribute to the plot development in preparation for our end-of-unit 2 assessment, which is planned for Monday, March 11th.

For homework, there is nightly reading accompanied by the flipbook question. There is also another Quizlet vocabulary set that is due on Monday, March 11th. A quick reading comprehension check is schedule for Monday and Friday this week.

We are looking forward to a great week!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

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Social Studies- update

This week in Social Studies the students completed the ancient Rome unit and took the Roman Unit test on Thursday. I should be returning those tests next Monday.

Friday, we began some lessons on the Byzantine Empire which is the link between Europe and the Middle East, physically and culturally. It also acts as a link between the Rome unit and the Growth of Islam unit. Student are working on completing an activity concerning Byzantine geography, art,the Orthodox Church, and Emperor Justinian. The students will be completing this activity next week.

Later next week the students will begin the growth of Islam unit. One of the first topics will be religion Islam, where we will break down the basic beliefs, the Prophet Muhammad, and the Koran. The students will also be completing a TALDOGS map illustrating the growth and spread of Islamic empires.

Have a great weekend!

Still Looking for 15 more Field Trip Chaperones

Dear Moms and Dads,

As I mentioned in a message earlier this week, we are going on a field trip to Bond Park on Tuesday May 7 for a day of fun outside!

In order to pull this off, we are going to need a BUNCH of parent volunteers. We will need volunteers to help chaperone individual groups who will be participating in a scavenger hunt AND we will need parent volunteers who are willing to cook and serve a hot dog lunch for students. The trip will last from about 9:30 AM until about 1:30 PM.

If you are willing and able to join us, please fill out this form.

We are still looking for about 15 more chaperones.

Much appreciated!

Bill Ferriter