Are there any Seedfolks books out there?

This past week involved lots of helpful preparation for the upcoming EOGs! We did lots of review, talked about strategies, and I assured them that all I expected was that they try their best. No unnecessary pressure- just give it your best effort. I am proud of all of the hard work we have put into language arts this year, and look forward to wrapping up the year well!

Speaking of wrapping up the year, I’m hoping that some students still have their copy of Seedfolks, by Paul Fleischman. This was a small novel that was on their supply list at the beginning of the year. We typically read this at the beginning of the school year, but with the curriculum change, we were unable to do that this year. I’m hoping to read it with the students the last couple of weeks of school- it’s my favorite!

If you still have your copy lying around, please bring it to my room at the beginning of the week. I appreciate it!

Have a great weekend!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

Math 6/6 Plus Ice Cream Party

Dear Parents,

Good afternoon! Our mathematicians have worked hard to prepare for this year’s math EOG. They earned stickers towards an ice-cream party for each packet on which they showed 85% mastery or above. Please send ice-cream and supplies to help celebrate our hard work! The party will be held in class on Tuesday June 26th.

Wishing everyone best of luck on next week’s EOGs!

Kate Kotik

Reminder: Science EOG is ONE WEEK AWAY!

Dear Parents,

Just wanted to drop you a quick reminder that the science end of grade exam is exactly one week from today. That means it’s time for your kids to buckle down and study a bit if they haven’t been doing so.

Here’s why that matters: The Science EOG is, in many ways, the hardest EOG test. That’s because it isn’t really a thinking test. It’s a remembering test. Your kids will have to answer 35 fact-driven questions that cover an entire year’s worth of curriculum.

The best way to prepare for the test is to review as much content as possible. There are LOTS of different ways that your kids can study. Here’s what we’ve been using in class:

(1). Quizlets — posted in Google Classroom. Cover all of the vocabulary from the entire year. Worth studying because understanding the vocabulary in individual questions is often the key to getting the questions right.

(2). Quizizz — posted in Google Classroom. Includes 128 questions that are similar to the kinds of questions asked on EOG exams. More complex than Quizlets simply because it requires students to understand and apply the vocabulary that they are learning.

(3). Vocabulary "Secret Message" Packets

Extra EOG practice

Just wanted to remind students and let parents know that we have posted extra EOG practice on Google Classroom for any student that would like targeted reading practice before Tuesday. The practice is posted by standard so that students can choose a couple of standards they find most challenging. There are videos, practice, quizzes and games, so check it out!

Please let me know if you have questions. Thank you!

Mrs. Barrow

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Studying for Science EOG Exam

Dear Parents,

Just a quick reminder that the science end of grade exam is a little less than two weeks away!

I’ve been talking to your kids about studying for the test for the past month. In fact, it’s the only homework that they’ve had for science class for the last several weeks.

The reason that studying is so important is that the science exam is a straight knowledge driven test. There will be 35 questions that cover isolated facts from the entire school year. That makes it a difficult exam simply because there are SO many facts that your kids have learned in class this year.

So it might be a good idea to ask your child about the amount of studying that they have already done

Social Studies- update

This week the topic in Social Studies has been Feudal Japan. Students made some great comparisons between the social structure of Middle Ages Europe and that of Japan. We also took some time to examine the customs and duties of the Japanese Samurai. Next week the students will investigate the history and cultures of Korea. Wednesday there will be a test on the Japan and Korea unit. Then we will begin our final unit of the year, Ancient Americas: Aztecs, Incas,and Mayans.

Have a great weekend!

End of Year Celebration

Dear Parents,

Please help us celebrate our hard work and accomplishments this school year! The SignUp Genius is posted down below. Thank you so much in advance!

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Dear Parents, Hope you are well! Please help us celebrate our hard work and accomplishments this school year! We will have a pizza party on Friday June 29th and would like some healthy sides, drinks, and desserts as accompaniments. If you are able, please consider volunteering 11:00 – 12:30 that day to help us set up food and serve pizza. Thank you so much in advance! 6-4 Gnomes Team

LA Update

In the midst of writing! Students worked hard today finishing up their graphic organizers and beginning the rough drafts of their position paper. All graphic organizers should be complete by Monday. Final drafts should be published on Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

Then, it’s off to some EOG review. Hard to believe they are right around the corner!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

Schedule of Events – Testing and Last Week of School

Dear Parents,

As we begin the sprint to the end of the school year, I wanted to share with you the dates of some of our important upcoming events:

Testing Schedule:

Monday June 18th — Math EOG

Tuesday, June 19th — Reading EOG

Wednesday, June 20th — No testing for sixth grade

Thursday, June 21st — Social Studies Final Exam

Friday, June 22nd — Science Final Exam

Monday June 25 — Retakes for absent students

Last Week Events:

Wednesday June 27th:

9:00-10:00 – Honors Assembly in the Auditorium

10:00-11:50 – Talent Show in the Auditorium

Thursday June 28th:

12:30-1:20: Yearbook Signing

Friday June 29th:

8:30 – 10:00 : Kickball Game

10:00 – 11:30 : Quiz Bowl

11:45 – 12:45 : Pizza Lunch/Movie

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter