Last Chance to Turn In Field Trip Permission Slips and Money

Dear Parents,

All students must turn in their field trip permission slips by Friday.

Any students who don’t turn their slips in by Friday will not be able to go on the field trip.

Also, there are still several families that haven’t paid for the field trip. If you are planning to pay, I would appreciate having that money by Friday as well. I can take it later — but I would like to button up all of the payments to our vendors sooner rather than later.

If you want to double check to see if your child still needs to turn in a permission slip or payment, you can check this document.

Let me know if you have any questions,
Bill Ferriter

We Could Use Five More Chaperones!

Dear Parents,

As you already know, we are going on a field trip to the North Carolina Museum of Science on Tuesday, November 6th.

We could use about five more chaperones for the day! Your primary job will be to supervise a group of 5-7 students as they complete a scavenger hunt inside the museum. My guess is that it will be a terrific time!

If you think you can come and help out, please click this link. It will take you to a Google Form where I am collecting contact information. I will then reach out with more details about the trip.

Thanks for your consideration,

Bill Ferriter

LA Work for Thursday and Friday

No school in the middle of a writing project! Fun!

**Please complete the work below if able. Obviously, if weather is bad, power is out, you are evacuating, etc., I will completely understand. But, the more we can stay on schedule, the better. So, be safe, and if you can accomplish come classwork, great!

Okay- Cores 1&2: Please make sure you are working on the rough draft for your own hero’s journey. Ideally, the rough draft will be complete in Google Classroom. Feel free to share with a buddy and begin getting feedback. We will talk more about dialogue when we return and begin the revising process.

Cores 3&4: Please complete the yellow hero’s journey cards on page 26 of your ILL that we started in class today. If you finish those and feel confident in your story, please fill in that information on this graphic organizer. If you need a little more specifics, this organizer may be more helpful. You will need to print this or make your own copy to be able to type on the organizer. We will review this Monday if there are questions. Basically, you are re-telling the story that is on your cards in a more organized fashion on the one page to prepare for drafting.

First and foremost, stay safe!

Mrs. Barrow and Mrs. Messier

Parent Consent Form Coming Home Today – Edpuzzle

Dear Parents,

A REALLY important form is coming home today.

It is a form asking for permission for your child to use an Ed Tech tool called Edpuzzle while they are in my class.

Edpuzzle is a tool that allows me to create reteaching videos that look like this one.

I use Edpuzzle to give kids chances to review content that we are studying in class AND to raise grades that are low.

Because your students are under 13 years of age, though, you have to give permission for them to use the tool. If you don’t want your child using Edpuzzle, they will still have chances to raise their scores — but those chances will probably be textbook based. Edpuzzle tends to be more interesting to students.

Please be on the lookout for the form! You can also find it posted online here.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

36 Students Missing Permission Slips / Last Week to Turn Them In

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up that this is the last week to turn in permission slips for this year’s field trips. I have to turn them in to the main office at the end of the day on Monday.

There are currently 36 kids who haven’t turned in their permission slips. Sadly, there is no way for a student to attend the trip without turning a permission slip in.

I will be sending home another copy of permission slip today. You can also check the missing list here.

Please know that I can take the $20 field trip fee at any time — but the actual permission slip has to be turned in before the end of the day on Monday, September 17th.


Bill Ferriter

LA Update

Great week! We are so impressed with the Myth to Movies projects. Students worked together so well, and it was great to see their final products. I’m proud of you guys!

Next week, we will start our final large writing assignment for quarter 1. This assignment is a fun narrative, My Own Hero’s Journey. It gives way for student creativity and helps them prove what they know about narrative writing, but also the hero’s journey.

There will be a hyperdoc with all docs (graphic organizer to rubric) posted next week. The Gnomes Calendar will have homework for the week which will guide them through the writing process. Final papers will not be due until mid-week the following week.

We hope everyone has a great weekend!

Mrs. Barrow and Mrs. Messier

LA Update

Happy Friday!

We wanted to send out an update regarding homework and the Myths to Movies Project that we started in language arts class this week. Students were given class time to annotate their myth and start their planning guide (5 questions). All information is located in Google Classroom. The classroom codes are listed below.

Core 1: 2ie4xr

Core 2: 2kxxj2

Core 3: 6hshl7

Core 4: huthqfw


Cores 1 & 2 – complete planning guide and read chapter 15 of The Lightning Thief

Cores 3 & 4 – annotate myth and complete planning guide

Students may use Spartan Time and Team Time on Tuesday if they are unable to complete this work over the weekend.

Thank you for all that you do! Have a wonderful long weekend!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

Nicole Messier

6th Grade CCR Language Arts Teacher

Salem Middle School


Social Studies- Update

This week in Social Studies the students began examining the region of Mesopotamia. They took some time to color and map the area of the Fertile Crescent region and analyzed the conditions that allowed for the growth of the world’s first civilization: the Sumerians. Students explored the many achievements of this unique group and then evaluated which their accomplishments was the most impressive.

Next week we will continue to explore Mesopotamia. We will study their language cuneiform and the famous epic story of Gilgamesh as well as the Babylonian King Hammurabi and his code of laws. There will be a quiz on Mesopotamia on Thursday. Wednesday there will be a review activity to help students prepare.

Have a great long weekend!

Lots of Missing Permission Slips for Field Trips

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up that there are lots of students who are still missing their permission slips and/or payments for this year’s field trips.

Because of new WCPSS rules around field trips, I have to turn those in no later than September 17th.  If your child hasn’t turned in their permission slip by that point, they won’t be able to attend our field trips this year.

I can, however, accept payments after September 17th — it’s just the permission slip itself that I have to have right now.


More details:

If you want to check to see if your child has turned in their permission slips yet, you can look over this document.

And if your child needs another copy of the permission slip, you can find that posted online here. — or they can get a printed version in my classroom.

The total cost for both field trips will be $20.  You can pay for the trip two different ways:  You can send in cash or a check to me here at school OR you can pay online by visiting this website.

If it’s possible for you, I prefer online payments simply because it saves class time that I would otherwise spend collecting and receipting money.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter