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!

Quick Science Update

Dear Parents,

First, here’s to hoping that you are well and happy as we move into the end of September and beginning of October! Track out is around the corner and I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t looking forward to it! I’m sure you are, too.

Second, here’s a few things happening in science:

We have moved into our study of matter. Specifically, we’ve been talking about the characteristics of matter and the structure of matter this week. We also began a short lab experience designed to introduce kids to density — one of the characteristic properties of matter. The kids usually dig our matter unit because there are lots of short, hands on experiences that go along with the concepts. To learn more about what is covered in the unit, you can look at this unit overview sheet.

I am making short review videos for our units. You can find them posted online here. The videos come out between two and three times a week and they are designed as a refresher of things that we have been studying in class. Consider checking the site out if you want to know more about the science that your kids are learning — and have your kids check them out if you want them to get a quick review of what they’ve been learning in class.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Math Google Classroom Assignments Clarification

Dear Parents,

Hello! Please disregard the missing classroom assignment notices from Math Google Classroom. We completed both of these activities in groups, and only one student turned in the form with all the students’ names included on the form.

I have now deleted both assignments, which should stop the email notifications.

My apologies for the confusion.

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Be well : )

Kate Kotik

Social Studies- update

This week in Social Studies the students completed the Mesopotamian portion of the unit with a quiz on Wednesday. We have now transitioned into the Egyptian portion of the unit. We have spent the first couple of days focused on the geography of Egypt and explaining the meaning of the nick-name Gift of the Nile. The students have seen many similarities in the use of rivers for silt and irrigation between Mesopotamia and Egypt. But we have also touched on some differences in the organization of the Mesopotamian city- states and the all-powerful Egyptian pharaoh.

Next week the students will have the opportunity to explore some of the interesting details of ancient Egypt. Some topics they will be learning about are: the three kingdoms, pharaohs, hieroglyphics, mummification, religion, and pyramids.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend!