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

Science Update / Saturday Morning Solar System Fun

Dear Parents,

Here’s what’s going on in class:

(1). We are continuing to study the layers of the earth. Students completed a hands-on activity this week using eggs as a model for the layers of the earth. Their main goal was to determine whether or not an egg would be a reasonable model of the layers of the earth. That assignment will be due on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

(2). Next week, we will be looking at how the earth’s tectonic plates work. Specifically, students are responsible for learning about three different types of boundaries: Convergent, divergent and transform. Those boundaries are always interesting to kids because they result in natural disasters like earthquakes and volcanoes.

(3). If you are looking for something fun to do with your kid this weekend, think about getting up early tomorrow — like 5:30 AM — and go out to find the moon again. This weekend, Venus and Saturn will be on one side of the crescent moon and Jupiter will be on the other. It’s kind of cool to think that you can see three planets in one early morning view. Here’s an article where you can learn more.

(4). And if you want to talk to your kids about another neat science happening, talk to them about SpaceX — which is launching an unmanned crew capsule tomorrow morning. This is a test run for later manned flights. That’s important because since the retirement of the Space Shuttles, the United States hasn’t had a vehicle that can take people into space. SpaceX is looking to fill that void — and if this test flight goes well, they will be launching their first people into space in July. Here’s an article where you can learn more.

(Oh — and for you Sci Fi junkies, the dummy they are launching on this weekend’s rocket is named Ripley — after the lead character in Aliens! How’s that for random fun?)

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

Who Wants to Chaperone a Field Trip?!

Dear Moms and Dads,

On Tuesday May 7, 2019 we are going on a field trip to Bond Park for a day of fun outside! The main activity on the field trip will be a scavenger hunt where students will be looking for things from our science curriculum out in the park. The trip will last from about 9:30 AM until about 1:00 PM.

In order to pull this off, we are going to need a BUNCH of parent volunteers.

The biggest need is for volunteers to help chaperone individual groups who will be participating in a scavenger hunt. Normally, we shoot for 30-35 groups so that we can keep things small — which means we could REALLY use your help if you are willing to come and play outside on an early spring day!

We will also need parent volunteers who are willing to cook and serve a hot dog lunch for students.

If you are interested in chaperoning, please fill out this form by Wednesday March 6th.

Let me know if you have any questions,
Bill Ferriter

AMC 8 Answers

AMC 8 math test booklets will soon be returned to our math competition participants. The test booklet will include an individualized letter comparing the correct answer to their personal answers. Students are encouraged to celebrate problems they answered correctly (remembering this is a challenge), review the problems and solutions, and set a goal for growth and participation next year! Math teachers will have a hard copy of the solutions in the classroom and will post the AMC8 solutions on their website. Our school and grade level winners will receive a certificate at our end of year ceremonies. Thank you for encouraging your student to participate!

Cindi Baker, AIG teacher


LA Update

We hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

For this week, we will continue our novel study of Flush. At the beginning of the week we practice more with Noah’s point of view, then we will transition to focus on how events of each chapter contribute to the plot development.

There will be another quick reading check quiz on Tuesday and our mid-unit assessment is scheduled for Thursday. On Monday we will review the frequently missed questions on our last end-off-unit assessment. Any student who scored less than an 80% is welcome to complete test corrections, which will be due on Friday.

Homework this week will include reading Flush and answering the flipbook question each night. There is also another Quizlet set that is due on Friday. Links to our activities will be posted daily on Google Classroom.

Please reach out with any question.

Thank you.

Chambliss Barrow and Nicole Messier

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