LA Update

Hello! So hard to believe we only have one more week. We will then be half way through the school year!

Students worked hard on the rough draft of their adversity poem today. I have asked that they complete any unfinished work on the draft over the weekend. We need completed drafts for class on Monday so that we can begin to revise, adding figurative language, etc.

Poems will be due on Wednesday of next week. Students will be sharing their poems with the class on Wednesday and Thursday during our Poetry Party. Looking forward to it!

Have a great weekend,

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

Donate Cookies or Candy Canes?

Thank you so much for making our BookSnap Party happen just last month! I realize I am asking for more snacks its’ heels. However, if possible, I would love to serve cookies and candy canes at our Poetry Party next week. This should be a fun way to wrap up the quarter!

We will be presenting our adversity poems to the class next Wednesday and Thursday. If you are able to help, below is a link to our SignUp Genius. We are asking for cookies, candy canes, and granola bars. Students can bring them to my room any day next week.

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Our class will be hosting a Poetry Party next Wednesday and Thursday. This will be a chance for students to practice presentation skills, share poems and learn about one another. We would appreciate being able to offer refreshments during the poetry readings. Thank you making this possible! Mrs. Barrow

You all have been so incredibly generous this; thank you for your support.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

Social Studies- update

This week in Social Studies the students began their unit on Ancient Greece. Hopefully your child has already started to see the connections and influences that the Greeks have on our world today. Students explored the geography of Greece’s mainland and islands using the Five Themes of Geography. They completed a TALDOGS map of the region as well. They are currently learning the 12 main gods and goddesses. There will be short quiz on Monday on the 12 Olympians. Students can use the quizlet on Google Classroom to help them study.

Today, the students did a great job performing the Trojan War from Homer’s Iliad. J Next week, we will analyze more of their influence in art and architecture.

Have a great weekend!

LA homework

Tonight’s homework is to complete the graphic organizer for the narrative poem. It can be found on pages 54 and 55 of your ILL (pages 136 and 137 of the workbook). This is important work and will be necessary for tomorrow’s class where we will begin drafting the poem. As stated in class, I will be checking this as a homework grade.

Get creative!

Mrs. Barrow

Science Update

Dear Parents,

Just a quick update on the content we are learning in science right now: We are studying light.

That means we are learning more about the way that color works, the way that light travels, and the way that light interacts with other materials. Your kids should be able to tell you about words like transmission, reflection and absorption. By the end of the week, they should also tell you the similarities and differences between transparent, translucent and opaque objects.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Tissues and Clorox Wipes Still Needed

Dear Parents,

Just another quick email to ask you to think about sending in some Kleenex and/or Clorox Wipes for us to use here at school.

Our supplies — which we share across all four of our core classrooms — are running very low! (There’s lots of colds going on right now.)

Thanks for thinking of us,

Bill Ferriter

After School Optional Team Outing: Wonder Movie

Hey Gnomes!

We thought it would be fun to have a Gnomes’ movie date to go see the movie Wonder. It looks fantastic – and it is a book many of us have already read.

The movie date is scheduled for Thursday December 14 at 4:10 at the Beaver Creek theater in Apex.

Please understand, this is NOT a field trip. For liability reasons, the Gnome teachers are not in any way responsible for the Gnome students. Mr. Ferriter and Mrs. Barrow will be there, but you are responsible for your student.

Parents, please treat this situation as you would treat any other where your student asks to go see a movie after school with friends. Would you prefer to be there? Do they need a chaperone? Do they need a friend/buddy to go as well? When and where will you will you pick them up? How much money do they need?

Also, the movie is an hour and 53 minutes long, so rides need to be there to pick up students around 6:00.

Don’t forget– whole families can attend! The more, the merrier!

Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing many of you there!

LA Update

Happy Friday! I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations around the narrative poetry books this week. I hope that some students found books that they are now looking forward to reading!

There will a poetry quiz on Tuesday. The standards addressed are below:

-I can determine the theme of a poem.

-I can determine the meaning and impact of figurative language.

-I can identify the theme of adversity.

-I can analyze how a particular line or stanza contributes the theme/plot.

We will spend Wednesday revising our adversity essays, and poetry writing will begin on Thursday.

Have a wonderful weekend! Stay warm!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

Diffraction Glasses Coming Home Today.

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up to let you know that your kids are coming home today with diffraction glasses. They LOVE them.

You can learn more about how they work here:

The reason I wanted you to know about the glasses is to be sure that they don’t stare at the sun — or other insanely bright lights — with their glasses on! The glasses do cool things with white light, but they are not protective — so if your kids look straight into an incredibly bright light with the glasses on, they will feel pain.

As an aside, take the glasses with you when you go look at Christmas lights in the neighborhood. You’ll dig them. And your kid SHOULD be able to explain the science behind the glasses to you all at the same time.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter