Honors Assembly on Friday!

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up to let you know that our third quarter honors assembly will happen this Friday — April 27th — from 9:00-10:00.

We will HOPEFULLY be in the auditorium, but we haven’t nailed that space down yet. If we aren’t in the auditorium, we will be in the cafeteria.

Parents of students receiving special awards will be notified directly via email or phone call. Parents of students receiving honor roll certificates won’t be notified directly — you can check your child’s honor roll status in PowerSchool.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

LA Update

Welcome back! What a wonderful track out that was. I hope everyone got a breather and is ready to plow through quarter four. I can’t believe we are at the end of the year already!

As we move closer to the end of the year, we are going to take a walk through the genres: fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We will continue the work we started this week with our new novel, Frightful’s Mountain. We will focus on annotating fiction and the impact of setting, conflict, figurative language, point of view, and more!

Next Friday, April 27, we will be having a surprise event on our celebration day. (Parents- ask your students. 😊 ) If you are willing to help, we are asking for bags of individually wrapped candy. Students may bring them in at any time and deliver them to Mrs. Messier’s room, room 2403. Thank you so much for your help with this surprise!

I am looking forward to a wonderful quarter 4, though I will be super-sad to see this group go. Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

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Self Paced EOG Review

Dear Parents,

The 6th grade math teachers are excited to present you with a SELF-PACED, VIDEO-BASED EOG REVIEW that any child can do at home easily by themselves.

The review is broken down into the thirteen learning units we cover in the 6th grade and provides videos and quizzes for each covered objective. A classroom quiz is available at the end of each unit to check mastery of the objectives.

All the materials and directions are posted on Google Classroom under EOG Review: Brain Pop.

This is a great 10 minute addition to nightly homework or a 30 minute study jam for the weekend. Both will aide greatly with preparations for the EOGs. Students are also welcome to come in during Spartan Time to work on the review.

Please email me with any questions. I’m very excited to see everyone on Thursday!

Kate Kotik


Please Consider Participating in the Annual PTA Fundraiser

Dear Parents,

First, I hope you’ve had a remarkable track out!  Mine has been restful and rewarding all the way around.

Second, our PTA is holding its annual fundraiser right now.  This year, it is a Color Battle:




We will have a short kickoff assembly on Thursday designed to share details with your students about the fund raiser.  

You can also find the information sheet for the fundraiser here.

Finally, here are the important details:

  • Color Battle will happen for our students during electives on April 25th.
  • To participate in Color Battle, students will need to raise at least $30 in donations.
  • More donations give students more color for the battle and access to additional prizes/rewards.
  • Donations can be made online.  Students will all get an access code to create a donation page on Thursday.  We will set those up in science class.
  • Cash/check donations can also be sent into school.

I REALLY hope that you will help your students to get involved in the fundraiser.

The fact of the matter is that schools are almost always underfunded.  The resources that the PTA raises provide us with access to all kinds of learning opportunities that we’d never be able to provide otherwise.  For example, the PTA recently sponsored a Poet in Residence for seventh grade, an Artist in Residence for eighth grade and a theatrical presentation for the sixth grade.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter


Glue Stick Plea!

Hi Gnomes! I hope everyone has had a wonderful and restful track out!

Mr. Sudlow and I are in need of glue sticks to get us through the fourth quarter. We understand this is not the first time we have asked for glue sticks, so thank you to all of those who have donated in the past. Hopefully this is our last glue stick plea for the year!

If you are able to donate, please bring glue sticks to Mrs. Barrow or Mr. Sudlow. They will be greatly appreciated! 🙂

Social Studies- Family Story

Hello Gnome families,

I hope that everyone has enjoyed a well deserved break. I can’t wait to hear about all the fun things you guys were up to this month. I know that there are a few days left of track-out for you all to enjoy, but I wanted to send out a quick reminder of an assignment that is going to be due next Monday April 23rd.

We are currently studying ancient African kingdoms and one of the main cultural similarities for west African people was the tradition of storytelling to pass along traditions, history, and culture to younger generations. The person in each village who was the storyteller was called a Griot and held a very important and honored roll. The assignment for the students is to interview a family member that they would consider a Griot- StoryTeller (mother, father, aunt, grandmother, grandfather, etc.) The students should ask them to tell a family story, the oldest and most passed down if possible.

This is one of my favorite assignments throughout the year; I love reading the stories that are shared but I also love knowing that the children are learning about their own families as well. My main rule is that the students should learn about a family story that takes place before they were born, it should not be about them. Examples of stories from previous years have been funny situations that parents and grandparents had during their childhood, or how grandparents began dating, military service, immigration stories, and even stories of family ancestry .

The assignment is posted on the Google classroom. Students should type and then submit them back on the Google Classroom.

Here is a copy of the assignment: Griot Story Assignment

Parent Survey from PBIS Team

Spartan Families,

The Positive Behavior team at Salem Middle would like to hear from you. We are currently collecting feedback on our PRIDE acronym and looking for ways to improve for next year. Please take a few moments to complete our anonymous survey using this link: PBIS Parent Survey. The survey will remain open until April 27th. Thank you for your time and feedback!

The Salem Middle PBIS Team

Sustainable Inventions

Hello parents!

Thank you to those who chaperoned on the field trip today. The students had an amazing time.

On Friday, the language arts class is wrapping up our unit on Ocean Sustainability with a fun invention competition. Students will reuse recyclable materials to create their own inventions.

In order to make this work, we need your help to bring in recyclable material. Please have students put these items in a trash bag or box with their names labeled on it.

Things to bring in:

– Cardboard Boxes/Shoe boxes

– Plastic Packages

– Corks/Caps

– Water bottles

– Paper Cards

– Newspapers

– Lotion/Shampoo Bottles

– Milk Cartons

– Straws

– Egg Cartons

– Gum Wrappers

– Plastic Bags

Things to NOT bring in:

– Glass products

– Aluminum Cans

Thank you!

Tiffany Shin

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