Category: General Team Info

Update on Honor Roll Assembly

Dear Parents,

Wanted to drop you a reminder to let you know that our fourth quarter Honors Assembly will take place next Wednesday, starting at 8:30 in the auditorium.

Parents of students receiving a Teacher’s Choice or Kids of Character award have already been notified directly. Parents of students receiving other awards (Honor Roll, Band Recognition, Perfect Attendance etc.) will not be notified directly by the Gnomes team. There are just too many kids being recognized to make notifications possible!

Our Honor Roll will be based JUST on fourth quarter grades. Students earning All As in all of their classes — including electives and PE — will receive an All A Honor Roll certificate. Students earning a 3.0 average or better on a 4.0 scale will receive an "Honor Roll" certificate.

Parents are invited to attend — but please don’t sit in sections labeled "For Students Only." We have a large team that we have to seat!

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Two More Parent Volunteers for Pizza Lunch Needed!

Hey Parents,

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we are planning a pizza lunch celebration for the students next Thursday from 11:00 – 1:00. It’s always a nice time for the kids — a chance to socialize with each other one last time before the year ends.

I am looking for two more parent volunteers who are willing to come and help us set up and serve for the event. I promise that it will be easy and maybe even a little bit fun!

If you think you can help out, please drop me an email at:

Thanks a ton for your consideration!

Be well,

Bill Ferriter

Does Your Child Have Their Lock?

Dear Parents,

Over the next week, I’ll be collecting locks from your students. If they’ve lost their lock, there will be a $5.00 replacement fee. We use those locks over and over again and can’t afford to lose any!

Please check with your child in the next day or two to see if they have their lock. If not, please plan on sending them in with $5.00 at some point in the next week.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

End of Grade Exams Start Next Week / Are Your Kids Studying?

Dear Parents,

A quick reminder that end of grade exams start next week. Monday is the language arts test. Tuesday is the Math test. Wednesday is the Social Studies test and Thursday is the Science test. Please remind your children to spend time practicing this week for their exams. Extra review can help your child to feel more prepared on the day of the test — and feeling prepared is a good feeling.

For science, the best way to study is to practice with Brainpop videos. Your children have a list of all of the videos connected to our curriculum in Google Classroom. Students can also use the practice test posted in Socrative, the Quizlets that we’ve used to study vocabulary all year long, our online textbook in Discovery Education and/or the paper vocabulary review packets that went home on Friday to review.

Two more things: Please be sure that your child comes to school next week with two sharpened #2 pencils to use on the exams and please be sure that your child gets a good night sleep and eats a good breakfast before the exams. All of those things are simple ways to make sure that they are physically and mentally prepared for the grind that is a week full of testing.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Join the Discussion: Salem Middle Conversion to a Traditional Calendar

Dear Parents,

First, here’s to hoping that your track out has been restful and relaxing! Mine has been full of part time work and yard work and Y-Guides camping with my kid — so I’d describe it as "busy but amazing."

Second, I’m not sure if you’ve been following the news, but the Wake County School Board is considering converting Salem Middle School to a traditional calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.

Obviously, that’s going to have a big impact on all y’all!

The school board has created an online discussion board that contains information and a place for you to express your opinion about this proposed change. You can find the information page here and you can find the discussion board for feedback from Salem Middle parents here. Plans are for a final decision to be made on May 2nd of this year.

Regardless of how you feel about the issue, I hope you’ll take the time to share your thoughts with the county. That’s a great way to model active participation in our community’s direction for your kids.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Honors Assembly Friday

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up to let you know that we are having our third quarter honors assembly on Friday at 10:30 in the auditorium at Salem Middle School.

You are welcome to attend, but please don’t arrive before 10:15. There is another track in the auditorium before us and you’ll end up walking into their assembly.

Also, know that if your child is receiving a special award, we notified you by email about a week ago. If your child is receiving Honor Roll honors, however, we do NOT send you a direct invitation to the assembly. You can check your child’s honor roll status in Power School. If you don’t have a password for that, see your child: They all know how to get in.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Field Trip Tomorrow!

Hey Guys,

Don’t forget: Field Trip Tomorrow!

Be sure to wear a jacket/hoodie. It’s supposed to be in the 50s and 60s for most of our day — and we are outside the entire time.

Also, bring a pencil and a clipboard if you have one.

Finally, bring your device if you can — it can be used to gather evidence for each of your scavenger hunt steps.

Let’s have a GREAT time. Enjoy each other. Smile a bit. Laugh. Play. (Avoid social drama!)

This should be the best field trip ever.

Looking forward to seeing you in the morning!

Mr. F

The Field Trip is ON! To Heck with the Weather.

Dear Parents,

We’ve made a decision today to go on our Field Trip on Tuesday, rain or shine.

The weather currently speaks of "occassional showers." It seems hard to cancel and reschedule — a decision we’d have to make today — based on that forecast.

We are also planning on doing our scavenger hunt rain or shine — so please make sure that your kids come prepared for the weather.

We recommend:

  • A raincoat or a water resistant jacket
  • An umbrella
  • A hat
  • A pair of shoes that you won’t worry about getting wet/muddy
  • A change of clothes that can be left at school to change back into if we get really wet.

To spice things up a bit, we are going to buy a box of garbage bags and host a "garbage bag poncho decorating contest." That will turn what could be a frowny kind of day into something funny. If you have garbage bags and your kids want to get started on their decorations this weekend, that’s fine with us!

Keep your fingers crossed for good weather OR good attitudes in the case of a rainy day from beginning to end!

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

Field Trip Update / Watching Weather Carefully

Dear Parents,

Just a quick field trip update: We’ve been watching the weather carefully over the last week to see if we can get a sense for whether or not our field trip is going to be a washout.

So far, it’s hard to tell! has a 60% chance of rain while WRAL has a 30% chance of rain. And those numbers have been changing pretty dramatically all week long.

Know that for the time being, we are still planning on going on our field trip. Students should be prepared for sprinkles — think wearing a raincoat and/or bringing an umbrella.

If the weather takes a dramatic turn for the worse, we may look into rescheduling for sometime during the fourth quarter.

I’ll post another update here tomorrow.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter