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Final Two Weeks / Schedule of Activities

Dear Parents,

We’ve been getting a ton of questions lately about the schedule of events over the last two weeks of school. While everything isn’t set in stone yet, here’s what we know for sure:

Testing week: June 19th – 23rd: Please do your best to make sure that your kids get a good night sleep, eat something for breakfast, and come to school with two sharpened #2 pencils. Here are the specific dates of specific exams:

June 19th: Reading EOG exam

June 20th: Math EOG exam

June 21st: Social Studies EOG exam

June 22nd: Science EOG exam

June 23rd: Makeup testing for any students who are absent

Final week of school: June 26th – 30th: We’ve got lots of special things happening this week on Wednesday through Friday of this week. Monday and Tuesday will be regular school days. Here’s what we’ve locked down for the rest of the week for certain so far:

Wednesday June 28th:

Fourth Quarter Honors Assesmbly: 8:30-9:40 in the Auditorium. Parents are invited to attend. Parents of students receiving a Teachers Choice Award or an End of Year Character Award will be notified directly. Honor Roll Certificates will be handed out

End of Year Pizza Party Signup Genius

Dear Parents,

On Thursday, June 29th, we’d like to have an end of the year pizza party with our students! All students will need to send in money to cover the cost of the pizza. Mrs. Kotik will be sending home details about that in the near future.

We will also need parents who are willing to donate things like drinks, fruit, veggies and chips for the party. Finally, we’ll need a few parents who are willing to come in and help us to set up, serve pizza and then clean up when we are done!

If you think you can help with those things, here is a Signup Genius:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054eaeaf2ea20-gnomes

Thanks in advance for helping us to put on a nice end of the year celebration for your kids.

Looking forward,

Bill Ferriter

Proctor Call

Parents,

Thanks to those of you who have already volunteered to proctor our Track 1 testing week. We could not have done it without you!

Our big testing week is 3 weeks away. We still need a lot of proctors! Without you, we fear we will be forced to create less than ideal testing environments for our students. If you can spare a day (or even more), we would appreciate your time. It takes 2 weeks for new volunteer security clearance to clear, so with 3 weeks left, there is time for you to help. All you need to do is come into Salem and fill out an online form. It only takes 5 minutes!

Below is our current needs for June. Please take a look at the dates and your schedule and see if you can offer some time.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  1. Make sure your volunteer registration is up to date. You will need to update your registration if you have not already done so this school year (since July 1, 2015).
  2. Sign up for the date(s) you are available to proctor on our Sign-Up Genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b49aaac283-smstesting
  3. Attend proctor training to be held on the morning of your first day of volunteer proctoring.

On your first testing day, please arrive at 7:30AM for proctor training. On subsequent days, please check in at 7:45AM and report to your assigned room so we can begin testing promptly. Volunteers should plan on being here until at least 12:00PM. This time may be longer or shorter depending on the testing session.

Thanks for all you do to support learning and teaching at Salem Middle!

Our current needs are:

June 19th: 2 more proctors needed
June 20th: 12 more proctors needed
June 21st: 8 more proctors needed
June 22nd: 10 more proctors needed
June 23rd: 9 more proctors needed
Plus some needs the following week

Do You Want to Help Your Child Prepare for the End of Grade Science Exam?

Dear Parents,

I’m not sure if you’ve heard about it yet or not, but your kids have an end of grade exam in science this year.

It’s actually a REALLY tough test because it is 35 multiple choice, fact-based questions that cover content from the entire year.  That’s awful tough to prepare for.  Heck — even in college, when fact driven tests were a regular part of our lives, we only had to remember facts from one semester.  And we were 20 years old!  Your twelve year olds will have to remember content going all the way back to July 27th.

By far, the BEST way for your child to study is to use Brainpop — the online service that has short (2-5 minute) videos about darn near every topic in our required curriculum.  The videos do a great job of reviewing key concepts and essential vocabulary — just the kind of stuff found on our end of grade exams.

To help kids do this preparation work, I’ll be sharing this handout with them tomorrow in Google Classroom.  It lists every video related to every topic that we’ve studied this year and includes places to record quiz scores and lessons learned from each video.

While I am not requiring kids to do this work, I hope that you will at home!

It will be the only significant work assigned between now and the end of the year.  I’d recommend that you require your child to watch two videos per day, complete the quizzes for both videos, and  — if they have the time — to complete one of the activities related to the video.  Students can also do this work in my room during Spartan Time each day.

Doing so will really help your kids to be prepared for the end of grade exam.

Thanks for your help with this,

Bill Ferriter

LA Challenge

Who wants to write an ending to Charles? Since the story ends after the climax, I’m curious as to how you guys see the story ending. Use textual evidence to write an ending, and turn it in to me for 5 pride points.

Mrs. Barrow

Proctors Needed!

SMS Parents,

Thanks to those of you who have already volunteered to help with this years testing! Your time is greatly appreciated!

We still have a lot of proctor needs in order to be able to complete this state mandated testing cycle. Our current needs are:

May 24th: 14 more proctors needed
May 25th: 10 more proctors needed
May 26th: 8 more proctors needed
May 30th: 10 more proctors needed
May 31st: 10 more proctors needed
June 1st: 8 more proctors needed
June 2nd: 8 more proctors needed
June 19th: 3 more proctors needed
June 20th: 13 more proctors needed
June 21st: 5 more proctors needed
June 23rd: 13 more proctors needed
June 26th: 7 more proctors needed
June 27th: 7 more proctors needed
June 28th: 3 more proctors needed

Here’s what you can do to help:

  1. Make sure your volunteer registration is up to date. You will need to update your registration if you have not already done so this school year (since July 1, 2015).
  2. Sign up for the date(s) you are available to proctor on our Sign-Up Genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b49aaac283-smstesting
  3. Attend proctor training to be held on the morning of your first day of volunteer proctoring.

On your first testing day, please arrive at 7:30AM for proctor training. On subsequent days, please check in at 7:45AM and report to your assigned room so we can begin testing promptly. Volunteers should plan on being here until at least 12:00PM. This time may be longer or shorter depending on the testing session.

Thanks for all you do to support learning and teaching at Salem Middle!

Looking for Student Volunteers for Rising Sixth Grade Open House!

Dear Parents,

I have a huge favor to ask: I’m looking for a handful (15-20) kids to help run a "Learn How to Open Your Lock" station at our rising sixth grade open house in a few weeks. The task will be simple enough: Our volunteers will be sitting at a table with a lock. They will help fifth graders who visit us that night to learn how to open a combination lock.

My main goal is to give the fifth graders and their families a positive interaction with a sixth grade student. I think that will make them feel more comfortable about coming to Salem. I’m also interested in giving OUR kids a chance to be a leader and a teacher and a contributor to our school community. I think they will take a lot out of being a helper.

I’m going to ask for volunteers tomorrow in class. I wanted to run this by you first, though, because the event happens in the evening. Here are the details:

Date: Tuesday, May 16th.

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM.

Students who volunteer would probably want to arrive around 5:45 to miss the traffic in the parking lot.

If you think this is something that you’d like your student to participate in, please encourage them to sign up in class tomorrow!

Thanks in advance for your help,

Bill Ferriter

Quizlet link for root words

Use this link to study our root words. There are images for each, so it should be helpful!

The entire list is posted, so you will need to “star” the words you need to study. Please let me know if you have questions! Our first quiz is this Friday. 🙂

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts
[category: Language Arts]

Earth Day Movie Invite

Hey Gnomes! We thought it would be fun to have a Gnomes’ movie date to go see the new Earth Day movie,Born in China. It looks AWESOME!

The movie date is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26th at 5:10 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 to they need?

Also, the movie is an hour and 20 minutes long, so rides need to be there to pick up students around 6:30.

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!