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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

Amazon Has GREAT Prices on Chromebooks!

Dear Parents,

I just checked Amazon out, given that today is Cyber Monday. They have terrific prices on Chromebooks today!

There are two in particular worth looking at. Both are white Acers. One is selling for $129 and one is selling for $99. That’s $70 and $80 cheaper than usual.

The difference between the Devices is the amount of memory.

I own both models at school and they both work great.

If you have ever thought about buying a Chromebook for your kid, today might be a good time to do that!

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Math Enrichment Opportunity

Dear Parents,

You can now find an Enrichment Unit on Integers posted in the Google Classroom. This unit is available for any student wishing to enrich and further their math studies. It covers one of the first units taught in the 7th grade.

The unit includes guided notes with accompanying videos taught by a WCPSS teacher, practice for the skills learned, and a quiz. Students can print the packets in my classroom during Spartan Time or at home. They are welcome to work on the packet during Spartan Time, at home, and in the classroom – as long as their work is complete and they do not have group responsibilities.

I want to encourage students to form small study groups to complete the unit with during Spartan Time. I am available during Spartan Time to answer questions and assist in any way needed.

Please email me with any questions you might have at

Have a restful evening : )

Kate Kotik

Heads Up: Two Science Practice Task Grades / Wonky Service


Just a quick heads up: I started tinkering with a new digital service called Quizizz this week. Students had two quizzes to take for me — one on Matter and the other on Solubility.

The service has been a disaster! It is reporting grades and deadlines to you that are all inaccurate.

If you see a score that has you concerned or if your child has had trouble getting their quizzes taken, don’t panic. We’ll work everything out over the next few days in school.

I am going to enter the scores that I have into the gradebook — I went through every kid’s individual quiz attempts manually tonight — but if there are any mistakes, we can fix them all.

Hope this makes sense,

Bill Ferriter

LA Update

Happy Friday!

We spent a good chunk of the week gaining some background knowledge of the Middle Ages. We did this while practicing our summarizing skills. These skills will be put to good use as we begin a research assignment next week. Students will be researching and writing about either the lives of serfs and peasants or the lives of the lords and ladies of the Middle Ages.

We will be assessing reading comprehension skills as well as summarizing skills next Tuesday. Students received the reading that will go along with the quiz in class today. The article should be read and annotated by by Tuesday in preparation.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

A Service Opportunity for Your Student: Chores for Charity

Dear Parents,

Every year, the Salem Middle School Student Council adopts an area nursing home during the holiday season.

Together with the Blue Notes, we arrange for a short holiday concert at the nursing home and bring gifts for the residents. It’s a nice opportunity to teach students about the importance of giving back to the community — something that we hope every child will see as valuable.

To pull this project off, we need lots of donations! All together, we put together close to 100 gift bags.

This year, we are calling our donation drive "Chores for Charity."

Basically, we are encouraging students to work out a contract with you to complete a certain number of chores — raking leaves, doing laundry, cleaning around the house — in exchange for either a cash donation or a donation of a gift (or two) that we can use to support our Student Council’s nursing home efforts.

If you are looking for a way to teach your child a little more about giving back to the community, think about getting involved!

Here’s the information sheet for the project.

Let me know if you have any questions,
Bill Ferriter

Final Update before Trackout!

Dear Parents,

Here’s to hoping that all y’all have a fantastic track out! Hard to believe that one quarter has already flown by.

Thank you for sharing such a great group of kids with us. They are truly remarkable. They are willing and eager and kind and friendly and funny almost every single day. I enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed any group of kids that I’ve taught in the last 25 years and am looking forward to three more quarters of learning together.

A few details for you:

(1). In science, we started studying the characteristic properties of matter this week. Those are properties that never change — no matter how much of a substance you are studying. That makes them super valuable to scientists because it means when we find an unknown substance, we can cleary identify what it is. Density is one of those properties. So is boiling point and solubility.

(2). When we come back from break, we will be looking at the different states of matter — solids, liquids and gasses — and trying to understand a bit more about how a material moves from one state to another.

(3). Thanks for sending in Boxtops for Education for us! We’ve been collecting them like crazy this week. Please keep looking for them when you are shopping and throwing away packages. The money that we get from those simple boxes really starts to add up over time. I think that’s cool.

(4). Remember that you won’t be getting your child’s report card until AFTER we track back in. New county rules.

(5). There are two fliers coming home today about our PTA’s fundraiser. I hope you’ll consider getting involved. We could use all the help that we can get when it comes to providing opportunities and materials for our students. That’s what the PTA’s fundraiser is all about.

Finally, our first quarter Honors Assembly — which you are invited to — is scheduled for Monday October 30 in the auditorium from 9:00-10:00. It should be a fun chance to celebrate the greatness of your kids.

Be well,

Bill Ferriter

Social Studies- update

This week in Social Studies the students completed their study of ancient Egypt with a quiz on Tuesday. The rest of the week was focused on the history and the impact of Judaism. Students learned about the traditions, culture, and holidays of Jewish people. Today, the students dug into the history of the Arab- Israeli conflict and tried to evaluate the reasons for the current standoff.

Next week the students will begin looking at the geography of the India sub-continent and the early settlements along the Indus River.

Have a great weekend!

Math Google Classroom Assignments Clarification

Dear Parents,

Hello! Please disregard the missing classroom assignment notices from Math Google Classroom. We completed both of these activities in groups, and only one student turned in the form with all the students’ names included on the form.

I have now deleted both assignments, which should stop the email notifications.

My apologies for the confusion.

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Be well : )

Kate Kotik