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Thank You for Your Kindness!

Dear Parents,

On behalf of all of the teachers on the Gnomes team, I want to THANK YOU for the candy and gift cards and kind words that you sent in to us this week. We are all incredibly grateful — especially since you already shared a remarkable group of kids with us this year.

Please know moving forward that all of us are ready and willing to help you or your kids out whenever you need it. Just drop us a line or send your child to find us and we’re there. THAT’s how important they were to us this year.

Enjoy your four weeks off and hope to see all of you at some point over the next two years at Salem.

With gratitude,

The Gnomes Team!

Math 6/6 Plus Ice Cream Party

Dear Parents,

Good afternoon! Our mathematicians have worked hard to prepare for this year’s math EOG. They earned stickers towards an ice-cream party for each packet on which they showed 85% mastery or above. Please send ice-cream and supplies to help celebrate our hard work! The party will be held in class on Tuesday June 26th.

Wishing everyone best of luck on next week’s EOGs!

Kate Kotik

Reminder: Science EOG is ONE WEEK AWAY!

Dear Parents,

Just wanted to drop you a quick reminder that the science end of grade exam is exactly one week from today. That means it’s time for your kids to buckle down and study a bit if they haven’t been doing so.

Here’s why that matters: The Science EOG is, in many ways, the hardest EOG test. That’s because it isn’t really a thinking test. It’s a remembering test. Your kids will have to answer 35 fact-driven questions that cover an entire year’s worth of curriculum.

The best way to prepare for the test is to review as much content as possible. There are LOTS of different ways that your kids can study. Here’s what we’ve been using in class:

(1). Quizlets — posted in Google Classroom. Cover all of the vocabulary from the entire year. Worth studying because understanding the vocabulary in individual questions is often the key to getting the questions right.

(2). Quizizz — posted in Google Classroom. Includes 128 questions that are similar to the kinds of questions asked on EOG exams. More complex than Quizlets simply because it requires students to understand and apply the vocabulary that they are learning.

(3). Vocabulary "Secret Message" Packets

Extra EOG practice

Just wanted to remind students and let parents know that we have posted extra EOG practice on Google Classroom for any student that would like targeted reading practice before Tuesday. The practice is posted by standard so that students can choose a couple of standards they find most challenging. There are videos, practice, quizzes and games, so check it out!

Please let me know if you have questions. Thank you!

Mrs. Barrow

[category: Language Arts]

Studying for Science EOG Exam

Dear Parents,

Just a quick reminder that the science end of grade exam is a little less than two weeks away!

I’ve been talking to your kids about studying for the test for the past month. In fact, it’s the only homework that they’ve had for science class for the last several weeks.

The reason that studying is so important is that the science exam is a straight knowledge driven test. There will be 35 questions that cover isolated facts from the entire school year. That makes it a difficult exam simply because there are SO many facts that your kids have learned in class this year.

So it might be a good idea to ask your child about the amount of studying that they have already done

End of Year Celebration

Dear Parents,

Please help us celebrate our hard work and accomplishments this school year! The SignUp Genius is posted down below. Thank you so much in advance!

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Dear Parents, Hope you are well! Please help us celebrate our hard work and accomplishments this school year! We will have a pizza party on Friday June 29th and would like some healthy sides, drinks, and desserts as accompaniments. If you are able, please consider volunteering 11:00 – 12:30 that day to help us set up food and serve pizza. Thank you so much in advance! 6-4 Gnomes Team

LA Update

In the midst of writing! Students worked hard today finishing up their graphic organizers and beginning the rough drafts of their position paper. All graphic organizers should be complete by Monday. Final drafts should be published on Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

Then, it’s off to some EOG review. Hard to believe they are right around the corner!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

Thank You For Your Kids!

Dear Parents,

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for sharing such a remarkable group with us this year.

We spent the last two days in Testing Purgatory — having to stay quiet all day long because the Track 1 kids are in their EOGs. We also had a ton of unusual activities — things like our Hot Dog Cookout and our Water Balloon Launch.

And through it all, our team has been FANTASTIC. They have been kind and polite and cooperative. They’ve had fun with each other in appropriate ways. They haven’t complained at all.

I REALLY enjoy them.

Have a great weekend,

Bill Ferriter