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Teacher Wish List

If you missed it last night, here is a link to the Gnomes Wish List. This list contains items, both big and small, that the Gnomes could enjoy this year. Some of them are large "dream list" items and others are basic needs like markers. All will be greatly appreciated! You may also see items on the list that you already own and would like to donate; gently used items are appreciated as well!

We created our wish list on Amazon for ease– feel free to have it shipped directly to Salem.

Thank you so much for your generosity!

The Fightin Gnomes Teachers

Reminder: Open House is THURSDAY starting at 6 PM

Dear Parents,

Just a quick reminder that the Track 4 Open House at Salem Middle is scheduled for tomorrow night from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

Your students brought written copies of their schedules home today. If you are planning on coming to Open House, please grab those schedules from them today. It will make tomorrow night a LOT easier for you.

Also, please know that tomorrow night is not really a night for conversations/conferences about individual kids!

While we are more than happy to schedule those with you, we have a REALLY short amount of time (7 minutes) to share our content and curriculum with you tomorrow. If there’s something you want to share with us individually, please send us an email and we’ll either schedule a call or set up a conference with you.

Finally, you can find my materials for Open House here.

The other teachers on the Gnomes Team will be posting their Open House materials when they are completed and ready to share.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Picture Day tomorrow!

Just a reminder that Picture Day is tomorrow. Your child should have brought home an order form. If you are planing on buying these pictures, then students have to bring their payment tomorrow. Payment can also be made online at You will also need to enter the code 110112. Students will then need to bring a printed proof of purchase to hand to photographers.

All students will get pictures taken tomorrow even if they are not buying. These are the pictures that are used for the yearbook photos. Say cheese!

Social Studies- Update

We have officially completed a whole week of middle school! I’m sure that for some of your kiddos the first couple of days were a bit nerve-wracking and stressful, but today they all looked very comfortable and settled in this new adventure!

Our first topic for Social Studies this week was maps. The students learned about different types of maps and the basic elements of a map. The acronym for the map elements is, TALDOGS. Today they took their first quiz on types of maps and map elements.

The students also received an assignment to make a map of a room from their house. Students should be working on that over the weekend, it is due on Monday.

Next week, we will take a day or two to practice latitude and longitude while playing the game battleship. We will also be learning the continents and oceans on a world map. There will be a short world map quiz next week as well.

Have a great weekend!

For 2017-2018 Families: Unsubscribing from Gnomes Updates

Dear 2017-2018 Parents,

While I’m sure you totally dug receiving Gnomes Team Updates via email last year, I’m also sure that you won’t want to KEEP receiving those updates now that your kids have moved on to new teams, grade levels and schools!

And with the new school year set to kick off on Friday, those updates are about to start rolling into your inbox.

The good news is that unsubscribing is easy.

To unsubscribe from Gnomes Team Updates, just find the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of this email message.  Here’s a picture to help you figure out what to be on the lookout for:

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter


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