Language Arts Resources for Parents

It was a pleasure to meet so many parents last night! Below are a couple of points of interest from the night.

First, I am including a written summary of the newly adopted EL Education curriculum resource provided to us by Wake County. In addition to the summary, below is a link to a video that Wake County made as an introduction to the EL. I hope you find these resources helpful. I am looking forward to what this year has in store for us!

EL Education Video

I had several parents ask for a copy of recommended books for sixth graders, so I will include that document as well. I found this resource in Donalyn Miller’s book, The Book Whisperer. Miller, a sixth grade language arts teacher in Texas, asked her students to compile the list, so these are recommendations for sixth graders, by sixth graders!

Book List

I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you so much!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

Parent Information Page for EL.pdf

Please Remember to Sign Up for Classroom Summaries!

Dear Parents,

First, it was GREAT meeting so many of you last night! Thanks for coming out to Open House. I hope it was worth your time — and I hope that you know that the teachers of the Gnomes team are going to work their hardest for you and for your children this year. We really DO care deeply about what we do — and we know how important this year is for both you and your children.

Second, a reminder: The BEST way to keep up with happenings in each of your child’s classrooms is to sign up to receive Google Classroom Guardian Summaries.

All four of your child’s core teachers are using Google Classroom to share materials and announcements with students. By signing up for Google’s Guardian Summaries, you will get a daily or weekly email that includes a sorted list of every assignment given and every announcment made in each of those classes.

While it’s important that your children develop a measure of independence in middle school, Guardian Summaries are a great way to check back over their shoulder and be sure that they aren’t missing anything important.

If you are interested in receiving Classroom summaries, please fill out this form.

I will then add your email address to your child’s Google Classroom account as a guardian. Finally, Google will send you an email asking you to confirm that you want to receive summaries and asking you if you want to receive those summaries daily or weekly.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter

PS: If you’ve already signed up for Summaries, I’ve already added your email address to your child’s account — so check those inboxes/SPAM folders for Google’s invitation!

Science Open House Information

Dear Parents,

If you are coming to tonight’s Open House, I’ll see you in just a few short minutes! Remember that the evening starts in the Gym at 6:00.

If you can’t make it to tonight’s open house, you can check out my slide deck here. You can also find a brief summary of what we are covering here.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

LA Homework Reminder

Hey Gnomes! Remember. when reading Chapter 2 tonight, use your “evidence flags” to flag the challenges that Percy faces as well as his responses to those challenges. Be prepared to talk about what you found in your triad groups tomorrow!

Also, I posted the audio version of the book on Google Classroom. Listen and follow along in your book if that sounds fun!

Keep it real!
Mrs. Barrow

Do You Want to Volunteer This Year?

Dear Parents,

Just a quick reminder that if you want to volunteer on our campus this year, you will need to stop by the Salem Middle School Media Center at some point and fill out the "Volunteer Screening Application" in order to be added to Wake County’s approved list of volunteers.

All volunteers must submit an application every year — so even if you were on the approved list last year, you’ll need to take that step again this year!

We will have several volunteer opportunities this year — including chaperoning our two field trips.

Think about filling out that screening form sooner rather than later. It can take up to a month to process applications and appear on the approved list.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter

Solar Eclipse Day Permission Slips and Team T-Shirt Orders Due FRIDAY.

Dear Parents,

Two important deadlines are approaching on Friday:  Solar Eclipse Day permission slips and Team T-Shirt Orders are due on Friday of this week.

Here is a list of students who HAVE NOT turned in their Solar Eclipse Day permission slips.  Those are required for anyone who is going to be on campus that day.  You can print a copy of the permission slip here.

Here is a list of students who HAVE turned in their Team T-Shirt Order.  These are optional, but orders are due on Friday.  You can print a t-shirt order form here.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter




Supplies Needed: Eclipse Day

Dear Parents,

As you know, we will be taking the students outside on August 21st to view the solar eclipse together. We would like to have a BUNCH of drinks on hand in case the day is hot. To pull that off, we will need some donations. If you think you can help, please use the Signup Genius below to sign up to send something in.

Signup Genius: Solar Eclipse Day

Thanks in advance!

Bill Ferriter

If You Are Coming to Open House on Thursday, Please…..

Dear Parents,

As many of you may already know, we have Open House for Track 4 here at Salem Middle School on Thursday night from 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM.

If you are planning on coming, PLEASE ask your child today to give you the "pink schedule" that they filled out in science class. It lists all of your child’s classes and the rooms that they are held in.

If you come with that pink schedule, your life will be WAY easier! If you don’t, we will have to track your child’s schedule down — which can be a hassle!

Thanks a ton,

Bill Ferriter

Picture Day is Thursday

Picture Day is this Thursday, August 10. Students should have received an order form for pictures.

If you are interested in purchasing pictures, then you will need to complete the order form and have your student give the form and money directly to the photographers. The teachers do not collect the money.

You may also prepay online at and use code 110112. Then print online proof of purchase for your student to give to the photographers.

All students will get photographed whether they are purchasing or not and this will be the pictures that are used in the Salem yearbooks. Students will be photographed during their PE elective classes.

So pick your clothes, comb your hair, brush your teeth, and remember to smile!

Math 6/6+ update

Awesome start to an awesome year!

Short n sweet:

– We are knee-deep in our Decimal Operations unit
– First quiz is next Wednesday and will cover adding, subtracting, multiplying decimals AND long division
– Be sure to check out Google Classrooms

Hope everyone has a super weekend!
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