LA Update

The ceremony today was perfect- I love a chance to celebrate our incredible students. So glad that so many family members could join us today!

We are going to be finishing our study of fiction with Frightful’s Mountain on Tuesday. There will be a five question reading quiz on pages 18-24 on Tuesday of next week, and then we will move into poetry. I can’t wait! We will spend the rest of the week in poetry, and there will be a culminating literature assessment the following week which will include fiction and poetry readings.

We will begin using a new reading comprehension progress monitoring tool called Read Theory. Read Theory provides a diagnostic reading assessment when students first sign-up and then gives short reading quizzes on their present level to track their progress. I will assign 2-3 Ready Theory quizzes each Monday and students will have all week to take them on their own time. Quizzes generally take only a 7-10 minutes. Students (and parents) and teachers can track their progress, so this is great practice and insight as we begin to head to the end of the year.

Please let me know if you have

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

Social Studies- update

First off, thank you to all the parents that came out today for the 3rd quarter awards assembly. You make it a very special event. We love to get a chance a to brag on your kids. And major kudos to Mr. Ferriter for being the ever amazing master of ceremonies.

This week in social studies the focus has been on the African Kingdoms. The students completed the portion on west Africa with a quiz earlier in the week, and then the the focus shifted to the East African city-states. We examined the history and origins of the Swahili people and language and analyzed the the extensive trade routes across the Indian Ocean.

We will be wrapping up the African Unit with a test on Tuesday next week. We will be reviewing on Monday and competing a Study Guide in class. There is a Quizlet created for the students to begins studying over the weekend. During the 2nd half of the week, we will begin the next unit on the Middle Ages – Europe.

Have a great weekend!

Honors Assembly on Friday!

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up to let you know that our third quarter honors assembly will happen this Friday — April 27th — from 9:00-10:00.

We will HOPEFULLY be in the auditorium, but we haven’t nailed that space down yet. If we aren’t in the auditorium, we will be in the cafeteria.

Parents of students receiving special awards will be notified directly via email or phone call. Parents of students receiving honor roll certificates won’t be notified directly — you can check your child’s honor roll status in PowerSchool.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

LA Update

Welcome back! What a wonderful track out that was. I hope everyone got a breather and is ready to plow through quarter four. I can’t believe we are at the end of the year already!

As we move closer to the end of the year, we are going to take a walk through the genres: fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We will continue the work we started this week with our new novel, Frightful’s Mountain. We will focus on annotating fiction and the impact of setting, conflict, figurative language, point of view, and more!

Next Friday, April 27, we will be having a surprise event on our celebration day. (Parents- ask your students. 😊 ) If you are willing to help, we are asking for bags of individually wrapped candy. Students may bring them in at any time and deliver them to Mrs. Messier’s room, room 2403. Thank you so much for your help with this surprise!

I am looking forward to a wonderful quarter 4, though I will be super-sad to see this group go. Have a wonderful weekend!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

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Self Paced EOG Review

Dear Parents,

The 6th grade math teachers are excited to present you with a SELF-PACED, VIDEO-BASED EOG REVIEW that any child can do at home easily by themselves.

The review is broken down into the thirteen learning units we cover in the 6th grade and provides videos and quizzes for each covered objective. A classroom quiz is available at the end of each unit to check mastery of the objectives.

All the materials and directions are posted on Google Classroom under EOG Review: Brain Pop.

This is a great 10 minute addition to nightly homework or a 30 minute study jam for the weekend. Both will aide greatly with preparations for the EOGs. Students are also welcome to come in during Spartan Time to work on the review.

Please email me with any questions. I’m very excited to see everyone on Thursday!

Kate Kotik

Please Consider Participating in the Annual PTA Fundraiser

Dear Parents,

First, I hope you’ve had a remarkable track out!  Mine has been restful and rewarding all the way around.

Second, our PTA is holding its annual fundraiser right now.  This year, it is a Color Battle:




We will have a short kickoff assembly on Thursday designed to share details with your students about the fund raiser.  

You can also find the information sheet for the fundraiser here.

Finally, here are the important details:

  • Color Battle will happen for our students during electives on April 25th.
  • To participate in Color Battle, students will need to raise at least $30 in donations.
  • More donations give students more color for the battle and access to additional prizes/rewards.
  • Donations can be made online.  Students will all get an access code to create a donation page on Thursday.  We will set those up in science class.
  • Cash/check donations can also be sent into school.

I REALLY hope that you will help your students to get involved in the fundraiser.

The fact of the matter is that schools are almost always underfunded.  The resources that the PTA raises provide us with access to all kinds of learning opportunities that we’d never be able to provide otherwise.  For example, the PTA recently sponsored a Poet in Residence for seventh grade, an Artist in Residence for eighth grade and a theatrical presentation for the sixth grade.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter