Quick Science Update

Dear Parents,

First, here’s to hoping that you are well and happy as we move into the end of September and beginning of October! Track out is around the corner and I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t looking forward to it! I’m sure you are, too.

Second, here’s a few things happening in science:

We have moved into our study of matter. Specifically, we’ve been talking about the characteristics of matter and the structure of matter this week. We also began a short lab experience designed to introduce kids to density — one of the characteristic properties of matter. The kids usually dig our matter unit because there are lots of short, hands on experiences that go along with the concepts. To learn more about what is covered in the unit, you can look at this unit overview sheet.

I am making short review videos for our units. You can find them posted online here. The videos come out between two and three times a week and they are designed as a refresher of things that we have been studying in class. Consider checking the site out if you want to know more about the science that your kids are learning — and have your kids check them out if you want them to get a quick review of what they’ve been learning in class.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

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

Social Studies- update

This week in Social Studies the students completed the Mesopotamian portion of the unit with a quiz on Wednesday. We have now transitioned into the Egyptian portion of the unit. We have spent the first couple of days focused on the geography of Egypt and explaining the meaning of the nick-name Gift of the Nile. The students have seen many similarities in the use of rivers for silt and irrigation between Mesopotamia and Egypt. But we have also touched on some differences in the organization of the Mesopotamian city- states and the all-powerful Egyptian pharaoh.

Next week the students will have the opportunity to explore some of the interesting details of ancient Egypt. Some topics they will be learning about are: the three kingdoms, pharaohs, hieroglyphics, mummification, religion, and pyramids.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend!

Want to Help Chaperone Our Field Trip?

Dear Parents,

As you saw yesterday, we are beginning to plan our first field trip of the year — to the Jordan Lake Educational State Forest on November 16th for some interesting forestry lessons. It should be a great time!

To pull the trip off, we will need about 10 parent chaperones. If you are interested in joining us, please fill out this form.

Mr. Ferriter will send out an email with more detials before track out to all parents who sign up.

Thanks in advance for helping us to pull this off.

Bill Ferriter

LA Update

I hope everyone had a wonderful LONG weekend!

Text evidence paragraphs are due by Wednesday morning in Google Classroom. This was our first time working all the way through the writing process, so hopefully there will be some great quality work!

This week we will be reading three different myths while looking at the common elements of a myth. We will discuss universal theme and continue to use text evidence to support our ideas and thoughts around the myths.

Mid-unit assessments were returned yesterday. We discussed quality answers for each test question. Corrections are due by this Friday, September 8th. They will not be accepted after Friday, so please be diligent about working on them.

Have a wonderful week!

Chambliss Barrow
Salem Middle School
6th grade language arts

Hurricane Harvey First Responders Donation Drive

In an effort to help the police officers and other public safety responders in Houston, Salem will be collecting donations. Many of these officers have lost everything in the hurricane but are still working tirelessly to aid victims of the hurricane. Salem will be collecting items at carpool am/pm, bus loop and throughout the day in the front of the school on Friday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 13th.

They are in need of the following items:

*New Socks *New T-Shirts *New Underwear (male and female)

*Hygiene Items (soap, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products)

*Kids clothing for the first responders’ children

Jordan Lake Field Trip- Nov. 16th

Hey Parents!

Today all the students received a permission slip for our field trip to Jordan Lake on Nov. 16th.
We’re super excited about this fun fall get away, where students can explore and be outdoors to learn in their local environment. The cost of the field trip is $7. And if you ask us, anytime we can get out of the classroom and into the real world, it’s a trip worth taking.

Please take time to fill out both sides of the permission slip. There is a place for a signature on the front page and we also need emergency contact and health related information on the back, just in case. Checks for the $7 can be made payable to Salem Middle School. We would love to have all the permission slips and money collected by next Friday the 15th.

Remind your student to bring the form and payment to Mr. Sudlow. He will be collecting for the whole team as a one stop drop. 🙂

If your student has misplaced the field trip form, here is another copy. Jordan Lake Field Trip

Thanks so much!

Social Studies- Update

This week in Social Studies the topic has been on Mesopotamia. We first began with a map of Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent. Students analyzed the impact of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers both positive and negative on the land. Students should be completing an activity over the weekend on their overall opinion of the rivers, whether they were a “blessing or a burden.” Students began this activity on Thursday by working in the SAS curriculum pathways website. Students can go to Google Classroom to find the assignment and also attach their completed activities back to Classroom from the SAS website. No worries if they have problems attaching their completed activities, I can help them with that part. They just need to complete the activity and save it.

Next week there will be a quiz on Mesopotamia on Wednesday. Then we will begin the 2nd portion of the unit by looking at the development of the ancient Egyptian civilization as well as comparing and contrasting the rivers and geography.

Have a great weekend!

Math 6/ 6 Plus Update


Another wonderful week done : ).

  • Thank you so much for ALL donated supplies!
  • We are knee deep in our Fraction Operations Unit.
  • Math 6 has a quiz next Wednesday 9/6 on adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions.
  • Math 6 Plus has a quiz next Thursday 9/7 on modeling fraction division.

Hope everyone has a restful 3 day weekend. Email me if you need me.

Kate Kotik

Your Students Have Access to Powerschool – the Online Gradebook.

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up: Today, we are going to the library to get students all set up and signed in to Powerschool — the online gradebook that students can access to see their averages and their grades for individual assignments in all classes.

That’s a SUPER important service in middle school.

Students are expected to check their grades on a regular basis to look for assignments that are missing and/or assignments that can be reworked for a higher grade. We don’t send grade reports home frequently during the course of a quarter simply because students can access this information on their own whenever they want.

Students can access Powerschool by clicking on the icon in the "Apps for Students" section of the Salem Middle School homepage. They can also access Powerschool from an app on their personal devices. Directions for finding and logging into the app can be found on this Essential Apps page of our media center website.

As a parent, you can get your own username and password for Powerschool.

The process is somewhat detailed simply because Powerschool shares tons of personal information about your child. WCPSS wants to make sure that the only person that can access that information are legal guardians of our students. But it is well worth doing because you will use that access to track your child’s grades for as long as he/she is in a Wake County Public School.

You can find directions for getting your own Powerschool account here on Wake County’s website.

Know, however, that until you have your own access, you can ask your student to login to THEIR account to see their grades.

The information students have access to is the same as the information that you have access to. If you don’t have internet access at home, you can ask your child to sign in here at school and print out a score report for you to see.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter