LA Update

The awards ceremony today was so wonderful. What fun to recognize such outstanding students. So happy to have those parents who were able to attend. 😊

In language arts class, we are working hard on the visual essay. Students should have been working on the graphic organizer today during class. Any of that left unfinished after class should be finished for class on Tuesday. As we told the students, the graphic organizer is just a place for planned out ideas; it does not have to be perfect. We will use that organizer to write a draft on Monday. More detail will go into the rough draft.

With that being said, it will be super important that students come in with a completed graphic organizer on Tuesday so that they can move on with the project. All of the documents and steps of the project can be found in Google Classroom on the Visual Essay hyperdoc.

We hope everyone has a wonderful LONG weekend!

Our best,

Chambliss Barrow and Nicole Messier

Upcoming Science Quiz – Rescheduled for Tuesday

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up: We are at the end of our Matter Unit and are ready for an end of the unit assessment.

Originally, that assessment was scheduled for this Friday. I am going to push it until Tuesday because your kids have tests in both Math and Social Studies on Friday. I didn’t think it was fair to ask them to tackle a third test in one day.

Students will be working to study in class on both Thursday and Friday. There is a study guide and three different study games posted in Google Classroom.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

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LA Update

Good afternoon! Just an update to touch base and let you know where we are and where we are headed in language arts class.

We introduced our end of unit project on Friday and began the research portion for it on Monday. Students are creating a visual essay answering the following research topic: What are the adversities faced by your chosen group of people? Students could choose one of three topics– Girls Education, Immigration or the Plight of the Rohingya People.

By tomorrow, Thursday, all students should have wrapped up their research and be ready to begin the graphic organizer. Each student is required to use at least two articles for research and they should be taking notes in the researcher’s notebook. All of the project’s materials (including an overview page, the research articles, an example, rubric, etc.) can be found in the hyperdoc in Google Classroom.

Our plan is to work on the graphic organizer Thursday and Friday of this week and begin our rough draft next week.

Thank you for all of your support at home!

Our best,

Chambliss Barrow and Nicole Messier

Reminder: Field Trip Tomorrow!

Dear Parents,

Just a quick reminder that our field trip to the North Carolina Museum of Science is tomorrow: Wednesday, November 7th.

Please remember to send your child with a bag lunch. Also please remind them to bring a string bag if they have one so they can carry their lunches with them easily.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly: wferriter@wcpss.net

Be well,
Bill Ferriter

Social Studies- update

This week in Social Studies the students made tremendous progress in our South Asia unit. The students began the week with an archaeology activity that required them to make conclusions about Indus River civilizations and their way of life, by analyzing photographs of their artifacts.

Then the students examined the makeup of the Indian Caste System and the impacts that it had on people’s roles in society. Students wrote a short journal entry explaining what life would be like as someone from a certain caste. We also focused on the basic beliefs of Hinduism and its customs and traditions.

Friday students examined India’s amazing accomplishments in the areas of math, science, and architecture. They created timelines of some of the major groups and empires that ruled South Asia. We evaluated the idea of Cultural Diffusion, or the influence of culture from one group to another and how South Asia is a great example of this occurring

Next week the students will be reading an excerpt of one of the more famous stories of ancient India, the Ramayana. Then we will explain the origins of Buddhism; from its foundation and beliefs, to the spread of this religion throughout Asia. There will be a Unit Test on Friday next week. Students will begin working on the review on Tuesday. There will also a Quizlet made for vocabulary.

Have a great weekend!

LA Homework Reminder

Just a reminder that two Read Theory quizzes are due tomorrow for language arts. Read Theory is an online tool with reading activities at various levels. It meets students on their level and is a great way for students to practice comprehension but also provide simple progress monitoring. Each "quiz" is short and only takes a few minutes to complete.

Students, please visit www.readtheory.org, click login, and login through Google.

Let us know if you have questions!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

Drawstring Bag for Carrying Lunch on Field Trip

Dear Parents,

As you know, we will be heading to the North Carolina Museum of Science on Wednesday, November 7th for our first field trip of the year.

All children should plan to bring a bag lunch for that day. We will not be returning to school in time for students to purchase a lunch from the cafeteria.

If your child needs the cafeteria to prepare a bag lunch to bring along on the trip, they should see Ms. Barrow. She can place orders for one.

Finally, if your child has a drawstring style bag (like this) that they can bring along on the field trip to carry their lunch, it would be TERRIFIC.

We are not going to store lunches for students on the buses or in the museum. Carrying lunches in a drawstring bag will be WAY easier than lugging them through the entire museum.

Let me know if you have any questions,
Bill Ferriter

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First Quarter Honors Assembly on Friday, November 9th

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up to let you know that our team will be holding a first quarter Honors Assembly on Friday, November 9th from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM in the Salem Middle School Auditorium.

Students will be recognized in three different areas:

Academic Honor Roll: We will give out an Honor Roll (students with a 3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale) and a High Honor Roll (students with As in every class). We will not notify parents directly if students are receiving either type of academic honor roll certificate because you (or your child) can look that information up directly in PowerSchool. There are simply too many students on the Honor Roll or the High Honor Roll to email everyone!

Kids of Character Awards: Four students will be recognized for demonstrating outstanding character throughout the first quarter. Parents of students receiving Kids of Character awards will be notified by Bill Ferriter via email sometime next week.

Teacher’s Choice Awards: Sixteen students will be recognized by individual teachers on the Gnomes team — four per teacher — as "Teacher’s Choice Award Winners." These awards are given for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, the awards are given for outstanding academic performance in class. Other times, they are given for bringing thoughtful questions or contributions to class. Parents of children receiving Teacher’s Choice awards will also be notified by Bill Ferriter via email next week.

Parents are invited to attend our ceremony. Please know, however, that if we run out of seats in the auditorium, we might have to ask you to stand! We’ve got a big team this year, so my guess is that fitting everyone into our assemblies might be tight.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

LA Update

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful track out! The October track out is so wonderful…

We hit the ground running today by introducing our first topic for quarter 2. Quarter 2 will be all about the adversities that people have faced across different time periods and places. We will start by studying the adversities faced by people in The Middle Ages. Man, there were a lot!

Homework for the week should be in the students’ agendas and can also be found on the Gnomes’ Team Calendar.

Have a wonderful afternoon!

Chambliss Barrow

6-4 Language Arts

Salem Middle School

Field Trip Rescheduled for Wednesday November 7th

Dear Parents,

As you know, our November field trip had to be rescheduled due to a two hour delay being announced for the date of our original field trip.

I have been working to nail down a new date and can confirm that we will be heading to the science museum on Wednesday, November 7th.

That is one day later than we were originally scheduled to go.

Parents that are chaperoning: I have emailed you separately and am hoping to hear from all of you about whether or not you can still come on the trip with us. If you haven’t replied to that email yet, I would appreciate it if you could reply ASAP so that I know if I’ve got enough parents to help with our day.

Thanks,
Bill Ferriter