Second Week of school!

Hello everyone!

We’re in the second week of school and I hope we are all getting into the habit of being back!

This week we will be doing DRA testing and everyone has a speech due on FRIDAY! 

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Welcome Back!


Welcome to another exciting year here at Salam Academy!  I hope you all had a wonderful summer and I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things! 

As you can see, this is a new blog I’ve started and I do expect everyone to keep up with everything I post on this site. 
It is arranged by grade level and your speech class. To find out what we are working on for the week or if you forgot to write down your homework assignment, just click on the weekly assignment tab. 
If you are absent, you should always check to see if you can download any worksheets we did in class. 
As always, if you need to get in touch with me, you can always email me at
-Ms. Baxley


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Announcements for the month of February

Hello all!

Here are some important dates you need to remember for this month!

  1. Picture Days are February 20-21st
  2. Parent Teacher Conferences are on February 22nd.  The signup sheet for meeting with your teachers is located in the office
  3. We have a field trip to Santa Fe on February 25th
  4. Your book reviews are DUE on February  28th!


Keep checking back here for more important information!

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What are you thankful for?

I hope everyone had a wonderful break!

I had too much pie and not enough sleep! But whether you celebrate Thanksgiving ( a holiday given an official date by Abraham Lincoln. Tell me this and I’ll give you 5 points of extra credit!), it is always good to stop and reflect on the people in our lives. When was the last time you told the people in your life just how much you care about them? When was the last time you did something nice for someone else? It’s easy to forget to tell people just how much we love and care about them because we are all so busy. I urge all of us to take some time this week and tell those around us just how much we care.

But it is also good to stop and think about what are some of the things you are thankful for. As bad as things can seem sometimes, we are all very lucky to be living in the United States of America. It’s easy to focus on the things we don’t have but I ask you, are these things we really need? Don’t get me wrong, I’m equally as guilty about this. So often I complain that I need a new bed or new clothes but really, I’m pretty lucky to even have a bed and the clothes I wear. Too many people in this world go without basic necessities and here I am complaining about not having the newest video game out.  So it’s good to stop and just be thankful for all that we have.

Remember, be the change you want to see in the world. If you want a better world, it starts with you! 🙂

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“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates  sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

In the 30 years that I’ve been alive, I’ve had to endure lots of change.  Some would say that I’m kind of a pro at it now. However, that doesn’t mean that I enjoy change  but I’ve learned to be flexible and just “roll with the punches”.

Yes, last week was a hard week for everyone.  This week, however, is a new week. It’s our fresh start.  The good thing about last week is that we never have to experience that week again. There will never be another 11/08/12 again. It’s over.

What lies ahead depends on us. It is up to us, both students and teachers to decide if we are going to have another bad week or a good week. I don’t know about you guys but I’m ready to have a good week.

Yes, change is hard but it can also help us to grow. I know that I’ve personally and professional been forced to grow and become a stronger person and teacher. Yes, it was painful and many tears were shed but I didn’t give up.  I didn’t give in to the anger that was inside of me nor should you.

I sincerely hope that the acts of rebellion that took place last week will not happen again.  Despite what some of you may feel, this school is a gift. I believe that with my whole heart and I will do anything in my power to see it and you succeed. That is my promise to you.

But I need your help. I need your patience and understanding while I venture into this unknown territory. I want to give you wonderful students the best education I possible can but I’m essentially starting from scratch. This is a learning experience for all of us and we need to help each other out.

I won’t do everything that Ms. Kasperian did but it is unrealistic to think I would/could. I’m not her and I have my own style of teaching.  Perhaps you will come to like my style for language arts, perhaps you won’t. I simply ask that you give me a chance.

If we stick together, we can get through this. We can’t fight change.  We must simply adapt and move on.

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”
― Stephen ChboskyThe Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Week of October 8th-October 12th

Hello everyone!

The balloons are up and fall is in the air! We have a lot of exciting things going on this week in my classes.

In 6th grade, we’ll be “traveling” to the Indus River Valley and exploring this ancient civilization.

In 7th grade, we’ll be examining Spanish conquistadors who explored New Mexico!

In 8th grade, we’ll be investigating what life was like in the colonies!


Also, there’s no school on Friday because of Fall Break!

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Archery Field Trip!

Hello everyone!

We will be going to the archery range to get a lesson on shooting bows. We will need parent volunteers to drive and supervise. I will personally be taking some of the 5th/6th graders on this field trip but we need more drivers for all classes.

Here is the schedule for the classes:

8th grade will be 9:45am – 11:15 am
7th grade will be 10:45am – 12:15 pm
5/6th grade will be 11:45am  – 1:15pm
Your permission slips are due no later than Wednesday!
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Binder Check Requirements

Hello all!

Everyone’s 3-Ring Binder are due next week. Here is how your binder should be organized

  • Notebook has correct tabs (Vocabulary, notes, handouts, maps, returned quizzes/test)
  • Notebook is organized
  • Notebook is free from paper from other classes.
  • Journal entries are up to date


5th/6th Grade Binders are due on Monday, September 24th

7th Grade Binders are due on Tuesday, September 25th

8th Grade Binders are due on Wednesday, September 26th

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Week of September 10th- September 14th

Hello students! What a crazy week last week was!  Sorry for falling behind  in my posting here. I’m trying to catch up as quickly as I can!

Grades are posted in GPA for most of the assignments we’ve had.

From Ms. Rebecca

“Salam Alaikum,

Salam Academy will be hosting the annual Eid party on Saturday. This will be a potluck so we need parents to sign up to bring a dish.  Please reply to this email with what you are bringing or sign up in the office.  “
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Updates and homework reminders

Hello everyone!

Computer Basics:

  • I updated the computer basic page to reflect the computer literacy quiz (which is DUE on Friday) and if you have ANY questions, please feel free to email me at or leave a comment here.

Social Studies:

  • We will start using our journals and 3 ring binders starting Monday. If you are confused about the setup of the binder or are having difficulty getting a binder, please let me know.
  • REMINDER: Your worksheet homework is DUE as soon as I walk into the door on Monday afternoon. 


  • In addition to teaching the speech class, I will also be hosting an after-school debate club and drama club! I should have more info for those interested soon.

General Info:

  • I’m still waiting to for my username and password for the GPA system. As soon as I get this information I will start posting grades and BEHAVIOR.
  • I will update the class tabs for the lesson plans of the week by Sunday night.

Have a great weekend!

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