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Liberty
Junior High School
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Mr. Cutright
7th and 8th Grade Special Education
Liberty Jr. High
jcutright@nlsd122.org
2019-2020 Start of the Year Information Sheets

Hello parents!  Please see the link below regarding our program.

Liberty_SI_2016-2017.docx

Expectation Night:

2016_2017_Welcome_Letter.docx

The link below for class rules during the 2017/2018 school year.  We will devote the first few weeks of school reviewing the rules and rewarding those that follow them.

Classroom_Rules_20162017.docx

Please see the link below regarding our class reward system.  We utilize Cutright Cash as the primary motivator.  Kids can cash in their money daily to obtain prizes listed.

Reward_Menu.docx

Cutright_Cash_Permission_2015.docx

Getting to Know Me Test:

Getting_to_know_me_2015.docx

Hello.  Welcome to Mr. Cutright's class website!  

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Current Events, Plans, and Study Guides for September 23rd through October 4th

Hello parents,

Welcome to Mr. Cutright's site hub.

 Current Events September (As of 9/23/19)

Our trip to the Shedd Aquarium was a HUGE success!  We saw nearly all of the exhibits and enjoyed lunch with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan.  Our kids loved our scavenger hunt to find the various animals that we are learning about in Science.  They also loved looking at the maps. We also have a trip to the Brookfield Zoo scheduled for October 17th.

Our first Spirit Squad events are being held this week.  We will cheer on the Girls' Basketball Team on Tuesday and Boys Volleyball Team again on Thursday.

We are beginning our First Author Writing Program. This exciting program has kids write on their own with assistance from their teachers!  Please send in pictures of things that are interesting to your child (maybe a vacation location, favorite foods, restaurants, movies, etc.). We have cut out hundreds of pictures already and practiced categorizing them.  We will work for 15-30 minutes each day on writing.

 Science:  We are learning about living and non-living things and categorizing them. We will review the following concepts, vocabulary, and skills: the five senses, mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, forest, ocean, desert, tundra, feathers, scales, fur, predator, prey, diurnal, nocturnal, hibernate, migrate, adapt, plants, insects, and animal life cycles..  This will cover an entire unit and last most of September.  We also utilize Scholastic Magazine, Science Spin, and Time-For-Kids to supplement the curriculum this week. 

 

In Social Studies, we will learn about community skills and life skills.  We also read Scholastic Magazines and read the Unique Learning newspapers and accompanying worksheets.  We will use these to make a word wall in our classroom.  This unit will take up the month of September.   We will supplement with map activities and chronological sequencing (timelines), main idea, and compare/contrast skills will be targeted during our units.  

MATH-

We will learn about math tools and learn about the various math manipulative in our classroom.  From there, we will learn about patterns in shapes, numbers, sounds, etc.  We will discuss our daily routine and utilize a visual schedule each morning in addition to talking about the weather.  Students will review holidays, days of the week, months of the year, etc.  We will also compare and contrast hot and cold, and match objects by various traits.  We will also review the main shapes.  We will intertwine these lessons with basic adding and subtracting up to 20.  Each child will have a Touch Math binder.  This unit will take up most of September.   Our Math Equals group continues reviewing Touch Math concepts and completing addition worksheets.  We will begin several grocery store/clothing store type activities.  This includes using a calculator to add and subtract money amounts (including decimals).  We have also begun working on "carrying the one" when adding change.  We are practicing "sending the one to the neighbor".  Some children will use manipulatives if Touch Math is not working at this time.  During the year, we continue counting money and telling time.  As part of our grocery store activities, we are looking at grocery store ads and will be cutting coupons in the future.  Eventually, we will begin learning bout check-writing and use this for "depositing" Cutright Cash and making purchases within the classroom.  For telling time, some children will work on telling time to the nearest minute and others in 5-minute intervals.  Paper money will be introduced and we are combining bills and coins at your child's level.  We will continue to work on sorting fraction pieces (including halves, thirds, and fourths), defining numerators and denominators, writing fractions and mixed numbers, and proper terminology (thirds, fourths, fifths, etc.).  We will continue to learn about basic measurements used in cooking and see their relation to fractions (e.g. four 1/4 cups is 1 cup).  We are supplementing with addition and subtracting practice (mostly single-digit) and utilize Touch Math, manipulative, and other strategies that work best for your child.  We are also utilizing educational apps for time and money practice, along with play money and clock flash cards.  

Language Arts

In grammar, we will work on linking verbs.

We will actively utilize the ReadLive (Read Naturally) website to complete reading activities.  We are trying to complete at least two stories per week.  There is a reading component as well as comprehension questions, a retell, and a description section with each story.  Students complete a "cold read" without any practice.  Next, they practice the story (the program reads the story along with the kids for additional practice) until they meet their personal goal (minimum 3 attempts) and then read the story again for a "hot read".  We have not yet received our log-in information from District Office but I expect them soon.  

Group A RED MILESTONES: We will be reading and completing worksheets for the following stories:

We will begin Book 1.  Book 1 utilizes intransitive verbs (verbs that do not permit direct objects).  Present tense verbs with the regular-s marker.

We will read The Cat.  If time permits, we will begin The Frog.  We will complete the accompanying spelling and reading worksheets for these stories.  The skills addressed in these stories include: Identifying a word based on the picture, identifying the correctly spelled word, circling the correct phrase, identifying an action based on a picture, writing a correct word to fill in a blank, sequencing, fluency, and comprehension.  We continue to supplement the reading materials with educational apps (Razz Kids, Sight Words, etc.), Read Naturally, and tiles (both single letter and letter blends).  We also utilize Level 1 for Scholastic and Level 1 in Time for Kids.

Group B BLUE MILESTONESWe will be reading and completing worksheets for the following stories: 

We will begin Book 1.  Book 1 utilizes plural noun phrases.  Only the regular plural marker-s is used.

We will read Two Cats  If time permits, we will begin The Cones.  We will complete the accompanying spelling and reading worksheets for these stories.  The skills addressed in these stories include: Identifying a word based on the picture, identifying the correctly spelled word, circling the correct phrase, identifying an action based on a picture, writing a correct word to fill in a blank, sequencing, fluency, and comprehension.  We continue to supplement the reading materials with educational apps (Razz Kids, Sight Words, etc.), Read Naturally, and tiles (both single letter and letter blends).  We also utilize Level 1 for Scholastic and Level 1 in Time for Kids.

Group C GREEN READING MILESTONES: We are on Level 4, Book 4.  We will complete the worksheets for Where Does the Mail Go?.  If time permits, we will complete Honest Abe and the accompanying worksheets.  The skills addressed in these stories include: Identifying a word based on the picture, identifying the correctly spelled word, circling the correct phrase, identifying an action based on a picture, writing a correct word to fill in a blank, sequencing, fluency, and comprehension.  We continue to supplement the reading materials with educational apps (Razz Kids, Sight Words, etc.), and Read Naturally.  We also utilize Level 1 for Scholastic and Level 1 in Time for Kids.

The Spelling test will be on Friday, September 20th.  Your child will bring home flashcards to help him or her study.   

Red Book Spelling Words: can, yes, my, do, run

Blue Book Spelling Words:  put, ice, pour, juice, brown, black

Green Book Spelling words for the week:  honest, lawyer, miles, President, returned, speeches, states

Grammar:  We will review the alphabet and putting words in ABC order.  We will then focus on compound words, opposites, words with similar meanings, words that sound alike but mean different things, nouns, verbs, telling sentences, questioning sentences, word order, adding "s" (plurals).proper and common nouns.  This will take up most of September.

Please continue to have your child practice skills in IXL math.  Their log-in is 122 first name last name (no spaces).  Their password is nlsd and their id# (no spaces).

These may include counting money, telling time, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and adding or subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.  A majority of the skills we work on during the year for all students are on IXL.

 

Please have your child complete a story per week on KidsA-Z (Razz-Kids) and complete the questions.  Your child can also read educational magazines such as Highlights and earn Cutright Cash for completed work.

Razz-Kids

I am teacher jcutright2

Their password is their first name. 

News from the Speech Teacher:

Next week in Community Skills we will be discussing our field trip to the aquarium.  We will complete a field trip review worksheet and will review pictures taken from that day and speak/write sentences regarding those pictures using our best speech/aac use/ writing.  

 

News from the Social Worker:

Next week we will begin learning about whole body listening.  Students will also be introduced to the S(space) T(take turns) E(eye contact) P(polite) S(stay on topic) to having a good conversation.  

Mrs. Tiffy

News from the OT:

 

Ideas to reinforce our community skills group at home: 
Practice your student's contact information.  Have them practice how they would share that information if they needed to contact you in an emergency.  It may be a contact card that they carry with them or sharing the information from their memory.  Also reinforce who safe people are that can help them in the community. You can discuss this when you go to various places.  For example the people at the grocery store that can help may look different than the people who can in airport.  Fostering an understanding of the smaller and larger communities they are a part of will build confidence and greater independence in you student's future.  

Kind regards,
Mrs. Joyce