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

2017-2018 Start of the Year Information Sheets

Welcome to Liberty PowerPoint/Social Story:

Welcome_to_Liberty_PowerPoint.pptx

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

Current Events, Plans, and Study Guides for October 16th-20th

Hello parents,

Welcome to Mr. Cutright's site hub.

Our trip to Pilcher Park was a great success!  The weather was perfect and the rain held off just long enough to cancel the Cubs game but not our trip!  We collected leaves that will be used in Mrs. McKimson's Art Class.  Each student will be paired with several students in her class to complete an activity.  We will also follow up on Friday, October 20th with a monster project.  We are calling our meetings "Creative Collaborations".

Our first Liberty Spirit Squad event was an awesome success!  We have 3 more planned for the coming months.  We will cheer on the Liberty Boys Basketball Team, Girls Volleyball Team, and an outdoor Track event in the spring!

 We will have another trip in December at our local Jewel.

Current Events August (As of 10/16)  

Hello parents!   

Science:   We will continue our unit on habitats in various climates and parts of the world.  We also utilize Scholastic Magazine, Science Spin, and Time-For-Kids to supplement the curriculum this week. 

In Social Studies, we will begin learning about Japan .    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 be finishing up our first review Equal math unit in the coming days/weeks.  We will begin unit 5, which includes a variety of topics and skills.  We will review identifying numerals on a number line.  We are practicing identifying greater than, less than, equal to, before, between, and after when comparing numbers.  We will practice adding and subtracting one more or less.  We will duplicate and extend numerical and picture patterns.  We will review Venn diagrams.  We will also create and interpret bar graphs tally charts, and pictographs    Chapter 5 has us working on sets and comparing sets between 10 and 20.  We will begin telling time to the hour, half hour, and quarter hour.  We will also match analog clocks and identify common terminology for times.  We will also work with blocks to recreate various shapes and structures.  Also, we began counting pennies, nickels, and dimes (Skip Counting via Touch Points/Touch Math).   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

Your child will complete a 5 question comprehension test with who, what, when, where, and why questions for most stories.  In grammar, we will conclude common and proper noun activities as well as verbs.  For there, we will begin exclamation sentences, singular and plural nouns, and linking verbs.

For writing, students are given a picture (currently animals).  They are to draw the animal and then answer questions about the animal and write sentences about it on the accompanying pages.

Students have begun utilizing the AIMSWeb Plus system for progress monitoring.  This is different than the paper-and-pencil system we have utilized in the past.

We have been actively utilizing 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".

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

We will continue Book 7.  Book 7 highlights prepositional phrases that answer the question Where? with single word Where questions.  Where is used as part of the disclosure between characters in the story (presented in speech bubbles).  Where is used only in situations in which it is natural for someone to question the location of an object.

The Jam  Reinforced Words:  Juan, jumps, on, rug, bumps, the cat, spills, slips, runs, to, Mom, helps, where, end

The Doll:  Reinforced Words: This story reinforces most new words and syntax.  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 YELLOW READING MILESTONES:  We will read "The Beach Ball" to complete the packet work.   We will work on  "Rain" if time permits.   Regular past tense (-ed) verbs are introduced.  The adverb, too, meaning also, is introduced.  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.

Spelling words for the week:    Flashcards will come home during the week for study and review.   

The test over the following words will be on Monday, October 23rd.  Eighth test of the year!

(Group A Red Book) The Jam and The Doll (combined):  scrubs, jam, mop, brings, jump, sled

(Group B Yellow Book In the Woods and The Beach Ball (combined): Grandma, hood, teeth, beach, summer, water, sand

Please continue to have your child practice skills in IXL math.  Please note, I am waiting on new IXL log-ins and passwords from our technology department.  Therefore, the old information I sent home will change in the coming weeks.  I will send this home once I receive it.  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.