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Links to Important Information

To access the Bell Schedule, please click HERE.

To access the Red/Green Calendar, please click HERE

To access the Spring Semester Exam Schedule,
please click HERE

To access information on SPARKS Tutoring, please click HERE.

To access informatoin on PAWS Tutoring, please click HERE.

To access the U.I.L. Eligbility and Report Card Calendar, please click HERE.

To access the services available to students, please click HERE.


McCullough Supplemental Student Handbook, please click HERE.

McCullough Cheating Policy, please click HERE. (at bottom)

Accessing Online Textbooks, please click HERE.

Language Arts Standard Policies & Procedures, please click HERE.(at bottom)

Parent Access Center, please click HERE.

Student Access Center, please click HERE.

To access CANVAS, please click HERE. (note: we are currently using this website and NOT CANVAS. It will be available at a later date. Please reference this page until then.)



LIT BOOK ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS:
Follow these steps to access the Lit Book Online:
You can access the Lit Book online by clicking on the link above or by going to:
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2. user name = 2016grade8highlanders (for grade 8 - must be all lower case) -or- 2016grade7highlanders (for grade 7 - must be all lowercase)
3. password = 2016grade8mccullough (for grade 8 - must be all lower case) -or- 2016grade7mccullough (for grade 7 - must be all lowercase)
4. click "explore" to access the lit book Table of Contents
5. click on the Unit # and look for the title of the work, or do a search for author or title
6. you can access story questions by clicking on the "critical thinking" tab next to the story title in the 'while you read" section

GRAMMAR BOOK ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS

Follow these steps to access the Grammar Book Online:
You can access the Grammar Book online by clicking on the link above or by going to:
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2. user name = 8highlanders (for grade 8 - must be all lower case) -or- 7highlanders (for grade 7 - must be all lowercase)
3. password = 8mccullough (for grade 8 - must be all lower case) -or- 7mccullough (for grade 7 - must be all lowercase)
4. click etext at top right and on pull down screen select: Writing Coach Texas 2011 Student Edition





























































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Tuesday, April 18th
Parents,

Over the course of the three weeks, we have been working on an in-class, major grade project, which are stations centered around the Holocaust/WWII to assist with our book club novels. The final day to have all six stations completed is Friday, April 21st. If a student did not complete a station or was absent, they have until Friday, April 21st to make it up. They can come before school every day of the week (I'm even opening up my room on Wednesday when I have duty) or during advisory. I discussed each student's current status of points yesterday, so they know what they are missing or need to make-up.

Also, Book Club Meeting #1 is this Thursday, April 20th. If your child has chosen to read Prisoner-B3087. I must receive an email or note saying you approve of the book. Points will not be awarded until this is done. All the other novels I am familiar with and don't need parent permission. Students have a reading schedule for their novel that is spread out over the course of 5 weeks. Annotating is due the day of the meeting and is worth 50 points, the remaining 50 is for the activity completed that day.  Students are allowed to bring food and drinks to the meeting.

Unit #14 Vocabulary due Wednesday, April 19th R1/R4 (quiz grade)
Unit #14 Vocabulary due Thursday, April 20th G1/G4 (quiz grade)

Flip Lessons #53-54 due Monday, April 24th

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. Let's finish out the year strong.

Tuesday, April 11th

Parents,

Over the course of the three weeks, we have been working on an in-class, major grade project, which are stations centered around the Holocaust/WWII to assist with our book club novels. The final day to have all six stations completed is Friday, April 21st. If a student did not complete a station or was absent, they have until Friday, April 21st to make it up. They can come before school every day of the week (I'm even opening up my room on Wednesday when I have duty) or during advisory. I discussed each student's current status of points yesterday, so they know what they are missing or need to make-up.

Also, Book Club Meeting #1 is this Thursday, April 20th. If your child has chosen to read Prisoner-B3087. I must receive an email or note saying you approve of the book. Points will not be awarded until this is done. All the other novels I am familiar with and don't need parent permission. Students have a reading schedule for their novel that is spread out over the course of 5 weeks. Annotating is due the day of the meeting and is worth 50 points, the remaining 50 is for the activity completed that day.  Students are allowed to bring food and drinks to the meeting.

Unit #14 Vocabulary due Wednesday, April 19th R1/R4 (quiz grade)
Unit #14 Vocabulary due Thursday, April 20th G1/G4 (quiz grade)

Flip Lessons #53-54 due Monday, April 24th

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. Let's finish out the year strong.

Parents,

The school year is quickly coming to an end. Progress Reports go out this week. Please remember that attendance is extremely important as material being presented is essential to your child's success and will be on the Spring Semester Exam, which is 10% of your child's grade. Also, every single grade is important and I'm finding more and more student's are not completely their work. Please encourage your child to give 100%. I am always available before school (minus Wednesday's) and during advisory.

Flip Lessons #51-53 are due on Monday, April 17th
        Flip Lesson #52 Video
Unit #14 Vocabulary due Wednesday, April 19th for R1/R4 (quiz grade)
Unit #14 Vocabulary due Thursday, April 20th for G1/G4 (quiz grade)
Book Club Meeting #1, first section read and annotated Thursday, April 20th (daily grade)

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.


Wednesday, April 5th
Important Dates:

Thursday, April 6th -- Flip Lesson Review Session at 8:05am B226
Thursday, April 6th -- R1/R4 Unit #13 Vocabulary Exercises due
Friday, April 7th -- Flip Lesson Review Session at 8:05am B226
Monday, April 10th -- Flip Lesson #49-50 due -- All Flip Lesson are now reviews. No new material is presented.
        Flip Lesson #50 Video

Tomorrow, students will receive about 10 minutes to form groups and decide on their novel for this 9-weeks. Groups will be no more than 5 people and the novel must pertain to WWII/Holocaust. Guidelines and approved novels were given out yesterday and today. They have been attached as well. If a group chooses a novel not on the approved list, they must have permission from their parent. An email will suffice. Each week, students will be required to show up, having read and annotated their section, ready to complete a "task." There will be 5 tasks and those tasks will be turned in for a major grade. I have attached the task as well.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Monday, March 27th
IMPORTANT:

There will be STAAR Testing on Tuesday, March 28th and Wednesday, March 29th. Students that are currently taking Pre-Algebra and Geometry (calculator will be provided) will take the STAAR Math tomorrow and ALL students will take the STAAR Reading on Wednesday. Make sure your child brings a sack lunch with a drink, pencils, a book, and a jacket. Both tests must be passed in order for your child to be promoted to the 9th grade. Today we wrote out a "game plan" on a notecard preparing for both tests and to relieve any additional anxiety before the test. Please make sure your child eats a big breakfast, as lunch will not be until 1:15. No assignments will be due this week.
Also make note, because of testing, the school schedule will be altered.

8:50-1:15 STAAR Testing
1:15-1:45 Lunch in Testing Room
1:52-2:17 1st period
2:24-2:48 2nd period no split
2:55-3:20 3rd period
3:27-3:55 4th period

Please let me know if have any questions.


Friday, March 10th
Important Due Dates:

Tuesday, March 21st 03/10 = Students complete lessons 45-47 this week in class due 03/21
        Flip Lesson #45 Video
        Flip Lesson #46 Video
        Flip Lesson #47 Video

Wednesday, March 22nd -- Unit #12 Vocabulary Exercises due for G1/G4
Thursday, March 23rd -- Unit #12 Vocabulary Exercises due for R1/R4
Friday, March 24th -- Unit #10-12 Vocabulary Test

Alternate Schedule on STAAR Testing Dates:
Tuesday, March 28th -- STAAR Math Test
Wednesday, March 29th -- STAAR Reading Test

Have a wonderful Spring Break! Be Safe!

Thursday, February 23rd
Please share/send commercials to nwitt@cisd.net or save it to your Google Account


Wednesday, March 1st
Important Due Dates to finish out the 9-weeks:

Thursday, March 2nd -- Unit #11 Vocabulary Exercises due for R1/R4 for a quiz grade. G1/G4 turned theirs in today.

Friday, March 3rd -- Poetry Portfolio Due

Monday, March 6th -- Flip Lessons #43-44
03/03 = Students complete lessons 43-44 over the weekend due 03/06
        Flip Lesson #43 Video
        Flip Lesson $44 Video

That's it!

Wednesday, February 22nd
Important Weekly Information:

The Lord of the Flies Chapters 10, 11 & 12 annotations will be checked and graded tomorrow for a quiz grade.

The Lord of the Flies major grade will be a WebQuest with a partner and completed in class starting tomorrow and continued on Friday. Anything not finished will be due on Monday, February 27th.

Persuasive Commercials have been done in-class with computers.  The commercial and the script is due on Friday, February 24th for a major grade.

Flip Lessons #41-42 are due on Monday, February 27th. I have attached a copy of the worksheets.

I want to praise my students. They have really been working hard with many of them attending morning and advisory tutorials. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Reminder: Even if something isn't due for my class, students should be studying vocabulary, reviewing flip lessons and reading.

Thursday, February 16th
Parents,

The 6-week mark is next week. Progress Reports will be sent out. A couple of important things coming up:

Lord of the Flies Personality WebQuest due Friday, February 17th (started in-class, finish for homework in necessary)

Flip Lessons #39-40 due Tuesday, February 21st

Lord of the Flies Chapters 10, 11 & 12 due Thursday, February 23rd. Please make sure your child is annotating. This is more than just highlighting and underling, but why they highlighted or underlined something. More than likely there will NOT be a test over Lord of the Flies a grade for the entire book being annotated.

Persuasive Commercials due Friday, February 24th (completed in-class)

Poetry Portfolio due Friday, March 3rd (completed in-class)

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Tuesday, February 7th
Remember....

There are Flip Lesson Review Session offered every day this week except on Wednesday morning. I have car duty that day. I'm also available during advisory. In addition, you can also google "diagram sentences" for practice. The test is this Friday, February 10th.

02/10 = Students complete lessons 37-38 over the weekend due 02/13
        Flip Lesson #37 Video
        Flip Lesson #38 Video

Lord of the Flies Chapters 5 & 6 are due on Thursday, February 9th. Make sure to ANNOTATE. That means, don't just highlight or underline, make notes as to why you highlighted, circled or underlined something. You should be doing this for every chapter. This is my warning!

Continue to review vocabulary, flip lessons and read each day, even if there isn't homework due.
Poetry Project is due on Friday, March 3rd. So far, we have been working on a poem each week in-class. Next week we will have computer to help with the project and to work on a group project of creating a persuasive commercial.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Monday, February 6th
Song Lyrics printed out for Poetry Portfolio

Friday, January 27th
Flip Lessons #33-34 are due on Monday, January 30th
Unit #9 Vocabulary due Wednesday, February 1st for R1/R4
Unit #9 Vocabulary due Thursday, February 2nd for G1/G4
Lord of the Flies Chapters 3 & 4 due on Thursday, February 2nd
Unit #7-9 Vocabulary Test on Friday, February 3rd
*Make note, Science Fair is on Friday, February 3rd. The Unit #7-9 Vocabulary Test was designed to only take 45 minutes max, with many students finishing in less than that. With that being said, if your child will miss Friday because of Science Fair, they can make up the test before school or during advisory.

All last week was BLITZ Week. The short description of it - teachers talking to students about what to expect at the 9th grade level and their advisement for each student. I personally wrote on all schedules distributed, my advisement. If you have any questions, please let me know. On Monday, January 30th, Student Access will be open for students to make changes to their schedule for next year. I've also attached a list of important dates for incoming 9th graders.


Friday, January 20th
The 1st 3-weeks of the 9-weeks are officially over. Progress Reports are coming up. Students were sent home with a print-out of the courses they are registered for for next year. Next week is their chance to counsel with their teachers about their placement in these courses. I have personally written on their sheet with my advisement for them. If you have any questions, let me know. If a student wishes to make a change, starting on Monday, January 30th, they can do so through Student Access. I have attached a sheet of important upcoming dates for their freshman year.

Monday, January 23rd -- Flip Lessons #31-32 are due. I have attached the worksheets and you'll find the links below. Also, we will start Unit #9 Vocabulary. You must have your book.
01/20 = Students complete lessons 31-32 over the weekend due 01/23
        Flip Lesson #31 Video
        Flip Lesson #32 Video

Thursday, January 26th -- Chapters 1 & 2 of LOF need to be read and questions. The novel must be annotated and a chart for the characters and symbols must be created. Expect a quiz.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Wednesday, January 11th
Currently students are working in groups on their Lord of the Flies Background Project. Projects will be presented next Wednesday, January 18th-Friday, January 20th.

Tomorrow and Friday, all 8th grade students will go to the Bock Auditorium to hear a presentation about the scheduling of classes for next year. I have attached a flyer that contains important dates.

The copy of Lord of the Flies is due in-class on Tuesday, January 17th, as students will start reading the novel and have Chapters 1 and 2 due the following Thursday, January 26th.

As always, students should continue to practice and review vocabulary, along with flip lessons.

Over the weekend, students should be gathering magazine, images and pictures of their favorite color to bring to class starting Tuesday, January 17th. We will work with these pictures to create a collage and poem that will be apart of their Poetry Portfolio.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Thursday, January 5th
Welcome Back or more so for the students :)

Tomorrow is the Unit #7 Vocabulary/Flip Lesson #25-28 Quiz. Students will turn in their Student Evaluation Sheet signed by you as well.

Monday we will begin Unit #8 and Flip Lessons #29-30 are due.
01/06 = Students complete lessons 29-30 over the weekend due 01/09
        Flip Lesson #29 Video
        Flip Lesson #30 Video

We will begin working on the Lord of the Flies Group Project next week. Presentations will be the following week for a major grade.

A copy of Lord of the Flies is due in-class by Tuesday, January 17th.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Tuesday, December 13th
We collected 127 items for the Food Bank. Thank you!

Semester Exam Schedule
Monday, December 12th - R1 Blue
Tuesday, December 13th - G1 Orange
Wednesday, December 14th - R4 Purple
Thursday, December 15th - G4 Yellow
Friday, December 16th - Early Release at 12:50pm

Thank you for all of your help in making this year successful thus far. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Be Safe!

Monday, December 5th
Reminder: The Christmas Carol Portfolio is due tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6th. This is the last major grade for the 9-weeks.
Also, if students revise and edit their Writer Idol papers, they will get an additional 5 points on their essays. This applies to both essays.
Students received their semester exam review today and we started working on it in class. We will continue to work on it through-out the week.
Class competition Food Drive ends Friday, December 9th.

Exam Schedule:
Monday 12/12 - R1 Blue
Tuesday 12/13 - G1 Orange
Wednesday 12/14 - R4 Purple
Thursday 12/15 - G4 Yellow
Friday 12/16 -  Early Release at 12:50pm

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. Let's finish of the semester with a bang!

Friday, December 2nd
The Christmas Carol Portfolio due date has been moved to Tuesday, December 6th so I can help students with Activity 15: Style Analysis Essay

Tuesday, November 29th
3 weeks til Christmas Break! My classes are having a competition to see who can bring in the most non-perishable food items for a class party. Deadline in next Friday, December 9th

Due Dates:
Thursday, December 1st -- Last Book Club Meeting for A Christmas Carol Portfolio
Friday, December 2nd -- Plagiarism WebQuest -- Use the following link for Step 6 & 7: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/

Monday, December 5th -- A Christmas Carol Portfolio Due
Wednesday, December 7th -- Friday, December 16th Review and Final Exam ONLY
Monday, December 12th -- R1 Exam
Tuesday, December 13th -- G1 Exam
Wednesday, December 14th -- R4 Exam
Thursday, December 15th -- G4 Exam
Friday, December 16th -- Early Release at 12:50pm, which means a modified schedule

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Tuesday, November 15th
Thanksgiving is coming! I don't know about you, but I need a break. I've been sick for over a week! A couple of things coming up:

Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 16th -- Flip Lesson Test  
-Unit #6 Vocabulary Exercises due for G1/G4

Thursday, November 17th -- Book Club Meeting (Stave 4 & 5 Read and Annotated)
-Unit #6 Vocabulary Exercises due for R1/R4

Friday, November 18th -- Unit #4-6 Vocabulary Test

When we return:

Monday, November 28th -- We will start Unit #7 Vocabulary

Tuesday, November 29th -- Flip Lessons #25-28 are due
11/18 = Students complete lessons 25-28 due 11/29
        Flip Lesson #25 Video
        Flip Lesson #26 Video
        Flip Lesson #27 Video
        Flip Lesson #28 Video
-Writer Idol Revised Papers are both due for Major Grades! (Personal Narrative and Expository)

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. Make note, that when we return from Thanksgiving Break, we will have one week of curriculum, the following week is considered review week and the week after that is finals. I have attached the guidelines and rubrics for Writer Idol along with the worksheets for the Flip Lessons.

Wednesday, November 9th
Important Due Dates:
Thursday, November 10th -- *Stave 3 Read and Annotated for tomorrow's Book Club Meeting #3 working on activities #8-#11
*Prefix Test #2
Friday, November 11th -- *Prefix Test #3
*Unit #6 Mnemonic Devices Chart. After today, there will no longer be word walls or mnemonic devices charts. Students will only be required to annotated and complete the exercises in their vocabulary books.
Monday, November 14th -- Review Session at 8:05am for Flip Lesson Test
Tuesday, November 15th -- Review Session at 8:05am for Flip Lesson Test
Wednesday, November 16th -- *Flip Lesson Test
* Unit #6 Vocabulary Exercises due for G1/G4
Thursday, November 17th -- *Review Session at 8:05am for Unit #4-#6 Vocabulary Test
*Unit #6 Vocabulary due for R1/R4
*Book Club Meeting #4 (Stave 4 & 5 must be read and annotated)
Friday, November 18th -- Review Session at 8:05am for Unit #4-#6 Vocabulary Test

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. Make note, students are given ample time in class to study and complete a lot of the assignments listed above.

Thursday, November 3rd
The 1st 3-week marking period of the 2nd 9-weeks is quickly approaching, Friday, November 4th. Students will receive progress reports next week.

Important due dates:
Friday, November 4th - Unit #5/Flip Lesson #17-#19 Quiz
Monday, November 7th - Flip Lessons #20-#22 due. Lesson are attached and the links a below:

        Flip Lesson #20 Video
        Flip Lesson #21 Video
        Flip Lesson #22 Video

Wednesday, November 9th - Prefix Test #1
Thursday, November 10th - Prefix Test #2 and Book Club Meeting #3 (Stave 3 must be read and annotated)
Friday, November 11th - Prefix Test #3 and Unit #6 Mnemonic Devices Chart is due

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. Also, if you are over-loaded with Halloween candy or trying to get rid of it, send it my way. I will use it in the classroom.

Friday, October 28th
Tuesday, November 1st -- Pep Rally at 8:05am
Wednesday, November 2nd -- G1/G4 Unit #5 Vocabulary Exercises due
Thursday, November 3rd -- R1/R4 Unit #5 Vocabulary Exercises due and Book Club Meeting #2 (Stave 2 must be read and annotated) We will work on Activities #5-7
Friday, November 4th -- Unit #5/Flip Lessons #17-#19 Quiz

Thursday, October 20th
The 2nd 9-weeks is off to a start. Today we started working with A Christmas Carol. Students were given a reading schedule and will meet each week in groups to conduct activities associated with the weeks reading.

Tomorrow there will be a quiz over Unit #4 Vocabulary and Flip Lessons #13-#16. Students are also required to turn in the printed results from their Career Key and Cluster Find Surveys. They will be used next to create their 4-year plans with the counselor's.

Flip Lessons #17-#19 are due on Monday, October 24th. The worksheets are attached to this email and the links are below.
        Flip Lesson #18 Video
        Flip Lesson #19 Video

Also, the school is having a competition to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Winning teachers will tug-a-war in a kilt. Below is the link to donate:


As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Thursday, October 13th
Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day of the 1st 9-weeks and Early Release at 12:50pm. On Monday, October 17th, all 8th grade students will be taking the PSAT 8/9. They have been or will be given a guide to answer any questions and prepare them for the test. Since the second week of school, we've been taking a practice test to get the kids familiar with the format and prepare. They will do awesome. They need to bring a sack lunch, water bottle/drink, jacket, pencil, calculator, and a novel to read (I recommended A Christmas Carol as that is our next novel). The results will be distributed to students in January, along with a guide on how to interpret the answers and practice for the PSAT and SAT.

Due Dates:
Friday, October 14th -- Early Release at 12:50pm. Alternate Schedule. Unit #4 Mnemonic Devices Chart (quiz grade in replace of Word Wall)
Monday, October 17th -- PSAT 8/9 Test. Alternate Schedule
Thursday, October 20th -- Copy of the novel A Christmas Carol due in-class for a quiz grade.
Friday, October 21 -- Unit #4/Flip Lessons #13-#16 Quiz and the Career Key/Cluster Find Results from the online tests required for your 4-Year Plan, due in-class for 2 quiz grades. Students attended a presentation on Wednesday or Thursday addressing these items.

Also, the school is having a competition to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Winning teachers will tug-a-war in a kilt. I don't remember the kilt part, but I do remember signing up. Below is the link to donate:


As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. Have a wonderful two-in-a-half day weekend or at least that's I'm how I'm trying to view it :)

Friday, October 7th
Remember, keep refreshing the video if you have difficulty pulling it up. The lessons are due on Monday, October 10th and will be the last grade for the 1st 9-weeks.

10/07 = Students complete lessons 13-16 over the weekend due 10/10
        Flip Lesson #13 Video
        Flip Lesson #14 Video
        Flip Lesson #15 Video
         Flip Lesson #16 Video

Tuesday, October 4th
Parents,

Attached are three documents pertaining to the PSAT 8/9 Test that is being administered on Monday, October 17th for all 8th graders. The PSAT 8/9 Test is a great resources for students to see their strengths and weaknesses as they prepare to take the PSAT and SAT in the coming years. When scores are distributed, you will receive information on how to read them and a code to access to a website for students to practice.

Since the beginning of September, we have been practicing every Thursday with a PSAT Test to help students prepare. We also have gone over some testing techniques. We will not finish the packet, therefore, I have put the answers to the packet on my website so they may work on it at home if they choose to do so.

Upcoming Dates:
-Flip Lesson Test Wednesday, October 5th
-Unit #3 Vocabulary Exercises due for G1/G4 Wednesday, October 5th
-Unit #3 Vocabulary Exercises due for R1/R4 Wednesday, October 7th
-Units #1-#3 Vocabulary Test Friday, October 7th -- Review sessions are available Thursday and Friday morning at 8:05 in my room, B226
-Flip Lessons #13-#16 due Monday, October 10th
-All 8th graders will meet with the counselors on Wednesday, October 12th and Thursday, October 13th during Split periods to discuss requirements and schedules for 9th grade
-End of the 1st 9-weeks and Early Release at 12:50pm on Friday, October 14th
-Unit #4 Mnemonic Devices Chart (replacing Word Wall 2nd 9-weeks) due Friday, October 14th for a quiz grade. Because of the altered schedule for this day, if I do not see you child, their chart will be due on Monday, October 17th

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Thursday, September 29th
Parents,

Tomorrow is U.I.L Eligibility at 3:55pm -- NO PASS, NO PLAY.

Due Friday, September 30th:
The Giver WebQuest (major grade)
Word Wall #3 (quiz grade)

No Homework over the weekend of October 1st-2nd due to study for Flip Lesson Test and Units #1-#3 Test.

Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th, I will provide Flip Lesson Review Sessions in my room, B226 at 8:05am. The Flip Lesson Test in on Wednesday, October 5th. There will not be a review session on Wednesday morning because I have car duty, but if a student has a question, they can find me at the West-Side Athletic doors for help at 8:10am.

Units #1-#3 Vocabulary Test on Friday, October 7th. I will be available for help on Thursday, October 6th and Friday, October 7th at 8:05 am in my room, B226 for any questions.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. Have a wonderful weekend. Thank goodness for the cooler weather.

Friday, September 23rd
If you have any issues with the Flip Lesson Videos, keep trying. If you can't access them at all, just try to complete the work.

Thursday, September 22nd
Parents,

Students should be coming to a close with their Giver Webquest. We spend a lot of time in-class with computers working on this. The project will be due next Friday, September 30th. This is also an important date for U.I.L eligibility. No pass, no play.  Today students worked on Day 7 of the Webquest and will finish no later than Monday, September 26th with Day 8. The last two days are very simple and easy. I have attached the speech needed for Day 7. Students may finish over the weekend if they would like, but it's not homework to do so. Students will take all paperwork out of the composition notebook, along with the rubric and turn in. They are welcome to type up the pages if they would like, but it is not necessary.

Flip Lessons #9-#11 are due on Monday, September 26th. These will be the last of the lessons before the test on Wednesday, October 5th. There will be review sessions available on Monday and Tuesday morning of that week.
09/23 = Students complete lessons 9-11 over the weekend due 09/26
        Flip Lesson #9 Video
        Flip Lesson #10 Video
        Flip Lesson #11 Video

We will begin Unit #3 vocabulary on Monday, September 26th. This will be the last unit before the test on Friday, October 7th. The quiz for Unit #2 and Flip Lessons #5-#8 is tomorrow, Friday, September 23rd.

FYI: Yes there are two tests in the same week of October 3rd-7th, but please be aware, we review vocabulary and flip lessons constantly in class. We have specifics days that we review current material being studied and past material.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me and I am available for tutoring Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:05am. I just ask students to give me ahead's up if they are coming, as sometimes I am in meetings.

Have a wonderful weekend! Isn't it suppose to be Fall today? :)

Friday, Miss Witt's Day of Birth
The 4th week of the 1st 9-weeks is finished! Progress Reports went out this week. Today we took the last of our series of Roots Tests and EVERYONE did awesome.

Over the weekend, students need to make sure they have completed Days 1-4 of The Giver Webquest. We have been spending a lot of time on this project in-class, so they should just be putting the finals touchs on these days. We will start Day 5 on Monday and the due date for the project will be Friday, September 30th.

Unit #2 Word Wall was turned in today. G1/G4 Unit #2 Vocabulary Exercises are due on Wednesday, September 2st and R1/R4 are due on Thursday, September 22nd. The Unit #2/Flip Lessons #5-#8 Quiz will be next Friday, September 23rd.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, September 12th
Brook Farm:
Brook Farm Community:


Friday, September 9th
Access "Documents/Downloads Sections" for the Flip Lesson worksheets #5-#8, which are due on Monday, September 12th. They are labeled "Lesson 1-11." Print before watching videos.

09/09 = Students complete lessons 5-8 over the weekend due 09/12
        Flip Lesson #5 Video
        Flip Lesson #6 Video
        Flip Lesson #7 Video
         Flip Lesson #8 Video

Additional help with Flip Lessons, access the Grammar Book Online.

You can access the Grammar Book online by clicking on the link above or by going to:
1.
2. user name = 8highlanders (for grade 8 - must be all lower case)
3. password = 8mccullough (for grade 8 - must be all lower case)
4. click etext at top right and on pull down screen select: Writing Coach Texas 2011 Student Edition

Series of Roots Tests next Wednesday, September 14th-16th. Below is a link to Quizlet Flashcards to prepare for the Roots Tests.


Tuesday, September 6th
Parents,

I am emailing earlier in the week as normal because Friday, September 9th is an important date. At 3:55pm, students will be effected by U.I.L. eligibility. No pass, No play. Progress Reports will be sent out the following week via email or a hardcopy, if requested.

Upcoming Dates:
G1/G4 Vocabulary Unit #1 Due
R1/R4 Vocabulary Unit #1 Due
Unit #1/Flip Lessons #1-#4 Quiz Friday, September 9th
Flip Lessons #5-#8 due Monday, September 12th
Series of Roots Tests Wednesday, September 14th-Friday, September 16th

Have a wonderful, short week!

Thursday, September 1st
Have a Safe and Wonderful Labor Holiday!

Today students started practicing for the PSAT 8/9. The date of the actual test is TBA, but is normally mid-October. We have a packet we are practicing out of along with working on testing strategies. I will send a detailed flyer home soon.

Next week we will start a WebQuest using The Giver.

Upcoming Dates:
Friday, September 2nd -- Composition Notebook (major) and Word Wall for Unit #1(quiz) both due.
Wednesday, September 7th -- Unit #1 Vocabulary completed and due for G1/G4
Thursday, September 8th -- Unit #1 Vocabulary completed and due for R1/R4
Friday, September 9th -- Unit #1 Vocabulary Quiz which will include Flip Lessons #1-#4

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Monday, August 29th
To access the video on how to annotate your Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Book, please click HERE.
Students received a hard copy of the guidelines. An electronic copy of the guidelines can be found in my downloads/documents section as well.

Friday, August 26th
Parents!

The 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start......at least in my classroom :) Thank you to those that attended Open House last night. For those of you unable to attend, the powerpoint presented is in the "downloads" section of my website. The following are upcoming dates:

Monday, August 29th --
1. The Giver book due in-class
2. Vocabulary Book due in-class -- We will start Unit #1 on Monday.
3. Flip Lessons #1-#4 (#1 and #2 were completed in-class) for a daily grade.
To access the worksheets, please click  HERE. They are located in the "downloads" section on my website for future reference. A hard copy of the schedule and instructions were given out.
4. Videos can be accessed in the "Flip Lesson" section on my website. They can also be found in the "homework" section as well. I have showed the students at least twice how to access all of this information.
        Flip Lesson #2 Video
        Flip Lesson #3 Video
        Flip Lesson #4 Video

Friday, Septmber 2nd
1. Word Wall #1 will be due for a quiz grade. We will go over this on Monday, August 29th.
2. Composition Notebook Project. Students started this the second day of school. Guidelines can be found in the "downloads" section on my website. Students were given a hard copy and examples of the project are available in my classroom. This is a major grade.

Other notes, school pictures will be next week through Social Studies classes.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with you.


Thursday, August 18th
Welcome back! A couple of things....Open House in Thursday, August 25th at 6:30pm. If you are unable to attend, a copy of my PowerPoint presentation is available in the "Downloads" section on my website. Students should be bringing home an information form for you fill out and have them return. This form, along their copy of The Giver, a baby picture (from the computer is recommended), and their composition notebook is due on Friday, August 26th.

Below you will find the link necessary  to view in lieu of accessing CANVAS at this time:

McCullough Supplemental Student Handbook, please click HERE.
McCullough Cheating Policy, please click HERE. (at bottom)
Accessing Online Textbooks, please click HERE.
Language Arts Standard Policies & Procedures, please click HERE.(at bottom)
Parent Access Center, please click HERE.
Student Access Center, please click HERE.
To access CANVAS, please click HERE. (note: we are currently using this website and NOT CANVAS. It will be available at a later date. Please reference this page until then.)

*Additional links important to your child's school year, can be found on the left-hand side of this page. *

June 16th
1st 9-weeks-The Giver (Required reading over summer and annotated)
2nd 9-weeks-A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • ISBN-10: 9780553212440
3rd 9-weeks-Literature Circles
4th 9-weeks-Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • ISBN-10: 0399501487
  • ISBN-13: 9780399501487
*Literature Circles will be based on the theme for the 9-weeks and student's will be given options or come up with their own novel of choice.*


Late Policy
  • Daily work is not accepted late. Work is considered late if it is not turned in when the teacher asks for it in class.
  • Quizzes and tests must either be taken prior to an absence or on the first date of return from an absence unless (under special circumstances of extended absence) special arrangements are made with the teacher.
  • Major assignments will be accepted late under the following guidelines:
All major projects are 10 points off for each day they are late, down to the grade of a zero.

Tutoring
Tutoring is available most mornings by appointment, and every day during advisory.  Students must let me know they are coming because I sometimes have department meetings,  run copies, etc. in the mornings and I want to make sure and be in my room.  Also, students need to work through the assignment in question and come with specific questions so that we can make the most of our time.  Remember, students should arrive at McC no earlier than 8:00 - the doors are locked until then.  Thanks!

DISCLAIMER:  I usually update my website once or twice a week, and not always on the same day.  The assignments and due dates I have posted are a GUIDELINE, not an absolute.  I will adjust the pace and content of my weekly curriculum as needed to meet the needs of my students.  Students are responsible for copying down the planner information daily in order to have the most updated information.  
What the website IS:
Another great source for information about classwork, daily assignments, homework, tests and long-term projects.  It is to be used in conjuction with the planner.

What the website is NOT:
a replacement for 1) paying attention in class 2) listening to oral directions on how assignments are to be completed and 3) copying down assignments into the planner.  

Extracurricular activities should NEVER be an excuse for incomplete assignments.  Those assignments are extra, meaning school work is the priority.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to check the absence binder upon your return.  Not all assignments are posted, and what I say in class overrides everything on the website.
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