Room 117 Newsletter

A Look at the Year!


Welcome back to JMS, students and parents! I hope everyone enjoyed their summer. What is something fun you and your family did this summer? My hope is to have a monthly Room 177 newsletter, highlighting important dates and events we will be participating in during the month. Communication, to me, is very important in building successful, trusting relationships and I hope you feel the same. Do not hesitate to contact me by email or by phone if you ever have any questions or concerns. My contact information was included in the short "Get to Know Me" letter I sent to each household. If you did not receive this or need my contact information again, my email address is, my classroom phone number is 920-674-1353, and my cell phone is 608-332-8769 . Here's to new beginnings and a new school year!

A Few Fun & Educational Activities:

September & October Field Trips (Permission forms were sent home Friday 9/4)


Thursday, 17th: Jefferson Farmers Market (students can bring money from home to spend at the market but it is not required.)

Thursday, 24th: Jefferson Farmers Market (students can bring money from home to spend at the market but it is not required.)

Tuesday, 29th: Henry Vilas Zoo (Let's get out and enjoy the nice, beautiful weather before it gets too cold out!)


Thursday, 1st: Jefferson Farmers Market (students can bring money from home to spend at the market but it is not required.)

Friday, October 2nd: Cambridge Homecoming Parade (Since Jefferson does not have a homecoming parade we will travel to Cambridge to watch theirs.)

Thursday, 8th: Jefferson Farmers Market (students can bring money from home to spend at the market but it is not required.)

Thursday, 29th: Schuster's Farm, Deerfield, WI (In the Halloween spirit, we will be enjoying a hayride, visiting the animals, finding our way through a corn maze, and getting a pumpkin.)

Unique Learning System: A Comprehensive Curriculum for Special Education

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What is it?

This year I will be using a curriculum called Unique Learning System. Unique Learning System is an online, interactive, standards-based curriculum specifically designed for students with special needs. Subscribers download and interact with monthly, instructional, thematic units of study. Each unit contains special education lesson plans and interactive materials teachers can implement into classroom learning activities. All materials are created using SymbolStix symbols. The unit lesson plans define three levels of differentiated tasks which accommodate the diversity of learners with significant disabilities.
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Connecting Students to the World

Along with Unique Learning System, I will also be using news-2-you in the classroom. With News-2-You, students learn about current events through symbol-supported articles, activities, games and worksheets. All of these instructional materials reinforce the topic of each weekly newspaper. News-2-You delivers fresh news content weekly to educators and students. Included in every edition is a game, puzzle, recipe, joke, Sudoku, think and review page to keep students engaged all week. The newspaper is published in four different reading levels each week. There is always something to challenge every student from the non-reader to the competent reader.

Fun for the Family:

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What is it?

Zachariah’s Acres is a place where kids with special needs and their families can enjoy nature and experience the outdoors. They are a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in the Town of Oconomowoc in Southeastern Wisconsin.

They are uniquely positioned on 48 pristine acres surrounded by nature, serenity and an amazing landscape. It is their commitment to preserve and protect the land as they open the world of agriculture and nature-based learning to kids with disabilities.

Zachariah’s Acres currently offers several free events, exclusively for children with special health care needs. These events allow children with disabilities to participate in fully accessible agricultural and nature-based activities.

They invite you to learn more. They welcome and encourage you to get involved. Attend an event, enjoy their activities, find quiet solitude, and appreciate the simple beauty of life in our natural setting.

Zachariah's Acres Upcoming Events:

5K Trail Run/Walk/Roll

Saturday, October 10 (11 am Start)

Enjoy scenic trails, breath taking views, and rolling hills on the full 5K course or beautiful fall colors on the family walk/roll.

Fall Harvest Fest

Saturday, October 10 (12-3pm)

Guests will enjoy a hay ride around the serene property, pick your own pumpkin and participate in the pumpkin Olympics. This free event is exclusively for children with special needs, and their families.