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September Online Newsletter
by Dr. Cindy Cupp

Dear Educators and Parents,

Thanks so much for visiting our web page in August.  We had 69,700 hits last month!  This school year is going to be very exciting.  We have added many new schools!  Jack, Jilly and Hop’n Pop will have the opportunity to help thousands of boys and girls successfully learn to read!

If you are new to our web page, be sure to visit our Archived Online Newsletters.

In Section One of this Newsletter, I will provide additional information for teachers who are using our newly revised Readers.  You can learn more about these Readers by clicking on the Price List link or the Online Products link.   

If you have ordered material but have not been trained, I will be offering free training sessions in Savannah, Georgia.  Please see Section Two below for training dates and location.

The Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Reading Council are sponsoring a reading conference in Macon on Monday, September 13.  If you would like to register for this conference, see Section Three below. Educators representing three school systems using Jack and Jilly will present on how they raised reading expectations and closed the gap. 

Section Four gives details for a fun alternate way of playing “Catch Hop’n Pop.”  If you have some students that need a more relaxed way to try and catch Hop’n Pop, you might like to try this alternate strategy. 

Our web page now includes a link called Forms.  If you would like a copy of any of our forms, please visit this page.   

Be sure to visit our Online Newsletter next month.  We will sponsor a contest for the most unique Jack and Jilly classroom.  Do you have a special bulletin board you have designed for Jack and Jilly?  Have you made a new game for your students using Jack and Jilly?  You might be the winner!  Read the October Newsletter!

If we can provide additional support or service to you, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.  As always, our goal is 100% literacy for all children.

Cindy Cupp
Currently, President, Cupp Publishers, Inc.
Retired, Director of Curriculum and Reading, Georgia Department of Education
Always, A Reading Teacher

Summary of Sections

Section One - Additional information about the newly revised Readers

Section Two - Free training sessions for purchased material.

Section Three - Georgia DOE and the Georgia Reading Association sponsor reading conference.

Section Four - Alternate way of playing “Catch Hop’n Pop”.

Section One - Additional information about the newly revised Readers

A.  Phonics Charts – The new Readiness Manual and the Part 1 manual are included with all orders of 24 student Readers for Part 1.  The new Phonics Charts are the most important part of the new Readers.  These Phonics Charts begin on page 151 in the Readiness Manual.  Click here for a form that will allow you to easily assess your students. 

Be sure to begin with the Phonics Readiness Charts on page 151 in the Readiness Manual or it will be very difficult for students to complete Ten Minute Phonics Lesson 1 found on pages 6 and 7 in Reader 1. 


B.  Placement of first graders who are new to the program

If you have questions about how to place first graders who are new to our program, please email cindycupp@mindspring.com

The following is the easiest way to place students:

1 Phonics – Begin with Readiness Phonics Chart 1 on page 151 in the Readiness Teacher’s Manual.  Move as quickly as possible through the four Readiness Phonics Charts found on pages 151-158 in the Readiness Manual. After completing these four Readiness Phonics Charts, continue with the Ten Minute Phonics Lessons found on pages 6 and 7 in Readers 1-15.  When your students have successfully completed Ten Minute Phonics Lesson 15 found on pages 6 and 7 in Reader 15, then skip to Ten Minute Phonics Lesson 31found on pages 6 and 7 in Reader 31.

2.  Sight Words

Option 1

Begin with pages 4 and 5 of Reader 1.  These are the Hop’n Pop pages.  Move as quickly as possible through Readers 1-30 using only pages 4 and 5, the Hop’n Pop pages.  When students take more than two days to “catch” Hop’n Pop, slow down and begin instruction in the Reader that takes more than two days to “catch” Hop’n Pop.

Option 2

You may also use pages
33-56 in the Part 1 and Part 2 Teacher’s Manuals. These pages will allow you to quickly assess the students’ sight vocabulary.

Option 3

Pages 4 and 5 of Student Reader 31 provide an easy assessment for students.  If students do not know at least 70 sight words, then try Option 1 or Option 2.


Section Two

If you have purchased material, but you have not been trained, free training is available on the following dates:

Friday, September 24

Friday, October 22

Friday, November 19

The training site will be the Cupp Distribution Center on Victory Drive (near Thunderbolt) in Savannah, Georgia.  Training sessions will be from 12 noon until 4 pm.

If you would like to register, please email me at cindycupp@mindspring.com

Section Three

The Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Reading Association will sponsor a reading conference in Macon, Georgia on Monday, September 13.  If you would like to register, click here and look under Calendar of Events.    

Three schools using Dr. Cupp Readers will present the following:

Session #14  - We Did It!  We Raised the Bar and Closed the Gap In Reading Achievement in Kindergarten and First Grade!

Focus of Presentation:  Bartow County, Adairsville Elementary, Kindegarten EIP, Butts County,
Daughtry Elementary, First Grade EIP, Fayette County Sara Harp Minter Elem. All students in K and 1st

Administrators and teachers representing three schools in Bartow, Butts and Fayette Counties share how they successfully raised the level of reading achievement and closed the gap in kindergarten and first grade. The common thread that connect the schools is the use of Dr. Cupp Readers® and Journal Writers.


Dr. Susan Remillard, Ms. Dawn Caldwell, Ms. Kathy Courley, Ms. Kathy Holland,  Ms. Bess Strawn


Dr. Cindy Cupp


Section Four  

In order to “Catch Hop’n Pop,” students try to beat the timer.  If you would like to try a different way to play the game, try this suggestion:

1.  1. Do not limit the amount of time or errors the student makes on the Hop’n Pop page.  The timer begins at zero and continues to count the number of seconds until the student says all the words on the designated page.  The student’s score is the total amount of time taken to say all the words plus the number of errors.  The score is written in the box at the bottom of the page.  For example:  The student takes 24 seconds to say the words, and the student makes 4 errors.  The score is written as 24-4.

2. The student continues to practice saying the words with a goal of improving the Goal Time by at least two seconds.


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