Degrees and Certifications:
Science Teacher Grade 8
I graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Secondary Education. I began my teaching career in the Chatham County (NC) School System in 1994. In 1998, I relocated to Johnston County. I began teaching at Cleveland Middle School in 2001.
CvMS Grade 8 Schedule of Classes
8:40-9:43 1st Block 9:45-10:58 2nd Block
11:00-12:03 3rd Block
12:05-1:38 4th and Lunch
1:40-3:10 5th Block (Enhancements)
The topics we will be studying in science this year are those outlined in the Essential Standards for North Carolina and include:
- The Hydrosphere (Earth's freshwater and ocean resources)
- Energy Resources and Conservation
- The Evolution of organisms and landforms
- Microbiology and Biotechnology
- Earth History and Evolution
CvMS Grading Policy
The following areas will be evaluated:
- Practice Assignments: provide students with feedback and guide instruction (include Classwork, Warm-ups, Homework, Cooperative Learning Activities and some Quizzes)
- Mastery Assignments: measure student mastery of a given goal/concept or skill (include Quizzes, Tests, Projects, Presentations and Skills Checks)
Practice Assignments will not used to calculate a student's numerical grade. Their assessment will constitute part of a behavioral score that will be included in progress reports to parents. These and other behaviors will be assessed according to the CvMS Behavioral Rubric.
Only Mastery Assignments will be used in the calculation of a student's final, numerical grade. Students who do not complete Mastery Assignments will receive a grade of incomplete. Once completed, these scores will become a factor in determining a student's final grade. Athletes will not qualify to participate in sports until all Mastery Assignments are completed.
Class Assignments and Homework
I will be posting an overview of the current topic(s) of study on a weekly basis. This will include classroom activities/labs, quiz and test dates and related homework for the week. Use the Classwork/Homework tab to access this information. A similar list of assignments is posted on Google Classroom and written on the board daily. Students are encouraged to record this information in their agendas. Please note that changes to assignments/dates may occur and these changes may not be reflected on the website. Your child will be given any changes to record in their agenda.
All classroom activities can be accessed on Google Classroom by joining my classroom: CvMS Science 8 Littrell 2018-19 and entering the code: oah974v. Daily warm-ups, notes, classroom activities and labs can be accessed there.
You may choose to be notified of test dates and other classroom activities via Remind101. Please register to receive these notifications by texting the message: @sci8lit to: 81010. You may opt out of messages at any time by replying "unsubscribe @sci8lit".
There is an Online Textbook available for use. Click access the textbook online! or go to https://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com. Enter the username: littrell2018 and the password: science2018. Contact Mr. Littrell with any questions.
Tutoring for science will be offered before or after school by appointment only. If a student stays after school they must be picked up promptly at 4:00 pm.
It is recommended that students utilize my Unit Review Videos. They can be accessed on my Google Classroom: CvMS Science 8 Littrell 2018-19, access code: oah974v. Comprehensive videos for each unit of study can be accessed there. These may be helpful in preparing for Unit Assessments and the NC Science EOG Test.
Vocabulary for the curriculum may be accessed and reviewed via Quizlet.com. Students can also download the Quizlet App on their devices. Search for littrellj to access the vocabulary for each unit of study.
JCPS Parent Portal
Parent Portal is an easy way to access your child’s grades and attendance at your convenience. You can access this information from your phone, tablet or computer. If you have more than one child in Johnston County Public Schools, you can link them to one account. Once you register, you will have access through your child’s high school graduation.
Go to the JCPS website- www.johnston.k12.nc.us
Select Cleveland Middle from the tab at bottom left
Select Parents tab
Select Power School Parent Portal Registration
Complete Application questions
After September 12, go to the school with your photo ID to pick up your letter with further instructions.
Using your information in this letter, you may now set up your powerschool account.
There is a Powerschool app that is also available. See the JCPS website for more information. Our district code is PTXX.