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
- 7:55- 8:05 Homeroom
- 8:05- 8:38 AP
- 8:40- 9:42 1st Block
- 9:44- 10:48 2nd Block
- 10:50- 11:52 3rd Block
- 11:54- 1:37 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
Current topic(s) of study are posted on a weekly basis. This includes classroom activities/labs, quiz and test dates and related homework for the week. Use the Science 8 Learning Guide on Google Classroom to access this information. A similar list of assignments/activities is 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.
Join my Google Classroom: CvMS Science Littrell 2020-21 and enter the code: 6cbm5rm. Daily warm-ups, notes, classroom activities and labs can be accessed there.
There is an Online Textbook available for use.
How to use it:
1. Click the link below, click Sign In (in the top right corner)
2. Sign In with Google and use your school account
3. After you are logged in, click Classes (on the top toolbar)
4. Enter the following class code: 4izm6
5. After becoming a class member, click Shared Resources (on left side)
6. The textbook is called NC 8th Grade Science Textbook. Click the link and you will see 11 Units. Click on any Unit to find sub-topics.
Contact Mr. Littrell with any questions.
Tutoring for science will be offered on Mondays after school (3:10-4:00). Any student who stays after school must be picked up promptly at 4:00 pm.
It is recommended that students utilize my Unit Review Videos. Refer to CvMS Science Littrell 2020-21, (access code: 6cmb5rm). These are comprehensive videos for each unit of study and 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 (search for littrellj). Quizlet can also be accessed via direct links on CvMS Science Littrell 2020-21. Students can download the Quizlet App on their devices.
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 mid September, 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.
A special called session of Johnston County Board of Education has been called for Thursday, July 29 at 5:00 p.m. in the Evander Simpson Building in Smithfield. The open session portions of the meeting and all announcements will be accessible to the public via the livestream available online.
The deadline is quickly approaching for Johnston County Public Schools families who need transportation for their students during the 2021-2022 school year. Students who will be attending Early College or Career Technical Leadership Academy, which will begin on August 2nd, have until July 22nd to request transportation. Students who will begin school on August 23rd have until August 2nd to request transportation. This date is for all other JCPS Schools on the traditional school calendar.
While face masks are still required in all of our indoor facilities, students, staff, and guests of our campuses are no longer required to wear a face covering when outdoors. Students and staff may continue to wear masks when participating in recess or outdoor activities if they choose to do so.
The online application for the Johnston County Public Schools Preschool Program is now available. Parents who are interested in the JCPS Preschool Program are encouraged to apply early, as availability is on a first come, first served basis. The application window closes on June 30th.