• Mrs. Cleveland 

    8th Grade Language Arts 2017 - 2018

    Email address: ecleveland@cnusd.k12.ca.us


     Effective Environments for Student Learning

    I teach the Fish Philosophy to motivate and inspire my students. The Fish Philosophy emerged in 1998 from the film FISH! Catch the Energy, Release the Potential.

    The four simple tenets of the "FISH Philosophy!" are:


    1. Play – Have a little fun at school

    2. Make their day – Make a difference, engage others

    3. Be there – demonstrate your very best effort

    4. Choose your attitude – come to school with a positive attitude

    Class Expectations



    Student Expectations

    Be Prepared:

     Bring your required binder, assignments,

    and an AR book to each class every day.

     Do your best work every time, on time.

     Students have one day for each day

    absent to make up work.


    Be Prompt:

     Be in your seat and ready to begin

    work when the bell rings.

     Be in your seat and quiet before being

    excused to leave class.


    Be Polite:

     Raise your hand and wait to be called on

    before talking or leaving your seat.

     Be respectful of others.

     Follow all school rules.  (PAWS)


    Class assignments not completed during class will become homework. Homework will be assigned and communicated directly to students during class with part of the assignment to make notations in the student’s individual planner.


    Grading Scale:

    90 – 100 = A      80 – 89 = B       70 –79 = C       60 – 69 = D         Below 60 = F


    Not all assignments are graded.  Many times students are practicing skills to build a stronger reading and writing foundation to carry over to other assignments. Messy, illegible, or inappropriate work will be given a zero. Assignments turned in without a name will be counted as a zero. 

     Pre AP Students:
    *  In all student work, the teacher will have higher expectations 
    All work requires the following heading in the upper right hand corner of page: 

    ·         Student Name (First and Last)

    ·         Date

    ·         Class Period

    Assignments with a required due date:

        ·         1st Day Full Credit

    ·         2nd Day Half Credit

    ·         3rd Day No Credit – student must conference with teacher.


    Citizenship Requirements: For “O” (Outstanding): 1) acts of kindness; 2) good manners; 3) responsible (i.e. homework is done, supplies are brought, admit when having done wrong) 4) trustworthy; 5) no detentions. For “S” (Satisfactory) missing 1 or 2 of the preceding requirements. For “N” (Needs Improvement) missing 3 of the 5 preceding requirements. For “U” (Unsatisfactory) missing 4 of the 5 preceding requirements.

    School wide expectations:  The Citrus Hills handbook lists school wide rules, rewards, and expectations – our “PAWS.” 

    Inappropriate Items:  Please leave these items at home:  toys, head phones, video games, permanent markers/sharpies.  If teacher has to remove an item, a notification form will be sent home to inform parents of return policies.

    Cell Phone Policy:  Cell phones are to be turned off during school hours.  Students may only use phones before and after or school lunch.  If students are using their phone during class time, the phone will be confiscated.  Phone use is also not allowed during the passing periods between classes.  Parents who need to leave an urgent message should contact the school office.

    Restroom Policy:  No passes given first and last 15 minutes of class
    Course Objectives (based on ELA Common Core Standards)

    Course Goals:

    • To develop students' competence as writers, readers, speakers, listeners, and viewers
    •  of many texts.
    • To read and analyze a variety of American Literature from classic to contemporary
    • To prepare students for higher-level reading and writing skills and heighten their overall communication skills so they may become successful in life.


     Course Description:

    Students will read a variety of genres from novels to poetry, short fiction to non-fiction informational text.  In addition, students will compose a variety of texts, including (but   not limited to) analytical and argumentative essays, narratives and poetry, presentations  and projects.  We will work together to develop students' skills in all areas of Language Arts. 


    Instructional Philosophy:

    In order to be successful in this Language Arts Course, students are expected to be active participants.  It is my goal to provide a positive and engaging classroom where all students have the opportunity to learn succeed and share their thoughts and opinions verbally without fear of embarrassment or ridicule.



         First Offense     --    Warning and behavior notice signed
         Second Offense --  Detention and parent phone call
         Third Offense --     Detention, parent contact/conference call
         Fourth Offense --   Refer to administration