Ms. Housley

8th Grade ELA/History/Financial Literacy


Hello and welcome to 8th-grade reading!  My name is Jodie Housley and this is my 10th year teaching at the Tukes Valley campus.  My B.A. is in history and English from Washington State University and I earned my Master Degree in Teaching from WSU Vancouver.  I am highly qualified in Middle-Level Humanities which included reading, writing and social studies (history).   I feel very blessed to teach at such an excellent school with amazing staff and families.  

My Message

I strongly believe that reading, writing, history, and science should be taught in conjunction with each other.  Keeping this in mind, I have selected several wonderful books for us to read, enjoy, analyze, and explore together this year as well as exciting short stories of all genres.  We will also complete a literature study on the classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  This wonderful novel takes place in the deep south (Alabama) during the Great Depression in the 1930's.  This story teaches many important lessons which are just as important today as they were then.  One main lesson is the lesson of tolerance.  This novel is provided by the Battle Ground School District specifically for the 8th grade.  We will be watching the original movie as well in accordance with common core standards.  

My Expectations

I expect you to arrive on-time and prepared to class every day.  Your preparation will include your charged chrome book, a pencil, lined notebook paper and a silent reading book.  This reading book should be a chapter book and middle school appropriate.  It will also be appreciated if you bring one box of tissues (my homeroom students only) at the beginning of the school year.  I will go over my detailed expectations the first day of class and we will share what those expectations look, sound, and feel like throughout the first couple weeks of school.  

The overall goal of this website is a resource for students and parents to use if they miss class for any reason or as a reminder of expectations, directions, due dates and important upcoming events.  If you miss class for any reason, it is your responsibility to check my webpage to see what you missed under the assignment tab.  If you do not have computer access at home, you are welcome to come to my classroom before school from 7:30 - 8:00 am to see what you have missed.  If there is not an assignment listed under the assignment tab, see me personally at the beginning of class.  

I can be reached via email at or you can leave me a voice mail at 360.885.6250. 

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire" ~ William Butler Yeats