Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. History and English, Mississippi State University M.Ed. Education, William Carey University Mississippi Teaching Certificate, Social Studies 7-12 Mississippi Teaching Certificate, English 7-12

Mr. Jesse Ladner

Hello Vikings! Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! This is my second year teaching at Bayou View Middle and I enjoy every day here! I am a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in History and English. I have a Master's of Education from William Carey University in Biloxi.  I am certified to teach Social Studies 7-12 and English 7-12 in Mississippi. It is my pleasure to be teaching 8th grade English Language Arts for the 2022-2023 school year on Team 1. I am ecstatic for this new year and hope you feel free to contact me if you need anything at

  • Google Classroom Links- 

    If you miss class for any reason or lose your notes, I'll be maintaining a Google Classroom for each period where I update the slides we go through in class, as well as any classwork we might go over.

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    Homework Expectations

    Students will have homework if they do not complete their daily work in class or are working on extra credit.

    Students are also responsible for making up work when they are absent, completing any unfinished classwork, and studying their notes nightly.

    Although students are provided time in class to meet their I-Ready requirements, spending additional time on I-Ready lessons is a good way to receive additional ELA instruction and decrease any gaps in knowledge. Students may log in to I-Ready and complete lessons at home. They should be aware of their username and password. Parents may contact Mr. Ladner, Mrs. Smith, or any other member of Team 1 with additional questions regarding I-Ready


    Please bear with us as we transition our gradebook platform to Powerschool. As soon as the transition is complete, you (as a student or parent) will be able to log in through the link on the Bayou View Middle homepage under "Popular." This will allow you to keep up with grades as they are input from the teacher and is a great way for parents to keep tabs on their students' progress at school!


    Following the fall I-Ready Reading diagnostic, students will be assigned tutorial time during one or more elective periods per week.

    Students who are having difficulty maintaining their grades or understanding content will be also be offered tutorial options during academic intercessions. Information about this will be provided as it becomes available. 

    Classroom Behavior

    Students are expected to behave in a manner appropriate for the classroom setting. This includes participating in classroom activities and assignments, treating the teacher and fellow students with respect, and following all applicable school rules. Students and parents are provided a student handbook that includes the code of conduct at the beginning of each school year. The secondary student handbook can also be accessed at any time from the Gulfport School District website. 

    Grading Policy


    Homework/Daily Grades- 30%
    Test Grades- 70%

    Grading Scale
    90-100   A
    80-89     B
    70-79     C
    65-69     D
    Below 65- F

Lesson Plans

  • Quarter 2 Week 8 Lesson Plans

    Link to official lesson plan



    Students will come in and start immediately on their i-Ready Winter Diagnostics in Reading. We will spend a couple of days on this in the classroom. Diagnostics are typically open during school hours between 7:50 and 3. 




    Students will come in and start immediately on their i-Ready Winter Diagnostics in Reading. We will spend a couple of days on this in the classroom. Diagnostics are typically open during school hours between 7:50 and 3.   



    Students will complete their reading of Chapter 4 of "Night" by Elie Wiesel. If there is any remaining time at the end of class, we will begin a class discussion on our reading so far.  




    Students will break into small groups to focus on a particular question or two concerning "Night" by Elie Wiesel. At the end of class, we will come together to answer the questions as a whole.




    Students will take a selection test (test grade) on chapters 1-4 of "Night" by Elie Wiesel.


    Essential Question:

    What is empathy?  Why is it important?


    Focus Standard: Reading Literary Text

    RL.8.10- By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems at the high end of the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. 

    RL.8.1- Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. 

    RL.8.2- Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development of the course of the text, including how it emerges and shaped and refined by specific details; provide an accurate summary of the text based upon this analysis. 

    Important Dates:

    Intercession Ends, First Day of Term- October 10th

    October 11th- Picture Make-Up Day

    October 12th- 1st Term Report Cards

    October 31st- November 4th- Mid-Term DCA's Quarter 2

    November 9th- Writing DCA Quarter 2

    November 10th- Progress Reports/ Pre-ACT Testing (7th and 8th grade)

    November 21st- 25th- Thanksgiving Holiday

    December 13th- 15th- 2nd Term Exams (End of Term DCA's)

    December 16th- Last Day of Term

    December 19th- January 6th- Christmas Break and Winter Holiday Intercession

    January 11th- 2nd Term Report Cards