English Language Arts Department

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (“the standards”) represent the next generation of K–12 standards designed to prepare all students for success in college, career, and life by the time they graduate from high school.

The Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life.

The standards establish guidelines for English language arts (ELA) as well as for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Because students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, the standards promote the literacy skills and concepts required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines.

The College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards form the backbone of the ELA/literacy standards by articulating core knowledge and skills, while grade-specific standards provide additional specificity. Beginning in grade 6, the literacy standards allow teachers of ELA, history/social studies, science, and technical subjects to use their content area expertise to help students meet the particular challenges of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language in their respective fields.

It is important to note that the grade 6–12 literacy standards in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects are meant to supplement content standards in those areas, not replace them. States determine how to incorporate these standards into their existing standards for those subjects or adopt them as content area literacy standards.

The skills and knowledge captured in the ELA/literacy standards are designed to prepare students for life outside the classroom. They include critical-thinking skills and the ability to closely and attentively read texts in a way that will help them understand and enjoy complex works of literature. Students will learn to use cogent reasoning and evidence collection skills that are essential for success in college, career, and life. The standards also lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person who is prepared for success in the 21st century.

Teachers

Wendy Bjork

Wendy Bjork

6th Grad ELA/SS Yearbook

I am available to assist your student every day at lunch!

• Multiple Subject Credential & English
• 8 yrs. Rio District
• 17 yrs. Oxnard High District
• 2 yrs. Lancaster - 6th grade
• 1 yr. Southern Kern Unified, 1st grade

Adam Erickson

Adam Erickson

7th & 8th Grade ELA/SS/Sci

I have been teaching since the Fall of 2010. I came to Rio Vista Middle School in the Fall of 2012, and have enjoyed every minute of it! I love to incorporate technology and skill practice into my classes!

• B.A. - History & English, CLU
• M.Ed. - Teacher & Curriculum Leadership, CLU
• M.A. - History, CSUN

Kim Fairchild

Kim Fairchild

6th Grade ELA/SS/ELD

Born and raised in Oxnard & Ventura. I love reading, the outdoors, and spending time with family.

• B.A in Political Science, CSUN
• Multiple Subjects Credential, CLU
• M.A. Education, CLU
• 14 years - Rio District

Mary Fleming

Mary Fleming

6th Grade ELA/SS

I look forward to coming to work everyday, connecting with students and helping them grow to their greatest potential.

• 3rd year at Rio Vista
• B.A. Liberal Studies: UCSB
• Multiple Subject Credential: Western Governors University

Maria Gutierrez

Maria Gutierrez

7th Grade ELA/ELD

I have a love for reading and a passion for writing! I enjoy helping students become strong writers as they discover their voice and place in learning.

• B.A., Liberal Studies, CSUN
• Multiple Subject (K-12)
• CLAD and BCLAD
• South Coast Writing Fellow, UCSB, June 1997.
• Teaching for 27 years.

Lisa Herrera

Lisa Herrera

8th Grade ELA

• Employed at Rio School District for 20 years
• 12 years at Rio Del Valle JHS
• 8 years at Rio Vista MS
• B.A. English from UCSB
• Single-Subject English Credential from CSUN
• Proud graduate of the Rio School District-attended Rio Plaza, Rio Real, and Rio Del Valle

Rizza Husband

Rizza Husband

7/8th Grade ELA
Beth Lindley

Beth Lindley

6th Grade ELA/SS

Tessa Lopez

Tessa Lopez

6th/7th ELA and Math

• 2nd year at Rio Vista
• BA, Music, Minor in Spanish - UCSB
• Studied abroad in Mexico & Spain
• Taught private guitar lessons
• Teaching credential - Antioch University, SB

I enjoy art, music, golf, hiking, comedy, traveling, and cat shelter volunteer.

Melanie Martin

Melanie Martin

7th & 8th Grade ELA

• 4 Yrs at Rio Vista
• 2 Yrs - OC Private School
• 6 Yrs - CLU & community colleges
• BA English, CSULB
• MFA, Southern Illinois U

My free time is filled with reading, writing, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and Spin classes.

Heriberto Rojas

Heriberto Rojas

6th Grade ELA/SS/ELD

• 11 Yrs in Rio District
• 6 Yrs at Rio Vista

• B.A. History & Sociology, UCSB
• Teaching Credential, CSUCI
• M.A. with School Counseling Credential, APU

My goal as an educator is not only to teach students, but more importantly, to instill in them the desire to become lifelong learners!

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