Welcome to Ms. Bontrager's Classroom!

The complete sentence is the battering ram that knocks down the door to college.  --Doug Lemov


Modified deadlines for the year were sent home with students on the syllabus update before second semester. They are as follows:


Deadline for Retakes & Rewrites

Reporting Period for Grades

October 3, 2013

Oct. 10, 2013   6-week progress report

November 20, 2013

Nov.  27, 2013   12-week progress report

January 24, 2014

January 31, 2014 semester report card

February 28, 2014

March 7, 2014   6-week progress report

April 18, 2014

April 25, 2014 12-week progress report

May 30, 2014

June 13, 2014  semester report card


Sometimes assessments fall at the end of a grade reporting period. In those cases, dates will be posted on my board in the class, on my webpage, and on the weekly lesson plans.

The cutoff date for late work from the second six weeks of the semester will be April 18. This is the deadline for progress reports. Any work from the second six weeks will no longer be accepted after that date. 

The deadline for rewriting the expository essay assessment is Tuesday, April 15. The rewriting must be completed by the end of that day. Please plan accordingly.

The deadline to retake the King Arthur vocabulary assessment is April 18.

A progress report was sent home with every student on March 31, 2014. 

Thanks for being a part of my class! I am very excited about the new school year. It will be challenging for both the students and the teacher. I am a firm believer in setting high expectations and goals. Most often, students will try to live up to these expectations. I believe students at North Middle School can make appropriate choices. Students are given guidance to help them make these choices. I expect students to behave appropriately. Students will be held accountable to these expectations.

Throughout the school year, our primary focus will be on reading and writing. We will be using the writing process to write various types of compositions including poetry, paragraphs, and essays. We will also focus on literary studies and vocabulary development. However, as I believe that reading is the foundation to all learning, we will be completing a weekly reading log. Students must read at least four times weekly for thirty minutes at each sitting. The log must be signed by a parent and turned in on Fridays.


In my classroom, I have an extensive personal library. Students are welcome to check out my books. However, please know that if the book is lost or damaged they will then be held responsible for the cost to replace the book. My library also contains some books that deal with more mature themes. These books are labeled "Parent permission required". If at any time your student asks to check out one of these books, they may do so only when they have brought a note signed by a parent giving permission for them to check out the book. The use of my personal library is a privilege that may be revoked at my discretion.

If at any time you have any questions, you may email me at pbontrager@grantspass.k12.or.us or you may call North Middle School at 541.474.5740 ext. 135. I will respond as soon as possible.

I am looking forward to an exciting year!

Plans for the week will always be posted as a link on Monday on the class calendar.

 Class activation code for Bookorders: H86FG