Course Contract

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

            Welcome to a new and exciting school year! My name is Rebecca Kane, and I am your child’s eighth grade ELA teacher. This is my fourth year at Brackman Middle School, and I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful community.  I look forward to working with you throughout the year, and I am excited to meet my students and get to know each one.  The next 10 months will be filled with fun and exciting learning experiences designed to strengthen each student’s reading and writing skills.  

During the first week of school, I will discuss the rules and expectations for my class. You can find them outlined on the back of this page.  I do have high expectations for all of my students, and I believe that each and every child is capable of making a positive contribution to our classroom.  We have now become a team that is working towards success, and I am excited to see what we can accomplish this year!

All marking periods will include open-ended writing, fiction and nonfiction readings, and novel analysis. To begin our educational adventure, we will be focusing on short stories and narrative writing during the 1
st marking period. Our class will also focus on explanatory, argumentative, and reflective writing throughout the year.

Thank you for this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I will, of course, go over all of this information (and more) at Back to School Night.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns, as I believe communication is key to “our” child’s success! My email address is; you can also access my page on the school’s website for more information. Please read over the information on the back of this page and sign the bottom. Return this signed form by Wednesday, September 12th for a homework grade. I am truly excited to embark on this journey with all of my students and together we will achieve success! Welcome back!


Rebecca Kane

Grade 8 ELA




  • A separate ILA binder with loose-leaf paper
  • You must bring a writing utensil every day
  • Post-it notes and highlighters
  • Your books will be provided, and you must have the reading material with you every day. Failure to do so may lower your grade.

Classroom Rules:

  • Respect for all students, teachers, materials, and supplies at all times. Failure to follow this rule will be handled on an individual basis. Tardiness and inappropriate talking are included, as these disruptions take away from our learning.
  • Be prompt, be prepared, be productive, be polite, and be passionate!!!
  • The use of cell phones is not allowed.  If seen or heard, school policy will be followed.
  • Any suspicion of cheating will result in the student forfeiting their grade and earning a zero for the assignment, quiz, or test.

Classroom Procedures:

  • DO NOWEach day, a Do Now assignment will be on the board. This task is to be completed in the within the first 5 minutes of class; therefore, it is imperative that you arrive on time and get started right away. The Do Now assignments will vary in form but will provide a focus for the beginning of class.
  • LEAVING THE ROOMOur class time is valuable; therefore, bathroom visits and other reasons to leave the room will be kept to a minimum. If a student must leave the class, they must ask me, sign out and take a pass. 
  • DUE DATES- Please remember that students are given ample time to complete any projects and study for major tests. If a problem arises, I should be notified well in advance of the due date so I can help. DO NOT wait until the last minute! Time management is a part of developing a sense of responsibility in young adults.
  • ABSENCESThere is a folder in my class that will contain all of the student’s missed work. For every day absent, the student has that many days to make up the work.  It is the responsibility of the student to meet with the teacher and make up all missed work.



Student’s Signature



Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature