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Syllabus/Parent Letter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Hello! I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to a new and exciting school year in Language Arts here at Bordentown Regional Middle School. We will be working hard this year to develop your child’s knowledge and skills in many areas of Literacy.

As with any class, there are rules, norms, and expectations. Our discipline code is written in our academic planner for your convenience. I am a firm believer in positive reinforcement. I always reward effort, hard work, and compliance with the rules.   However, there unfortunately are times when rules are broken. Again, consequences for infractions of the code are listed in the academic planner.


That being said, I do not foresee any problems with my students this year, and I am looking forward to a successful and positive year. I subscribe to the idea that it “takes a village to raise a child.”   Your help is needed and appreciated, and with it we can ensure an academically and socially successful year for your child. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time or for any reason. Thank you.


Thank you!!



Carla M. Whitaker














1. 4-pocket folder- with sections for HW to do, graded HW, classwork to do, graded classwork, and graded tests. This is PROVIDED BY ME.

1. Textbook- provided by teacher. Kept in school.


1. Homework is to be completed ON TIME.

Classwork/Homework: 50 %

-Any and all assignments given as homework or classwork, sometimes a bit of both.


2. Journal/Notebook- for daily journal entries and notes. Also TEACHER PROVIDED.

2. Workbook (if/as needed) provided by teacher.

2. If a student is absent, upon their return to school, they have the equivalent of the amount of days they were absent to make up the work. (i.e.- 2 day absences receive 2 days to turn the work in.)

Novel work & Writing Assignments: 30%

-    15% Class participation & group activities.

-    15% Writing assignments (essays, journal work, novel homework, etc.)

3. Loose leaf paper- for in-class writing assignments. (I do have some in my classroom, but it goes fast! Please have some available at all times.)


3. Novel – to be read in class. Changes periodically. Provided by teacher.

3. Homework, when given, will be on Mon-Thurs. most of the time, and on occasional Fridays. Please check this site periodically for more information.

Tests: 20%

- End of novel tests including Summer Reading Assignment.

4. Writing utensils, SSR book, and agenda book. ***