• Late Work or Missing Work:

     Students must complete assignments and submit them to the teacher in order to demonstrate that they are working toward proficiency.  Daily practice is expected to be turned in on time.  Late assignments may be deducted as part of the career readiness component (behavioral part) of the class.  If extenuating circumstances exist, it is the student’s responsibility to contact me and make other arrangements.  A student who has missed a deadline or assignment due to an excused absence will be given an appropriate extension.  For example, if a student is out for one week due to an illness or family emergency, the student has one week to make up missing assignments.  Remember that assignments and due dates will be posted in the classroom. Late work must be complete to be accepted. Late work will be accepted for two weeks from the due date.  Practice work that is not completed will be marked with a score of UAF (50%) in the gradebook.

Rules and consequences

  • General Class Rules

    1. Be prepared, cooperative, and courteous.
    2. Turn in completed assignments on time.
    3. Respect the rights of self, others, and property.
    4. Follow directions the first time given.
    5. Choose appropriately.


    Since my primary goal as your teacher is to create the best possible learning environment, procedures and expectations are important. These are the consequences for students who choose not to follow my expectations:

    1. verbal warning/conference with teacher
    2. remove student from the classroom
    3. referral to office/administrative involvement
    • Each student will need the following for class:
    • 1 200 page composition book that will remain in class
    • college ruled notebook paper
    • 2x3 sticky notes
    • Pencils
    • blue or black ink pens
    • colored pencils, crayons, and markers (these do not have to be brought to class on a daily basis)

Phone: 541.474.5740 ext 40135


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Paula Bontrager

Students may access the reading text from the North web page by clicking on the students tab, then scrolling down to the Clever Application. 
Class activation code for Scholastic book orders is H86FG.




  • Welcome to Ms. Bontrager's Classroom!

    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 twenty 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. 40135. I will respond as soon as possible.

    I am looking forward to an exciting year!

    We have an obligation to read aloud to our children. To read them things that they enjoy. To read to them stories we are already tired of. To do the voices, to make it interesting, and not to stop reading to them just because they learn to read to themselves.  --Neil Gaiman

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