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7th Grade Class Covenant — Revamped

May 12, 2020 | Brent Harris

Take a look at that work of art. The writing behind the art was developed by the entire 7th grade class. The art that represents it was created by a number of students who took it upon themselves to turn our ideas into something beautiful. Even though our school has taken on a different landscape, we are still holding this covenant up! 

Here’s what the Class Covenant states:

We Well Respect:


  • Appreciating yourself.
  • Loving yourself.
  • Being humble.
  • Not comparing yourself to others.
  • Having  dignity.
  • Being patient.


  • Being kind and building each other up.
  • No peer pressure.
  • Making it comfortable.
  • Not being judgy.
  • Loving each other.
  • Being good examples.

Our Space!!

  • Being neat.
  • Being organized.
  • Not being lazy.
  • Recycle.
  • Having a reusable water bottle.
  • Respecting others’ things.


Obviously this has taken on a much different role in the last couple months during distance learning. It’s easier to do some of these things and harder to do some others. Here are a two highlights that the students are thinking about:

  1. Loving yourself.
    • Middle school is historically a difficult time for a lot of reasons, but one trademark is that it’s a time where humans struggle to be comfortable in their own skin. Seeing a constant reflection of our face during live classes may take a bit of getting used to, but it’s nearly impossible to do without also loving and appreciating ourselves. Being comfortable with how we look translates heavily into how attentive we are during class. We are continuing to strive towards loving ourselves no matter what. 
  2. Respecting our Space.
    • Since we are in new environments now, respecting our space has changed quite a bit. Many of us sleep and attend school in the same room. Taking care of our space is more important now than even to ensure that we can all work diligently in our places of work. I have been cleaning the apartment much more rigorously and regularly than I would have otherwise, and Lauren is happy about it.

The students have been incredibly gracious and loving so far. I am thankful that despite our distance, the students still recognize the importance of caring for themselves, each other, and their space. 

Brent Harris

Teacher, Grade 7; Language Arts, Seventh and Eighth Grades

Brent Harris has been teaching Middle School students since 2015. He loves teaching students how to understand the world through literature and writing. He teaches English Language Arts, but he likes to teach other things too! Both of Mr. Harris' parents are educators, and despite trying his hardest to avoid following in his parents’ footsteps, he graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English Education and a Minor in Physical Education; as a result, Brent is a great argument piece for any “Nature versus Nurture” debate.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Harris enjoys playing guitar and drums, listening to music, spending time outside, playing sports, and hanging out with his kind and loving wife, Lauren. A native of Ontario, Canada, Mr. Harris stays true to all the Canadian stereotypes by being extremely kind and perpetually sorry. He has been a director and counselor at multiple children’s camps in Canada and Michigan, and he appreciates the idea of teaching students and campers in a place where there is freedom to entertain new ideas and try out new things. Mr. Harris has enjoyed coaching volleyball, soccer, and baseball, and while he loves nature, he is being slowly converted into a city boy.

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