WHY SHOULD TALKING AND OTHER NON-ACADEMIC BEHAVIORS BE LIMITED IN THE CLASSROOM?... A COMMON SENSE LETTER TO STUDENTS.
Here is a an opening day letter that have I developed for high school students. It could probably be used for middle school students as well. The letter DOES NOT go over a list of classroom rules, but is a rather common sense approach to why students should behave in a classroom setting.
You may edit this letter in any manner which you see fit.