Classroom Expectations and Information

Mrs. Ostendorf's Science Classroom Expectations and Information

Welcome to MJH!!!

I know it is going to take you awhile to get used to the junior high schedule, but you are going to love MJH! Get prepared to become more independent and take responsibility for your actions! Sixth grade is incredibly different from fifth grade! You are going to have to hit the ground running!!


The first 5 minutes of class is dedicated to Daily Science. This will be located in the last section of your notebook and will be handed in on Fridays for a grade!

Students will be required to maintain an organized notebook. All written assignments, vocabulary, science learning logs, notes, Daily Science, and graded papers must be kept in their notebooks for the entire year.

**Many of the activities in our curriculum require group work. It is vital each student participates fully in attaining the goals of the group.


Expect homework 2-3 times a week including written work, projects, and/or studying for tests. Homework assignments will be posted in the classroom and on my web page. It is the students responsibility to record this in their agenda. If you do not have an agenda I HIGHLY recommend getting one!!!!!

*** Homework assignments are due at the beginning of the class period. Five points will be taken off of the final homework grade for the 9 weeks for every missed assignment. These points will add up quickly, so make sure you are coming to class prepared.


In the event of an EXCUSED absence, it is the student's responsibility to find out about missed assignments and class work. You can do this by either checking my website or looking at the calendar which is on the "While You Were Out" board. Students will have one day for each day absent to make up the required work. If the absence occurs on the due date of an assignment, the student must be prepared to turn in the assignment upon their return to class. If the absence occurs on the day of a test, the student must meet with the teacher to set up an appointment to make up the test.


1. Arrive to class on time. Tardiness will result in a detention.

2. Be Prepared! Do your homework and bring all materials to class every day.

3. Promptly follow all directions the first time they are given.

4. Follow classroom rules for communicating. Raise your hand and wait to be recognized.

5. Pay attention, focus on the task, and be considerate of those at your table.

6. Respect others.

7. Refrain from eating, drinking, or chewing gum.


1. 3 subject notebook

2. blue or black pens

3. colored pencils

4. 1 package of 3 x 5 note cards

5. Highlighter

6. Scissors

7. glue stick

8. pencils, pencils, pencils!!

Students are responsible for replenishing supplies as necessary.

Parental involvement in your child's education is encouraged. I find it extremely helpful to be able to contact parents via email. My email address is I will do my best to respond promptly to any questions or concerns you may have. Homework assignments and other important information may be found on my web page.

** I am a firm believer EVERY student has the right to learn in my classroom. Therefore, disruptive behavior will not be tolerated! Parent emails and phone calls will be made to address any behavior that distracts others from learning!! On the other hand, those who exhibit "Eagles Who Soar" behavior will receive parent emails, phone calls, and post cards!!

I look forward to a rewarding year with your sixth grader! Let's make it GREAT!

**Return this portion to Mrs. Ostendorf**

Student's Name:

Guardian(s) Name(s):

Guardian(s) Email:

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Is there anything I need to know about your child that will help improve their education this year?

I have read and discussed the above information with my child. (Don't forget to also sign information in your child's notebook regarding notebook and safety contracts.)

Guardian(s) Signature:_______________________________________________________