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Dear Parents,

I will be your son or daughter’s "World Cultures" Social Studies teacher for the 2016-2017 school year at Magnolia 6th Grade Campus.  It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with your child in my class this year.  Their educational success is very important to me, as I know it is to you.  This information is meant to introduce myself so you will know a little more about the teacher your child has.  I also hope to establish a comfortable working relationship with you, the parent.

About Mr. Nordt
↣ Born in Houston, raised in nearby Missouri City.
↣ Married.  We have a beautiful 16 year old daughter at Magnolia West.
↣ Bachelor of Arts - Psychology; Stephen F. Austin State University.
↣ Ten years with IBM Corporation, Houston.
↣ Four years with Tenneco Gas Headquarters, Houston.
↣ Texas Teaching Certification acquired in 1996.
↣ Twenty years of teaching experience.
↣ Alief: Miller Intermediate “Teacher of the Year” 2000-01.
↣ Magnolia: J. L. Lyon Elementary “Teacher of the Year” 2010-11.

Classroom Procedures / Expectations:

Students will have 45 minutes in each of my classes.  That’s not a lot of time, so it is important that students arrive punctually and be ready to begin when the bell rings.

1. Students should arrive in my room, get their Social Studies Folder, and have a seat by the bell.

2. There will be a success starter (warm up) on the big screen every day. Students should read the directions and begin this assignment immediately.

3. I expect students to follow directions, try their best, and take this class seriously.


The learning objective and success criteria will be posted on the chalkboard daily.

 Each student will need:
 1) A 3-­pronged pocket folder with about 50 sheets of paper in their folder.
 2) A good supply of pencils. (Please purchase more pencils after Christmas) 
 3) Colored pencils.



   Grades will be taken in the areas of : Classwork, Tests, and Group work.  Grades are weighted accordingly.  (For example, a Summative Test grade will count more than a classwork grade.)  All grades are calculated by their assigned weight for a final class average.   You will receive two progress reports each nine weeks.  Your child is responsible for bringing those home to you.  Please look for those and ask your son or daughter to show them to you.  A final report card will be mailed at the end of the 9 weeks.

Throughout the year you can monitor your child’s grades online for all their classes by:

1.Go to the Magnolia ISD website home page.

2.  Click the  “For Students and Parents” toolbar.

3. Select the “Home Access Center - HAC” and set up your account. (You will need your child's student number. This is usually their lunch number.)



Homework is rarely given.  Students will be given enough time to finish their assignments in class.  However, students who do not finish their work due to being off task or absent will need to take that work home to be completed.


Contact Information

Please feel free to contact me for any questions or concerns and I will do the same for you. This is a partnership.   Emails work best, as I can usually see and respond to them more quickly than by phone.

Conference Time: 8:10 - 8:50

Campus Phone: (281) 252-2033


PLEASE sign up on my "REMIND" phone AP. This will allow you to receive reminders from me to you about upcoming tests, progress reports going home, or other school information that you will need to know.

To sign up:  

On your iPhone or Android phone open your web page browser and type in    (for on-level classes)   (for pre-AP classes)

Follow the instructions to sign up for remind.



     I am looking forward to a great year with both you and your child.



Dean Nordt