HONORS CHEMISTRY SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Ms Sprunger. EMAIL: ssprunger@millingtonschools.org

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Honors Chemistry is designed to be a college preparatory level Chemistry class introducing the concepts, principles, mathematical computations and laboratory skills needed to understand how matter reacts.  Class topics develop notetaking skills through the use of OneNote® as the electronic notebook.  Experiments utilize traditional wet chemistry skills as well as, computer interfacing skills.  Upon completion of the class, students should be able to describe reactions of matter conceptually, mathematically and graphically.

 

TEXTBOOK: Chemistry

 

GRADING                                       GRADING SCALE            SEMESTER GRADE

Classwork                10%               103-93         A                     Nine weeks 1+2=80%

Homework               10%               92-86            B                     Exam                   =20%

Lab Reports             25%               85-75            C        

Tests                          40%               74-70            D                     YEAR GRADE

Quizzes                      15%               Below 70      F                      Semester 1 + Semester 2

                                                                                                            Average =70+ passed for All honors classes have 3 points added to the      the year.

            End of each quarter and exam grade.

 

A $5 lab fee is collected for this class.

 

HOMEWORK & CLASSWORK:

 

Student are issued a computer to use throughout the year.  Students are required to use ONENOTE®, a Microsoft® electronic notebook to keep homework, classwork and research for projects.  Other Microsoft® programs students will use are WORD®, Power Point® and EXEL®. Learning to use digital notebook is a life-skill students’ will be developing in Chemistry.  Students will also be required to keep a folder for paper charts, graphs or l ab reports which are not digitized. 

 

Students are to do their own work.  Students are to put their name on the assignment page and at the end of the saved filename when emailing documents for turn-in to the teacher.  Students work should not be copied word for word from another student’s paper.  One learns more from making mistakes than copying another’s paper.

 

Homework is given as added practice and to be completed at home.  Homework is graded for correctness.  Classwork assignments that are to be completed in class and emailed for turn-in before class is over.  Classwork is given a participation grade for attempting all questions, problems or graphs.

 

LAB REPORTS:

 

The computers will not be used in the lab.  The lab remains a paper format since water, chemicals and fire are commonly used.  Students computers are kept in the classroom during labs.  Students will write data on lab sheets and write informal and formal lab reports for each experiment. 

 

TURNING IN ASSIGNMENTS:

 

All homework and classwork assignments are to be EMAILED to the teacher for grading using the student’s school email only.  Students will be given a calendar of major assignments for the month.  It is the responsibility of students to turn in assignments on-time.

 

ONENOTE bell work, exit ticket, ACT practice and graphing assignments are to be SHARED in ONENOTE®.  ONENOTE assignments not shared are considered not done, since any work the student completed does not appear in the teacher version if the assignment is not shared.

 

Classwork assignments are to be turned in before the end of the class period.  Classwork turned in after the period is over will have 10% deducted for late. 

 

ACT practice or graphing is to turned in on graph paper constructed within ONENOTE®.  Students do not need to purchase graph paper.

 

Lab reports are to maintained in a lab notebook which is a composition book.  Lab reports can be written in pencil or pen but a student MAY NOT USE RED or highlighters to write a lab report.  All graphs are to be drawn on graph paper.  The teacher provides graph paper and extra graph paper can be found in the classroom.  Lab reports are worth 100 points.

The lab book will be turned in ONE WEEK after the las lab in a series is completed.  Lab books are collected on FRIDAY whether the student has class with me on Friday or not.

 

LATE WORK:  Late work is defined as assignments turned in after the due date.  Late work has 10% deducted.  Late work will not be accepted once the test over the material has been taken. LATE LAB BOOKS are collected for only 2 days after the due date. 

 

TEST & QUIZZES: Tests are worth 100 points and cover material for a topic or chapter.  Quizzes are taken over specific skills students are expected to master.  All tests or quizzes are taken on paper during class.

 

EXTRA HELP and TUTORING:

 

The electronic notebook and power points allow for Video tutorials to be recorded in real-time with the teacher narrating how to do a skill, graph or calculation.  Tutorials have been developed for each chapter to allow students to listen to a lecture again, review material before a test or make-up a lecture set of notes from the tutorial.  Tutorials can be found on the student’s ONENOTE folder for HONORS CHEMSITRY.  If students need one on one tutoring, I have tutoring after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays or Wednesday by appointment.

 

SUPPLIES:

 

2 composition books for lab book and interactive notes folder the lab book

Pen or pencil

Students are expected to bring their computer to school every day fully charged.

Calculator TI 84 +, TI 83+ or TI 30.

 

 BEHAVIOR POLICY

I expect students to act as ladies and gentlemen by demonstrating behavior which respects others property, and safety while interacting cooperatively in class or lab activities. 

 

Class and Lab Rules

1. Always wear goggles and appropriate safety equipment when in lab.

2. Do only authorized experiments or labs, follow directions and safety procedures.

3. Never chew gum, eat or drink in lab.

4. Walk at all times and be courteous of others.

5. Respect school and other students property by not defacing books, equipment or furniture.

6. Ask questions.

7. Do your own work. (Cheating is not allowed.)

8. Be on time and have all supplies.

9. If an accident happens, ALWAYS tell the teacher!!

 

Consequences of Inappropriate Behavior

1. For the first infraction, a student hall conference will be held.  The student is asked to not repeat the infraction.

2. A second occurrence of the infraction results in a change of seat, loss of privileges and a phone call to parents informing them of the situation.

3. A third occurrence of the infraction results in being sent to the office and a disciplinary referral written.

4. Since Chemistry involves the use of expensive equipment and computer interfaces to complete labs, it is important all students act appropriately at all times during these activities or labs.  Having the opportunity to do these experiments is a privilege not a right.  Therefore, any serious infraction that results in the compromise of the safety of others in class or lab will result in the removal of the student from lab or a class activity and sent to the office and a disciplinary referral is written for the first serious offense.  Any student who repeatedly demonstrates behavior that compromises the safety of others in class activities or lab will forfeit the privilege of doing class activities or lab and will receive zeros for all subsequent labs or activities.

 

Conduct Grade Policy

 

A conduct grade of E is awarded to students who follow all rules and do not require a student conference.  A conduct grade of S is awarded to students who require a single student conference and phone call to parents.  A conduct grade of N is awarded to students who require a two to four student conferences and/or phone calls to parents.  A conduct grade of a U is awarded to students who receive disciplinary referrals to the office or are removed from lab for safety violations.