Instructor: Ms Sprunger  

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Course Objective: Chemistry is designed to be an introduction to the general principles, concepts and mathematical computation necessary to describe how matter reacts. The lecture component is coupled with a laboratory program designed to develop skills graphing, measuring and developing models to represent motion of objects or energy that respond in the same manner.   Experiments utilize traditional and computerized measurement techniques. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to describe matter and the interactions of matter using basic algebra I, as well as, conduct experiments to prove fundamental principles and properties of Chemistry.  This class has a EOC exam over the material for the year.


Textbook:    Chemistry  


Grading:                              Grading Scale                     Semester 1 Grade

Classwork          10%          100-93         A                     Nine weeks 1 + 2 = 80%

Homework         10%         92-86            B                     Exam                      = 20%

Lab Reports       25%         85-75            C

Tests                    40%         74-70            D                     Semester 2 Grade

Quizzes                15%         Below 70      F                      Nine Weeks 3 +4 = 80%

                                                                                                Exam                      = 20%


A $5 lab fee is required for this class.                                                                                             

Tests and Quizzes:

            Chapter tests are taken over chapter or unit material and are worth 100 points each.  Quizzes are given over a specific topic covered to determine mastery.  All tests and quizzes are announced in advanced on my school calendar found on the web page.


Homework and Class work:

            Students are to keep notes, class activities in a composition notebook.  This notebook is collected at the end of each quarter and is worth 100-point test grade. Class work is designed to develop note-taking skills, check for mastery of material or activities completed in lab.  Participation grades are gained from completing the class work.  Homework is given as added practice to be done outside of class time.  Homework and class work are graded by giving a check for completion.  This allows students to try difficult material and correct missed answers without being penalized.  One learns more from correcting mistakes than copying a perfect paper! These assignments are to be legibly written in pen or pencil, but not written in red, yellow or orange pen or highlighter.



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 so content is visible by Ms Sprunger 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:

            Lab reports are to be maintained in a lab notebook.  A lab report is used to explain the experiment, microscope or dissection activity completed.  These are written using standard English using correct grammar.  All graphs are to be on graph paper supplied by the teacher.  A lab report or series of reports is due ONE WEEK after completion of the lab.  Labs are worth 100 points.


Late Work

            Late work will have 10% deducted from the grade for every day the assignment is past the due date.  No late work for a chapter will be accepted once the test on the chapter or material has been taken.


Excused Make Up Work:

            It is the responsibility of the student to turn in make up class work, homework or come in to take tests.  Students have 1 days for every day absent to turn in make up the work or missed assignments.  Any assignments not completed will turn into zeros after the chapter test hs been taken.  I will make available to students any lecture notes given as a handout copied for them.    Make up, tutoring or extra help work can be completed after school on Tuesday or Thursday.



Colored pens or pencils.

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

Pencil and blue or black ink

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 student’s 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.