• Classroom Policies and Expectations

    2019 - 2020

    I. Course Description:

    This course is a standards-based study of fundamental chemistry concepts, such as: structure and properties of matter, nuclear processes, chemical reactions, and energy. Concepts and skills are reinforced by hands-on laboratories.

    II. Protocol: Class Rules and Teacher Expectations

             RESPECT is the rule, yet it includes many parts, but the main thing to remember is that you will be treated as an adult, therefore:
    • Absolutely NO GUM, FOOD or DRINKS in class or lab – only water in bottles. The laboratory has it own set of very serious rules which we will cover.
    • NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES - Please do not ask to use cell phones as calculators. Do not let the teacher see headphones. I will take them from you.
    • Hats, hoods, sunglasses, headphones, etc. are never worn in class.
    • The teacher dismisses the class - not the bell
    • Be in your seat when the bell rings – start the warm-up
    • Do not expect to use the bathroom immediately when you ask. I will tell you when I am ready to release you.
    • Follow T.R.A.C.K. policies and matrices as set forth by the PBIS committee
      • Especially the Tardy Policy
        • 3rd tardy consequence = 30 minute detention (not during lunch)
        • 4th tardy consequence = 60 minute detention with possible essay
        • 5th tardy consequence = Referral
        • Policy resets at the end of the semester

    III. Required Materials

    Bring all materials to class everyday. These include:

      • Composition notebook (x2)
      • Lab Safety Contract remains with you
      • Lined Paper
      • Scientific, non-graphing calculator – example TI-30X
      • Writing utensils including:  a pen, a pencil, and a red pen for correcting
      • Highlighter (optional but beneficial)
      • Current homework packet/syllabus

    IV. Academic Policies

    A) Grading:

    The grading system is weighted, which means certain categories of work weigh more heavily towards your grade. 

    ·         Tests and Quizzes                                     = 35%            

    ·         Laboratory                                               = 30%

    ·         Homework/Class work                               = 10%

    ·         Final                                                        = 25%

    The grading scale is as follows:

    ·         90 – 100 %            = A

    ·         80 – 89 %              = B

    ·         70 – 79 %              = C

    ·         60 – 69 %              = D

    ·         59% and lower      = F

    B) Homework Policy:

    Late work will not be accepted unless you use a late pass or have an excused absence. For excused absences, you have two days to turn it in, upon your return. It is your responsibility to see me about missing assignments after you return from an absence.

    i) Excused Absences

    ·         Late work must be turned in no more than two days following your return. To make up class work, labs, quizzes, and tests, you must make arrangements with the teacher to do it before or after school. (Warm-ups cannot be made up.)

    ·         There will be no excuse for not knowing what was assigned for the day missed, due to the fact the assignments will always be on the syllabus and on the board weekly.

    ·         Must have appropriately documented re-admit.

    ·         You have one week from the day you return to make up a missed test. See the teacher to make an appointment.

    ii) Unexcused / Unverified Absences

                                                                  i.      No work will be accepted when an absence is not excused – no exceptions. So, get your absences cleared the very next day! MUST HAVE RE-ADMIT!