• Welcome to Chandler High School Chemistry

    Core Chemistry Syllabus for Fall Semester 2020  


    Instructor: Mrs. Thomas                 E-mail: thomas.linda@cusd80.com                Phone: (480) 812-7861                    Room: 607


    Textbook: Pearson: Chemistry


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    • This syllabus covers topics normally discussed when in-person classes are in session. This gives you an outline of what is expected now and what is expected when we return. 



    Course Description


    This is a lab-oriented course. This course employs the inquiry and modeling methods of teaching (Modeling refers to the process of generating a model as a conceptual representation of some phenomenon). It emphasizes developing the ability to design solutions to problems. Students will learn to analyze and communicate data collected from investigations. Students will formulate claims based on the data and observations. Students will use evidence and reasoning to justify their assertions. Our focus includes physical, chemical, atomic and nuclear properties of matter, studying ways energy is conserved, stored and transferred and investigating relationships between reactants and products in chemical reactions.



    Class attendance is essential in order to keep pace with the course. Although this is a virtual classroom, it benefits you to attend the in-person lessons. Participating live, in real time, gives you the opportunity to ask for clarification and have all your questions answered. Students who fail to participate in “synchronous/ live”activities will have up to the next class meeting to complete an alternative activity in order to count for being present during that day's lesson. You will be marked absent unless we receive the alternate assignment by the following class. 

    Grading Policy                                                                                                                       


    Grades are based upon several student performance areas including daily classwork, homework, laboratory exercises, tests and quizzes. A comprehensive written assessment (final exam) is given at the end of each semester. All students are required to take the final exam. Students have the responsibility to make-up all assignments missed due to an absence. Failure to submit assignments or make-up missed tests and labs, will result in zero credit. 

    Weighted Grading Scale


    Homework/ Daily Classwork 33%

    Laboratory Exercises & Activities 33%

    Tests and Quizzes 34%

    Semester Final Exam 20% (of semester grade)


    R3 (Relearn; Reassess; Regrade) Policy:


    Chandler High School is a rigorous learning environment and the expectation for all students is that they will learn at high levels. Relearn, Reassess, Regrade (R3) is an opportunity for students to achieve high levels if they are willing to put in the required effort and focus to improve. Under this policy, students are allowed to improve their grades on assessments if they put forth the effort necessary to relearn the material. Any student wishing to improve their grade on an assessment must follow these steps: 


    1. All classwork and homework must be completed with quality and submitted to the teacher. 

    2. Students will complete assessment corrections that include the justification for selection of new answer choices. 

    3. Upon completion of steps, one and two, to teacher satisfaction, up to 50% of missed credit from the original assessment will be returned. 

    Supplies required for class; bring EVERYDAY 



    • Binder/folder dedicated to chemistry

    • Pencils

    • Calculator


    Student’s Expectations of the Instructor


    1. Respect you as a person

    2. Provide a safe learning environment without distractions

    3. Give clear instructions


    Teacher’s Expectations of the Students


    1. Treat yourself and others with respect.

    2. Be in your seat and ready for class when the bell rings.

    3. Wait to be dismissed by the instructor.

    4. Use equipment respectfully to minimize damage. 

    5. Follow all lab and safety procedures.



    • H2O is the only substance allowed in the classroom. Food and other liquids must be finished outside the classroom before the bell.


    Ambassador Program


    In this class, we are all neighbors. If during an assignment or lab activity, we find a student in need of academic help and can help by giving an explanation, it is our obligation to help. Collaboration benefits the entire class!


    Chandler High and Diversity


    All individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice and bigotry. As members of the Chandler High School educational community, students are expected to refrain from participating in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student’s race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability or sexual orientation.


    Online Interaction and Gaggle


    Students; remember that Gaggle identifies inappropriate words and images in Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs and more. Trained professionals then apply consistent, school- or district-approved policies for positive intervention, alerting Chandler High School administrators of the issue.

    •  Access to remote learning must be used in a responsible, safe, efficient, ethical, and legal manner.

    • The background needs to be appropriate.

    • If you are not following the dress code you will be removed from the group.


    Guidelines for our Synchronous Google Meetings


    Remember that you are on camera and live. Your educator and fellow students can see what you are wearing and your facial expression. Find a quiet place in your house. Dress appropriately, following school dress codes.CHS Dress Code:



    Entering the room. Your video camera should be on and your microphone should be muted. Your mic should remain muted unless you are called on to talk.


    You are not anonymous. Your voice and video are viewed by everyone participating in the conference. You should be sitting up, paying attention. Other people in your house can hear what you and others in the video conference are saying.

    Follow the same classroom rules that you would follow in real life. Listen to the teacher. Take turns to speak. Be kind and considerate.

    Think before you speak. Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are clear and appropriate to the conversation. Don’t say anything you wouldn't say in your actual classroom.

    Be a good listener. Take the time to listen to what people are saying. Don’t interrupt others.

    Think before you type. If your educator enables the Chat feature you may be able to participate by typing into a chat box. Choose your words carefully. Use appropriate spelling and grammar. Stay on topic. Don’t use sarcasm or humor that could be misunderstood. Don’t type in all caps.

    Take it slow. Remote learning is probably a new experience for you. Resist the impulse to be silly or to say or type the first thing that comes into your mind. 


    It is my pleasure to welcome you to my chemistry class! To be successful in chemistry, you must stay current with all assignments and monitor your understanding (STAY FOCUSED at all times). Please seek my help as soon as you have questions or do not understand the content.