• Honors Syllabus 2019-2020

    Honors Chemistry Syllabus
    Name: Kayla Canfield

    Room: D203

    Email: Canfield.Kayla@cusd80.com

    Phone #480-883-5140


    Web Address:


     Course Description:

    Chemistry is a lab-based, inquiry-driven introduction to chemistry. Course goals are that students will:

    • Become familiar with the major themes in chemistry.
    • Learn to use scientific methodology in problem solving and report writing.
    • Enhance critical thinking skills.
    • Design, conduct and present a science fair research project for HISEF

    Students will conduct a variety of relevant and “hands-on” chemistry investigations.  These investigations emphasize experimental design, data analysis and application of concepts learned.  Technology is used extensively throughout the class as a tool for collecting, analyzing and presenting data.


    • Composition notebook - You must bring your notebook to class with you every day, starting on Monday July 29th, 2019.
    • Duct Tape – find a partner or two and share a roll!
    • Invisible tape – we will tape a lot of papers into your notebooks
    • Scientific calculator – You must bring every day!

     Class Rules:

    • Respect – we will respect each other’s feelings, thoughts, property, time, and person.
    • Integrity – we will conduct ourselves in an honest manner.
    • Collaboration – we will work together to achieve our goals.

    Classroom Consequences:

    Generally, I will follow the following hierarchy of consequences for violations of classroom or school rules:

    1. Verbal warning
    2. Conference with the Student/ Parental Contact
    3. Referral to an administrator.

    There are some rules or situations that may require me to skip some of these steps, and I reserve the right to do so. 

    Phone Policy: Cell phones and other electronic devices should be put away during class and will be taken on the first offense if used during class.  Any student using a cell phone during a test or quiz will be given a zero on that test or quiz. 

    Food/ Drink: There is no gum, food, drink allowed in the classroom, except for water bottles.

    Safety and Behavior: Safety is a major consideration in any science laboratory. All students will be required to sign a safety contract before participating in the laboratory. Students who do not observe and practice classroom safety procedures and school rules will not be permitted to participate in lab and will receive a grade of “0” on the lab. It is everyone’s responsibility to maintain a safe environment. Absolutely no leniency will be given. Specific directions are given as a means of keeping everyone safe.

     Academic Honesty:

    • Cheating: Students are expected to demonstrate honesty and integrity while in attendance at Hamilton High School.  We expect each student to do his or her own work.  This includes taking tests, completing homework and other class assignments.  If submitted work is not a true reflection of student’s own effort and ability, then the student has manifested unacceptable academic behavior, and the assignment will receive a zero.  The following actions will be considered cheating:
      1. Claiming credit for work not the product of student’s individual effort.
      2. Providing access to materials/information so that others may wrongly claim credit. (Both parties will receive zero credit)
      3. Knowing about and tolerating observed dishonest behavior.
      4. Since this is a laboratory course, we encourage students to work in cooperative groups.  However, all lab reports and work submitted must be INDIVIDUAL and UNIQUE. Copying from your lab partner is cheating.

    ** Please refer to the student handbook for the HHS cheating and plagiarism policies and consequences.

    Absences & Homework:

    1. After 9 absences you may be dropped from the class
    2. If the student was present when an assignment was given, but absent (excused) the day the assignment is turned in, the assignment will be due the day the student returns to school.
    1. If the student has an excused absence on the day an assignment is given, it is the students’ responsibility to retrieve the assignment.
    2. The student will have one day for each day that they are absent to make up the work.
    3. If a student is absent during a lab, they may make an appointment for after school to complete the lab; however, I reserve the right to give an alternative assignment.
    4. Late work will not be accepted.

     Parents/Guardian Feedback:

    I strongly urge parents to contact me if there are any questions or concerns about this class or your student’s academic performance.  Email (Canfield.Kayla@cusd80.com) is the preferred method of communication, and I do my best to return emails within 24 hours.

    Interactive Notebooks:

    This will be the first year that I am implementing interactive notebooks. These notebooks will have all worksheets and assignments taped or glued into them. This will help to keep students organized and accommodate multiple learning styles. Please urge your student to stay organized. After each unit, there will be a notebook check. They will always have time in class to organize their notebooks, so notebook checks should not be difficult!

     Grading Policies:

    Grades for the course will be computed based on a weighted average of your scores in the following categories:

                60 %   Assessments (Tests & Quizzes)  

                25 %   Lab Reports & Associated Quizzes        

                15%    Assignments (Homework, Classwork & Participation)

    Your letter grade breaks down to the following:

    A (90–100%)    B (80–89%)    C (70 – 79 %)    D (60–69%)    F (0–59%)

    I will not be rounding your grades on progress reports; a 90.0 % is an “A”, and an 89.9 % is a “B”.  However, semester grades may be rounded on the basis of effort, attitude, and passing the final exam. Semester grades are cumulative and the final exam is worth 20% of your final grade.

     Checking Grades:

    Parents can access student grades through Infinite Campus, https://www.cusd80.com/Domain/5058

    1. Go to: http://www.tinyurl.com/cusdportal
    2. You will enter in your email address that you have provided to the school during registration and then you will click submit.
    3. You will receive an email from “Campus No Reply” – campus@smtp2.cusd80.com that gives

    you instructions on clicking a link that is provided in the email. You will      need to click that link.

    1. After clicking the link provided in the previous step, you will need to enter in a strong password. After entering in a strong password, you will then click Create My Account. Your username will be your email address and the password will be the strong password you entered.
    2. You can then login to the portal and access your child’s grades and attendance.
    3. PLEASE stay on top of your student’s grades. I will do my best to notify you if they are struggling.

     Hamilton’s Diversity Statement:

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





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