Syllabus and Information Sheet
Hamilton High School
This course is an innovative, activity-driven chemistry program aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and designed to engage students in problem solving and critical thinking. The curriculum strongly emphasizes the development of the conceptual framework for modern chemistry. Students are expected to evaluate their own laboratory experiments. The curriculum allows learners to conduct investigations that are meaningful to them and that highlight experimental design, analysis, and application of concepts. Over the course of the year we will be building scientific investigation skills and using these skills as we explore our view of matter, how it behaves and the role of energy in chemical systems.
- A Bound Composition Book
- A one-inch 3-ring binder that will hold all class forms, homework and paper for notes.
- Writing Utensils: Pen, pencil, lead, eraser, highlighters
- Scientific Calculator: You will need to bring a scientific calculator to class every day. **Note: You do NOT need an expensive calculator for this class-- just a calculator that can do scientific notation will do! Sometimes they are even available at the dollar store.
Absences / Homework:
- after 9 absences you may be dropped from the class
- 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.
- If the student has an excused absence on the day an assignment is given, it is the students’ responsibility to retrieve the assignment.
- The student will have one day for each day that they are absent to make up the work.
- 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.
- Student must be in seat when bell rings.
- Late work on assignments and labs will be graded as follows:
- Day 1 -10%
- Day 2 -20%
- Day3 -30%
- Day4 -40%
- Day5 -50%
- Day 6 assignment will not be accepted for credit
- You will have a 24 hour window to complete assessments.
- 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:
- Claiming credit for work not the product of student’s individual effort.
- Providing access to materials/information so that others may wrongly claim credit. (Both parties will receive zero credit)
- Knowing about and tolerating observed dishonest behavior.
- 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.
8) Website: Students will be required to monitor their own progress by regularly checking the Infinite Campus grade book.
You will be able to access your grade through Infinite Campushttps://www.cusd80.com/Domain/5058. Please keep in mind it takes a few days for grades to be updated once new assignments have been entered. It is your responsibility to keep abreast of your grade at all times. Grades for the course will be computed based on a weighted average of your scores in the following categories:
Assessments (Tests, Quizzes) 60%
Assignments (Homework/Classwork/Participation) 20%
*Note* Usually tests will count double one quiz grade. I reserve the right to make changes as necessary. Grades will be weighted in Infinite Campus, but will all be represented by a percentage score. So, a test grade of 80% will be a larger portion of the grade than an assignments grade of 80% even though they will look the same in Infinite Campus at first glance.
I will enter Formative Assessments in the gradebook that are not counted for points. It is for teacher, student, and parents to monitor progress and adjust accordingly. They will be recorded in the gradebook with 0 weight.
Semester grades will be calculated on an “80/20” formula. This means that the grade is continuous throughout each semester and will count for 80%. The other 20% will come from the Semester Final. The following scale is used to determine letter grade:
90 -100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 60% = F
Semester grades are cumulative and the final exam is 20% of the final grade.
Parents can access student grades through Infinite Campus, https://www.cusd80.com/Domain/5058
Go to: http://www.tinyurl.com/cusdportal
You will enter in your email address that you have provided to the school during registration and then you will click submit.
If successful, you will receive an email to complete the process.
If not successful or an error, you will receive one of the following error messages:
- Email is not valid – This means that the email you entered is not a valid email address and you need to try again.
- Email is not associated with a person in our system – This means that the email you entered is not attached to any person in Infinite Campus and that you will need to contact the child’s school to have a clerk enter in the email address for you before moving forward or use the email you provided to the school.
- Email is associated to multiple people in our system – This means that the email you entered is attached to multiple people in Infinite Campus. You will need to contact the child’s school and a clerk will need to locate the email address that is attached to multiple people and remove that email off of one of the people in IC as appropriate.
You will receive an email from “Campus No Reply” – email@example.com that gives
you instructions on clicking a link that is provided in the email. You will need to click that link.
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
You can then login to the portal and access your child’s grades and attendance.
- Respect –we will respect each other’s feelings, thoughts, property, time, and person. (No profanity, be in seat when bell rings)
- Integrity – we will conduct ourselves in an honest manner
- Collaboration – we will work together to achieve our goals
Generally, I will follow the following hierarchy of consequences for violations of classroom or school rules.
- Verbal warning
- Conference with the Student/ Parental Contact
- 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 Intervention Plans: In an effort to ensure student success, I will contact parents of student who are failing. The purpose of the contact will be to let them know that the student and I will be formulating an Academic Intervention Plan. This plan will be decided by teacher, parent, and student. It will be a plan that will focus on what we all can do to help the student become successful.
Tutoring will be available for all students according to the following schedule:
D218 2:20- 3:15pm
I encourage all of you to work to the best of your ability, to be respectful, to be responsible, and to be accountable for your actions. In return, you can expect the same from me! If you should have any questions or concerns you may stop by after school, leave a message on voice mail, or e-mail me. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response. You can also access information regarding this class on my website; it can be accessed through the Hamilton home page. Then click on the faculty tab. I am one of the first teachers listed.
These are the digital resources that we will use in this class:
- The BUZZ platform is where we will do the majority of your classroom experience.
It can be found at the following address: https://cusd80hhs.agilixbuzz.com/
This is where you will find the following:
- your assignments
- recorded instructional videos
- announcements posted periodically
- your graded assignments with feedback
- an instructional email was sent telling parents and students how to log in.
- Google will be the platform that we use to communicate
Your google account is where you will find:
- email from your teacher
- Live meeting with teacher via Google Meets
- invites to live Google Meets
- Google Docs to edit assignment documents
- Google Drive to store and organize
You have a student google account.
Sign in instruction have been sent out.
- Infinite Campus is where you will find your class grade. This is where the official up to date grade will be housed.
Set up password recovery
All student avatars will be an appropriate picture of your face.
Appropriate use of technology – board policy IJNDC-R:
The Governing Board intends that technological resources provided by the District be used in a safe responsible and proper manner in support of the instructional program and for the advancement of student learning. It is the policy of the Chandler Unified School District to maintain an environment that promotes ethical and responsible conduct in all electronic resource activities by staff and students. The District reserves the right to monitor use of the District’s systems for improper use without warning or prior consent. Students shall be informed that computer files and electronic communications, including email, are not private and may be accessed by the District at any time. Inappropriate use may result in disciplinary action and/or legal action in accordance with the law and Board policy. Please visit the student handbook at https://www.cusd80.com/handbooks for further details about appropriate use of technology use.
Virtual Attendance Statement:
Attendance is based on engagement. If a student is not present for synchronous instruction and does not complete the asynchronous/alternative assignment for the daily class meeting, then the student is considered absent. Teachers will contact attendance clerks once a student is determined to be absent.
We are going to have a wonderful and successful year together!
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.
Contract for Success: This is a contract between the student, parent/guardian, and teacher. Acknowledgment indicates that all parties have agreed to follow the guidelines and procedures laid out in this document. This contract will be referred to during disciplinary hearings and parent meetings. These procedures are subject to changes as we navigate through the pandemic procedures.