Syllabus and Information Sheet

      Hamilton High School






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    Aaron Ullman




    Web Address



    Course Description:

    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.



    1. A Composition Book.
    2. A one-inch 3-ring binder or folder that will hold all class forms, homework and paper for notes.
    3. Writing Utensils: Pen, pencil, lead, eraser, and paper.
    4. 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!

    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. On the fifth Tardy a student will receive a written referral.
    • Late work will not be accepted.
    • 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.

    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, Labs, Lab Notebooks)   90%      

    Assignments (Homework/Classwork/Participation)    10%

    *Note*   Homework assignments are typically worth 5 points. quizzes are worth between 10 and 50 points. Most quizzes will be formative assessments 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. Unit objective packets are worth 10 points. Exams are worth 100 points. Labs vary between 10 and 50 points


    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 http://www.tinyurl.com/cusdportal


    Classroom Rules:

    • 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

    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.  Cell phones may be collected at the beginning of class to ensure that all students remain focused during these conceptually difficult concepts. This is not punitive but rather to ensure students success. 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 2:30-3:30pm


    D218 2:20- 3:30pm

    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.  


    We are going to have a wonderful and successful year together!

    Aaron Ullman


    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. Signing on the signature page 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.