• HONORS CHEMISTRY

    HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Dawson

    Room: D204

    Phone: (480) 883-5141

    email: dawson.dawn@cusd80.com

    Remind: text 81010 @hhshonorsc or https://www.remind.com/join/hhshonorsc

     

    Other Honors Chemistry instructors who will be part of our tutoring schedule

     

    Ms. Bhagdev                                                     Ms. Canfield                                        Ms. Loutzenheiser

    Room: D208                                                      Room: D203                                        Room: D206

    Phone: (480) 883-5145                                      Phone: (480) 883-5140                        Phone: (480) 883-5140

     

     

     

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    Welcome to Honors Chemistry!  This letter gives a brief course description and an explanation of classroom policies and procedures.  Please read, review with your parents and sign the Course  Acknowledgement Form.

     

    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 will be used throughout the class as a tool for collecting, analyzing, and presenting data.

     

    MATERIALS

    The following materials are needed for your chemistry class:

    • Scientific Calculator (Graphing calculators not permitted on exams).
    • One package of Dry Erase Markers.
    • Pens (various colors for grading), pencils, and erasers. 
    • Loose leaf lined and graph paper.
    • 2 pocket folder or section in binder for current unit work.
    • 2 packages of index cards.
    • 1 box of tissues/Kleenex.

    Requested Materials for our Classroom:

    • Extra Dry Erase Markers
    • Extra tissue boxes
    • Hand sanitizer 
    • Paper towels
    • Disinfectant wipes

     

    SAFETY

    Safety is a top priority in the chemistry classroom.  All students must sign a safety contract and follow lab safety rules while working in the lab.  Students who do not observe or practice classroom and lab safety will not participate in lab.  General safety guidelines will be discussed at the beginning of the term and specific safety instructions will be given before each lab or activity.

     

    CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS AND POLICIES

    • 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 participating in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student’s race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability or sexual orientation.
    • Food or drinks (except water) are not allowed at the lab stations.
    • Profanity: Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated in the classroom.
    • Extra Help: Tutoring will be available 6:55 am to 7:25 am daily as well as 2:20 to 3:20 daily. No appointment necessary, however, check with me to make sure I do not have an appointment or meeting.
    • Late Work: Homework will be checked at the beginning of the period on the due date. Any work turned in after that time will be considered late. Late work is accepted for a reduced score.
    • Missed Work: My HHS website, https://www.cusd80.com/Domain/9860 ,will have the assignments posted for students who have been absent. Work missed because of an excused absence must be submitted within a reasonable time period or the student will receive a zero for the assignment or lab.  All tests and quizzes missed due to an excused absence must be made up within two weeks.  Students are expected to take the tests and quizzes on scheduled days, an absence the day before will not excuse a student from taking a test or quiz.  It is the student’s responsibility to make up missed work and labs.
    • Cheating: The following actions will be considered cheating:
      1. Claiming credit for work not the product of 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 submitted must be individual and unique. 
    • Phone Policy: Cell phones and other electronic devices may not be used during instructional time unless instructed otherwise. Misuse of a cell phone will result in confiscation. Any student using a cell phone during a test or quiz will be given a zero on that test or quiz. 
    • Tardy Policy: Students not in their seats before the bell rings will be marked tardy.  The following outlines the consequences for tardies:
    1. First tardy a warning
    2. Second tardy parent contact
    3. Third tardy referral to administration
    • Attendance: Attendance is critical in Honors Chemistry.  After nine absences, a student may not receive credit for the course. 
    • Excessive Absences Legal Statement:

      A.R.S. §15-803 (B) states that absences may be considered excessive when the number of absent days exceeds ten percent of the number of required attendance days prescribed in A.R.S. §15-802. Ten percent equates to nine (9) days of absences per semester regardless of whether they are excused or unexcused.  Students with excessive excused absences will be required to provide medical documentation to remain in class and excuse any further absences. If additional absences occur, and medical documentation is not provided, the student will be referred to administration.

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    GRADING POLICIES

    Students and parents will be able to access grades through Infinite Campus.  Please keep in mind it takes a few days for grades to be updated once new assignments have been entered.  Students are responsible for checking their grades. Grades for the course will be computed based on a weighted average of your scores in the following categories:

     

    Tests & Quizzes (assessments)                              60%

    Lab Reports and Lab Assessments                         25%

    Homework and Classwork (assignments)             15%

     

    Semester grades are cumulative and the final exam is 20% of the final grade. Parents can access student grades through Infinite Campus.

     

    If you do not have an Infinite Campus account, create one by:  

    * Step 1: Enter Your Email Address that you provided to your child's school

    * Step 2: Click Submit

    * Step 3: Open the email from Campus No Reply - campus@smtp2.cusd80.com (You may need to look in your spam or junk folder) and click on the link provided.

    * Step 4: After clicking on the link from the above step, you will enter in a password and then click Create My Account.

    * Step 5: Login to the parent portal with your new account. 

     

    Course Objectives: 

    • Use the scientific method to solve problems.
    • Classify matter.
    • Use the metric system to collect data.
    • Perform calculations using dimensional analysis.
    • Utilize proportional reasoning to solve myriad problems.
    • Describe the structure of atoms in models of ever-increasing complexity.
    • Use the rules of nomenclature to name compounds and write formulas.
    • Identify molar relationships.
    • Classify and balance equations.
    • Perform stoichiometric calculations.
    • Describe the states of matter using particle models.
    • Describe energy's role in physical and chemical processes.
    • Predict the behavior of gases.
    • Utilize particle models to explain group and periodic trends.
    • Compare ionic and covalent bonding.
    • List the properties of solutions.
    • Explain the formation of solutions.
    • Predict shifts in equilibrium and calculate equilibrium constants.
    • Use probability to explain energy flow and particle movement.
    • Relate acid-base chemistry to systems in or reaching equilibrium.
    • Identify the characteristics of oxidation-reduction reactions.

    CONCLUSION

    Please review the above with your parents and sign and return the course acknowledgment form by Friday 7/26. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Welcome to Honors Chemistry and GO HUSKIES!

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