Rodney Wright, Principal
David Jimenez, Assistant Principal
Jamie Romero, Assistant Principal
Chemistry I Syllabus
Chemistry I is an Honors level course and is academically demanding. The course is designed to provide a comprehensive look at Chemistry - - The study of the relationship between the structure and properties of matter and the energy changes that accompany changes in matter.
Students who are not proficient in algebra will have little chance of passing Chemistry I.
Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, and properties of matter, the processes that matter undergoes, and the energy changes that accompany these processes.
Students will be able to describe these processes using IUPAC approved nomenclature. In addition appropriate mathematical processes and stoichiometry will be used to describe and predict quantitative results. After mastering these skills, students will examine Periodic Properties of the Elements, Behaviors and Properties of Gases, Acids and Bases, Oxidation Reduction Reactions, and Organic Compounds and Polymers.
The following supplies are required for class:
Loose-leaf paper Pencil/pen Graphing or scientific calculator
Ø Major Assessments
Exams are given at the end of each unit.
A comprehensive exam at the end of each semester will be 10% of the semester grade.
Ø Daily Assignments
Daily quizzes are 10 points each
Lab write-ups are 50 points each
Ø Daily Homework assignments are 25 points each
Ø Class Participation is critical for mastery of the material. Labs and class discussions will focus on the development and use of new concepts and techniques.
Ø Grading criteria: Grades are based on the points received divided by the total points possible. The three six-week grading periods and the semester exam are averaged at equal weights to produce a semester grade.
Ø Grading scale: A 90-100
F Below 60
Ø Class participation: While no specific grades are given for participation or behavior, failure to behave in a mature and safe manner could mean the loss of laboratory privileges and the student will receive a grade of zero on these activities.
Ø Late work or missing work: A student will be allowed to make up daily work and/or long term projects in all instances as a result of an absence. Students will ask teachers for make-up work the first day after student returns to class. The time frame for completion will be one school day for each day absent. It is the student's responsibility to request all make-up work from teacher. If a student has work that is due on the day of their absence(s) the student will not be penalized as long as the assignment is turned in on the first day a student returns to class.
Ø Extra Credit: Occasionally extra points are available on an assignment, but in general the only extra credit given is for a returned progress report that is signed by a parent. While grade updates are available at anytime, Extra credit is given no more than once per grading period.
Ø Attendance: See the BHS student handbook attendance policy.
Ø Tardies: See the BHS student handbook tardy policy.
Ø Passes: are granted when appropriate, but the privilege should not be abused.
Ø Behavior expectations and consequences: See the Safety Agreement
Ø Food/drinks in classroom are permitted as long as students clean up after themselves. Food/drinks are never permitted in the Laboratory.
Ø Parents and students are welcome to contact me via email or by phone. However I will not interrupt class instruction to answer the phone. Please leave a message.
Ø The Parent Portal is available to view grades. Contact the office for a password.