Honors Chemistry

  • Course Requirements

    Welcome to Honors Chemistry!  It is my goal to make honors chemistry a rewarding and rigorous class with many hands-on activities and labs.

    I believe everybody who wants to do well, has the ability to succeed in this class.  The key is to work at a steady pace and to break the problems into bits and pieces.  Most importantly never give up!

    Students need to have completed a year of Honors Physical Science with an 85 or CP Physical Science with a 93 or higher.  Ideally, one should be enrolled in Honors IMP 4 and have a strong background in Algebra II skills.  Several topics in honors chemistry are fairly math-intensive.  I will offer a short review of necessary math skills as we approach these topics.   If a student struggles in math they need to have a conversation with their parents and guidance counselor about placement in honors chemistry.

    Grading Policies

    Grades are determined using the school’s grading scheme. Grades will be updated and posted in home access on a weekly basis and is available through the school website.

    (A note on home access – Any assignment not yet graded will have a blank in-home access and count as zero.  When I enter the class grades for the assignment I will place the number “0” next to assignments if work was not turned in on the due date. See class rules above regarding late work.

    A = 93%     B = 85%    C = 75%    D = 70%    F ˂ 70%

    Grades will be calculated using the following weights

    • Tests 40%
    • Quizzes 15%
    • Formal Labs with reports 20%
    • Class Assignments15% 
    • Homework 5%
    • Reflection 5%

    *Worksheets, group work, mini labs, warm-ups and anything else done within the class

    Extra Help

    Honors chemistry by its nature is a challenging class.  However, if you are willing to put in a consistent effort and challenge yourself you will succeed!  You may need to seek a little extra help to do so.

    The National Honor Society provides peer tutoring in the core subjects two days a week after school from 3:00-3:55. The few students who consistently took advantage of peer tutoring in the past were very successful throughout the year.

    Every Friday in SSAP is “Flex Friday” when students have the option of visiting teachers to make up missed work or seek extra help.

    I am available during my lunch, planning and before and after school with advanced notice

    Rules & Procedures

    The following is an abbreviated list of rules for this class. 

    Laboratory safety procedures and conduct will be discussed in detail before any labs take place. 

    Cape Henlopen rules of conduct as outlined in the student agenda are followed at all times.

    This is a lab-oriented class.  It is important that we adhere to the code of conduct and safety rules to have a safe and successful year.

    Come to class on time and prepared to work. On time means in your seats when the bell rings.  Otherwise, you will be marked tardy.  A referral will be completed after the 3rd late to class, resulting in an after-school detention.

    • You may make up work due to an EXCUSED absence. (You must show me        your blue slip). Time to make up missed work = time excused from school.
    • Late work: Any assignment handed in one day after the due date will be eligible for a maximum of 70%.  Late assignments will NOT be accepted beyond one calendar week after the due date.
    • Academic Challenge and School trips such as the band trip and athletic events are considered time in school. If you are missing class for a game (especially applicable to period 7 and 8, homework is still due!  Drop it off before you leave, give it to a RELIABLE friend, turn it in online, ask someone in the office to put it in my mailbox. 
    • Cheating is not tolerated under any condition. Examples include copying homework, looking at another person’s paper in a test situation, copying lab reports, etc.  Any suspected cheating will be brought to the attention of the administration and guidance. A parent contact will also be made.  Copied homework assignments will automatically receive a “0”.  Cheating on tests, lab reports, projects or any large or intensive assignment will receive a discipline referral in line with the discipline matrix and a grade of “0”.
    • Missed labs are very difficult to make-up. I try to schedule labs on days when the Majority of people will be in class.  All missed labs, tests and quizzes need to be made up within one week otherwise a zero will be given.
    • Using the restroom is a privilege. You must use the class pass.  I follow the school’s10/10 rule.  No one leaves the class the first or last ten minutes of class.
    • Please show everyone in the classroom respect. We are all here to learn. We all have different strengths.  Please share your strength and listen to others when you need a boost.
    • I will collect electronic devices during quizzes, tests, and exams