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Burke High School Course Syllabus: HONORS CHEMISTRY Instructor’s Name: Office #: Phone #: Email: Plan Periods: Heather Sargent 215 402-557-3200 ext.3618864 firstname.lastname@example.org ODD-3, EVEN-6 Best time to contact: Email is the best way to contact me. If you do need to call, leave a message as to the best time to call you back along with your name, number, and the name of the student you are calling about. Pertinent Links: Website: Burke Homepage (http://burke.ops.org/) > STAFF > Faculty N-Z > Scroll to Heather Sargent & click webpage link on far right Online Content: https://docs.com/SargentChem – handouts, reference sheets, etc. YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SargentChemistry Course Description: This course engages students in both theoretical and practical problem-solving strategies as they investigate chemical issues that are relevant to their daily lives. Topics of study include: laboratory processes, chemical safety, atomic structure, properties of matter, and chemical reactions. This course meets the district requirement for a third year science elective. Instructional Philosophy: Science is a part of our everyday lives and Chemistry is all around us. I will prepare students not only by helping them learn basic chemistry principles and concepts but also to see them in the world around them and develop a scientific literacy. Students will be expected to set high goals and achieve their very best. Students will use logical problem-solving and critical thinking that will help them achieve those goals; I will help support them to achieve their goals. Content and Inquiry Standards: C.1.a-f Students will investigate & describe matter in terms of its structure (atomic & molecular), composition, conservation & energy C.2.a-i Students will investigate bonding C.3.a-e Students will investigate chemical composition C.4.a-i Students will investigate chemical reactions and describe chemical equations C.5.a-e Students will investigate stoichiometric relationships C.6.a-e Students will investigate solution chemistry C.7.a-e Students will investigate the gas laws and corresponding relationships SC12.1.1.a-l Students will design and conduct investigations that lead to the use of logic and evidence in the formulation of scientific explanations and models. SC12.1.2.a-d Students will apply the nature of scientific knowledge to their own investigations & in the evaluation of scientific explanations. SC12.1.3.a-h Students will solve a complex design problem. Literacy Standards: See separate document on docs.com Major Units of Study: Semester 1: Semester 2: Matter & Measurement o Content based math & inquiry skills o Classification of Matter o Measurement & Significant Figures Atomic Structure and Radioactivity o Atomic structure models o Subatomic particles o Phase change o Radioactive decay Periodic Table o Arrangement of characteristics o Periodic trends Bonding and Nomenclature o Naming conventions o Types of bonding o Bond characteristics Chemical Composition o Moles o Percent composition o Dimensional analysis Chemical Reactions o Law of Conservation of Mass Balancing Chemical Reactions o Reaction types o Reaction rates* o Equilibrium* Stoichiometry o Percent Yield o Limiting and excess reactants Solutions o Solvent and solutes o Concentrations o Acids and bases* Gas Laws o Relationships between pressure, volume, moles, & temperature *Time permitting Course, Classroom, and Safety Expectations: Course Expectations Complete coursework, both in and out of class, in a timely fashion. Participate during in-class discussion and cooperative learning opportunities. Complete formal lab write-ups. Create technology based projects and presentations. General Classroom Rules and Expectations Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible Rules and guidelines set forth in the student handbook will be followed in this class. Any student who distracts other students or the instructor interferes with the learning environment and should expect consequences. Attendance: Being in class, on time, is important for student success. Anyone entering the classroom after the bell has stopped ringing is tardy (tardies will be addressed per school policy). Electronic Devices: Electronic devices (cell phones, mp3 players, games, laptops, tablets, etc.) use is acceptable before school, during passing times, during lunch and after school hours. During classroom time, cell phones should be either powered off or placed in silent mode. Cell Phone use in individual classrooms is at the discretion of each teacher based on the educational appropriateness of the device and classroom activity. Any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action. Safety Expectations Chemistry is a lab-based course with safety as an essential component. The safety guidelines support and encourage an investigative approach and laboratory instruction, while at the same time assisting in the development of a safe learning environment. Students will follow the Omaha Public Schools district guidelines on safety that is published in the science safety contract. Students will be provided a copy of the guidelines. The students, parents and/or guardians are expected to read the guidelines and sign and return the signature portion of the contract. The student will not be allowed to participate in the lab activities until the signed contract is returned. Text Chemistry: Matter and Change (Glencoe 2013) – Honors o Text coursework will regularly be assigned in and out of class. You will be expected to keep up with class reading assignments. Assessment: Course grades will be determined by formative and summative assessments (homework and in-class assignments, packets, homework quizzes, projects, and tests). Each major unit will be followed by a major summative assessment. Some assessments will carry greater weight than others, students will be notified of these assignments as they are assigned. State Testing: To address state requirements, all 11th grade students will complete a required test – to be determined. OPS Secondary Grading Practices: All coursework and assessments are judged based on the level of student learning from “below basic” to “advanced.” This course will provide multiple opportunities to achieve at the “proficient” to “advanced” levels. Students are evaluated based on a proficiency scale or project rubric. Proficiency scales for this course are available upon request (teacher will identify location such as portal, teacher website, attached, etc.) *Weighting Assignments (Using A Multiplier): When entering grades in the grade book, teachers may assign greater weight to some assignments than others. For example, the final exam may impact a student’s summative grade more than a unit test. Teachers will have the option to use the multiplier to weigh both formative and summative assessments to a maximum of 4. If a weight of 2 or more is applied to an assessment, this information will be communicated to students at the time the assessment is announced. There are three types of coursework: Practice – assignments are brief and done at the beginning of learning to gain initial content (e.g., student responses on white boards, a valid sampling of math problems, keyboarding exercises, and diagramming sentences, checking and recording resting heart rate). Practice assignments are not generally graded for accuracy (descriptive feedback will be provided in class) and are not a part of the grade. Teachers may keep track of practice work to check for completion and students could also track their practice work. Practice work is at the student’s instructional level and may only include Basic (2) level questions. Formative (35% of the final grade): assessments/assignments occur during learning to inform and improve instruction. They are minor assignments (e.g., a three paragraph essay, written responses to guiding questions over an assigned reading, completion of a comparison contrast matrix). Formative assignments are graded for accuracy and descriptive feedback is provided. Formative work may be at the student’s instructional level or at the level of the content standard. Formative assessments/assignments will have all levels of learning – Basic (2), Proficient (3), and Advanced (4), which means that for every formative assessment/assignment, students will be able to earn an Advanced (4). Teachers will require students to redo work that is not of high quality to ensure rigor and high expectations. The students’ score on a formative assessment that was redone will be their final score. It is recommended to have three to five formative assessments for every one summative assessment. Summative (65% of the final grade): assessments/assignments are major end of learning unit tests or projects used to determine mastery of content or skill (e.g., a research paper, an oral report with a power point, major unit test, and science fair project). Summative assignments are graded for accuracy. Summative assignments assess the student’s progress on grade level standards and may not be written at the student’s instructional level. Summative assessments/assignments will have all levels of learning – Basic (2), Proficient (3), and Advanced (4), which means that for every formative assessment/assignment students will be able to earn an advanced (4). To maintain alignment of coursework to content standards, which is a key best practice for standards-based grading, teachers will utilize a standardized naming convention for each of the standards within a course. The content standard will be marked on each assignment entered into Infinite Campus (District Grading Program) using all capital letters followed by a colon. After the colon will be the title of the coursework. At the end of the grading period, scores are converted to a letter grade using this grading scale. A = 3.51 – 4.00 A-= 3.01 – 3.50 B = 2.51 – 3.00 B-=2.01 – 2.50 C = 1.51 – 2.00 D = 0.76 - 1.50 F = 0.00 – 0.75 Redoing/Revising Student Coursework: 1. Students are responsible for completing all coursework and assessments as assigned. 2. Students may be allowed redos and revisions of coursework for full credit during that unit of study based upon the teacher’s professional judgment and evidence collected throughout the unit. Scores for student work after retaking, revising or redoing will not be averaged with the first attempt at coursework or assessment but will replace the original student score. 3. Students are expected to complete assessments when given to the class, or if a student was justifiably absent, at a time designated by the teacher. 4. Redoing, retaking or revising will be done at teacher discretion in consultation with the student and parent(s). Teachers may schedule students before, during, or after school to address needed areas of improvement if not convenient during class. The time and location for redoing, retaking or revising will be done at the teacher’s discretion in consultation with the student and parent(s). Late Coursework: Students are expected to complete coursework on time. Late coursework may be accepted for full credit until the end of the unit based on the teacher’s professional judgment and evidence collected throughout the unit. Accepted late work will not result in a reduction in grade and the M (Missing) will be replaced with the score earned by the student. The teacher or school may make exceptions depending upon student circumstances (such as prolonged absences due to illness). CLARIFICATIONS: *Late and revised assignments MUST BE SUBMITTED IN A TIMELY FASHION. Assignments received after on-time work has been returned to others, will generally not be accepted. Rare exceptions may be considered on a case by case basis. **To be eligible to retake a summative assessment, all assignments for that unit must have been completed and turned in prior to the scheduled summative assessment date. ***Assignments that are not turned in on the original due date as a result of absences will be handled according to The Burke Handbook Policy. Missing Coursework: Work not turned in at all will be recorded in Infinite Campus (district grade book) as an M for missing, which calculates to a score of zero. Independent Practice: The role of independent practice is to develop knowledge & skills effectively and efficiently during the unit of study. Independent practice helps guide the learning process by providing accurate, timely & helpful feedback to students without penalty. Mrs. Sargent’s Specific Classroom Rules and Expectations: Course Expectations • KNOW AND FOLLOW safety and classroom expectations: Chemistry is a lab-based course with safety as an essential component. No student may participate in lab activities until the signed contract is returned. • ACTIVELY participate during in-class activities, discussions, assignments, & cooperative learning opportunities. • Come to class prepared to learn with materials needed EVERY CLASS. • Use available class time to complete course work/task at hand as designated by the teacher. • Students will ask questions and seek out extra help when they feel challenged. • Have and maintain your Unit Packet per the rubric EVERY CLASS. • Complete ALL activities, discussions, and assignments, both in & out of class, in a TIMELY MANNER. • Students will be fluent with applicable equations and calculations for this course. Attendance: Being in class, on time, is important for student success. Anyone entering the classroom after the bell has stopped ringing is tardy (tardies will be addressed per school policy). • Because chemistry moves quickly it is imperative that you be in class. Chemistry is a difficult class that becomes harder if you frequently miss. Try to plan ahead if you know you are going to miss a day. Do not expect to catch up during class time. • It is the student’s responsibility to make up work that has been missed due to absence. If you know ahead of time that you are going to be absent, talk to me before you are gone to make arrangements to make up the work prior to your absence. ★Missed class: You are responsible for getting any work completed while you were gone. If you miss class, check the folder for any handouts you may have missed and check the schedule in class to see what else you missed. If you see that you missed a “Lesson” this means that you will need to watch the video notes and copy them into your packet, as well as complete the assigned homework problems. ★Missed labs: Some labs will need to be made up, however, some involve disposable supplies & cannot be made up if missed. Please check with me to schedule a make-up time, or get the lab notes. ★Missed Quizzes/Tests: If you are going to be absent on an announced test date, due to a school event or activity that is scheduled in advance, you must make arrangements with me to PRIOR to your planned absence to take the test. Homework: It is essential that you complete homework assignments. Homework provides the practice that is necessary for you to do well in chemistry. Working hard and using class time wisely allows you more time to get help, ask questions and be successful. ★Retakes/Redos: If you wish to redo an assignment it must be turned in on-time to be considered for a redo. Late assignments turned in before on-time work has been returned will be graded without penalty, however the assignment will not be eligible to be redone for grade improvement. If you wish to retake a quiz, all practice must be complete prior to retaking the quiz. If you wish to retake a test, o All assignments from the unit turned-in before taking the test originally. o All Practice Sections from packet, must be complete & turned-in before the original test date. o You must take the test when given to class and put forth your best effort. o Retakes must be completed on your own time, in the designated time frame (before/after school). Please check my calendar for availability & schedule your Retake. ★Extra Help: Chemistry by nature moves very quickly and is constantly building upon previous material. If you are having trouble understanding the work, please come see me as soon as possible so we can keep you from getting behind. I am available before school and after school (Until 4 pm), and have planning time during 3rd & 6th block, which you need to make arrangements with me prior to the day to arrange somewhere to meet. Academic Integrity: Students will exhibit Academic Integrity in this course. “One who does, does the learning” Cheating means copying another person’s work, or allowing another to copy your work. There are many situations where you will be expected you to work with a partner(s), especially during lab work. Know that there is a difference between collaboration and cheating on an assignment. Collaboration uses combined efforts to come up with an answer and helps you to learn the material at a greater depth. It is apparent who has spent time with the material and who has not. If I suspect academic dishonesty during a quiz or test, you will receive a zero, until you serve a half hour detention with Mrs. Sargent to work on extra practice & additional time to retake the quiz or test. • School Handbook: Rules and guidelines set forth in the student handbook will be followed in this class. Students should respect other students, the instructor, or interferes with the learning environment should expect consequences. • Electronic Devices: Unless otherwise instructed, all electronic devices and accessories (cell phones, mp3 players, games, headphones, etc.) should be silent and out of sight during the entire class period (tardy bell to the dismissal bell). Exceptions should be discussed privately in advance. There may be some occasions electronic devices are used in class for educational purposes and will be announced and specific expectations will be discusses for these periods. After reviewing the details and expectations of Honors Chemistry in this syllabus, please indicate your understanding with a signature on the syllabus receipt document. Both student and Parent/Guardian are required to sign. I’m excited for a GREAT year! – Mrs. Sargent ny work completed while you were gone. If you miss class, check the folder for any handouts you may have missed and check the schedule in class to see what else you missed. If you see that you missed a “Lesson” this means that you will need to watch the video notes and copy them into your packet, as well as complete the assigned homework problems. ★Missed labs: Some labs will need to be made up, however, some involve disposable supplies & cannot be made up if missed. Please check with me to schedule a make-up time, or get the lab notes. ★Missed Quizzes/Tests: If you are going to be absent on an announced test date, due to a school event or activity that is scheduled in advance, you must make arrangements with me to PRIOR to your planned absence to take the test. Homework: It is essential that you complete homework assignments. Homework provides the practice that is necessary for you to do well in chemistry. Working hard and using class time wisely allows you more time to get help, ask questions and be successful. ★Retakes/Redos: If you wish to redo an assignment it must be turned in on-time to be considered for a redo. Late assignments turned in before on-time work has been returned will be graded without penalty, however the assignment will not be eligible to be redone for grade improvement. If you wish to retake a quiz, all practice must be complete prior to retaking the quiz. If you wish to retake a test, o All assignments from the unit turned-in before taking the test originally. o All Practice Sections from packet, must be complete & turned-in before the original test date. o You must take the test when given to class and put forth your best effort. o Retakes must be completed on your own time, in the designated time frame (before/after school). Please check my calendar for availability & schedule your Retake. ★Extra Help: Chemistry by nature moves very quickly and is constantly building upon previous materia