Grading Policies and Procedures
Summative Unit Tests (minimum of 3 assessments per quarter) and quizzes which determine the students’ knowledge and understanding of the material; graded on accuracy.
If a student misses a test or quiz, the student will be subject to a make-up version of the test.
If a student misses a test or quiz they should expect to be given the test or quiz the next class period.
Reassessment Policy: If a student scores below an 80% on Unit Test they have the opportunity to reassess to earn up to an 80% for that test.
Labs & Projects
Labs include experiments and projects which enhance students’ understanding of the content; graded on accuracy. Each lab will follow with a lab assessment or lab report at the discretion of the teacher.
Projects assess the students’ understanding of the content.
If a student misses a lab for any reason, with an excused absence, they will be provided an opportunity to make up the lab or given an alternative assignment for full credit. If a student is unprepared for lab*, they may be provided an opportunity to make up the lab or given an alternative assignment with a 10% deduction from their lab assessment grade. Labs must be made up within 1 week from the lab.
Projects will be assigned a clear due date and time. If a student is absent from class, but present for the day, they are expected to turn in the project. Late projects will be assigned a 10% grade deduction.
Tasks are usually homework and class activities which assess the students’ understanding of the content.
These assignments can be graded for completion and/or for accuracy, depending on the type of assignment.
Each task will be assigned a clear due date and time. Late homework will not be accepted for a grade.
*The student does not have pre-lab assignment completed or is not properly dressed for lab. Proper dress includes closed-toed shoes which cover the entire foot. Be aware that some labs require the student to wear long pants. Students will be informed of this prior to the lab day.
Materials needed for class:
2" or larger 3-ring binder Scientific or graphing calculator
Pencils Lined Loose Leaf Paper for scrap work
1 composition notebook any color 1 roll of paper towels
1 container of hand soap (optional)
Standards of Learning
CH.1 The student will investigate and understand that experiments in which variables are measured, analyzed, and evaluated, produce observations and verifiable data.
CH.2 The student will investigate and understand that the placement of elements on the periodic table is a function of their atomic structure.
CH.3 The student will investigate and understand how conservation of energy and matter is expressed in chemical formulas and balanced equations.
CH.4 The student will investigate and understand that quantities in a chemical reaction are based on molar relationships.
CH.5 The student will investigate and understand that the kinetic theory and forces of attraction between particles explain the phases of matter
CH.6 The student will investigate and understand how basic chemical properties relate to organic chemistry and biochemistry.
Expectations and Course Policies:
- Do the assigned homework
- Check your answers on paper homework against the key once it is posted on Vision
- Come in during office hours for help if you are confused
- Copy the notes you missed from Google Classroom, PRIOR to the next class
- Print any missing HW
- Attempt the assigned homework
- Come in during office hours for help if you are confused
- Office Hours:
- Sign in when you arrive
- Bring specific questions or problems to work on
- Respect my time
- Come in as soon as you are confused about something, do not wait until right before the test and expect me to answer everything
- Late work:
- If you are absent (excused) from school the day an assignment is due, you must turn in the assignment the next school day you are present, otherwise it will be considered late
- If you leave school early, prior to my class, you must turn in the assignment before you leave, otherwise it will be considered late
- If you come to school late, after my class, you must turn in the assignment as soon as you arrive, otherwise it will be considered late
- If you are on a school-related field trip, you must turn in the assignment the day it is due, even if your field-trip causes you to be absent from my class
- You must make up an assessment the next class period
- The number one priority while in lab is SAFETY. You will take a Lab Safety and Equipment Assessment at the beginning of the year. You must receive at least an 85% on the Lab Safety and Equipment Assessment before you are allowed to participate in any lab experiment. While in the lab, proper safety procedures must be followed. If you do not follow directions in the lab will be asked to sit down and will receive a zero for the lab; you will not be given the opportunity to redo the lab.
- The Pre-Lab assignment is due at the beginning of class the day of the lab
- If you do not have the Pre-Lab assignment completed or you are not dressed properly, then you will not be allowed to participate in the lab. In addition, you will be deducted 10% from the lab assessment grade. You will be given the opportunity to make-up the lab. Lab make-ups must be completed within 1 week.
- If you are absent the day of the lab, you must make up the lab within 1 week.
- You must turn in the Pre-Lab assignment the next time you are in school for it to be considered on time, even if you aren’t making up the lab until later.
- You must discuss with me when the Post-Lab is due when you are making up the lab.
- If you do not follow the safety rules while in the lab you will be asked to sit down and will receive a zero for the lab. There will not be the opportunity to redo the lab.
- Phoenix/Parent Vue/Student Vue:
- Phoenix, our gradebook system, should be checked regularly by the student and parent. If there is a concern, please address this immediately.
- Communication with students and parents will be done through Phoenix. Students and parents need to make sure their email addresses are up-to-date in Phoenix.
- Honor Code Policy:
- Cheating is defined as giving or receiving help to/from another student. Each graded assignment is to be done solely by the student. If you are struggling, you should seek help from me and not another student. This includes pre-labs and lab reports! If you cheat, you will receive a zero on the assignment, your parent/guardian will be notified, and a disciplinary form will be sent to the administration. The Briar Woods Honor Code Policy will be strictly enforced. At the top of each assignment, you must sign you name to indicate that you understand your responsibilities.
To the student:
Chemistry concepts build upon previous work. To move to a new concept, the previous concept should be clearly understood. You may need to consider new study habits that include reading the handout notes, reviewing online resources, and studying regularly to keep up with the assignments.
This is at times, a conceptual science course! Please seek immediate help from me if and when you need it. Please communicate with me so I can assist you in learning: This is your number one responsibility and is completely up to you! Chemistry is an active course; we start most problems in a very similar systematic way. Please come up with specific question about the problems, “I don’t get it” does not tell me what you are having trouble understanding. I can only help you if you want help.
NOTHING EVER GOES AWAY IN CHEMISTRY! Everything builds on itself in this course. What we learn in one unit will be used in all the subsequent units. This means that if you are struggling with a topic, you need to get help right away! At the end of a unit, if you still don’t fully understand everything, you need to come see me immediately. If you don’t seek help, this will only set you back for the next unit.
Tests will be announced at the beginning of the unit. It is strongly encouraged that you begin preparing when the test is announced, rather than just the night before.
Calculators will regularly be used in this course. Please bring your calculator with you daily.
To the parent: Students who need extra help are strongly encouraged to see me as soon as they start to feel the need. The more quickly help is sought; the easier it is to get the student back on track. Thank you all for taking the time to read through this introductory letter. With your support, I’m sure your student will have a very successful year in chemistry.