Mrs. S. Stone Email:email@example.com School Website:carnegievanguard.com
I am very excited to have you in my class! I plan on making your learning experience in Pre-AP Chemistry be as fun &
enjoyable as possible. At the same time, our curriculum is challenging – so your concentration in class and effort outside
of class will be important in order to be successful!
The Laboratory Writing Chemical Reactions
Chemistry Calculations Compound Stoichiometry
Matter & Its Changes Reaction Stoichiometry
Atomic Theory & Structure Gas Laws
Atomic Models & Periodic Trends Solutions
Chemical Bonding Acids & Bases
Nomenclature Thermochemistry & Nuclear Chemistry
Kinetics & Equilibrium
The nature of Chemistry requires the student to know certain basic facts that MUST be committed to memory. Problem
solving strategies will be stressed through-out the year and this course also requires the student be able to solve
problems WITH and WITHOUT a calculator. Mathematics is an integral part of this class.
This class is a Pre-AP level class. As such, students will learn skills that will prepare them for success in AP science
classes. An integral part of this preparation will be the study of certain topics in depth and the interconnection of these
topics. The amount of homework will not necessarily be more than non-Pre-AP classes; however, it will be of a more
SUPPLIES: There are some things that will be important to bring with you every day to class…
1. Scientific Calculator
Bring with you a simple scientific calculator or a graphing calculator. We have quite a bit of
math involved in Chemistry!
2. Pen and Pencil – Seriously, you’re in school. Bring something to write with.
3. A Binder for Your Notes!!! (Either 1 or 1½ inches)
It is your responsibility to keep up with your notes and other handouts – if you lose them, you
will need to print out another copy from a classmate.
A binder dedicated to Pre-AP Chemistry is highly recommended!!! It is to your advantage to
keep all of these notes together… that way, you will not lose any, and you will have them easy
to access when you are studying for all your quizzes and exams!
4. Closed-Toe Shoes on lab days. If you do not have closed-toe shoes on lab day you will receive a zero
for that activity!
*Extra credit will be given on the lab safety quiz for a box of facial tissues, one ream of printer paper
or a double roll of paper towel.
Student grades will be determined by the following method:
40% Test and/or Projects
All work leading up to the final answer must be shown legibly in order to earn any credit! This policy is for all work
turned in for a grade, including quizzes, tests, labs, and homework. NO WORK = NO CREDIT!
If a student is caught cheating on tests, homework, or labs the student will receive a zero on that assignment and their
parents will be called or e-mailed explaining the situation. Students will also be referred to the office and will receive a
discipline referral according to HISD policy. Doing your work on your own will help you better understand the material, and
it’s not worth getting a lower grade and being in trouble with your parents. In other words, don’t cheat!
Late work is UNACCEPTABLE!!!! Assigned work must be turned in by the due date. Any late assignments
may be turned in by 8:30 am the following school day, and will suffer a 30% penalty.
All tutorials will be held during the SSEP period from 8:30 until 9:00 daily. The SSEP pass must be obtained before
school, after class or during lunch for the next SSEP period . Tutorials are also available during lunch or before school.
Please make an appointment for before school or lunch tutorials.
Tardiness is not acceptable. The student must be in their seat when the bell rings or they will be considered tardy. If the
student arrives to the classroom after the bell has rung, the student must sign the Tardy Sheet on the table by the door.
On the fourth tardy they will be assigned Lunch Detention in my room for the following day. After the fifth tardy the
student will be referred to the Administration.
If the student is absent it is their responsibility to gather the assignments that they have missed on the day of their return.
If they missed an exam or lab, they must schedule a make-up exam. Please keep in mind that the format of the make-up
is at the teacher’s discretion. The student must complete and turn in the make-up work for an excused absence within 3
days or receive a zero for the work missed.
Any student who has an initial grade on an in class assignment of 69 or below has the opportunity to redo
work. A student can only receive a maximum grade of a 70 on a late assignment.
Quiz and test redos can be completed during scheduled Monday test/quiz makeup times, or a special
appointment with your teacher. Lab and daily grade redo arrangements can be made directly with your
Quiz and test redos must be completed within one week following when the grade was posted on
Gradespeed. You must request a “redo” in writing within 24 hours of the posting of the grade on Gradespeed.
Keep in mind that these policies are in place to help make sure that you do better on an assignment
the second time around!
I expect my students to abide by four very simple rules in my classroom:
Be Polite, Prepared, Punctual and Productive.
This involves arriving to class on time with all necessary materials, respecting other people (including the teacher) and
their property, and giving their best effort. Any infractions will result in a warning for the first time, a call home to the
parents for the second time, lunch detention for the third time, and a referral to the Assistant Principal after that. Students
will also be expected to follow all school rules and arrive on time to class.
LABORATORY SAFETY RULES AGREEMENT
I, _____________________________________ ,(student’s name) have read and agree to follow all of the
safety rules set forth in this contract. I realize that I must obey these rules to ensure my own safety, and that of
my fellow students and instructors. I will cooperate to the fullest extent with my instructor and fellow students
to maintain a safe lab environment. I will also closely follow the oral and written instructions provided by the
instructor. I am aware that any violation of this safety contract that results in unsafe conduct in the laboratory or
misbehavior on my part, may result in being removed from the laboratory, detention, receiving a failing grade,
and/or dismissal from the course.
Student Signature (Please print your email address)
Dear Parent or Guardian:
We feel that you should be informed regarding the school’s effort to create and maintain a safe science
classroom/ laboratory environment. With the cooperation of the instructors, parents, and students, a safety
instruction program can eliminate, prevent, and correct possible hazards. You should be aware of the safety
instructions your son/daughter will receive before engaging in any laboratory work. Please read the list of safety
rules above. No student will be permitted to perform laboratory activities unless this contract is signed by both
the student and parent/guardian and is on file with the teacher. Your signature on this contract indicates that you
have read this Student Safety Contract, are aware of the measures taken to ensure the safety of your
son/daughter in the science laboratory, and will instruct your son/daughter to uphold his/her agreement to
follow these rules and procedures in the laboratory.
Parent/Guardian Signature (Please Print your email address)
I have read and understand all of the information contained within this Syllabus. I will conduct myself in a
manner acceptable to school policy and adhere to policies set forth within this Syllabus.
(Student’s Signature and Date) (Guardian’s Signature and Date)