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Troy High School Teacher: Mr. Blake Room # 907, 909 Web Site: see Troy High School Home Page Phone number: 714-626-4486 E-mail: Textbook: PH Chemistry, by Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, & Waterman Prerequisite: Algebra I or enrolled concurrently with teacher recommendation in both math and biology. Course Overview: Chemistry is a one-year laboratory course designed for the college preparatory student. This course is a study of matter and its interactions, on both a qualitative and quantitative level. Students will gain an understanding of the concepts and apply problem-solving skills to real life problems and situations. As a laboratory science course, students will be expected to form research questions, design procedures, collect data with a variety of equipment, analyze data, and draw conclusions. Chemistry is a cumulative subject with high standards; daily attendance is imperative for success in the class. The high expectations of this class will enable the students to be successful at the college level. GENERAL INFORMATION: In order to facilitate effective partnerships with parents/guardians to support student learning and success in school, teachers will make every effort to return telephone call messages and emails within 24 hours of receipt, unless the call or email is sent over a weekend, holiday, vacation period, or teacher absence.

I. Mandatory Student Equipment: A. 2” 3-ring binder with college ruled paper and 4 dividers (daily) B. One blue or black pen and a #2 pencil (daily) C. Covered textbook. Failure to cover book or bring book to class will result in a loss of participation points. D. A non-programmable scientific calculator (daily). E. Lab notebook, purchased from teacher. F. Plastic ruler G. Glue Stick **Participation points will be lost for failure to bring equipment to class** II. Grades: In 1990, the Fullerton Joint Union High School District (District) adopted Student Grading guidelines so that the practices used within the District will have sufficient common criteria and purpose to provide grades accurately representing student performance. The success of a student grading plan is dependent upon the cooperation, interest, and assumption of responsibilities by teachers, parents/guardians, and students. The teacher’s responsibility is to assign grades based upon fair and consistent standards and to communicate these practices to each student. Grades are to be determined by student performance on teacher-initiated assignments, tests, homework projects, and class participation. Students will be informed of progress periodically. Three types of grades are earned:    Grades that reflect cumulative academic progress. Citizenship grades and comments that describe personal behavior of the student in class and which are reported separately from academic and work habit grades. Work habit grades that describe how a student organizes, conducts, and completes assignments, and which are reported separately from academic and citizenship grades. The District Board of Trustees and staff members believe that students and parents/guardians should:

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Understand the course expectations and grading practices, asking questions if needed. Stay informed of progress. Parents/guardians can gain information by discussing progress with students regularly and by asking teachers. Understand how things are going at school. Know why a student’s grade is – or is not – up to family standards. It is the parent’s responsibility to communicate with the teacher if additional information or help is needed at home to improve a student’s grades.

If a parent/guardian or student disagrees with a grade received, a review may be initiated by contacting the teacher. If the matter is not resolved, the parents or student may then contact the Principal/designee for further assistance. Specific grading guidelines for this course include the following: 1. Homework is due at the beginning of each class period and will be graded on effort. ALL problems must be attempted to receive full credit. The homework will be checked during the unit and will be based on a scale of 0-4, based on the amount of work completed. Once graded, these will be kept in your chemistry binder. 2. Any student caught cheating will receive a zero on that assignment or test. 3. Lab books will be collected after each lab. The lab MUST be securely glued in to receive any credit for that assignment. Labs will be deducted 20% every day that they are late. 4. Quarter and semester grades will be assigned according to the percentage of total points possible that you have earned. The following is the point breakdown: Homework packets = 15 points Quizzes = 10-25 points Lab reports = 6-20 points Tests = 75 points Notebook = 30 points Participation points = 50 points Grades will be posted on a regular basis using student numbers. The distribution is as follows: A+ 100 - 98.5 B- 82.4 - 79.5 D 67.4 - 62.5 A 98.4 - 92.5 C+ 79.4 - 77.5 D- 62.4 - 59.5 A- 92.4 - 89.5 C 77.4 - 72.5 F 59.4 & Below B+ 89.4 - 87.5 C- 72.4 - 69.5 B 87.4 - 82.5 D+ 69.4 - 67.5 III. Classroom procedures: 1. Class will commonly begin each day with a set of questions on the board (IQ – “Introductory Question”). Students are expected to attempt to answer each question. These questions will be collected with and placed at the end the homework packet on the unit test day. Points will be assigned at that time. 2. When a student is absent, he or she will have the same number of days that they were absent to complete the make-up assignment. The assignments may be viewed (and possibly downloaded) at my website. 3. Students will remain in seats until dismissed by the teacher. 4. Any violation of classroom rules or disruptive behavior will result in the loss of participation points. 5. All lecture notes will be in Power Point format and may be downloaded online for viewing. IV. Tests: 1. Tests will be given after each unit of study. Grades will be given as a percent of the high score (all chemistry classes will be pooled together). Students will be required to purchase a non-programmable calculator, which can be used on tests. 2. Students will be allowed to drop their lowest test score (not their final). If a student is unable to makeup the test on the date given, then it is the student’s responsibility to notify me at least ONE day in advance, or they will receive a zero for that test. 3. Any use of cell phones will be considered to be cheating.

V. Classroom Rules Student academic success is tied directly to attendance. If the student is to have the greatest opportunity to learn and be successful, excellent attendance is essential. In addition, students are expected to: 1. Follow all school rules. 2. Be respectful. 3. Raise hand to ask questions/add comments to discussions. 4. Be on time; students must be in seat when tardy bell rings. 5. No food, drink, or chewing gum is allowed in the classroom. 6. No cell phones 7. Ask permission to leave classroom 8. No improper handling of school equipment. 9. NEVER tamper with the classroom SAFETY EQUIPMENT. 10. Sequence used to correct any violations: 1st – warning/reminder (possible loss of points if warranted) 2nd – conference with student after class, and/or loss of participation points 3rd - detention, parent phone call, and loss of participation points 4th – detention, parent conference, and loss of participation points 5th - referral to administrative office VI. Tardies: If there is a note or excuse, then it must be presented to me that day. 1 participation points will be deducted for each tardy. VII. Hall Passes: Each student will generally be allowed 3 restroom breaks per semester. VIII. Participation Grade: The participation grade is worth 50 points and is applied to the total points at the end of the semester. There are five ways to lose participation points: 1. 2 points will be deducted for every hall pass used after the first 3. 2. 2 points will be deducted for being unprepared for class (forgot lab book, textbook, calculator, etc.) 3. 2-5 points will be deducted for disturbing the teaching of the class. 4. 5 points will be deducted for failing to wear safety glasses throughout the ENTIRE lab. 5. 5 points will be deducted for borrowing a non-programmable calculator on the day of the test. 6. 5 points will be deducted for using a cell phone during class or listening to music during lecture times. IX. Notebook Assignment: Notebooks will be graded once or twice per semester (30 points)  Notebook Setup: A. Use any 3-hole type that FIRMLY holds the papers AND allows them to be turned. B. Place 4 dividers in the notebook. C. Place the Syllabus and Hall Pass Log behind the Grade Sheet. D. Neatness will be assessed. E. Notebooks must placed in correct order (1) Grade Sheet (2) Syllabus/Hall Pass Log (3) HW (4) Notes (5) Tests/Quizzes (6) Handouts Sections of Notebook: A. Homework (All Unit packets stapled and in order i.e. Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3…) B. Notes (Note packets + any other notes) C. Tests and Quizzes D. Handouts (Reference Pages e.g. Periodic Table)

X. Curriculum Essential Curriculum Standards have been adopted by the District for all core academic courses. The Standards identify what students are expected to know and be able to do at the end of the course. Grades take time to prepare, require careful thought, and can serve as the teacher’s own test of effectiveness as well…Was the instruction understood? Did the students learn the Essential Curriculum Standards? Please see the California Department of Education website for complete list of the Essential Curriculum Standards. XI. Closure and Signature: If you have any questions about the guidelines in this packet, please feel free to leave a message for me on my voice mail or to contact me by e-mail. Thank you! KEEP THIS PACKET IN THE FRONT OF YOUR BINDER FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. After reading the attached packet, please sign and return this page. I have read the information in this packet for CHEMISTRY and understand the expectations of this course. ______________________________ Student Name _________________ Period

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