Chemistry Syllabus & Expectations
Mat Su Career and Technical High School
J. McDowell, B. Sci., M.S. Ed
ALL STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS/GUARDIAN ARE REQUIRED TO READ THIS SYLLABUS AND SIGN THE ATTACHED
FORM. THIS IS A REQUIRED ASSIGNMENT.
1. Determination of grade: Grades will be calculated as a weighted point average.
2. Grades are determined by points earned on the following assignments.
Assessment (2‐4/quarter) 40%
Employability Standards 10%
3. Grading Scale: 100‐90% A
1. There will be 2‐4 traditional tests each quarter. Test may include multiple choice, essay, brief constructed
response or word problems.
2. Multiple formative assessments (projects) will be assigned throughout the year.
3. Project due dates are given in advance; therefore no late projects are accepted.
1. Consists of worksheets, reading assignments, and pre‐lab questions.
2. Chemistry is a science that deals with the materials of the universe and the changes that these materials
undergo. Abstract thinking on this level does require practice and concentration. Therefore, homework will be
assigned nightly. If a formal assignment was not given, then reviewing and studying the class notes is to be
considered that night's task.
3. Homework will primarily be spot checked and graded for completion not perfection.
4. If the teacher observes the class failing to complete homework on a routine basis the instructor will begin
grading every homework assignment.
1. As students are preparing to enter their career fields part of their grade has been reserved for employability
2. Points are gained or lost based on students preparedness for class, attendance, and work ethic.
3. Employability standards are often updated weekly.
1. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and make up assignments missed due to excused absences. The
assignment schedule will be given to students at the start of each unit.
2. Make‐up homework is due a day after the student returns to class following an absence. Students are given
extensions according to the number of days absent: 2 days for 2 day absence, etc.
3. Previously assigned work is due upon return.
4. All scheduled tests must be made up the day a student returns to class after an absence or a zero will be given.
5. Due to nature of labs, it is extremely important that you be here on lab days. Labs involve equipment that may
only be available that day. An alternative assignment may be given covering the same material as the lab.
GENERAL RULES: I strictly follow department, school, and district rules and procedures. There is zero tolerance for
disregard of the below listed classroom rules.
1. All students are expected to follow the school‐wide classroom expectancies and policies. Remember that you
are responsible for your actions and that all school rules apply at all times. Phrases such as "He made me do it."
"Everyone else does it," or "My other teachers let me..." carry no weight in excusing misconduct.
2. Be ready to work when the tardy bell rings. District tardy and truancy policies will be enforced. Tardy is defined
as student not in chair when the bell rings.
3. Respect the educational rights of those around you. It is rude to talk or otherwise disrupt, when someone
(teacher, student, counselor, administrator, or guest speaker) is addressing the class.
4. Do not bring inappropriate items to class. In general, inappropriate items are any items that are not
instructional materials for any of you classes. Cell phones, I‐Pod, mp3 players, electronic game units, and any
other electronic devices are not allowed in the classroom. If I see or hear any of these devices in my
classroom I will confiscate them until the end of the class. Second offenses will be sent to the
counselor/administrator. There are no excuses to this rule.
5. Respect the property rights of those around you. Do not touch other people's stuff. DO not vandalize
teacher/school/district property. Do not leave things "for the custodians to clean up." (It is not their job to
clean up after a mess you make.)
6. Bring all materials to class including pen, pencil, paper, calculator, etc.
7. Use the passing period for "potty stops" as you will be allowed only a few emergency restroom passes per
semester. Students abusing this privilege will lose it. Absolutely no passes will be given during the first and last
five minutes of class and during labs.
8. The science lab is exposed to many toxic and potentially dangerous chemicals. Absolutely NO FOOD OR DRINK
IS ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM!
9. All assignments require a name. Anything turned in without a name is placed into the no name file. These
assignments are considered late and are scored as such.
• Pencils (computations completed in pen will not be graded)
• 3 ring binder
• Scientific calculator
Cell phones may NOT be used as calculators! Check one out from the library or purchase a scientific
***Please note this is a working document and subject to change based on the needs and interests of the class***
Semester One Semester Two
Safety & Measurement Chemical Composition
Chemical Foundations Thermochemistry
Nomenclature Gases, Liquids, and Solids
Organic Chemistry Solutions
Biochemistry Acids & Bases
Oxidation & Reduction
This paper shall remain
in your notebook for the
duration of this course!