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Honors Chemistry Guidelines: 2021-2022
605-3300 ext. 1675
Chemistry is a challenging, cumulative subject.
You'll have a chance to apply learned math skills.
Success requires staying current and aiming for a real understanding of each concept.
Honors Chemistry 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th periods
Planning 6th period
We practice safe science at all times. Horseplay, unauthorized experimentation, vandalism, theft, or intentional violation of any safety policy outlined in your safety rules will result in permanent exclusion from the laboratory activities and area.
Safety goggles, aprons, and close toe shoes must be worn for ALL laboratory work. Gloves are always available.
Gloves must be worn if your skin is broken/cut, irritated, or overly sensitive; and when specified for work with certain chemicals.
Inform me of serious allergies.
- 3 Ring notebook with one divider (1” ring size is too small.) Materials accumulate in the notebook throughout the semester.
Notebooks are to include all unit assignments. One divider is needed to mark the beginning of each unit's work for scoring. Notebook checks are a large percentage of the point total each grading period. If absent, be sure to get classwork and notes made up before the notebook check. Your first and last name must be placed on the cover of the notebook. Work is required to be saved in a notebook throughout the semester.
- Scientific calculator
Any scientific or graphing calculator will do. You need a ‘scientific notation’ function, marked 'EE' on the keypad. Bring the calculator to class each day. The library has calculators available for annual check-out
Place cell phones in a collection pocket as you enter the classroom daily.
NWHS Policy applies a grade floor of 50% for the 1st and 2nd Quarters only.
- Grade floor does not apply to tests or daily work; only applies to the quarter average.
- No grade floor in the 2nd semester.
- All classwork, quizzes, and tests must be submitted before the end of the quarter in which they are assigned.
- Deductions are applied for late assignments, tests, and quizzes.
- Students are allowed 3 days for an excused absence to complete make-up work without penalty. (Consideration made for serious, long term illness)
45% Unit assignments (homework, lab reports, quizzes, notebook checks, etc.)
55% Tests and Projects
No points are awarded for assignment submissions based on the use of unauthorized materials or the fraudulent use of another person’s work.
Students are responsible for making up all missed work in a timely manner.
Live virtual instruction sessions are recorded to allow absent student access.
Most students count on this course to prepare them for future science classes; including college chemistry.
In order to meet that goal, you work to understand the concepts behind the problems you work or activities you complete.
Do your own work, ask questions, wonder about what you see and hear, be persistent.
Be kind to others and yourself.
Please enroll in Remind!
A. If you have a mobile phone:
Text the message for your class to 81010
Messages are below.
B. If you do not have a mobile phone: go to rmd.at/message code for your period from the list below on a desktop computer to sign up for email notifications.
Period Message Codes
1st Period: @1stpdhch
2nd Period: @2ndpdhch
3rd Period: @3rdpdhche
4th Period: @4thpdhche
5th Period: @5thpdhc
Individual Goggle Purchase is recommended!
The Science Olympiad team will sell approved goggles the first week.
Individual goggle purchases: Our class chemical splash/impact goggles are from Fisher Science, catalog #S68660.
Other brands are acceptable; however, by law they must be certified “ANSI Z87+ D3”.
The branding “Z87+ D3” must appear on the goggles!
Z87+D3 is usually stamped along the goggle's frame.
Legal chemical splash / impact goggles have indirect venting.
You must demonstrate that your goggles meet legal requirements before use.
Goggles may be stored in a Zip-Lock plastic bag with your name in the classroom.
You must clean your goggles before each use with an alcohol wipe and glass cleaner.
Ms. Wells is not responsible for lost or stolen goggles and you may choose to store them in a personal locker, etc.
Class Wish List
The following items are always in demand:
- Hand sanitizer
- Pencils/Pens for sharing
- Clorox wipes
- Donations to the NWHS Science Activity Fund
- Gallon of distilled water
- Food coloring (set of 4 dropper bottles)
- Rock salt (box)