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Chemistry I Syllabus

Conduct grades will be assigned based on a student's behavior in class. Conduct that is less than satisfactory will result in ineligibility for final exam exemptions.

Credit Protection is an on-going program initiated by the district and designed to ensure students have every opportunity to master chemistry content.


Class Work

            Assignments and homework provide students with the practice necessary to master chemistry concepts. Students must spend time out of class studying the content to earn a successful grade. Students are required to participate in lab investigations, including wet and dry labs. Non-participation or violation of any safety rules will result in a zero for a lab. Tests will be given at the end of each unit, approximately every 2-3 weeks; the format can be multiple choice, short answer, essay problems, and/or matching. Multiple review opportunities will be available to ensure all students can be successful on assessments.


Tutoring            Mr. C is always available to help students in need. Chemistry is a fun, but challenging, course. Students are encouraged to seek help the moment they feel any sense of confusion. The official tutoring times are listed below (other times may be arranged by appointment). Also, all Madison chemistry teachers will happily tutor any student, so don't be shy to visit a different room before or after school if necessary.


F-5s            Warm-up problems in Mr. C’s class are called F-5s. This stands for “first five minutes of class.” F-5s are waiting for students as they enter the room on most days in class. The expectation is they will be completed in a composition book (not spiral-bound). Half the credit of a daily F-5 is writing the full question(s). The other half of the credit is writing the correct answer. Composition books won’t be collected until the students have completed twenty F-5s. At that time, the warm-ups will be taken for a major grade. Being absent is not an excuse for missing any F-5s. If absent, you must make-up the F-5 you missed.


Digital Classroom
            When a chemistry unit begins, all assignments for that unit populate on the website. Since most units last 2-3 weeks, there will be assignments available to click that a student is not yet prepared for. As Mr. C teaches new content in class, he will update a special whiteboard that lets students know what on-line assignments they have received instruction on. In other words, students should only click assignments whose title has been written on the special whiteboard.

            Students have two attempts on most on-line assignments. As long as the work is completed within the assigned timeframe, Mr. C will only keep the higher grade of the two attempts. If a student tries an assignment and makes a 50, the student knows they should attend tutoring before attempting the assignment a second time. If a student tries an assignment and makes a 90, the student understands the content well, however, they should still use their second attempt because there is a chance at making a better grade. Remember, only the higher of the two grades counts. Students only have one attempt for on-line labs.

            Due dates in chemistry are simple. All assignments in a unit are due on the same day—test day. As previously stated, when a unit begins, all assignments for that unit become available on-line. When a unit ends, all assignments will disappear from the website. This happens at midnight on test day. Any on-line assignments a student has not completed when test day ends will be recorded as a zero. Late on-line assignments will not be accepted because the content will have been formally tested over at that point. Students could theoretically be lazy and complete all unit assignments the night before the test, however, Mr. C encourages students to complete assignments as they are assigned to keep up with the material.

            What if a student does not have internet access at home? That’s not a problem at all. Mr. C gives ample class time to complete on-line assignments. As long as a student is using his/her time wisely, they can complete most of their work during school hours. If extra computer time is needed, Mr. C’s classroom is available to students every morning before school. The library has a computer lab available almost every day after school.

            Parents can easily keep up with what assignments their student has/hasn’t completed. On the assignment page of Mr. C’s website, each assignment has a clickable option called “view.” If you click “view,” enter the student’s name, and then enter the student’s password (their Madison ID #), the system will give you a grade or say there is no information on that assignment. If two grades are recorded, the student has used all their attempts. If no info is available, the student has not yet attempted the assignment. Using “view” is helpful because grades on the website will always be available before they are visible on Parent Portal. Though Mr. C puts in grades weekly, there is always a large transfer of grades when a unit ends (since all assignments are due then). If you want to know grades in real-time per assignment, or if you want to keep close tabs on what outstanding work your student currently has, please get in the habit of using the “view” option.



Roadmap / Lesson Plans

            There are six different types of days in chemistry class. Students can easily prepare for each day by using the Roadmap posted in the room, which shows an outline for the entire current unit. Here’s a glance at each type of day:

Ø  Lecture Day: New material is taught on a lecture day. The teacher incorporates demos and kinesthetic activities to help introduce new topics.

Ø  Laboratory Day: Hands-on activities that experiment on current topics are performed on a laboratory day. Students should always wear closed-toe shoes and have hair tied back when working in the lab.

Ø  Computer Day: Students have an opportunity to reflect and practice chemistry skills on a computer day. This is arguably the most important type of day because students can master content while the teacher is available to address any confusion.

Ø  Review Day: Test preparation is the focus on a review day. It occurs the day before any chemistry test. All topics from the unit are brought together for study (usually in the form of a game).

Ø  Test Day: Examinations are all paper/pencil (not on-line). Electronics and notes are forbidden. An entire class period is given for a student to complete their test.

Ø  Test Munch: The most recent test is dissected on a test munch day. Students receive their individual grades and the most missed questions are discussed whole-group. Test munches usually occur the day after a test.

*Units contain multiple lecture, laboratory and computer days.



            If a student does poorly on a test (makes below a 70), a retest is available to give the student a chance to earn some points back. Retests cover the same material as the original test, however, the format is abbreviated and on-line. Retesting is a privilege and students must study and prepare before their one attempt. A retest can only be completed before school in Mr. C’s classroom. There are always four mornings to choose from for the retest (the available dates are stressed to students during a test munch). Students should arrive by 8:15am at the latest in order to do their attempt. The highest grade a student can make on a retest is a 70.


Unit Partners            Science is a collaborative subject. As with most career paths, working with a partner or group of colleagues is a common expectation of life. In chemistry class, students are assigned a random unit partner each time a new unit begins. Most units last 2-3 weeks, so the partnership is brief and then new partners are assigned. Unit partners work together on labs, on-line assignments, and projects. Though they receive individual grades, their chances of success are increased by the merging of knowledge of current content. The only thing they won’t aid each other in are assessments. Participating in unit partners is not optional.


Restroom Passes            At the beginning of each 9-weeks, students will receive two restroom passes for that grading period. As long as a student has a pass to redeem, they are welcome to leave the room to use the restroom. If a student makes it to the end of the 9-weeks with passes to spare, they can be turned in for bonus points at that time


Chemistry Class Guidelines:

            1.  Respect will be a priority –

                        for yourself & your property

                        for others & others’ property

                        for the teacher & her property

            2.  Permission is to be received for the use of the lab area and/or computers

            3.  Each person will do his/her own work, unless otherwise instructed.  To do otherwise will be considered cheating. Cheating of any kind results in a zero for that assignment.


Chemistry Class Rules:

            1.  I will be in class on time.  When the tardy bell rings, I will be in my seat.
            2.  I will refrain from bringing any food or drink (other than water) into the classroom.

            3.  I will remain in class during the first 10 & last 10 minutes of class.

            4.  I will not talk during lectures or directions.

            5.  I will leave cell phones & all music devices in my bag or backpack.