Honors Chemistry Syllabus 2014 - 2015

Honors Chemistry Syllabus 2014 - 2015
Honors Chemistry Syllabus
2014 - 2015
Instructor: Mrs. Kenzig
Room 205
Text: Introductory Chemistry 4th edition by Steven Zumdahl Houghton Mifflin Company. 2000.
Books will be kept in the classroom.
Needed Supplies: 1 ½” binder or pocket folder for holding handouts
Notebook paper for lecture notes
Calculator that can do log and exponents
Writing Utensils (pencils and pens)
Attendance Policy:
Coming to class regularly is the single most important factor for being successful in chemistry.
We perform activities each day that increase your understanding of the topic studied. Labs,
discussions, etc. are difficult to make up following an absence.
You will need to make every effort to be in class on time. Not being in your seat at the
beginning of class is counted as a tardy. Every two unexcused tardies will result in an after
school detention.
Excused Absences:
An unanticipated excused absence (illness, family emergency) needs to be made up as soon as
possible upon your return to school. Unless other arrangements are made, you will usually
have an amount of time equal to your absence to make up the work.
Arrangements for an anticipated excused absence (athletic event, field trip, family vacation)
must be made before the absence. In such cases, every effort will be made to have the work
available to you ahead of time.
Unexcused Absences:
You will not be able to make up work for an unexcused absence.
Missed Work: If you are absent from class, your missed assignments will be put in the “Missed
You” folder for your class. Please check the folder when you return to class after an absence. I
will discuss what you missed at a natural break in my teaching or after class. You can also ask a
classmate. Class will not be delayed by absentees. Make an appointment with me if you
need help.
Tutoring: I am available for help any class period that I do not have teaching duties. Use your
study halls and lunch time to meet with me when possible. I am also available before school
and after school. Please don’t wait until you are in a “panic” situation before you come and see
me. The sooner we work out the problem, the sooner you can be caught up with the rest of the
Class Expectations: So that I may use our time together to teach chemistry, there are some
general rules that I will expect you to follow:
Be ready to learn when the bell rings.
Bring needed materials to class everyday.
No food or drink should be brought to class for safety reasons.
Electronic devices should not be brought to class.
Show respect to me and to fellow classmates, including; keeping hands and feet to
oneself, no throwing objects, using appropriate language, listening when someone
else is talking and not writing on school property.
6. Come prepared and plan to participate in class.
7. Stay seated until the bell rings.
Homework: Homework is due at the beginning of the class period. Assignments turned in with
“no name” will not be graded. Homework not turned in on time will be worth 50% of the points.
Every homework assignment will not be graded for points. I will randomly check it throughout
the year.
Cell Phones: Cell phones are not permitted to be used in my classroom without permission .
You will be warned once if I see or suspect you have a cell phone. After this warning, I will take
your phone and turn it into the office every incidence after that. If you need to reach a parent,
just ask, you can use my classroom phone before or after class.
Lab: Labs will be done with partners, but each person is responsible for their own write up.
Participation in labs is expected. Failure to participate and clean up will result in a zero for that
lab. Make-up for missed labs will be a one page report on the topic that was covered by the lab
or doing the actual lab at a later time.
Grades: I grade on points that are accumulated from all assigned work so it is imperative that
you do as much as you can, as well as you can. The grading scale is as follows:
A = 90% or higher
B = 80% - 89%
C = 70% - 79%
D = 60% - 69%
Your grade will be based on tests, quizzes, clickers, occasional worksheets and labs.
Dishonesty Policy– Cheating on a test will result in a zero for that test. If there is evidence of
cheating, a re-test will be given. If the re-test is refused, a zero for that test will result.
Parental Contact: I will be in communication with your parents or guardian throughout the
school year. These communications will involve both “proud” and “not so proud” moments that
occur in my chemistry class.
I have read and been informed of the above requirements.
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