Welcome to Chemistry at Bonney Lake High School
with Mrs. Berwick! This class will
provide a fun, interesting and challenging learning experience to help
you understand the integral relationships and relevance of chemistry in
our world. Hands-on experiences using scientific equipment and
procedures will be used to help you understand the basic principles and
theories of chemistry, such as atomic structure, bonding, chemical
reactions and equilibrium, stoichiometry, and thermochemistry. We will explore
concepts through scientific reading and writing, demonstrations,
lectures and interactive assignments, and then you will apply the
concepts through labs and problem solving
activities and independent homework. These skills will help
develop your scientific thinking to be used for the rest of our life,
and they will also be used for success in college courses of Chemistry.
The book will be checked out to you, the students, from the library
for the semester. Keeping the book covered will help protect it, as you
are responsible for any damages to the book. Textbook damage will be
assessed a fine and a lost textbook will result in a replacement cost. A
classroom set of lab manuals will be used during class for
investigations. They must stay in the classroom, however, so if lab
questions are not finished during class, students will need to come in
before or after school to finish.
Materials needed for class: Organization is an
important part of your success in Chemistry I. You will need to bring a bound lab notebook
(that you can purchase
through the bookkeeper for $1.15, bring me a receipt and I will give you
the notebook). All
lab investigations, notes, class work and homework will be recorded in the bound lab notebook. A
calculator will also be needed for the many computations studied in
Chemistry. Finally, some kind of writing
utensil will be needed daily, preferably a pencil or a blue or black pen.
The following grading scale will be used throughout for
each quarter using the total points of all your assignments.
= A 92-90% = A- 89-87% = B+
86-83% = B 82-80% =B-
79-77% = C+ 76-73% = C 72-70% = C- 69-67% = D+
Real-life grades are
available to view
from family access. Family access is the district wide grading
program where students and parents can access many important aspects of
student life in the Sumner School District. All homework and in class
assignments will always be current, if your student turned it in, it is
in the grade book. Tests, however, often take 1-2 weeks to grade.
Through out each unit, you will be doing assignments to help you learn
the information, taking formative assessments to measure progress of
that learning and then completing labs and summative assessments to
determine final learning achieved
Formative Assignments will be reviewed
at the beginning of the class period following the day they were
assigned and a score of 1-2 depending on the size of the assignment
will be entered in the grade book if they are accurately completed.
A score of zero will be entered if they are not until they are
completed correctly and need to be checked off on the studentís own
time such as before or after school.
It is your responsibility to get these assignments checked
off during work time and before or after class with in a particular
unit. Once a unit is completed, assignments for that unit will no longer be
accepted for credit. All notes, review questions, lab reports and any
other assignments for class will be recorded in a science
Formative Quizzes will be given throughout a unit. These
quizzes will be graded in class using scoring
guides so students understand how they are graded with scores
entered into grade book but will not count toward the students grade
for the class.
Labs and Projects will be a very
important part of your learning Chemistry concepts. Students will
receive a score in the grade book depending on the level of
accurately completed portions of each lab or project. All students
earning less than 50% of possible points for the lab or project will
receive an "I" (insufficient evidence) in the grade book until they
re-write the lab or complete the project to show they have improved
their understanding of the concepts to receive a higher grade on the
lab. All students have the option to improve their scores on labs or
projects by rewriting their original labs or resubmitting their
project to show evidence of learning that was missing.
Summative Unit Tests will be given after more than one
chapter is completed and will include
information from the multiple chapters. All students wanting to
improve their score on a test can come in and do test corrections
with the teacher if they have completed the test review prior to
taking the test. A quarter credit will then be given for missed
questions that are corrected if you write out the question missed,
what the actual answer should be and explain why that is the answer.
These corrections must be done before the next unit test. Students
who received below a 50% on a test will be given an "I"
(insufficient evidence) in the grade book and will need to retake
the test to receive a score. All students who get above a 50% have
the option to retake the test as well. For test retakes, students
must show evidence of how they have increased their learning (such
as completed all formative assignments, studied review in more
depth, completed additional outside studying) and then make an
appointment before or after school to retake the test to improve
Make up work
To help students avoid getting behind, all make up work will be
posted online and students need to take the responsibility for
getting their own make up work from this website. Any work that can
be done at home should be completed before returning to class. Work
that was due on the day of an absence is due on the day you return.
Appointments need to be made within one week to make up a missed lab
investigation or test. Make ups can only be completed for excused
absences. The student must make the arrangements for the make-up
with the teacher as soon as they return. If a student feels they
have special circumstances, write them down and have parents sign
and turn them in for review to receive a due date extension.
I will be available
many days before and after school for help and make up. Before school I
will be available from 6:50 to 7:20am and after school I will be
available until 4:00pm on Monday through Thursday unless I have a scheduled meeting.
Please use these times efficiently!
Parents should use the class website to determine what students are
responsible for each day. If you have any questions please contact my
school email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. If students are failing at the end of a
unit, a phone call home will be made to make a plan for making up the
Use POWER values daily in class
We will be creating a social contract as a class to discuss how we each
want to be treated, so that we agree on classroom standards.
The Student Handbook rules will also be enforced in our class as well as
throughout the school so make sure you understand them fully.
If I see
or hear food or drink, you will be asked to put them away.
Cell phone and other
electronic device policy:
Now that you each have a chromebook for the school year, there
should be no reason to use your cell phone in class.
If you have any missing assignments, I will ask
you to put your cell phone or other electronic device in the cell phone
box in the front of the room as you walk in so they will not distract
you from getting your missing assignments completed. If you have
a valid reason to use these items in class other than stated, please ask before using them.
If any science items are broken or damaged by students,
a fine will
be assessed to that student to replace the items.
--Removal to the hallway until an appropriate time for teacher to leave
to discuss behavior, if an understanding is made; student can return to
class but will have to get makeup work from classmates. Prohibited items
will be confiscated for the rest of the period.
--Removal from class, a phone call home to discuss situation, and letter
to take responsibility for return. Prohibited items will be confiscated
and turned into front office to be picked up by parents.
-- Removal from class, a phone call
home to discuss situation again, and a meeting with parents, Mrs.
Berwick and a counselor.
--Referral to administrator
* * * Depending on
severity of violation, actions may not occur in order
am looking forward to a great year with you and hope that we don't have
to use the discipline procedures because you all we be so well behaved
now that you are in high school.