Chemistry I is a course designed to create a deeper understanding of the matter and energy that make up the chemical aspects of our world. I hope for you to leave this class feeling accomplished, challenged, and prepared to excel in any future science course you may take. I value creating a student-centered classroom, where you will be asked to pursue questions and often answer them yourself! This will be done through many inquiry activities and labs that require you to work with others and engage in class. Additionally, I rely on standards-based grading, a framework in which you are able to show your understanding of concepts in ways and on timelines that work for you.


Willingness to try.

Integrity. In work, in character.

Compassion. Toward ourselves, toward others.


Grades in Chemistry I are directly linked to your understanding of the standard at hand. The process of attaining proficiency with each standard will be tracked and is the most important part of this course. Your grade may fluctuate based on new understandings and/or failure to retain proficiency.

The following assessment opportunities will be available to you

  • Standards (60%) Each standard is worth 10 points, 5 of which come from engagement with classwork (base points), 5 of which come from showing your understanding (assessments.)

    • Base Points: Each standard will be associated with activities or    classwork that require participation.

    • In-Class Assessment: Each week you will be assessed on the most current standards learned.  Each individual standard will be assessed three times in a row. The most recent grade will be used to show student understanding of that standard.

    • Re-Assessment: Students wishing to show mastery of a standard after not doing so on an in-class assessment may apply to re-assess within three school weeks of the last in-class assessment of that standard. To apply, students will fill out an online form at least 24 hours in advance. Students may only re-assess one standard per day.

  • Mid-Term (5%) and Final (10%): Students will take a comprehensive mid-term and final during the semester.

  • Experimental Evidence (25%): A variety of lab activities, independent projects, and inquiry-based investigations will occur throughout the semester. Students will receive grades based on their ability to discuss, document, and display experimental data on lab tests, evidence-based discussions, and creative reports.

A ≥ 92.50%

A- 90.00-92.49%

B+ 87.50-89.99%

B 82.50-87.99%

B- 80.00-82.49%

C+ 77.50-79.99%

C 72.50-79.99%

C- 70.00-72.49%

D+ 67.50-69.99%

D 62.50-67.49%

D- 60.00-62.49%

F ≤59.99%

Planned Outcomes:

  • A Deep Understanding of How to Learn

  • Creative Problem Solving from Evidence-Based Perspectives

  • Working Effectively in Teams

  • Application of Scientific Understanding in Engineering

  • Mastery of Any and All Identified Standards with the Ability to Pass the SAT-II Chemistry Subject Test

Required Items:

A standard three-ring binder for your workbook, assessments, and notes.

Recommended Items:

These are not required because I will always have extras on hand! But it is nice to have your own.

  • Something to write with in a readable color.

  • A non-programmable scientific calculator. Note: I can’t allow graphing calculators on tests due to the amount of information one can put on those! If that is your usual calculator, don’t fret I will have consistent calculators at hand for you to use on assessments.

  • Notebook paper/Notebook

Laboratory Safety:

Due to the nature of obtaining experimental data while using chemicals, you must sign and follow a safety contract in order to remain in this class. Food and drink are never allowed in the lab space, although covered drinks are permitted in the classroom space.

Class Rules:

All policies and procedures as outlined in the PHS Student Handbook will be followed. We will deviate only slightly from the traditional cell phone policy as phones and tablets have the potential to be used in powerful ways to learn. If cell phones or tablets are to be used educationally in class, students will be expected to use them only for the task at hand. The allowed use of cell phones will be clearly communicated via a color-coding system on the classroom projector.


If you ever have a problem or concern, do not hesitate to contact me! The best way is through e-mail. I check it frequently and respond quickly. I do my best to respond to all communication within one school day, but often much sooner than that.



PHONE: 509.332.1551 x242


Believe you can.