Ms.

McCaffery Chemistry
Room 100 2014 - 2015
emccaffery@la-serrahs.org


Textbook
 Prentice Hall Chemistry; Wibraham, Staley, Matta, & Waterman. ISBN: 978-0132512107

Required Supplies
 3 ring binder (just for Chemistry)
 5 notebook dividers
 Notebook paper
 Pens/Pencils
 Whiteboard marker
 Notecards

Classroom Expectations
1. Respect the teacher, fellow students, and the student’s own learning.
2. Maintain a positive attitude about Chemistry, school, fellow students, and life in general.
3. Show up to class prepared to learn. This means the student is on time and in their seat when the
bell rings, has all of the required supplies, and leaves all things non-Chemistry outside the
classroom.
4. No distractions, most importantly no electronics.
5. No food, drinks, or gum in the classroom.
6. Homework completed meaningfully.
7. All work will be the students’ honest work.
8. Keep a neat, organized notebook.
9. Master the learning targets.

Classroom Behavior
 Classroom behavior is managed on a class wide and individual basis, using the Jar of Jewels
system.
 Students are required at all times to meet the Classroom Expectations. Failure to do so will
result in a warning, followed by a teacher’s detention, dean’s detention, parent conference, and
conduct referral.
 The most likely consequence of a student choosing not to meet the classroom expectations will
be spending time at lunch or after school helping Ms. McCaffery with tasks in her classroom,
such as cleaning, organizing papers, preparing activities.
 This class is very interactive, and there is much time dedicated to group work, discussions, and
activities where talking is encouraged. However, during instructional time, it is important that
students remain quiet and respectful so that Ms. McCaffery can provide enough information to
complete the assignment.


Grades
Classwork/Labs/Projects 25%
Homework 10%
Quizzes 10%
Exams 35%
Final Exam 20%




Grading Scale
90-100 % A
80-89 % B
70-79 % C
70 or below F

Homework
 Homework will be assigned nightly. All homework will be graded in class, and awarded
homework points.
 In order to be on time, homework must be in the Turn It In Bin BEFORE the bell rings.
 All homework will be posted daily on Ms. McCaffery’s website.
 Incomplete homework does not receive credit. If Ms. McCaffery receives homework that she
feels is not completed meaningfully, it will be returned with a zero and will receive no credit
until it is completed meaningfully.
 The last chance to turn in any homework is at the end of the unit when we take the unit exam,
and all late assignments will be turned in in the Late Bin.

Classwork
 Classwork consists of activities, labs, movies, projects, and binder checks.
 Activities, labs, and movies are expected to be completed fully and meaningfully. Ms. McCaffery
will not accept incomplete work, and assignments will be returned until they have been
completed.
 All laboratory experiments are mandatory. If the lab may be made up, it is up to the student to
schedule and meet an appointment to complete the lab. Some labs may not be made up.
 All projects will be assigned along with a rubric, and vary from individual at home projects to in
class group projects. The project will be graded exactly to the specifications designated by the
rubric. There will be approximately one project per instructional unit.
 There will be a binder check at the end of each unit. Students are expected to maintain a neat
and organized notebook, and complete and retain all papers handed out. Binder check grades
are final and cannot be made up.

Quizzes
 There will be a quiz every Monday. These quizzes are short and will be on the basic concepts
and vocabulary.
 The purpose of quizzes is to keep students on top of material and assure that they are not only
studying right before the exam.
 Students will grade each other’s quizzes in class.

Exams
 There will be an exam at the end of each unit, usually on Mondays.
 Mastering the given learning targets will promote success on the exams.
 These exams contain multiple choice and short answer questions. The short answer questions
are designed to allow students to articulate what they have learned in their own words, and are
worth approximately half of the exam score. These questions will be very similar to questions
the students have completed during class time.
 After each exam, students will be required to complete Test Corrections. These Test Corrections
are worth an exam score.

Binder Set Up
 Table of Contents
 Tab 1: Warm Ups
 Tab 2: Notes
 Tab 3: Classwork
 Tab 4: Homework
 Tab 5: Quizzes & Exams

Ms. McCaffery’s Website & Email
 mccaff.weebly.com
 Ms. McCaffery will post notes, homework, news, and other assignments online.
 Not checking the website is not an excuse for not completing work.
 Ms. McCaffery will send class emails regularly. It is expected that you check your email. If
information is sent in an email, it is expected that you have received this information.
Bathroom Policy
There will be no restroom breaks. There is a break before and after each class, so use your time wisely.
In the case of an extreme emergency, students will be required to donate their time outside of class in
Ms. McCaffery’s classroom to make up for lost class time.

Make Up Work
Students are responsible for their own make up work. All missed handouts will be in the folders in the
Biology Corner of the classroom. Make up quizzes, tests and labs can be completed on Tuesdays during
lunch or after school, no more than one week after the missed class periods. It is your responsibility to
check the class table of contents posted to see what you missed, as well as ask a classmate. If you missed
a deadline, all LATE assignments go in the LATE BIN.

Extra Credit
Extra credit may be given on a case-by-case basis, or in the form of a challenge problem or assignment to
the entire class. Extra credit will not be given in the place of missed assignments.

*Note from Ms. McCaffery
Welcome to Chemistry! As your teacher, it is my job to challenge each and every one of you, so be
expecting that. Whatever your goal for the semester is, you will be given all of the tools to achieve it, if
you are willing to put in the time and energy. The best way to succeed in this class is to complete all
work meaningfully and on time, and be aware of what you need to work on. I love to have fun in the
classroom, so bring your best attitude every day and I will do my best to ensure that you have fun also. I
look forward to a great year with you!

Note: Ms. McCaffery retains the right to make changes, additions, and deletions to the syllabus during
the course of the year.




I, , have read, understand, and agree to the terms described
on the syllabus.


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