• Mrs. Paula Chastain

    Chemistry I


    AP Environmental Science


    Conference: 3rd (Odd days): 9:05 - 10:40

    Email: pchasta@bmtisd.com

    Chemistry Syllabus 

    Physics Syllabus

    Classroom Expectations:


    1. Respect
    2. Responsibility
    3. Preparation


    Every student is accountable for his or her own actions and should respect themselves and surroundings.  The expectation is to behave as young adults!  “Shut-up,” “stupid,” or ANY insults will not be tolerated!  Do not interrupt teachers or peers during discussions or lectures. As this is a lab classroom, horseplay of any type is always forbidden as is eating or chewing gum. High-school is a preparation for adulthood; therefore, in any event when a student is absent, it is his or her responsibility to obtain homework, notes, and make arrangements to make up any lab or tests.  (See “Make Up or Late Work”)     




    Students are required to adhere to classroom rules and procedures, verbal or written instructions and directions, and West Brook and BISD requirements.  Minor infractions may be managed by non-verbal or verbal warnings, including proximity control, if possible, and student admonitions and conferences.  Beyond that, infractions may result in classroom detention to be served before school. Failure to serve detentions, repeated infractions or major infractions, including those that interrupt instruction, may be managed with referrals.


    *Lab safety violations may not receive any warnings, nor will inappropriate electronic device use!


    It is imperative that we communicate and cooperate to provide an opportunity to excel, while developing a positive learning experience in our classroom. All students have a right to an opportunity for an education. Disruptive behavior represents a violation of this right and will NOT be tolerated.




    1. At least two (2) FIVE-subject spiral notebook with pockets.
    2. Pens (black or dark blue only), pencils with erasers (a #2 pencil is required for test).
    3. Glasses for lab, if contacts are worn.
    4. Non-porous, closed-toed shoes that cover the instep
    5. Scientific Calculator - $10 solar-powered sold by Wal-Mart & Office Depot is fine
    6. Highlighters (optional)


    Communal Supplies

    1. Two small bottles of Elmer’s glue
    2. One roll of paper towels
    3. One box of tissue




    Be in dress code prior to entering the classroom. Ids are REQUIRED to enter the classroom door; have it on with the picture visible, do not even attempt to come in without it (don’t use your friends) or be out of dress code.


    Once you have entered, students need to obtain needed materials, put all personals on the table beside the door (i.e. purses, brushes, mesh packs, etc.), place cell phone in the cell phone caddy at the front of the room,  find their designated seat, and remain in it until further notice.  Once seated, the daily objective and starter/ opener must be copied and answered.  The starter, daily objectives and summaries will be included in the notebook grade; be sure to note absences, and get the notes.


    The “objective” lists daily or weekly plans.  The starter is usually a question that was previously discussed or something which will be elaborated on.  Starters may be used for an extra daily participation grade and may be seen again on tests, making it beneficial to review these questions.  The summaries include homework such as readings, notices, or deadlines.  Referring back to responsibility, it is the student’s responsibility to collect missing assignments, notes, or labs, etc.


    Due to safety issues, fragrances of any type are not to be freshened before, or during class, nor are excessive quantities to be worn (if your fragrance proceeds you, then you are wearing too much). As this is a science lab classroom, there is to be NO food, drinks, or gum, etc., per state law.


    Grading Policy:


    Test & Major Grades

    I.e.  Performance Assessments, Projects, and 6-wks test (“T” will be on the end of the name of a Test – “Q” for a quiz)


    Daily & Labs

    I.e. Participation, Write-Ups, & Lab Products (“L” will be at the end of the name of a Lab)







    Anytime work is needed – NO WORK, NO CREDIT. If your name is not on your paper, it will not be graded and cannot be reclaimed. There will be a 5 point penalty if the period or date is missing. A minimum 30 point penalty may be assessed if the lab station is omitted from work due for a grade due to responsibilities related to clean lab stations and damaged equipment – this is also the minimum penalty for failure to leave the lab station cleaned. Black or dark blue ink or a lead pencil is the only acceptable writing utensil choice to use for graded work, unless otherwise specified. Work turned in any other color will not be graded; it can be redone but will receive a late penalty and must be attached to the original work. “DNP” is assigned for those in attendance but not allowed to perform a lab – it is averaged as a “0” and may be made up.


    Electronic device usage, except for calculator (not on a cell), for any reason during a test/quiz will result in a referral, and “0”. Even texting a parent for any reason is unacceptable during a test. If I see it out, it will be assumed cheating is being attempted. Retest/quiz due to cheating may ONLY be made up within one week with parental request for the privilege – before school only.


    Make-Up, Late Work, Missing Work, Lost Assignments


    It is always to your advantage to assume work is due the next day, as this will usually be the case. “I didn’t know it was due!” is not an acceptable excuse for late work. When absent, an “M” is listed, which is averaged as a “0”. Failure to turn in an assignment will result in an “NHI” (not handed in), which is averaged as a “0”.


    Late work will only be accepted without penalty with excused absences.  Students with extra-curricular responsibilities - extra-curricular activities that cause an absence do not give a student additional time for completion.  This means that homework is due on the same day for everyone! –No exceptions, so make arrangements to turn work in early or with a trustworthy peer. For each school day an assignment is late there will be a 10-point deduction noted, per district policy.. If help is needed with any makeup, the request is to be made during individual or group time not during instructional time. By the fifth day after the work is due, per district policy, it will not be accepted.


    All Labs must be made-up before or after school within 7 days of the absence, during a tutorial. The student must make arrangements, with the teacher, prior to making up a missed lab.  Therefore, if you participate in extra-curricular activities, you must make arrangements to complete missing labs.  Quizzes may be given – these are usually unannounced.


    Quizzes may always be corrected for a regrade. The student must work individually and explain what is wrong with the incorrect choice, in addition to identifying the correct choice. As the purpose of corrections is to demonstrate learning has occurred, “I guessed” or “I didn’t understand” are examples of unacceptable explanations.


    Reteaching Policy                 

    Beaumont ISD policy states:


    Re-teaching is defined as another presentation of content, usually to provide an additional opportunity for a student to learn. Implementation of the district procedure for re-teaching does not have to be detailed or prescriptive. Re-teaching may vary from subject to subject or from class to class, even from student to student.


    Remediation implies analysis of the learning task and further diagnosis of a student’s needs, including the identification of deficient prerequisite skills.  Remediation may occur in many different situations.


    Re-teach may include, but will not be limited to, the following techniques:


    1. The student may be required to correct or rework unsatisfactory papers. These grades will replace the original grade.
    2. The student may be required to retake a major exam. This new grade will replace the original grade.
    3. The teacher may require the student to attend a tutorial program or remedial classes. Co-curricular or extracurricular activities will not be allowed to interfere with a teacher’s requirement to attend these tutorial classes.
    4. The teacher may assign additional work on this unit for the student to complete.
    5. The teacher may work with small groups during class time while other students work independently.


    Whatever techniques are used, the ultimate goal of the teacher is to ensure that the student has learned the material.


    The Science Department requires the attendance of 2 tutorial sessions prior to reassessing a student’s failing test grade.   



    Academic Dishonesty

    Beaumont ISD Policy States:


    Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to grade penalties on assignments or tests and disciplinary penalties in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.  Academic dishonesty includes cheating or copying the work of another student, plagiarism, and unauthorized communication between students during an examination.  The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall be based on the judgment of the classroom teacher or another supervising professional employee, taking into consideration written materials, observation, or information from other students.

    If a student is found with a cell phone or other electronic device out during a test, it will be assumed that the student intended to cheat and the student will receive a “0”. If I see ear buds during a test, it will be assumed an electronic device is attached and being used inappropriately. Test/quiz may be made up at my convenience, within one week, and if a parent/guardian requests the privilege.


    Please realize that both the student copying another’s work and the student that allowed another to copy his/her work is equally guilty of cheating.



    Lab Safety:


    In order to provide the safest environment, NO warnings may be given in the lab because the safety of the students is of the utmost importance at West Brook High School!  Violations of any lab safety rules have swift and severe consequences that will be enforced to individuals, groups, and entire classes if necessary. Lab contracts are required, as is passing a safety test, prior to participation in lab activities. Due to safety issues, fragrances of any type are not to be freshened before, or during class, nor are excessive quantities to be worn (if your fragrance proceeds you, then you are wearing too much). Remember that detrimental behavior, including not following all directions, will reduce any lab grade. Per state law, as this is a science lab classroom, NO food, drinks, gum, etc.


    1st violation – removed from a lab resulting in a zero, along with a mandatory detention and mandatory  

                     acceptable completion of a Near Miss/ Hazard Report prior to participation in further lab

    2nd violation – the loss of lab privileges for an entire grading period.

    3rd violation – the loss of lab privileges for the remainder of year.


    Due to state law, alternative assignments cannot be given to any student whose lab privileges are terminated which will severely impact a student’s grade.


    Electronic Devices


    1. Other than scientific calculators, electronic devices are not to be turned on or used, except at the direct instruction of your instructor and are only to be used for the specified task – this includes laptops, tablets and cell phones!
    2. Will not be utilized in the presence of a substitute, except for scientific calculators.
    3. Cell phones are to be place in the cell phone caddy at the front of the room upon entering the class and may be retrieved when leaving the class.


    Electronic device usage is a privilege, not a right. Personal electronic devices should not be plugged in for charging in the classroom.



    Curriculum & Pre-requisites: 


    In Chemistry, students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students study a variety of topics that include: characteristics of matter; energy transformations during physical and chemical changes; atomic structure; periodic table of elements; behavior of gases; bonding; nuclear fusion and nuclear fission; oxidation-reduction reactions; chemical equations; solutes; properties of solutions; acids and bases; and chemical reactions. Students will investigate how chemistry is an integral part of our daily lives


    The Prerequisites for Chemistry I are the successful completion of / or current enrollment in Biology and the successful completion of / or current enrollment in Algebra II.


    During the course of the year, Physics will cover several topics: As Algebra I is a prerequisite, the student must be able to solve for an unknown by rearranging the formulas.




    All work given by a substitute teacher during the instructor’s absence WILL BE GRADED and must be turned in before leaving class to the substitute, even if not completed. More work may be given than I expect completed, but I do know how much should be completed during class.







    Classroom tutorials are scheduled for Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 2:45 – 3:15 p.m. and Wednesday, if there is no faculty or department meeting. These hours are subject to change during the school year. Before school tutorials must be coordinated with your instructor at least 24 hours in advance.


    The student is expected to take advantage of tutorials for make-up work – including labs -, missing notes, questions on homework or the reassessment of a failing test grade.


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