Honors Chemistry

Course Description:

 Topics covered are directly taken from the Essential Standards as required by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Those standards can be retrieved from http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/curriculum/science/scos/support-tools/new-standards/science/chemistry.pdf

Instructional Procedures:

Honors Chemistry is a lecture/student group-based class with frequent labs. Some lessons will require more lab time than others.  Some labs may be available online, while others are only possible in person. Some labs may be virtually supplemented for students who cannot attend. Students will be expected to participate in discussions and complete assignments.  Students will often have to participate in a lab or experiment, prove or teach phenomena, participate in novel generated discussions, and much more.  Students will be performing much of the research and development under the guidance of the teacher but will be expected to produce honors quality work.   It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with all notes and class materials. Class will be conducted in accordance with the Jackson County Early College Code of Conduct and follow ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) differentiation methods, National Collegiate Honors Council guidelines, and suggestions from the NSGT (National Society for Gifted and Talented.)  

Please note- In CANVAS, each test, assignment, quiz, or discussion board will include two dates. 

Due Date: The assignment is due on this date for the possibility of earning full credit for the assignment based on the rubric of outlined details of the assignment. 

“Open Until” or Available Until Date: This is the last day the assignment can be submitted for partial credit. A student who is absent may request an extension up until, but not beyond, this date.

**The assignment is typically open for two weeks past the due date for students who may be sick or unable to complete assignments, but students must request an extension in writing, to receive full credit past the due date. 

No retests or supplemental assignments for extra credit are allowed. Instead, poor grades and missing assignments may be dropped for everyone using a computer algorithm that gives every student the best outcome. 


Quarters 1 and 2-

Tests 50% – one test score may be dropped (If a student missed a test, no scores will be dropped and the remainder of the test scores account for 50%. Missed tests can be scored as zero if no effort to reschedule in a timely manner was attempted. )

Quizzes 20%-at least one quiz score may be dropped and some quizzes will allow multiple attempts (please read the quiz information given on Canvas.

Assignments 10%- given almost daily, one assignment score may be dropped at the end of the quarter.

Discussions 20%- given weekly, and can take place in the classroom or online in different methods

Semester 1-

Quarter 1 50%

Quarter 2 50%

Exam 1-

Final exam score

Final 1- 

Final Exam (Exam 1 as above)  25% (A mandatory Exam will be given upon completion of the class. )

Semester 1 (as above) 75% of the overall class grade


All students at JCEC students have the opportunity to participate in teacher provided tutoring and may be required to attend depending on class grades.


Students should be able to use and follow the scientific method and have at least proficient understanding or mastery of all of the standards of the North Carolina Essential Standards.  Students should be able to promote problem-solving and follow scientific ideals.  Project/Problem-Based and Lab-Based Learning creates opportunities for learning that allow students to self-direct their learning experience while still addressing all goals provided by the standards.  After the completion of this course, students should be able to use science concepts to explain and predict the physical phenomena involved with chemistry and surrounding topics, as well as create, implement and defend a self-created project.

Power School / Canvas:

All of these programs will be used in some way to provide instruction, competency understanding, and evaluation of students. Parents will have access to the PowerSchool Parent Portal which is a way for parents to access grades online. All grades will be entered into PowerSchool online through a private teacher computer. Those grades are posted in real-time.  Adjustments to the grades can still be made after they are entered in PowerSchool, however, no late work will be accepted by hand.  It is the student’s responsibility to check their grades on PowerSchool/Canvas and request to make up work or be given opportunities to make up tests, quizzes, discussions, and assignments. Students will sometimes take tests through Schoolnet and can go back and review all missed exam items.  Schoolnet tests will not integrate into Canvas, but will post to PowerSchool. Parents and students should always go by the grade that is listed in PowerSchool, rather than the grade in Canvas as the Canvas grade is incomplete.  Students will be using Canvas as an online support tool to retrieve assignments, submit work, and revisit notes. Around 99% of the work for this class will be submitted via Canvas. Students are expected to have their computers every day for in-person class and to check Canvas each weekday during remote learning.


Students are responsible for material presented in class, including announcements about changes in course procedures as determined by the school. Students are expected to complete at least 5 hours of classroom instruction either online or in-person each week, not including projects, out of class assignments/review, and assigned tutoring. 

From the JCPS Remote Policy:

“A student is considered present during a remote learning day:

 If a student completes their daily assignments, either online or offline (logs into ClassLink & Canvas); may use ClassLink Analytics for log-in information
If a student has a daily check-in, two-way communication with the appropriate teacher (s) using the Remind platform tools (call, email, text, etc.)”


(p. 19- Student Handbook references the above Board Policy)

“Plagiarism, Elementary & Secondary (Board Policies 3230/7330 & 4310)

Jackson County Schools regards the issue of plagiarism very seriously. Plagiarism is a form of cheating will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is defined as: The use of another’s words or ideas as one’s own, whether found in printed material or in electronic media. Use of sources includes

  • Direct quote – use of the author’s words verbatim with quotation marks and correct documentation
  • Paraphrase – use of the author’s ideas in one’s own words by changing sentence structure and using correct documentation
  • Summary – use of the author’s general ideas and correct documentation”

Blatant acts of plagiarism, which includes submitting the work of another, either published or unpublished, in full or part, will receive a zero. Student research will be evaluated and graded throughout the writing process. A paper which contains plagiarism will not be accepted. After having a period of time to conference with the teacher and make any necessary corrections, the student may resubmit the paper. A final grade, the weight of which will be determined by the teacher, will be assigned. If the final copy of a research paper contains a pattern of plagiarism, it will be subject to a zero.

It is the teacher’s responsibility to provide instruction concerning documentation procedures. Ultimately, however, academic honesty is the student’s responsibility. If plagiarism is not discovered during the writing process but appears in the final product, the same penalties will apply.

Reading Requirements:

Chemistry – ck12.org will be used mostly for review. We have a class set of textbooks to be shared if needed.

Additional Required Reading:  

  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean

***It is the responsibility of the student to acquire the required reading texts. They can purchase a copy of the book, check the book out from a local library, or check a book out from the teacher.

IN-CLASS Materials/Supplies Required:

 Students are expected to keep up with a notebook to use during assignments during the semester. 

  • 1 Composition Notebook or Binder
  • Notebook paper
  • Pencils (#2) /Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Colored Pencils
  • Sticky/ Post-it notes
  • If IN CLASS- One box of nitrile gloves- please no latex as we have students with allergies
  • Closed-toe shoes are required for lab days

Classroom Conduct/ Student Expectations:

Cell Phones: Use responsibly and respectfully.

Notes: Students are responsible for taking notes in class. Students are not allowed to take a photo of notes.  Copies of notes can be obtained by accessing Canvas for skeleton notes. Students who are not in class will miss important information and examples from class discussions. I recommend that students keep a notebook that can be used on tests and quizzes. 

Lab Safety Requirements:

  • We will be using the Flinn Science Safety Contract.
  • The contract must be on file BEFORE a student may participate in any lab procedure.
  • Do not let the potential hazards listed in your contract make you afraid to participate in the lab. If instructions are followed and care is taken, the likelihood of an accident is greatly reduced. Labs are usually the most fun-filled part of any science course.
  • Students are given much freedom in the lab to inquire; HOWEVER, safety is the primary concern. Any unsafe actions can cause the removal of the student from the lab at any time.

Virtual Expectations:

Virtual students are expected to follow all aspects of the ISTE standards paying careful attention to Digital Citizenship and the aspect of Intellectual Property.