Instructor: Fastovsky, L.


    Mrs Fastovsky's  Honors Chemistry    
                      Westerly High School Chemistry 1 Syllabus
    2016-2017 School Year
    Ms. Fastovsky (W213)
    Course Description:
    In this Chemistry course, students will experience both traditional and discovery methods for investigating modern chemical concepts. Emphasis is placed on developing explanations from experimental evidence including quantitative relationships. This course provides a strong laboratory component with a focus on independent learning and scientific inquiry. 
    At WHS, chemistry is:


    • Blended classroom that is Learner-driven with Independent-, & Active-learning
    • Center-based 
    • Spiraling curriculum
    • About Real-world connections


    • Units are divided by "Essential Questions"
    • Within each unit there are "Driving Questions" designed to help you gather enough info to answer essential question
    • Activity baskets, labs, practice sheets, and articles are available to help you answer the driving questions - they also provide evidence to support your conclusions about the essential questions
    • The Coversheet acts as a guide for you to organize your learning and should be used to plan what you will work on in class each day.
    • All activities, assignments, assessments, and labs are listed on "Coversheets" for each unit.
    • Due dates and expectations for completion of assignments/assessments are located on the coversheet.
    • These Coversheets are a collection of the resources you will gather to answer the Driving Questions and ultimately answer the Essential Question

    • You are developing your own notebook with data and observations gathered during activities or labs. There may also be examples or notes taken from your research.
    • There are power point notes available in the Livebinder for each topic in the unit.
    • Topics reviewed at the beginning of class are based on your questions. These questions & answers are your notes!
    • Warm-up activities will also be given at the beginning of most classes and are designed to assist students with topics in their cover sheets. They also serve as a way to monitor progress on their cover sheets. Students are advised to copy all warm-up problems/questions into their notebooks along with the solutions after it has been gone over. 
    The successful student of Chemistry does his/her work enthusiastically and conscientiously. This student also displays keen powers of observation, has excellent lab technique, goes beyond the minimum requirements in work, is well prepared and writes complete, thoughtful reports.   In addition, this student will exhibit an understanding of concepts and principles as well as being able to offer logical explanations for discrepancies in data. Most importantly, this student is courteous, cooperative, and respectful of others’ rights and property and is ALWAYS CHARITABLE.
    Be prepared for class:  In order to be prepared for class students must bring the following course materials to each class:
    • 1-2” 3-ring binder
    • Pen and Pencil
    • Folder
    • Scientific calculator
    • An open mind
    What do we mean by Blended Classroom, Learner-centered, Independent-, & Active-learning, center-based, spiraling curriculum?
    This will give you a brief explanation but for more on each topic, see the "Resources" tab:
    • Blended Classroom is one that integrates online with traditional face-to-face class activities to supplement traditional coursework with online media in the classroom.
    • Learner-centered classrooms focus primarily on individual students' learning. The teacher's role is to facilitate growth by utilizing the interests and unique needs of students as a guide for meaningful instruction. Because people learn best when they hear, see, and manipulate variables, the method by which learning occurs is often times through experimentation.
    • Independent-learning consists of a classroom with a facilitator that has set up a learning environment that largely gives the students the ability to learn on their own. This promotes responsibility of students knowing what they have to do and do it without anyone telling them and finding ways to understand material through application (generally trial-and-error).
    • Center-based or Active-Learning means that there are learning centers in the classroom designed to offer a variety of materials, activities, and media through which students can work by themselves or with others.  The information can be review or can be a way to introduce a topic, provide experiences, or review material.
    • Spiraling-curriculum is a way of acquiring knowledge where the learning is spread out over time. The curriculum is designed so the material is revisited repeatedly and used in different ways and more complexly.
    There are many reasons for homework. In this class you will have homework because:
    • You need info for the group and they are depending on you to bring that to them
    • It will help you better understand what we will be doing in class tomorrow 
    • You need to practice a concept on your own to make sure this is something that you can do independently
    Therefore, it is up to you to do homework! You will not be graded on “doing” homework.
    Grade Weighting (By Semester):
    76% 12% 12%
    Course Content Anchor Task Exam
    Product / Proficiency Summative Assessments…The evaluation of student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard(s) or benchmark(s).  (Examples: summative assessments, formal and informal lab reports, projects, presentations) 65%
    Progress Interim Assessments…The evaluation of student learning at different points within an instructional unit that measures progress toward some standard(s) or benchmark(s).  (Examples: quizzes, short writing tasks, minor presentations/performances, minor graded assignments) 35%
    Formative Some classwork will consist of formative assessments (example: “Do-Now”) which will not be “graded” but will be corrected for feedback. 0%
    - Work Habits to be assessed separately.
    Do-overs:  Assessments/Assignments
    • Students have the opportunity to “do over” ONLY four graded assignments/assessments per semester on which they scored below 80% within one week of receiving the scored assessment.
    • Students must sign the WHS SCIENCE “do over” contract (available on the “Curriculum LiveBinder”) with their teacher to clarify the procedures within two days of receiving the scored assessment/assignment.
    • The “do over” score is your final score, up to 80%.
     Academic Integrity
    • Any student(s) caught cheating or involved in cheating on any form of assessment or any other graded assignment will receive a zero on said assessment/assignment followed by contacting your parents/guardians as soon as possible.  (Please see attached outline of academic integrity)
    • WHS policies on academic integrity, which can be viewed on p. 34 of the WHS Student Handbook, will also apply.
    Laboratory Activities:  Chemistry is a lab science which will require students to apply what they have learned conceptually to a laboratory setting. 
    • Proper behavior and use of equipment is expected and enforced at ALL times (Please see the attached “Chemistry Laboratory Safety Agreement” for a complete list of expectations).  Improper or unsafe behavior will result in a loss of points and exclusion from the lab activity, which may only be made-up afterschool. 
    • No student may participate in laboratory activities until the “Student-Parent/Guardian Acceptance Contract” has been completed and returned.
    • Informal lab summary reports or formal lab reports are required for almost every lab exercise. One week will be given to complete formal lab reports after conclusion of lab experiments.  
    Assistance for Success:  The following are aspects of this course designed to help students achieve a level of proficiency and a passing grade in chemistry:
    • Assistance with study habits/development of good study skills.
    • One-on-one tutoring/extra help after school (check with teacher for availability)
    • Links to helpful resources in the course LiveBinder
    Food and Drink:  There is absolutely no food, candy or gum, nor any drinks other than water allowed in the Chemistry lab.  Please dispose of chewing gum before taking your seats in class.  Failure to comply with this policy will result in disposal of food/candy/gum/drinks.
    Absenteeism:  Regular attendance is essential for success in Chemistry class
    • If you are absent, all material can be accessed through the class LiveBinder.
    • Assessments/assignments with a due date on the day you are absent will be due upon your return to school
    • Fieldtrips or other school related absences do not excuse you from due dates!
    Electronic Devices: 
    Electronic devices are a major part of this course. There are many computers in the room but a personal device is a great way to access material. You are, therefore, encouraged to bring your devices or personal computers.  These devices, however, can easily become a distraction.  If you are not using your electronic device properly or responsibly, the “Westerly Public Schools Bring Your Own Device Policy” will be followed/enforced:
    BYOD Westerly Public Schools Staff/Student Agreement
    Students and staff are encouraged to use their technology responsibly and in a manner which
    enhances teaching and learning. Privileges may be taken away if necessary. However when used
    responsibly, BYOD benefits the learning environment as a whole. Staff as well as students and
    parents/guardians participating in BYOD must agree that users will adhere to the Student Code
    of Conduct; or Staff procedures set forth WPS, respectively. Also, adhere to Westerly School
    Committee policies, particularly the Responsible Use Policy (RUP), and expectations set forth in
    Westerly Public Schools student handbooks. Additionally, for BYOD technology use:
    • All Staff, or Parents and students must agree that they have read and understand the policy.
    • Technology Devices must be in silent mode while on school campuses and while riding
    school buses.
    • Technology Devices may not be used to cheat on assignments or tests, or for non-instructional purposes (such as making personal phone calls and text/instant messaging).
    • Technology Devices may not be used without the permission of the classroom teacher.
    • This includes but is not limited to recording, transmitting or posting of either audio or
    photographic images or video of a person, or persons on campus during school activities
    and/or hours.
    • Technology Devices may only be used to access files on computer or internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum. Only games educationally approved are allowed.
    • Printing from personal devices may not be possible at school.
    • Personal technology is charged prior to bringing it to school and runs off its own battery
    while at school.

    I encourage parents to contact me with questions or concerns regarding their student’s progress anytime.  The best way to reach me is at the e-mail address below:
    Ms. Fastovsky’s WHS e-mail address:  lfastovsky@westerly.k12.ri.us
    I can also be reached by phone at school 596-2109 (main office), please leave your name, phone number and best time of day to contact you.


  • Equilibrium Binder

    http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1625804 whs chem eq

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  • nomenclature practice links

    http://www.pafaculty.net/biology/keith/KR_Graph_site/ionic_nomenclature_page.htm http://www.chemteam.info/Nomenclature/Nomenclature.html

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  • Energy unit Binder

    http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?tab_layout=side&id=1490330#anchor whs chem energy

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  • Honors Project links

    Per 4 Project Links   https://magic.piktochart.com/output/18759183-visual-project http://prezi.com/clxiicfc6rmd/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv_CQ2k5lqg&feature=youtu.be https://magic.piktochart.com/dashboard# https://magic.piktochart.com/output/18854698-density-project https://magic.piktochart.com/output/18827209-temp-vs-solubility https://drive.google.com/a/westerly.k12.ri.us/file/d/0B7TFx7p4LbLCU200dWdRTDJFTlU/view?usp=sharing https://magic.piktochart.com/output/18691826-polarity https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B3ZMwRRWNfq4dMSsA6GRgQCmmLQWLqRZKO4G0E0VORI/edit https://magic.piktochart.com/output/18827117-new-piktochart-conflict-copy-conflict-copy https://magic.piktochart.com/output/18758985-chlorine https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B3ZMwRRWNfq4dMSsA6GRgQCmmLQWLqRZKO4G0E0VORI/edit https://drive.google.com/open?id=150doOH0CarnLxqaIs-vpuhqxy5ENS3WK96toD49bjxo Per 6 Project Links   https://docs.google.com/a/westerly.k12.ri.us/presentation/d/11_fiGygpbaX-JWwZmBJ0j8VNqSQQjrnao3jbsNAJ1cs/edit?usp=sharing https://youtu.be/UpXC0HaKJQk https://spark.adobe.com/video/5RgHTmHBxp892 http://bakingsodaandvinegarbonding.weebly.com…

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  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, Monday 11/7

    If you would like to sign up for a conference, use this form to see what slots are available.

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  • Periodic Table Live Binder

    http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1422764 whs chem pt

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  • Course Info & Curriculum

    We will be using a platform called LiveBinders in class this year. Most info is posted below but more can be found in our General Course Binder at this link. (http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1422782) The access code is:   whs chem (make sure you put a space between words) There is also a copy in the "File" section below if you would like to print the document

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  • Supplies

    Be prepared for class:  In order to be prepared for class students must bring the following course materials to each class: 1-2” 3-ring binder Pen and Pencil Folder Scientific calculator An open mind

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  • Student vs Learner

         Students Learners Relationship with educators Students are employees, required to obediently follow instructions. Learners are citizens with a vested interest in the learning society. Relationship with other “Students” Students are competitors Learners are collaborators Motivation Obligation: Students are culturally obliged to work for the teacher & for compensation (below) Responsibility: Learners are motivated by an understood and realized “value” in their work, especially when it is valuable to others. Compensation Institution defined grades and gateways to college (another institution) and a good job (another institution) A sense of ongoing accomplishment that is not delivered but earned, and not symbolic but tangible and valuable — an investment. Mode of Operation Compliant, group-disciplined, objective-oriented, and trainable Persevering, self-disciplined, group- and goal-oriented, resourceful, and learning in order to achieve rather than achieving learning. Why? Compelled

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  • Succeeding in Chem This Year

    “Can I really learn chemistry?” The answer: With patience and time, anybody can learn chemistry. In my years of teaching chemistry, I’ve never found anybody who, with a little bit of hard work and study, wasn’t able to understand the basics. Of course, there are some things you can do to make this task easier on yourself:   ·         Learn the vocabulary! Chemistry is full of confusing, specialized terms. It doesn’t matter how well you’ve memorized the material—if you don’t understand what the words mean, you won’t understand chemistry. ·         Learn processes, not facts! A lot of people attempt to learn chemistry by memorizing the periodic table, the names and formulas of every chemical compound, and all the equations from the chemistry book. Some of these people learn chemistry, some of them don’t, and some of them have heart attacks from all of that memorization. Chemistry becomes much easier if you learn how to solve problems, rather than memorizing the answers to every potential problem. In this course, we’ll be discussing methods you can use to solve problems, rather than committing the atomic masses of the lanthanides to memory. ·         Slow and steady wins the race!   Like most subjects, chemistry is much easier to understand if you take it in small, easily digested chunks. Remember, it took over 2,000 years to develop modern chemistry—you probably won’t become a pro after a 32-hour study session. ·         Use common sense! When you solve problems in chemistry, look at the answers to make sure they’re right. For example, if you’ve found that you’re 45 meters tall after doing a unit conversion, it’s fairly certain you’ve made a mistake (unless you’re the Jolly Green Giant). ·         Enjoy the scenery! Though there are some really boring aspects to chemistry, there are also a lot of really neat things to learn. Think of chemistry as being like a long car trip—sometimes you have to endure the traffic in New Jersey before you can enjoy New York&helli

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  • MsFs Chem Help

    Ms. Fastovsky’s Chemistry Help! -          Get extra help -          Improve Anchor Task assignments from that quarter -          Clean out binders/book bags and finding missing assignments -          Make up missed work -          Correct graded assignments for better grades  I will announce each week when I'm available.

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