Camden Hills Regional High School

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Honors Chemistry
Ms. Klemmer
Room 317 - Period

Chemistry is the study of "stuff": the materials that make up everything in the Universe. Honors Chemistry is designed to help students build up a scientifically valid picture of the physical Universe through asking question about the relationship between the properties and structure of matter. To do that requires constant shifting between the every day "macroscopic world", the difficult to see or imagine "submicroscopic world", and the representations and equations we use to link these in the "symbolic world".  This course focuses on the Next Generation Science Standards practices of  theory-building (creating and evaluating scientific models and explanations) and experimental design (the methods used to study the material world and test theories). 

 My current syllabus is here
More detailed information about each unit is available on iTunesU.


Honors Chemistry is designed for students seeking an accelerated pace and who have demonstrated a high level of performance in physical science and algebra. Students will be expected to apply problem-solving skills to unfamiliar situations, routinely employ higher-order thinking skills, and read and write at or above grade level. Some prior experience with honors level math and/or science classes is strongly recommended.

Grading Policy:

From my perspective, assignments are graded to help students understand what they know and what they need to learn. On Powerschool, grades are categorized to help you understand yourself as a learner. Each quarter (and any other time you’d like) I’ll provide a summary of how students are doing in chemistry’s three major areas: lab work (30%), conceptual knowledge (30%) and problem-solving (30%). The last 10% of each quarter's grade is reserved for a long-term individual project.

More details on grading can be found here.



It is your responsibility to find out what you have missed. Missed work should be made up a timely fashion, usually within a week. Tests are to be made up before the next unit test. Whenever practical, students who miss only a day should check iCal for homework and be ready for the next day’s class. Students who choose to take vacations during school time are required to make up all work missed and get their own notes on any new material. Alternative assignments may be given, at my discretion, if the nature of the work (such as a team assignment) precludes making up the exact work missed.

   Un-graded practice work isn’t accepted late. The due dates represent when we’re discussing the work, and its either done or not done at that point. Graded work will lose 5% per class day. (Quarter projects have special rules.)
   There are always special circumstances that can override these rules, such as an away game that got back very late or opening night of the musical. Students are encouraged to talk to me about their special needs for extensions.
   Students are also asked to be realistic about their schedules: if you don’t have 30 minutes/day to devote to this course then this might not be the best place for you.

Assignments are (1) given orally in class (2) posted on a whiteboard in my classroom and (3) listed in iCal. My whiteboard and ical are usually filled out for up to a week into the future, so that students can better plan their time.
To subscribe to iCal go to the class wiki at

   Homework is generally given every day.  [I do not assign homework over the long vacations in November, December, February, and April.] Many assignments are due to the next day, but some have longer deadlines. Students may expect to spend 30-45 minutes per night.
   Homework provides opportunities for students to (1) prepare for the next class - perhaps by reading an article or studying a new kind of problem; (2) practice what was learned in class - perhaps with problems; (3) consolidate new learning - perhaps by writing up the conclusion for a lab.