Two and a Half Weeks Remain….

We have two and a half weeks remaining in the semester. It is imperative that you put your best foot forward on each assignment. Please go ahead and review your polyatomics so that you are not caught unaware.

Monday, December 4, is a 5 question multiple choice quiz about molarity and dilution. The calculations you did for your Making a Solution lab are examples. Please solve more problems in preparation. There is a Quest assignment for this unit. Perhaps working some of those problems would be a good idea.

On Monday, we will also learn about solution stoichiometry. The Prep of a Solution lab will be conducted on Thursday, Dec 7. Your Dissolving Sugar labs that you finished today are due on Tuesday, 12/5. We will also begin learning about acids and bases.

Tuesday and Wednesday, we will learn about pH and associated equations and titrations.

On Friday, Dec 8, we will conduct a lab about colligative properties. We will also have the pH quiz to give another grade in the category before exemption forms are due.

On Monday, 12/11, we’ll review the pH quiz and do a little SLO review and problem solving.

Tuesday, 12/12, we have a titration quiz. Then we will conduct a virtual titration.

The SLO occurs on Wednesday, 12/13. It counts 4% of the semester grade. After the SLO, you can work on labs in class.

On Thursday, we’ll review the pH and titration quizzes and review for the test which occurs on Friday, 12/15. The UT Quest is due Thursday, 12/14, at midnight.

On Monday, 12/18, there will be an extra credit cumulative quiz opportunity available which includes acid/base, solutions, thermo, reactions, stoichiometry, and formula writing. It is completely optional. We will also answer questions from the final exam review available here on Course Sites.

Final exam for 1st and 2nd periods is on Tuesday, December 19, and the final exam for 4th period will occur on Wednesday, December 20.

Polyatomic Ions – Your KEY to Success in Honors Chemistry!

Today in class, you received a hot pink sheet with 26 polyatomic ions listed. The first time you’ll need this is on Thursday, August 31, on the ionic nomenclature quiz. You will continue to need them for the entire semester. Please work on learning them. Make flashcards. Use the quizlet on Course Sites. Help yourself. Students who DON’T learn them are not successful in honors chemistry so please be sure to learn them well.

I have posted this here on the blog as well as on Course Sites. Do recall that Course Sites is the place I use to communicate with my students.

Math and Atomic Models

I will communicate with you via Course Sites. Check there daily for announcements. Because we have a handful of students still in transit, I am repeating the Course Sites message here.

Today, we reviewed the honors math quiz in class. The problems can be found at:

HHS Chemistry Content –> Unit 1 Atomic Structure –> Notes

I will post our class notes daily here on Course Sites for you.

I’m not sure if it was “summer brain” or the fact that you were surprised to see math on day 1 but a significant number of you struggled with the quiz. If YOU find the material foreign or more difficult than you can manage, please visit your counselor ASAP. I want you to be successful in honors chemistry and we will be using this math for the entire semester.

We also started a webquest about atomic models. Please continue to work on it for the next several nights with the anticipation of completion before you walk into class on Friday. First, watch each link and take notes. After doing so, complete the CER for each of the 6 models. On Friday in class, we will “de-brief” the models to ensure that each of us has accurate information regarding the merits and limitations of each model. Questions from this activity will be on the unit test. Recall that there is a link at Unit 1 Atomic Structure –> Labs to allow you to click the link so you don’t have to type the web address.

Use of the blog

As we discussed in class, my primary method to communicate with you is Course Sites. Please log in using the credentials provided in class and look for announcements from me there.

Have you done your Schoology assignment? There is one quiz to take which will count toward your grade. You need to learn the 30 elements for an in-class quiz (Fri 8/4). You need to review atomic structure so that you are ready to progress. You need to watch the safety movie to be prepared for the in-class safety quiz (Tues 8/8).

Element-ally Speaking :-)

On Schoology, I asked you to learn the symbols for 30 of the elements on the periodic table. These include hydrogen through calcium (the first 20) AND iron, nickel, copper, tin, silver, gold, lead, zinc, bromine, and iodine. You need to know the name and the symbol for each of these elements. There will be a quiz on Friday, August 4, in class. Make flashcards. Practice with a friend 🙂

Honors Chemistry Pre-Course Assignment

Just about time for the new school year to begin – hope you’ve had a grand summer! Please visit HHS Chemistry , register for Schoology, and perform the assignments for chemistry before class begins. There will be an in-class quiz over the 30 listed elements and symbols as well as a safety quiz. Some of the content regarding protons, electrons, and neutrons will also be on the first test. See you on Monday, July 31!

Literacy Assignments

Each unit, after the test, there will be a literacy assignment on Course Sites. It is under the “assignments” tab for the unit. It will take you to an online article related to the unit. You need to read the article and answer several questions about it.

As you respond, be sure that you are literate with what you write. After all, that’s a major focus of literacy. Did you use complete sentences? Was your grammar correct? How about your spelling?

These are submitted on Course Sites and will be a nice way to earn points toward the unit. After you finish testing, you may grab your phone and work on your literacy assignment following each test or you may use one of the computers in the room. Literacy is always due by midnight on the day after the test.

CourseSites Online Class

Honors students, each of you will have access to my online class at In this online resource, you will find a wealth of resources. Be sure that you use this to your full advantage to supplement what we learn in class. Also refer to the calendar for honors at the top of this page. I will provide you with your log-in for CourseSites in class. Parents, ask your student for the log-in code. Each unit, you will have a literacy assignment on CourseSites to perform and submit online that counts toward your grade.

National Honor Society

We were slated to deliver letters to students on Monday, May 22, to inform students of our new membership. However, due to the tragedy that occurred over the weekend and the loss of Joelle D, we have decided to delay the letter delivery. If you would like to know if you made it into NHS, please contact either Mr. League or me and we will be glad to let you know. Otherwise, we will distribute the letters when we return to school in the fall. Thank you for being a caring Hoya community to support our students in need.