Pre-Course Assignments

As you know, Harrison has pre-course assignments for most academic classes. Chemistry Pre-Course

You will need a good scientific calculator for this course and the knowledge of how to use it properly. It is not necessary to have a graphing calculator but you can use that if you already own one.

Be sure to give yourself enough time to prepare for class so that YOU are successful. There will be an in-class quiz over the 30 listed elements and symbols as well as a safety quiz. There is one on-line quiz to take about math concepts. Some of the content regarding protons, electrons, and neutrons will also be on the first test. See you on Wednesday, August 1!

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 10, in class. Make flashcards. Practice with a friend 🙂

Chemistry Preparation with Metrics

Students, if you want to be ahead when the semester begins, you can work on learning your metric prefixes. Please visit The prefixes for which you’ll be responsible are from tera- to femto-. We will use centi-, milli-, micro-, and nano- extensively in class and you’ll need to know how to convert easily to and from the base unit of liter/meter/gram.

You will need a scientific calculator in order to be successful in honors chemistry OR in STEM Honors chemistry.

Polyatomic Ions – Your KEY to Success in Honors Chemistry!

In class you will receive a hot pink sheet with 26 polyatomic ions listed. The first time you’ll need this is on ??? 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 honors students and my STEM students.

NHS Applications 3/30/18

On March 30, 2018, applications were submitted to either Mr. League or Mrs. Heiges. We stayed that afternoon and organized the applications and divided them out for faculty committee members.

Faculty committee members will spend the next 6 weeks reading the applications, giving particular attention to the essays written by applicants. The committee will meet in late May to make decisions.

Applicants will be notified on Monday, May 21, of the committee decisions on NHS admission.

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).

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!