Aguilar, Elizabeth

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LFU Bell Schedule
1st Period            Chemistry            8:30 a.m.   – 10:00 a.m.                (90 mins)
2nd Period           Chemistry           10:05 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.                 (45 mins)
3A Lunch            Chemistry            10:55 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.                 (30 mins)
3rd Period            Chemistry           11:30 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.                   (45 mins)
4th Period            Conference         1:10 p.m.   –  2:40 p.m.                 (90 mins)
5th Period            Chemistry            
2:45 p.m.   –  4:15 p.m.                 (90 mins)

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Chemistry Syllabus 2017-2018            Student Name: ________________________ Period:_____________


Ms. Elizabeth Aguilar



LFU956-254-5250 x 2475


Office Hours

M-F 7:45am-8:30am or 4:15 to 4:45 pm (T, W, Th, F)

(by appointment only)


LFU - Room 804




4th Period, 1:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.Please e-mail me or contact the office for a confirmed appointment.


Text:  Holt Chemistry Book and online additionally available. If you do not have online access, it is highly recommended to stop by the book room to pick up your Chemistry textbook (parents must be present with you to sign).

Description:  Welcome to Chemistry! Chemistry is the study of matter and how and why it changes.  This year, you will learn how chemistry operates in all aspects of our lives, from the toxins in plastics that you come into contact with every day, to the role of salt in our diet, and to the workings of a lithium ion battery and so much more!  This course is designed to prepare you for college science courses and to be a good citizen of the world. Below are some answers to some important questions about the course are outlined, so I ask that you read it with your parent or guardian before signing it.

Course Objectives and goals: Students will experience and demonstrate chemistry proficiency through guided practice, assignments, projects, and laboratory investigations on the following standards with the use of technology, scientific method, problem solving, critical thinking, demonstrations, lab experiments, reading, projects and discussion. Math Chapters are covered with expectations of completed homework/classwork assignments, memorization, and projects. Students will make wise choices in resource conservation, disposal and recycling of materials and analyze the impact of science in their daily lives.  Students will be evaluated on their knowledge and skills described in the Chemistry End of Course Standards adopted by the State of Texas. 

 Course Outline:

1st Semester                                                                                                              

Measuring and Calculating


Atomic Structure

Electron Clouds and Probability

Periodic Table

Periodic Properties

Chemical Bonding

Chemical Formulas

Molecular Structure

Chemical Equations and Conservation of Mass

2nd Semester

The Mole

Chemical Equations and Stoichiometry

Law of Conservation of Energy



Acids, Bases, Salts

Gas Laws

Gases and the Mole

Radioactive Decay

Chemistry Pre-Final. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of science Chemistry.

Requirements for Passing:  Science builds on previous concept; it is important that you do your level best to attend class every day.

A minimum of 90% attendance-three absences or more could result in lost credit even if you have a passing grade. 

Earn a grade of 70% or better

Tutoring Resources:

Before, lunch, and after school, and Peer tutoring, School Library, Saturday Academy and Homework Center tutoring


Be on time.  Be at your seat when the bell rings.  Tardiness is unacceptable and disrupts student learning.  Follow school tardy policy.  Parents/guardians will be called after 3 tardies and will become a referral.

Absences:  be present, this class will go at a fast pace; therefore, do your level best to be here every day prepared to learn and ready.  If excessive absences are habitual, mandatory homework center consequences will be given.

Be Respectful:  Respect the classroom learning environment, listen with intent to learn when students/teacher/guests are speaking.  Everyone is here to learn.  No Fidget spinners allowed in class


Grading Scale:                                                                                      

  • Daily Work: In class work-homework, quizzes, Labs, etc. 50%
  • Major Assessment, Tests, Projects 50%
  • Semester 1 and 2 marking periods are averaged/weighted at 80% of the semester grade.
  • Semester Final Exams are 20%.

All Assignments will contain the following Title in Cornell Note Format (in the top right corner of each paper):                                                                                                                                       

First Last Name




Due Date

Late Assignments:

  • All classwork/lab work will be due the assigned day in class or after school before leaving school unless otherwise specified by the teacher.
  • Homework is an individual activity.
  • All homework assignments are due the next day upon entry of the room and at the beginning of the period. 
  • Other than excused or pre-arranged absences, assignments handed in at any other time are considered late. 
  • Late work past the calendar day receives a 15% penalty for the 1st day the assignment is late with a 30% off for the 2nd day of the assigned work.  Acceptance of any assignment that is more than one day late will be based on the teachers’ discretion.  All late work past 3 days will receive a zero.  


Make-Up Work:  No penalty if absent, i.e.  three days absent = three days to make up work.

  • Students who are absent are responsible for obtaining and completing the makeup work in a satisfactory manner (1 day for one day absent).
  • It is the student’s responsibility to obtain Mandatory IQ time missed from your peers.
  • A student who does not make up assigned work within the time allotted by the teacher will receive a grade of zero for the assignment. 

Materials:  For this class, you will need the following.  A composition 80+ bound pages, pocket folder (with or without prongs), # 2 pencils/lead pencils, Crayola markers, colored pencils, blue/black pens, paper, eraser, pencil sharpener, paper, and scissors.  Class supplies are required as instructed per class:  blue/black pens, pencils, Clorox wipes, colored pencils, a box of Crayola, highlighter, hand sanitizer, markers, 2 rolls of paper towels, small bottle of hand soap, colored printer paper, and Facial tissues.  If you cannot bring the items assigned to your class, please speak to me about a replacement.  Items in bold are mandatory and vital for in class assignments/daily activities.  Items not bolded are helpful to have to bring daily.

1st                         Elmer’s glue, # 2 pencils                                      
2nd                        2 paper towels, hand sanitizer                                          
3rd                         Facial tissue box, blue/black pens package                                    
Optional               Crayola markers,  notebooks to donate                       
 5th                         Chlorox or generic wipettes small bottle hand soap

Class Rules:  Work Hard. Be Nice. Be Respectful. No electronic devices unless other instructed by teacher.  Cell Phones in Charge Area Only.    

  1. Be on time           3. Be honest            5. Be accountable
  2. Be prepared         4. Be positive           6.  Be your best and stay on task
  3. 7.  Follow all district-campus mandated rules, classroom rules - refer to student handout.

  4. 8. Be respectful of yourself, classmates, your teacher and property

Classroom Expectations:  Students should comply with school and district rules.  In addition, students are expected to:

  1. Treat classmates, yourself, and the instructor with respect at all times.
  2. Arrive on time, prepared to learn, stay on task, and write legibly on all work.
  3. Follow all mandated lab and safety rules and procedures.
  4. Dress appropriately for the lab environment.
  5. Clean up your desk and lab area prior to leaving the classroom.   No backpacks, purses on the desk or lab table.  No cell phones
  6. Come to class with prepared to learn, work cooperatively with your partner (s), lab group, and complete your assignments.
  7. Be ready to start, with pen/pencil/paper as soon as you walk into class for the warm-up.  Be present, motivated, and mature with a curious, open-mindedness and willing to ask questions.

 Be a team player: Come in with an open mind.  Dreams don’t work unless you do.  The best way to predict your future is to create it.  Greatness is not a gift.  Excellence is earned.  It takes a combination of determination, training, commitment, sweat, stubbornness, and pride to get where you want to go.  If you want to be great at something you have to get a vision of yourself, you have to believe in it, you have to want it, and then pursue it with every ounce of passion that your heart and soul can muster.  Peer tutor and help your peer/neighbor where there is a time of need (we all family here), participate, ask and answer questions, and master self-discipline/self-respect in your studies.  Team work is encouraged, however, it is not acceptable to merely copy another student’s work. All students involved will receive automatic and permanent zeros for the assignment if duplicate work is received.  If a student is helping guide/explaining content strategies/problems as a team peer; this is acceptable when specified and directed by the teacher (quizzes/test/finals not allowed). Through hard work and commitment you can succeed and have fun in this course.  As a teacher, please feel free to speak to me about any upcoming situations, concerns, or questions.   

Confiscation of Distracting Items

  • No devices: cell phones, electronic games, IPads, MP3’s, headsets, and food/drinks will not be allowed to be used in class. 
  • Magazines or outside books are not allowed to be read during class instruction. 
  • Other work is not to be done during this class.
  • Any item that distracts the student, teacher, or other student in any way.

Confiscated items will either be returned after class, after school or given to the cashier’s office for a consequence fee of $15.00, through a parent-teacher meeting or through the Assistant Principal’s Office, dependent on the severity and number of times this occurs and school policy. 

Lab ReportsAll students will be expected to prepare and present one formal lab report per semester.  Instructions will be given at an appropriate time.  Individual Lab Report assignment(s) will be given throughout the year.  Approximate Schedule (always subject to change):

Laboratory Safety Contract: 

Science is a hands-on laboratory class. Many laboratory activities require the use of hazardous chemicals, materials, and equipment. Safety in the science classroom is the number one priority for students, teachers, and parents. To ensure a safe science classroom, a list of rules has been developed for this science safety agreement. Read through these rules carefully. After reviewing the rules, please sign the signature page indicating you have read, understood, and will comply with these rules and expectations.

I. Safety Guidelines

     1. Perform only those experiments and procedures authorized by the instructor.

     2. Be prepared for experiments. Pay attention to laboratory safety instructions and be sure you understand what you are doing before you start. If you don’t, ask!

     3. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times. No horseplay, or other fooling around.

     4. Wear goggles as directed by the instructor. Additional safety equipment may be required by the instructor, like gloves and an apron.

     5. Tie hair back that reaches to the shoulders.

     6. Do not wear baggy clothing that may interfere with your ability to participate in the lab.

     7. Do not eat food, drink beverages, or chew gum in the laboratory area.

     8. Work areas and equipment should be kept clean and tidy. Bring only materials specified by your instructor to the work area. Put other things

         like backpacks and purses under the desk or in a cubby

     9. Dispose of all waste materials in an appropriate manner as designated by the instructor. Some materials are hazardous to put down the drain.

    10. Read chemical labels very carefully. Make sure that you have the correct substance in the correct  concentration.

     11. Do not return chemicals to their original containers unless you are specifically instructed to do so.

     12. Handle all chemicals with care. Never taste a chemical. Check odors when instructed to do so by gently wafting some of the vapor toward your nose by hand.

     13. Never take chemicals, supplies, specimens, or equipment out of the laboratory without the knowledge and consent of the instructor.

     14. Never work alone in the laboratory without adult supervision.

     15. Do not enter the laboratory stockroom(s) or storage areas without specific permission from your instructor.

     16. Transport chemicals, materials and equipment properly as directed by the instructor.

     17. Regarding hazardous materials: From time to time we will use hazardous chemicals in the laboratory. You will be taught how to safely handle

           these during the beginning of a lesson. However, if you touch or spill a hazardous chemical on your skin, eyes, or clothes, or inhale hazardous

           fumes from a chemical reaction, inform Your teacher immediately or have your lab partner inform your teacher immediately  

     18.Never point the open end of a test tube being heated at yourself or others.

     19. Clean up after yourself! Clean all equipment after a lab and return it as you found it.

II. Accidents and Injuries

     1. Report any accident (spill, breakage, etc.) or injury (cut, burn, etc.) to your teacher immediately.

     2. Water spills on the floor need to be cleaned up immediately. Notify your teacher immediately

     3. If a chemical should splash in your eye(s) or on your skin, notify your teacher immediately.

     4. Treat burns immediately by putting the burned area under cold water – inform your teacher immediately

In summary, as a chemistry student, I will:

     • Follow all instructions given by the teacher

     • Protect eyes, face, hands, and body when involved in science experiments.

     • Carry out good housekeeping practices and keep my laboratory work area neat and orderly. This is 25% of your lab grade

     • Know the location of first aid, eyewash and fire extinguisher.

     • For my own safety and the safety of others, conduct myself in a responsible manner at all times.

     • Report potentially hazardous conditions and behaviors.

Dear student/parent(s)/legal guardian(s)

I welcome you and your son/daughter in my classroom.  Please read this syllabus with your child, sign it and have your child return the syllabus to school the next day. Students please bring this syllabus signed and this syllabus must remain in your Science folder-notebook at all times.  Parents may follow student’s grades through HAC (Parent Log), weekly progress reports are given out on a weekly or tri-weekly basis with parental/guardian signature required, and behavior to By signing this document, both parent/guardian and student agree that they have both read and understood the curriculum description, grading policies, and syllabus. Also, by signing this document, both parent/guardian and student agree that they have both read, understood and will comply with all the lab safety rules and expectations. If there are any questions about these items, or have any questions, or questions, please contact me through the school e-mail or call at 956-254-5250 x 2475. 

I have read the course syllabus and agree to pledge all my support and cooperation in urging my son/daughter to comply with the above requirements, campus, district lab, and classroom rules, and policies. 

Student Name (print) ____________________________Student Signature _____________________________Date______________

Student Contact Information: e-mail __________________________________ phone _______________Parent’s/Guardian’s Name (print) _________________________________________________ Date ______________________

Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature____________________ Home Phone (____) _____________ Work Phone (____) _______________ 

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) email: _________________________    Best time to contact parent(s)/guardian(s) _______________________

Parents/Guardians/Student:  Please take a few moments to fill out the questionnaire below with your child to help me be a better teacher (You may answer in languages other than English).  1. Do you have a smartphone, tablet, computer or other device that you can use to access the Internet?  Yes    No    Other:  2. Do you do or plan on doing any extra-curricular activities?   Ex: sports, student government, music, clubs.

3. Who is your sponsor/coach/director?   4. What kind of activities do you do outside of school?   Ex: job, club sports, church groups, babysitting.  5. What is something about you that surprises people?   6. Anything else you think your teacher should know?  7. What is your strength? Weakness?