Hello, welcome to my webpage! This is my fourth year at Helena High School. I will be teaching chemistry I and physics. I am also a co-advisor for HHS Student Council.
I am originally from Philipsburg, MT but moved to Washington to attend Washington State University in Pullman. After college I took a job at Warden High School in Warden, WA where I taught biology, physics, chemistry, and AVID for five years. I completed National Board Certification for Adolescent and Young Adult Science in November of 2013.
My husband and I met at WSU and we have one son, who is three, and a daughter, who is one.
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Physics is the study of relationships of matter and energy. Topics in this course will include: kinematics, dynamics, wave mechanics, light, sound, magnetism, and electricity.
Chemistry I is a survey course of foundational chemistry concepts. This college-preparatory course requires concurrent enrollment in or completion of Math III (Algebra II) or Integrated Math IV and access to a scientific calculator. A lab fee will be assessed to cover the purchase of individual safety goggles.
Topics covered: Atomic theory, Electron Configurations and Bonding, Naming Compounds and Formula Writing, Moles, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Thermochemistry, and Gas Laws
Standard: Knowledge and/or skill the student will need to know and/or demonstrate
Rubric/Scale: detailed scoring guide
Assessment: test, quiz
Standards based grading is a way to assess students that concentrates more on what students actually know and can do than what work students accomplished. Students will not be penalized for late assignments or missing assignments. It allows students to learn at their own pace and only complete the practice work they deem necessary. Standards based grading puts students in charge of their own learning. All homework, classwork, and some lab work will be practice. This work will be graded so students can see what they are doing correctly and/or incorrectly, but this practice does NOT affect their overall class grade. These assignments will still be documented in the grade book. Standards and rubrics will be given to students at the beginning of each unit.
The student’s class grade will be determined by their assessment scores, some lab work, the semester final, and their academic effort. Creating a booth for Science Circus will also be a portion of physics’ students’ grade. I will use a 4 point rubric to assess each standard.
|Rubric Score||What the Score Means|
|4||The student demonstrates knowledge and/or skill that is above and beyond the standard.|
|3||The student demonstrates knowledge and/or skill of the standard.|
|2||The student is close to demonstrating their knowledge and/or skill of a standard but is not quite there.|
|1||The student cannot demonstrate knowledge and/or skill of a standard. This student will need extra practice and assistance in meeting the standard.|
If a student does not meet a standard or would simply like to improve their score they may retake an assessment. The previous score is replaced if the student scores higher. Students may take multiple retakes if it is necessary. With standards based grading the final product is what’s important. If students can demonstrate the knowledge it doesn’t matter if it took them one assessment or three. The table below translates the rubric score into a letter grade and grade book score.
|Rubric Score||Letter Grade||What Goes in the Gradebook|
|2<||NY||NY (Not Yet) This will default to 59%|
Students will have ONE week from the day the assessment is eturned to retake. In order to retake an assessment students must have completed ALL homework assignments that correspond to the assessment AND any extra practice work I deem necessary. Students do not need to achieve a 3 or 4 on every standard to pass the class.
Note: The NY defaults to a 59% to remind students that they didn’t learn this information which does have a negative impact on their grade. When students retake, this score will be removed from the gradebook and a retake score will be added.
Standard: Student will be able to describe Newton’s First Law of Motion and provide one example in the description.
Assessment: Please describe Newton’s First Law of Motion in your own words. In your description be sure to include an example.
|4||Student correctly described Newton’s First law of Motion and provided more than one example. Sample Answer: Newton’s First Law of Motion is the law of inertia. It means that an object in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by another force and an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by another force. So, if I am driving a car with the cruise control set at 65 miles an hour I will remain at 65 miles an hour until I hit the brakes to slow down. Another example is that the pins in a bowling lane will stay at rest until they are struck by the bowling ball (another force).|
|3||Student correctly described Newton’s First Law of Motion and provided one example. Sample Answer: Newton’s First Law of Motion is the law of inertia. It means that an object in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by another force and an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by another force. So, if I am driving a car with the cruise control set at 65 miles an hour I will remain at 65 miles an hour until I hit the brakes to slow down.|
|2||Student correctly described Newton’s First Law of Motion but did not provide an example. Sample Answer: Newton’s First Law of Motion is the law of inertia. It means that an object in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by another force and an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by another force.|
|1||Student incorrectly described Newton’s First Law of Motion and did not provide an example. Sample Answer: Newton’s First Law of Motion is F=ma.|
I will use Office365 as a place to post assignments, extra practice, study guides, etc. for students to access. Office365 also allows students to download the Microsoft Office programs (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.) to their home computers for free!
The naming convention of the user accounts has been changed. The new naming convention is ‘First Letter of First Name’+ ‘Last Name’ plus a number if duplicates exist, followed by ‘@helenastudent.org’ which is also the email address.
Physics folder: 2015-2016 Physics for Students
Chemistry folder: 2015-2016 Chemistry for Students