Hello, welcome to my webpage! This is my third 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 two and a half, and a daughter, who is 3 months.
I have truly enjoyed getting to know all of you this school year. I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to end the year with all of you!
On Saturday you will celebrate 13+ (if you count pre-school!) years of education with friends, family, teachers, and mentors. Hug your parents on Saturday, this is an achievement for them as well. Receiving your diploma is a culmination of a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (for you and your parents!).
The longer I teach, the more impressed I am with you “millennials.” Younger generations always get a bad rap I think, but don’t believe everything you hear. You are all so compassionate, tolerant, intelligent, and innovative. You all have the skills and abilities to become amazing individuals and achieve your dreams. I KNOW that all of you will do great things and work to help change the world. I’m so proud that I get to work with such amazing students on a daily basis. You are an easy bunch of students to brag about! Have a great day on Saturday!
In the words of Dr. Seuss, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Congratulations Class of 2016!!!
http://www.usca.edu/chemistry/genchem/nomtst.htm (Note: There is one error on the answer key. Lead and Iodine would form PbI2 (lead(II) iodide) or PbI4 (lead(IV) iodide).
The end of first quarter is coming up quickly! The quarter ends on October 30th.
Monday: Clown Day
Tuesday: Decade Day (9th grade: 50’s, 10th grade: 60’s, 11th grade: 70’s, 12th grade: 80’s, Staff: 90’s)
Wednesday: Pajama Day
Thursday: Color War Day (9th grade: grey, 10th grade: blue, 11th grade: green, 12th: red, Staff: tie dye)
Friday: Bengal Pride Day
Saturday: Carnival 4-8 pm (Tickets can be purchased next week!)
JUNIORS & SENIORS:
You are invited to attend a College Fair at the Carroll College Gym on Monday, September 28th from 1:30pm-3:00pm. In order to attend, you need to register online as well as sign-up on the clipboard on Ms. Oliveira’s door in the counseling office. To register online, go to www.montanacolleges.com. You can also find information about a scholarship opportunity as well as a list of colleges participating in the fair. Your parents will initially need to excuse your absence, but when you check-in with Ms. Oliveira at the College Fair she will change your absence. Questions? See Ms. Oliveira in the Counseling Center.
Chemistry students will need goggles for labs. There are three options to make sure you have goggles!
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
Student Council is the student government at Helena High School. Student Council is in charge of organizing Homecoming, Winter Formal, and many other HHS activities. Student Council is a great way to become involved, make new friends, learn valuable life-long skills, and have your voice heard at HHS.
Student Council is currently looking for students to help serve on committees throughout the 2015-2016 school year. You can dedicate as much or as little time as you would like! We would love your participation! If you are interested in becoming involved in Student Council you can contact me or Ms. Watts.
Student Council on Facebook: HHS Student Council
Student Council on Twitter: @HHS_StudentCo
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