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 a three year old son and a one year old daughter.
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
Standards based grading will be used in this class. Standards based grading concentrates more on what you actually know and can do than what work you complete. You will not be penalized for late assignments or missing assignments. It allows you to learn at your own pace and only complete the practice work you deem necessary. There are incentives, however, for completing all work. For example, bonus points on assessments. Standards based grading puts you in charge of your own learning. All homework, classwork, and some lab work will be practice. This work will be corrected and/or an answer key provided so you can see what you are doing correctly and/or incorrectly, but this practice does NOT affect your overall class grade. I will keep track of homework completion, which can result in extra points on assessments. I will use a 4 point scale to determine the skills/knowledge you have acquired in the unit.
|Scale||What It Means|
|4||The student demonstrates knowledge and/or skills that are above and beyond. Students in this range score an A on assessments.|
|3||The student demonstrates knowledge and/or skills. Students in this range score a B/C on assessments.|
|2||The student is close to demonstrating their knowledge and/or skills but is not quite there. Students in this range score a C/D on assessments.|
|1||The student cannot demonstrate knowledge and/or skills. This student will need extra practice and assistance. In this range, students score a NY on assessments. This defaults to a 59% in the gradebook. When students retake, this score will be removed from the gradebook and a retake score will be added.|
If you want to improve your assessment score you may retake. The previous score is replaced if you score higher. You may take multiple retakes if it is necessary; with standards based grading the final product is what’s important. If you can demonstrate the knowledge/skills, it doesn’t matter if it took you one assessment or three.
You will have ONE week from the day the assessment is returned to retake. To retake an assessment, you must have completed ALL homework assignments that correspond to the assessment AND any extra practice work I deem necessary. You must also have been present for 90% of the instructional days for that unit. If you have missed more than the acceptable number of days you may come before school, during lunch, or after school to make up the time