Grades in my class will be determined through quizzes, tests, homework activities, daily assignments, and laboratory exercises. The standard Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools grading scale will be used. I like to quiz a lot, so students should keep up with their instruction on a daily basis. Graded activities will make up the following percentages of the overall nine-weeks grade (prior to the exam):

                    Quizzes and Lab Exercises- 50%

                    Tests- 40%

                    Homework/ Daily- 10%

    Also, bonus points are available throughout each nine weeks through trivia questions, optional projects, etc. A student may drop his or her lowest quiz grade if he or she has received no discipline referrals. Honors students will cover material in greater depth and at a faster pace than standard chemistry students. Honors students will cover additional material and have honors projects.

                    I don't have an incredibly long list of rules, but I expect my students to follow them at all times. They include the following:

    1.Students are to be in their seats, ready to participate, and quiet by the time the bell rings.

    2.Students are to be quiet at all times, unless given permission to speak.

    3.Students are not allowed to have any food or beverage in the classroom.

    4.Students should have all necessary materials with them when they enter the room.

    5.Students are responsible for any assignments and instruction missed due to absence. Furthermore, students returning from absences should be prepared to participate in any activity previously assigned for that day.

    6.Students are expected to practice safety in the lab at all times.


    We will cover the following topics in chemistry:

    1st 9 weeks



    Chemical/Physical Properties and Changes

    Atomic Theory

    Electron Arrangement




    Molar Conversions




    2nd 9 weeks

    Gas Laws






    Nuclear Chemistry

    *Honors: Organic Chemistry





    I want all parents to be as informed as possible about their children's progress. Please feel free to contact me at school if you have any questions or concerns involving your child. I can be reached through email at the following: ertippett@wsfcs.k12.nc.us. Thank you in advance for your attention and support!