Mr. Willoughby's Chemistry Class


Instructor Contact Information

Name: Mr. Willoughby
Room Number: 304
Phone: (862) 239-4843

Course Description

Chemistry is the study of matter and its changes. It is one of the core branches of science and leads to amazing discoveries and applications that make our world a more efficient and better place! Our class will explore the elements, the periodic table, atomic structure and the way molecules interact, as well as bonding, chemical equations, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, acids & bases, and the chemistry of living things. Laboratory assignments will cover these units, as well as traditional instruction in the classroom. Our goal in meeting science standards will be to apply understanding from this class to ask smart questions about the world around us and propose solutions to real-world problems!

Required Text and Other Supplies



Online Supplements:,,

*Once bell has rung, students will not be allowed to leave for supplies*

Classroom Activities

  1. Class starts with a “Do Now” activity as soon as the bell rings.
  2. Daily agenda, objective(s), and homework for each day will be posted in the classroom.
  3. Every class is closed with a closure activity called the “Exit Ticket
  4. Discussion and group work will be conducted in a respectful manner

Grading Policy

PCSST will once again be using standards based grading, however several changes have been made to the grading policy and they are explained in detail below. Standards based grading seeks to provide grades that are consistent, accurate, meaningful, and most of all that support learning. Two types of assessments are used to support learning. Formative assessments are used for student learning to provide feedback and time for improvement. Summative assessments are assessments of learning, used to show student achievement. Standards based grading links both assessment types to individual learning standards that are evaluated based on quality.

Types of Assessment:


Formative Assessment

Summative Assessment


Homework, Classwork, Checks for understanding, Do Nows

Tests, Labs, Projects, other Performance Assessments

Purpose for Student

Happens during learning to give student feedback on their progress towards proficiency at a particular standard.

Happens at the end of learning to gauge students’ achievement of a skill.


Formative assessments will receive a 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0. Formative assessments will be factored into your Academic Success grade which will count for 15% of your overall grade.  The academic success grade will be based on Classwork, Character, Active Learning, and Homework.  Every 2 weeks, this grade will be updated in the SIS gradebook.

Summative assessments will encompass multiple standards, and each will receive a 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0. Only marks received on summative assessments will be used to calculate the student’s grade.

Grading Scale:

4: Outstanding demonstration of skills & knowledge Above and Beyond expectations.  Makes connections beyond instruction.

3: Performs all the skills and knowledge expected but is not extending beyond what was taught.

2: Performs the basic skills and demonstrates the basic knowledge of the content.

1: Performs the basics but only with scaffolding or assistance.

0: Cannot perform the basics even with scaffolds or assistance, or does not attempt to perform the tasks.


  • Retakes in the science department will only be permitted on tests after students submit a revision plan that includes the completion of all formatives and at least one reteaching session
  • Revisions will be permitted on lab reports that are turned in prior to the due date
  • Final submissions of lab reports, science fair projects and unit tests will not be eligible for retakes
  • Time limit for retakes/revisions:
    • If all formatives leading up to the summative assessment are submitted on time, students will have 2 weeks to complete their revision plan and retake the assignment
    • If formatives leading up to the summative assessment were not completed on time or the work on the summative assignment is insufficient (not enough effort shown), students will have only 1 week to complete their revision plan and retake/resubmit the assignment


Homework, in-class assignments, and exit tickets are all considered formative assessments and 80% completion is needed for retest opportunities on graded tests. Homework is important to reinforce the day’s learning as well as prepare the student for the next class. HOMEWORK is the KEY to great TEST performance!

Lab Reports

Laboratory Explorations will take place 3-6 times per marking period. The students will have individual laboratory assignments before, during and after each lab period, which may count as a summative grade depending on the skills being used during the lab. A group Lab Report will also be assigned that will more fully show the process of the scientific method, and will require both technical writing and graphing.

Attendance and Missing Work

Attendance is the key to success in this course. If students cannot show up for the class for any reason, the student must request the lecture notes, any missing work including assignments, quizzes, projects, and tests as soon as he/she returns to the school. All notes and in-class assignments will be posted to the google classroom, giving full access to all students at any time. Failure to complete any missed assignment within two weeks of returning to school will result in a zero. Any assignment that is due on the day of the absence has no deadline extension and must be turned in on the day of returning to school. Laboratory periods will not be repeated for absences, with the student having the responsibility to make up the lab after school or during intervention periods.

Academic Support

Extra help will be available. If students need a little more help please see Mr. Willoughby and sign up for extra help or make a request on enriching students for an intervention period.


  1. Attitude is EVERYTHING
  2. Keep Your Hands to Yourself
  3. Treat Everybody with Respect

Classroom Procedures

  1. In and out of the class, you will treat yourself, your teachers, and your peers with respect.
  2. Students enter the class, Mr. Willoughby will greet you at the door and student should quietly walk to their desk.
  3. Bookbags/bags should be in your locker, not brought to the classroom!
  4. No food, drinks, gum, or personal grooming during class. This is a science laboratory!
  5. Keep hands, feet, arms, to yourself.
  6. Electronic items are prohibited. Video games, phones, mp3 players, headphones, anything OTHER than your school iPad will be taken and given to a hall monitor to be given to Mr. Bacote.
  7. All safety procedures in the lab must be observed, and they will be posted throughout the room at lab stations.

Hand Up

When Mr. Willoughby holds his hand in the air, the class will give him their undivided attention, stopping their current activity and waiting for instruction.

One finger, two fingers, three fingers, cross fingers

If a student needs a bathroom break during class, raise your hand with ONE pointer finger extended
If a student needs to go to the nurse during class, raise your hand with TWO fingers (victory sign) extended
If a student needs to get water from the water fountain, raise your hand with THREE fingers extended
If a student needs something not class-related that doesn’t fall under these three, (for example, a tissue, hand sanitizer, etc.) raise your hand with FINGERS CROSSED.

Cheating / Plagiarism

The policy on cheating is an automatic 0 grade on the assignment. Cheating devalues your education and is a waste of everyone’s time. Cheating will also lead to detention and a call home. The student will have opportunities to regain a better academic standing, but make-up assignments will have an increased complexity/difficulty.


First offense (for breaking minor rules) – private discussion during/after/before class
Second offense – discipline points, detention assigned and call home

Major infractions will result in immediate removal from class, a trip to the dean of student’s office, a call home from the teacher, possible suspension and a phone call from an administrator.

During class Mr. Willoughby will make it clear when he is unhappy with a student’s behavior through visual and verbal queues. If the student does not rectify his or her behavior immediately they will receive the first offense consequences listed above, no questions asked.

Anything not in this syllabus will be handled according to the rules of the PCSST Student Handbook