I just wanted to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to expose your son/daughter to the world of chemistry this year. It is the foundation for how the world works. This will be one of the first times that your student will be exposed to a college preparatory class; unless they have taken an advanced placement class before. Having all the tools that they can at their disposal is very important to help give them the support needed to be successful. You child will need a scientific calculator and Dry Erase Markers for this class. They will be at a huge disadvantage if they come to class without the calculator or markers. A child should not have a cell phone out in plain sight or ask to use the calculator on it. The markers will be used to take notes and do partner labs in class. Discussions will follow.
Your child will have work to do outside of the classroom on a regular basis. This could be homework, finishing a lab write-up, finishing a class assignment to be graded the next day, projects, or studying for a quiz or test. Starting closer to the second nine weeks, your child will have a quiz about every other class. I would question them if they always tell you that they have nothing to do in chemistry class. You can also look on parent portal to see how they are doing on their assignments in the class. This year it will be more important than ever that you keep track of their grades online. I usually have the grades entered in by the next day.
If your child is going to be absent from my class, they need to send me an email and I will then be able to let them know what they have missed for that day. A child’s success in my chemistry class is usually based on the attendance in the class. Missing one or 2 days in this class can send them in a downward spiral if they do not get help and catch up as soon as possible. This is why I am asking for them to email me. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me. You can find my name on the Forest website. I would appreciate it if you would place the name of the child in the subject line. I will be sending your child text reminders of upcoming things so that they have less of a chance of forgetting.
If your child is taking me for AP Chemistry this year, I truly need your help. It is a must for them to be doing work on their own in preparation for the test in May if they want to receive the 3, 4 or even 8 credit hours of college credit. Cramming at the last minute or just walking into the test does not translate into success. Most of these students are looking to go to 4 year universities and they need to be shooting for 4 and 5 scores on their AP tests to set themselves above other applicants. I have already placed a bunch of links on my website to help enrich their knowledge and I hope they utilize these on a regular basis throughout the year. They can work on practice test, quizzes, watch videos, do practice questions, or purchase and work through review study guides. I would also encourage your child to pair up with 1 to 3 other students and meet with them several times a month to study and work on labs together.
I look forward to seeing most of you at Open House in September.