Course Fees for LISD Students
Course fee if taken outside the school day:
Chemistry - Semester A Credit - $150.00
Chemistry - Semester B Credit - $150.00
* Total fee for the one-credit course = $300.00
Course fee if taken within the school day:
Chemistry - Semester A Credit - $0.0
Chemistry - Semester B Credit - $0.00
Teacher: VLA Adjunct
You must be in grades 10 -12, have one unit of high school science (Biology OR Biology Pre-AP), and successful completion of Algebra 1 to take this course.
Course Description - Semester A
The ultimate goal of this class is to deepen your understanding of chemistry and the applications of chemistry in your everyday life. This course will help you better understand fundamental chemistry topics while giving you the foundations that you need to function effectively in a scientific and technology rich society.
In the first semester, you will discover the nature of science, the role of chemistry throughout the world, and how it impacts society. You will explore atomic structure, bonding in matter, chemical reactions, and chemistry at work. In units 1-6 you will study, practice, explore, review, discuss and journal about what you are learning before testing your knowledge in each of these topics. You will meet with your teacher in online real-time class sessions at various times throughout the semester. You will even get to conduct hands-on lab experiments that you can conduct in your own kitchen.
Course Description - Semester B
Chemistry B builds upon the knowledge that you gained in the first semester and will deepen your understanding of the fundamental chemistry topics that have helped to create our scientific and technology-rich world.
In the second semester, you will uncover the amazing world of energy in matter. You will examine equilibrium and kinetics, transferring energy, as well as quantum and nuclear chemistry. You will explore energy in organic molecules. Just as in the first semester, you will study, practice, explore, review, discuss and journal about what you are learning before testing your knowledge in each of the topics from units 7 - 12. You will continue to meet with your teacher in online real-time class sessions at various times throughout the semester, and you will continue to conduct hands-on lab experiments in your own kitchen.
Required Assignments, Exams, and Projects
Your grades for this course will come from online quizzes, kitchen labs, practices, journals, discussions, and online tests. You will complete practices, studies, labs and discussions that will help you to develop a greater understanding of skills and knowledge that you will need to prepare for the unit assessments. You will complete a computer-graded exam and a teacher-graded exam in a proctored setting for each semester.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students and your teacher using online resources like Google Classroom and online discussion boards. These tools allow you to build community in the online classroom and share learning and experiences that enable all students to be productive 21st century learners.
This course is delivered using the Apex Learning Management System that uses a running point grading system. Your grades will include quizzes, journals, practices, forums, live class sessions, computer-graded tests, teacher-graded tests, and projects.
Semester grades will be based on your completed quality of work grade prior to taking your semester exams. Exam averages will be based on a combined average of a computer-graded exam (50%) and a teacher-graded exam (50%).
The final semester average is based upon LISD grading guidelines and will consist of the semester grade (85%) and the exam average (15%). By Lewisville ISD grading guidelines, you must pass the final exam and have a course grade of at least 70% to pass the course. All semester exams are proctored.
Late Work Guidelines:
All work within a module is due by the module end date (see pacing guide for specific dates).
- VLA follows the district’s Late Work guidelines. A ZERO will be entered as a PLACEHOLDER for work not completed by the due date. The zero will be changed once the work has been submitted.
- Work submitted the first day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 70;
- Work submitted the second day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 60; and
- Work submitted the third day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 50.
- Module Close: Modules will lock down 72 hours after the end date. You may not submit work for credit after the module has closed. Any zeros remaining when the module closes will remain as zeros in the grade book.
If you earn a grade below a 70 on a major grade, the teacher will reteach, then reassess. In order to receive reassessment options, you must turn in major grade assignments within a module by the module end date. After the reteach/reassess, the higher of the two grades will be assigned, with the maximum possible score of 70.
You will need a scientific calculator for this course. You will also need to have access to Google Classroom (included in your LISD Google Apps for Education). You will receive a list of required kitchen lab resources at the start of the course. All kitchen labs will be accessed and submitted through Google Classroom.
- Technical System Requirements: PC or MAC preferred
- Minimum Bandwidth Required: 128K
- Video Player: Quicktime; VLC Player
- Plug-ins: Java 10 or higher; Adobe Reader 6 or higher
- Student must be able to download files: Yes
- Software needed to complete this course: Zoom Launcher (free download)
- Pop-Up blocker: Off
- Caching: Off
- Browser compatibility: Mozilla Firefox 7 or higher preferred; Google Chrome 11 or higher; Internet Explorer 8 or higher.
Services for Students with Special Needs
For students with an IEP/504 Plan, we provide accommodations listed to meet the student’s needs. Many accommodations are built into our courses (extended time on assignments, flexible exam setting). Accommodations that are not already built into the course may still be met through individualizing the presentation, providing guided notes, live teaching/tutorial sessions, phone contact, and one-on-one conversations.