This is a short week again... which is nice for the kids to have a break, a time to breathe! I am very proud of the midterm marks in chem 20! It is obvious the kids prepared well and worked hard to do well! If a student didn't do as well as they wanted to, not to worry, if the students do better on the final than their mark on the midterm then the midterm mark will be replaced with the final mark (only if it benefits the student!)
In keeping with final exams, the exemption policy has been axed. That means final exams are no longer to be exempt (in the 20/30 levels). Students in grade 10 are able to exempt 1 exam (either core or option) per semester. This is to better prepare the students for diploma exams: the idea is that they will be used to studying for multiple tests per semester.
I feel this is not unreasonable in chem 20, as the students will be provided with a variety of review packages and (i promise) will be ready for the exam. It is my hope that we will complete the chemistry curriculum prior to the Christmas break, so they will have enough time to review during class.
Another exciting development at Chestermere High School is the fact that we are part of High School Redesign, we have decided to halt classes prior to all diploma exams. That means, the students will be able to attend class tutorials January 13-16 but are not required to be in class (so if they choose to study during that time they are able to stay home and study). If the class is not complete however, it may be expected by the teacher that students attend (in order to complete the curriculum).
I am very excited about all the changes occurring at CHS, and they are all to benefit the students. Even with all the anxiety of the chem 20s, I feel they are well prepared and definitely smart enough to do well in chemistry.
This Week in Chem 20:
Wednesday: Molar Concentration
Thursday: Dilution Quick Lab
Friday: Biomagnification Project
Upcoming Due Dates:
Friday November 21: Solutions Quiz 1
Monday November 24: SQA Lab Due
Monday November 24: Extra Credit Video
Tuesday November 25: Biomagnification Project Due
Tuesday December 2: Cabbage Lab Due
Ms. Kendra Mogck