Name: W. W. Gibson
    Subjects / Classes Taught: Chemistry
    Degree(s): M.A. Science Curriculum and Instruction, Arizona State University
    Email: wgibson@phoenixunion.org
    Room #4212
    Office Hours: By Appointment
    Textbook(s) Name(s): Glencoe Science Chemistry: Matter and Change



    School: Cesar Chavez                           Teacher: W. W. Gibson               Phone number: 602-764-4000 ext. 44552

    Department: Science                           Course Title:  Chemistry                 Code: 5721000

    No. of Credits: 1                                  Grade Level(s) 10-12                    

    Prerequisite(s): Completed Biology and having passed Algebra 1-2 with a C average or better. Students must pass Chemistry 1 with a D or better to enroll in Chemistry 2.

    1.         Course Description:        

    Chemistry 1-2 is a laboratory science course for academically able students, who may desire to go to college, and who may want to pursue a career involving the sciences. This course stresses critical thinking skills and will act as a solid base for college chemistry. Topics include: Data Analysis, the Periodic Table, Chemical Reactions, Chemical Bonds, the Mole concept, Compounds and Formulas, Phase Changes, Gas Laws, Acids and Bases, Solutions, Reaction Rates, Stoichiometry, the Nature of Science, and lab work using the scientific method.


    2.         Materials Required:       

    Chemistry Text: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Modern Chemistry Click this link for the website for the Textbook; see instructions in Handouts

    A 3-ring binder, notebook paper, pencils and black or blue pen, highlighter, calculator, and an 8 ½” x 11” spiral wire bound notebook.

    3.          Grading System:   Weighted Average                                                   Category Weights:      

          A = 100-90%                                                                                      Classwork, Labs and Activities= 42%

          B = 89-80%                                                                                        Laboratory Assessments, Tests and Quizzes=43%

          C = 79-70%                                                                                        CRTs (End of Quarter Tests) = 15%

          D = 69-60%                                         

          F = 59% and below                            

    Grades will be officially posted on Synergy following the school’s schedule. You can also check your grade at any time on studentVUE. Accommodations and modifications will be included per IEP and 504 plans. StudentVue/ParentVue can be accessed through the Cesar Chavez High School homepage. Returning students will have the same password as last year. New students will receive their password during advisory class within the first two weeks of school. Parents may obtain their passwords by contacting the registration office. Additional information and resources for the class can be accessed at the teacher’s webpage on the Cesar Chavez High School website.

    4. Title I Program:                 

    Academic tutoring and test preparation is available to all students. Additional support for passing classes and graduating on time is the intent of these services.  Support through Title I funds is available in the areas of: math, reading and English.  If interested, please contact the Principal Mr. Georgia, 602-764-4010, or Assistant Principal for Instruction, Mr. Grant, 602-764-4011, for additional information.

    5.     Make-up Policy:             

    If you were absent you need to get the work you missed and catch up. I will project the previous day(s) assignments in the classroom, and I will also post the assignments on the school website under my name and will have any accompanying worksheets and handouts available on the site for you to print off as well. Every day I will post the objectives and homework on the board. You can come in during advisory to get help or before or after school (by appointment.) Assignments one day late will be marked 25% off. Assignments two days late will be marked 50% off. Assignments not turned in before the end of the current unit we are working on will not receive credit.


    6.     Attendance:                              

    “Absent” is defined as nonattendance in an assigned class or activity for more than one-half of the period. (PUHSD Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR)

    “Tardy” is defined as not being in the assigned class or activity when the tardy bell has finished ringing. (PUHSD Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR)


    Students may fail the class for the semester in any course, when reaching a total of 12 excused/unexcused absences and after school-documented interventions have been exhausted. (Student Procedures Handbook page 22)

    Good attendance is necessary for students to succeed. If you have more than 12 absences you can receive loss of credit for your classes and consequences for absences will be in accordance with school policy. If you are absent it is YOUR responsibility to get the work you missed. If you missed notes you must borrow them from a friend and copy them into your science notebook and/or come in during advisory or after school tutoring to get all your work made up.