Chemistry  2020-2021

Rory Bannerman


Phone: (832) 372 2795

Conference: Red Day, 3rd Period (12:30-2:00pm) White Day, 5th Period (8:50-10:20am)

Room: 114

I’m available after school or during Flex time (8:00-8:45am) for tutoring if your student needs extra help. Please let me know in advance.


Class Expectations    

Be Ready to Learn: Come to class with a positive attitude and an inquiring mind.

Be Respectful: We will treat each other in a kind, respectful, and polite manner.

Be Prepared: Bring all assigned work and supplies.

Be Prompt: Be in your proper seats when the bell rings.

Be Responsible: Follow instructions. Always act in a safe, sensible and helpful manner.  

Students will be expected to comply with classroom procedures, the Bellville High School Student Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct. This includes Cell Phones and Tablets“All devices must remain off and put away unless being used within a lesson during class time”.

Consequences for Inappropriate conduct:           

  1st offense:     Verbal Warning and documentation of infraction             

  2nd offense:    Conference with Student, documentation, and parent communication

  3rd offense:     Detention

  4th offense:     Sent to administration for disciplinary action 

At each level, students will be given the opportunity to correct their behavior and return to their learning.       

Course Description

This is an inquiry-based course which emphasizes the theoretical foundations of chemistry and the development of skills in acquiring, understanding, manipulating, and communicating of scientific data.

First 9-week Cycle:

Week 1 Lab Safety / Measurements

Week 2 Mole Concept

Week 3 Matter & Energy

Week 4 Matter & Energy

Week 5 Matter & Energy

Week 6 Gas Laws

Week 7 Gas Laws

Week 8 Atomic Structure

Week 9 Atomic Structure        


Second 9-week Cycle:

Week 1 Nuclear Chemistry

Week 2 Nuclear Chemistry

Week 3 Electrons

Week 4 Electrons

Week 5 Electrons

Week 6 Periodic Table

Week 7 Periodic Table

Week 8 Periodic Table

Week 9 Review / Test


Third 9-week Cycle:

Week 1 Chemical Formulas

Week 2 Ionic Bonding

Week 3 Ionic Bonding

Week 4 Metallic Bonding

Week 5 Covalent Bonding

Week 6 Covalent Bonding

Week 7 Chemical Reactions

Week 8 Chemical Reactions

Week 9 Stoichiometry


Fourth 9-week Cycle:

Week 1 Stoichiometry

Week 2 Stoichiometry

Week 3 Solutions

Week 4 Solutions

Week 5 Solutions

Week 6 Acids, Bases & Salts

Week 7 Acids, Bases & Salts

Week 8 Acids, Bases & Salts

Week 9 Review / Final Exam

All dates are tentative and subject to change.



1.  60% -- Major (Tests, Major Labs, Notebooks, & Projects)

2.  30% -- Minor (Minor Labs and Quizzes)

3.  10% -- Minor (Warm-Ups, Exit Tickets, and Homework)

100% -- Total
No one grade will be worth more than 25% of the nine week cycle grade.

If an assignment is not turned in on the due date, a zero will be entered in the gradebook immediately. This zero can be replaced when the assignment is turned in. There will be a 15 point penalty for assignments that are one calendar day late, and a 30 point penalty for two calendar days. Assignments later than two days will not be accepted.

If the student receives a failing grade on a Major assignment, the student may retake the assignment for a maximum grade of 70%. This must be done within two calendar days of receiving the failing grade. Students must schedule a time with me before or after school.



Bring your binder to class every day.

Notebooks will be checked frequently. Quick checks will focus on a particular assignment and will be a daily grade. In addition, notebooks will be collected and graded at the end of each nine weeks. Collections will be announced several days beforehand. All parts of the notebook will be considered for grading purposes. These grades will be counted as a major test/project grade.

It is the student’s responsibility to complete any missed assignment or tests.
Missed tests must be taken outside of class, within the next three school days. 
Handouts for graded assignments will be available in class, and must be completed within one week of returning to school.  Notes must be completed before the next notebook check.

Individual Tutorials:  
Help is available to students before or after school. Please notify me ahead of time.

Google Classroom and Remind: 
These apps are great ways for teachers and students to communicate and collaborate electronically. Google Classroom helps students to stay organized and keep track of their assignments and deadlines. Remind allows students to contact me directly if needed.
Students will be given instructions on how to join these groups using their cell phones or tablets.


•3” Three-Ring Binder           


•Pens, pencils, eraser, color pencils, ruler

•Other items may be requested later in the year.