Weekly Update

Update #10 (10/14/17)

Hello everyone,

Wish list:  CLEAR ~12 oz. plastic cups.  Thanks to all who have donated items.

All classes: 
         The first quarter grades are final.  
         Check kwanga.net for updated lesson plans and binder logs.
         The second quarter grade books are uploaded and will be visible to students on Monday.
         On Thursday, I will be in Largo at an AP science teacher workshop.

A.P. Environmental Science students:
          Study for the MC and FRQ test on Monday and Tuesday respectively.  One FRQ is from an APES study guide (topic: population profile graph), and the other ones are online from the College Board.        
         Download and read the notes for chapter 8.
         Continue to work in Albert.io and in your study guide workbooks.

Chemistry parents:
         If your child earned a D or F the first quarter, immediate remediation is needed, as they are in danger of failing first semester and subsequently being dropped from the course.  The first quarter contains the easiest material we cover all year.          
         "Suggestions for chemistry student success" can be found at the bottom of this page:  http://www.kwanga.net/weekly-update.html
         You may want to check the binder score on Focus/Portal, especially if your son or daughter has below a C average in our class.  The binder is supposed to be an easy grade if students do their part.  Students who did not score well on the binder had missing work and/or incomplete practices.  The practice work is crucial for comprehension.  A few students were completely disorganized despite the log sheet being available online.  Usually students who are struggling do not score high on the binder.  This is not a coincidence.
         Also, any outside tutors should be on my mailing list so I can correspond with them.  Please email me permission to email them directly about test errors, etc.
         Thank you for your continued involvement in your children’s education.

Chemistry students:
          HOMEWORK: If you have not already turned in your periodic law lab, turn it in on Monday.  It counts on the second quarter.  http://www.kwanga.net/chemnotes/per-law-lab.pdf
         HOMEWORK:  Study for the Ch. 6 test on Tuesday.  Complete the test review.  Go over the trend practices and email me if you need help.  We will have a study session from 1:40-2:20 Monday after school.
         As you know, we use class sets of laminated periodic tables for our tests.  The coating does not clean well, so you cannot use wet/dry erase markers and wipe off the writing.  Anyone can print an extra copy of our periodic table, write on it during the test, and staple it when you hand in your answers.
         HOMEWORK:  Print the notes for chapter 5.  Email me if you can't print right now,
         HOMEWORK:  The next quiz on the five polyatomic ion formulas and charges (perchlorate, permanganate, carbonate, chromate, dichromate) will be on 10/26.  Use the tutorials on kwanga.net to help you.
         IMPORTANT NOTE:  We will begin to pick up the pace during the next quarter as the course becomes more difficult.  Students who need to catch up on old material must do so immediately to be able to keep up with the new material which builds on previous concepts.


Enjoy the weekend!

Yours for Better Education,
Lori Bauck
Palm Harbor University High School
National Board Certified Teacher - AYA Science: Chemistry
"Check and Connect" faculty leader
(727) 669-1131  x1302

The VISION of PHUHS is to provide a learning environment that results in a graduation rate of 100% each year.

The MISSION of PHUHS is to educate all students by using effective systems that promote lifelong learning.


         Suggestions for chemistry student success:

  • Use kwanga.net to access course information on a regular basis.
  • Check email each weekend for update, or check the “weekly update” page on kwanga.net.
  • Spend 10 minutes per night reviewing any new material or reviewing old material with no distractions.
  • Print online “teacher notes” in advance, and take “student notes” in class.
  • Practice assignments assigned or begun in class should be finished at home so students can check them with the answer key in a timely manner.  Do not fall behind.
  • Be an active participant in class.  Ask questions when needed.  If you don't know what to ask, describe the concepts giving you trouble.
  • Work math problems to study for a math-based test.  Redo the chapter practices and problems in the notes, and check your work against the correct answers.
  • Go over the test review and oral “test hints” given during the notes.  Do not wait until the night before to study.  Study alone first with no phone or other distractions before you study in a group (if you choose to study in a group).
  • Access “chem web links” page on kwanga.net for interactive tutorials, videos, and worksheets.
  • Complete all optional assignments.  
  • Correct all assignments (“buyback”) to get some points back.
  • Keep binders in order at all times.
  • Make appointment to come in (6:30-7:00 a.m.) or (1:35 – 2:20 p.m.) for help.
  • After school tutoring on campus: M/W, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in room 19-103. Students should bring specific notes and/or assignments.


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Last Update: 14 October 2017