Lab Chemistry A

Lab Chemistry A

Mr. Bruder

Course Polices:

1)      Respect is the most important thing!!

2)      Treat me, as you would want to be treated.

3)      No YELLING OUT Answers. (I want to hear from everyone)

4)      No talking while I am talking

5)      No talking while fellow classmates are talking

6)      Respect your fellow classmate’s questions and responses

7)      Be on TIME, in your seat and ready for class when the bell rings

8)      Be prepared for class every single day

9)      Raise your hand when you want to speak

10)    No cheating or copying another student’s work

11)    NO Cell Phones during academic time (unless otherwise directed by the Instructor)

12)    Be dismissed in a timely manner by the teacher, not the bell

13)    Group Work Means Everyone Works and Shares


Poor classroom behavior will NOT be tolerated.  Poor classroom behavior includes any hitting, yelling, speaking inappropriately, the use of profanity, stealing, and in general, disrupting the classroom so that learning cannot take place (See Above). 

There are four steps that will be taken for poor classroom behavior:

Initial infraction:  A verbal warning

Second infraction:  a detention with me

Third infraction:  a detention with me and a phone call to your parents

Fourth infraction:  A referral submitted

Some infractions are considered so severe, that removal from the classroom and a referral may be given without following the above steps.

Cell Phone Policy:

NO cell phones during class (unless otherwise instructed):

If caught using a cell phone:

1)    Warning to put it away

2)    The student will be given a small brown paper bag, the student will place their phone in the bag, staple it shut   and it will be left on their desk until the end of the period.

3)   If a student opens the bag without my permission or before the end of class, the first time the student will receive a detention.  If it is a continual problem or the student outright refuses to put their phone in the bag, a refer will be sent to their Vice Principal and the parent/guardian will be notified.

4)    If a student plays on their cell phone during class time, they are not permitted to attend Tartan Time for help on that specific topic.  Tartan Time is designed for students to get extra help it is not designed for me to reteach a lesson because the student decided not to pay attention all period.

5)    If the problem persist week after week, then a parent will be notified and if the problem still persists, the student will be given a refer to their vice principal.


1)      Students must come prepared with notes, notebook, and writing instrument

2)      Supplies Needed

a.      Calculator (any model)

b.      Loose Leaf Paper (All assignments WILL BE done and collected on loose-leaf)

c.      Black pen

      d.      Pencil

      e.      Folder or Binder (students receive A LOT of handouts and worksheets)

      f.      Stapler would be great to have but not required

3)   Homework Policy:   

Homework is due the next day after is it assigned. If homework is turned in late, you will lose points for each day it is late. If it is a five point assignment, the student will lose one point each day it is late.  If it is a ten point assignment, the student will lose two points for each day that it is late. The homework will only be accepted up to 5 days after it was collected. After that no points will be given for a late assignment.

4)   Absent Policy:

If a student is absent, they are responsible to make up any missed work. Students are responsible to turn in the missing homework the day after they receive assignment.  Students have 5 days to make up test and quizzes. They need to be made up either during Tartan time or after school. Nothing can be made up during the student’s class period. Labs can’t be made up and students will have to do an alternative assignment in place of the missed lab.

5)   Late Lab Policy:

This policy pertains to all science classes.  Lab reports are considered late if they are not submitted to the teacher the day that they are due and at the time that they are collected.  The only exception to this is if a student is absent on the day that the lab report is due.  Then the lab report must be submitted the first day that the student returns to class at the beginning of the class period and it will receive no penalty.

If a lab report is not submitted the day that it is due, it may be submitted the next school day at the beginning of the period and receive a penalty for lateness equivalent to 10% off of the grade for the first day late. (i.e. – if a grade is based upon a score of 100 points than an 82 becomes a 74, but if a grade is based upon a total of 70 points than 10% of 70 is 7 points and a grade of 60 out of 70 points is lowered to 53 points out of 70 or if a grade is based upon a total of 90 points than 10% of 90 is 9 and a grade of 70 out of 90 points is lowered to 61 out of 90 points). If the report is two days late, the student would receive a penalty of 20% off of the grade.  If the report is three days late, the student would receive a penalty of 30% off of the grade.  Nothing will be accepted after the third day of lateness and the student will receive a zero for the lab report.

6)   Lab Reports and Cheating:

These rules apply if a student completes a lab report on their own or if students in a group complete a lab report.

Do not copy material without citing the source. This includes lab manuals, text books, your neighbor, old labs, etc. Plagiarism, of any degree, will not be accepted.

Do not copy verbatim (word for word) from the lab handout or any other source. This is plagiarism and would result in a zero mark and possible further consequences.


Students will be responsible to take notes and work on practice problems throughout the year.  They will use their notes and practice problems as references and to study from for tests and quizzes. Students may use any method to take notes and do practice problems.  If a student is unsure on what type of note taking method they should use, I would be happy to meet with them and try to determine the best method for the student to use in my class.

Academic Progress

I use Genesis on a regular basis. Student’s grades will be posted as soon as they are graded. Please check Genesis on a regular basis to see how the student is performing in my class. If you have any questions about the student’s performance, please feel free to contact me. The sooner an issue is caught, the better it will be for the student to make changes to be successful in my class.


Cheating will not be tolerated for any course work. If a student is caught cheating or plagiarizing on a test, quiz, paper or a laboratory report, the student will receive an automatic zero. If a student allows or provides their work to be copied, they will also receive the same punishment. If a student/s are caught violating the policy, the parent or guardian will be notified and a discipline referral will be submitted to the student/s Vice Principal. Please refer to the academic integrity handout.


I have created my own website Please feel free to check the website for daily updates. The PowerPoint for each chapter will be posted on the website, along with any homework worksheets that the student may receive. If they are absent or lost their worksheet, they will be able to go to the site and print out a new one. There is also a lot of other useful information that will be provided on the website.





% of Quarter Grade


Chapter Test

Major Projects



Quizzes, Warm-Ups

Exist Tickets, Notebook Checks



Lab Reports

Minor Projects









Classes 2018 and Beyond                                                         Classes 2016 and 2017                                                                       

A         93-100            A -       90-92                                                 A       90-100

B +      87-89              B         83-86       B -       80-82                     B       80-89               

C +      77-79              C         73-76       C -      70-72                     C       70-79

D +     67-69               D         65-66                                                D       65-69               

F          Below 65                                                                             F      Below 65     

Extra Help:  The key to doing well is seeking extra help when needed. I will be available every B and C day (unless of an emergency) in G-102 during Tartan Time. I am usually available during Tartan time on the other days but please either check with me the day before or check the signed posted outside the classroom. Your son or daughter may come anytime that I am available. If I am not available during these scheduled times, I will make an announcement during class. I will also still be available after school Monday – Thursday from 2:00-2:40 pm. The more help a student receives the more they will achieve in my class.

Question of the Week:  Every Monday a new extra credit question will be posted on my website under the Weekly Trivia Tab. The question is worth 2 points (not % points) per week. For a student to receive those points the following rules apply:

1)      Due every Friday (if a student is absent for any reason they forfeit that week’s question).

2)      It must be e-mailed to me by the Friday it is Due by 2pm

3)      The student may e-mail me directly thru this website or at

4)      The answer must be correct to receive 2 points.

5)      If a student gets the question incorrect, they will still receive 1 point for effort.

   This is an excellent chance for all students to earn points.


***Any and all of the above mentioned is subject to change at the discretion of Mr. Bruder as needed, or on a case by case basis.***



You may contact me at Highland High School at 856-227-4100 ext. 7409

You may e-mail me at

You may also e-mail me through my website under contact.

I will respond to your call or e-mail within a timely manner. Signing this form lets me know that you received and read this information. Please review these polices with your child. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child or polices, please feel free to contact me at Highland High School. Thank you for your support and Please enjoy the year.

Signing this form lets me know that you received and read this information. Also, please review the website Please review these policies with your child. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child or policies, please feel free to contact me at Highland High School. Thank you for your support and Please enjoy the year.


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