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Joan Schoenecker

Welcome students.  I am Mrs. Schoenecker and I will be teaching IB SL Chemistry Year 1 .  This will be my 14th year at Southwest High School and my 28nd year in the district. 


Chemistry - Room N135

On the first day of school, bring a notebook (preferably a composition notebook with the hard cover) and a pen or pencil to write with. You will need these materials every day!!   You will also need a TI-30 calculator for this class.



 If you would like to contact me, the fastest way is through email.   My email address is    You can also find my email address on the Southwest home page.  I post notes and other class information on my website, mostly the calendar below, so that is a good place to start if you want some information.


I look forward to meeting you and having a great year.


Joan Schoenecker

IB SL Chemistry Year 1






Safety Contract

Period _________                                                                                                                                                   Page 1 of 2



This is to certify that I, (print name) ________________________________________________________, have been instructed in, and understand, the following safety components of this science class.


Safety Rules:

                Use lab only when directed by the teacher.                                                                                                                        ________

                Never work with chemicals without checking labels carefully, and only when directed by the teacher.                              ________

                Place broken glass and disposables in appropriate designated containers.                                                                               ________

                Report any accident, incident, or unsafe situation to the teacher.                                                                                    ________

                Never taste substances without teacher direction.                                                                                                                 ________

                Confine long hair and confine loose clothing whenever working with flames or chemicals.                                                ________

                Wash your hands before leaving the lab.                                                                                                                        ________

                Paper, alcohol, plastics are kept away from Bunsen burners and hot plates.                                                                               ________

                Eating, drinking, gum chewing, and application of cosmetics, (including hand lotion and lip balm)

                   Are never done in the classroom.                                                                                                                                               ________

                All proper techniques are followed as outlined by the instructor and under the direct supervision of the teacher.    ________

                Absolutely no horseplay in the lab.                                                                                                                                    ________

                Work only with the materials and equipment you have been directed to use.                                                                     ________

                No live animals will be harmed in lab.                                                                                                                                          ________

                Safety equipment is never to be touched, except in an emergency and as instructed.                                                               ________


Location and Proper Use of the Following Safety Equipment:

                Fire extinguisher                                                                                                                                                                             ________

                Fire blanket                                                                                                                                                                    ________

                Eye protective devices (goggles)                                                                                                                                  ________

                Eyewash                                                                                                                                                                                 ________

                Deluge/drench shower                                                                                                                                                            ________

                Chemical dispensing containers                                                                                                                                                ________

                Information on “Right to Know” Laws                                                                                                                                           ________

                Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)                                                                                                                                  ________

                Master shut-off for gas, electricity, and water                                                                                                                       ________

                Heat sources (Bunsen burners and hot plates)                                                                                                                     ________

                First-aid kit                                                                                                                                                                            ________

                Electrical equipment                                                                                                                                                               ________

                Emergency telephone listing and location                                                                                                                             ________


Safety Procedures for the Following Situation:

                Fire                                                                                                                                                                                          ________

                Chemical splash to the body                                                                                                                                                  ________

                Eye Emergency                                                                                                                                                                              ________

                Chemical spill                                                                                                                                                                         ________


Other Concerns:

                Wears vision corrective contact lenses                          (yes _____, or no ______)

                Any other special needs to consider for safety?    (yes _____, or no ______)

                                If so, specify:


                                (If any concerns change, notify the teacher at once.)


To the Parent/Guardian:

Your student will be working in the laboratory during this course.  In order to assure their personal safety, it is important that the above rules are followed.  Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action which may include being removed from the lab and receiving a zero on all future labs.


Please sign and date below.




I understand these safety rules and agree that my student will abide by these and all other written and verbal instructions given in class.  I also have read and understand the syllabus.


Date: ______________________                    Student:  ________________________________________________________


Date: ______________________                    Parent/Guardian __________________________________________________

Outdoor Lab Periods:


Several times during the year, I may take the class outside to map, collect data and/or samples.  This may include staying on school grounds, walking to Lake Harriet, or to a park.  I need your permission to do this.  Please check ONE option below, sign and date:


(        )  I DO give my permission for my student to accompany the class on these outdoor field labs.


(        ) I DO NOT give my permission for my student to accompany the class outdoors.  She/he will stay inside with another staff member and do an alternate assignment.



Date:  ___________________                          Parent/Guardian _________________________________________________________








Contact Information:


Please fill in the information below:


Home phone(s) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________



Parent’ work phone(s)_______________________________________________________________________________________________



Parent(s) email ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

                                                (May list more than one)