Monday, August 29, 2016


It is Mr. Hatfield's custom to provide a SYLLABUS for each unit of the course, and to give students hard copies that are three-hole-punched, but to also make this items available on-line for students and parents alike:

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This post also includes links to where, at any time, a student may download a copy of the periodic table.


The first set of Notes in Mr. Hatfield's classes are now available on-line, here:

The topics of the notes include the relation of chemistry to mathematics and other sciences, what makes chemistry distinctive in terms of its content and practice, the nature of science, scientific method ("O.H.E.C.K."), atomic theory and the periodic table.

Students should download the Power Point Notes to make sure that their notes are complete, as from time to time their composition books containing their notes will be inspected and graded.

Friday, August 12, 2016


      (with Mr. Hatfield)

This is a year-long course based on the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).

It is also a course that a significant number of high school students will never take, in part because it requires familiarity with certain math skills that not all students will have, and in part because many school districts have not set high expectations for the majority of their students.

Things are different at Bullard High School.  We believe that high expectations help more students succeed. 

That's why, in the 2016-2017 school year, we will have more students enrolled in a Chemistry course at Bullard than any other high school in Fresno County.   We take pride in offering a rigorous lab-based curriculum.

To set the tone, we will do TWO things on the FIRST day of instruction:

1)   Think carefully about what it means to have high expectations in the classroom;

2)    Demonstrate rigor by assessing student preparation in math skills