Dear Parents,

Chemistry is called "the central science" because it permeates everything in our lives. If you are reading this letter, you are using chemistry. Some chemicals were involved in making the chair you're sitting in and the material used to make your computer. A chemical impulse must be sent to the brain so you can understand what's written. Wouldn't it be nice to watch the news and be able to determine whether to believe the hype or not about a substance? What does chemical free really mean? Do you really want to live in a chemical free world? Why is the substance in my car radiator also in some of my food products? My mission for this semester is to help the students understand the importance of chemistry in everyday life, to demystify chemistry, and to prepare students for college and interacting with chemistry in the 21st century.

If you work in a science-related field, or know someone who does, and are willing to serve as a possible resource person for our class this year, please let me know. I am always looking for career connections in science and technology to share with my students.
You can contact me in one of several different ways:

1) E-mail: todd.talbot@wattsburg.org
2) Phone: 824-3400 x5553 Please understand that after the start of the academic day, all incoming calls will go directly to voice mail.
3) At the top of this page there is a discussions tab. Click there and you can send me a message on this site. You must set up a wikispaces account to do this. It's quick and painless. If you are unsure how to do so, have your child show you, they had to set one up for this class.
4) Via my web enabled phone: Send an e-mail to senecascience@rocketmail.com. It will buzz me on my phone and I will know I have a message. Parents and students are encouraged to contact me this way after hours as it is the only method of contact that I will have after hours.

You can access your students grades here: http://progressbook.wattsburg.org/General/HomePage.aspx?DistrictID=4

It is important for you and your child to realize that Advanced Chemistry is a challenging course, designed to teach them to become an independent learner and problem-solver. It will take a lot of hard work and determination, so be prepared to see your child challenged this year! Many students are not used to the amount of effort required for this course and part of what I do is help them with time management skills and study skills. If you have any concerns, questions or just want to know why the stuff in your radiator is also used in your food, never hesitate to contact me.

Mr. Talbot