Mr. Devenney’s Super Scientific Site
AP Physics 1 & 2, Physics and Honors Chemistry
Contact Me at
623 376 - 3210
I will do my best to get back to you in a timely manner.
Mountain Ridge Mission Statement
The mission of Mountain Ridge is to provide real world connections with highly engaging classrooms that prepares graduates to meet the rigors and demands of the 21st century global citizens.
Welcome to my website. This site is designed to help students and parents throughout the year. Classroom policies have been added so every student or parent can review these if questions arise.
Students, a quiz on the Expectations and Syllabus have been placed in Canvas. Please go to Canvas, enter my class, and use the link to take the quiz. You will need to have this completed by the 3rd day of school.
Suggestions on how to study & ideas of how to improve your overall understanding!!!
- Be an active learner . . . ask questions during class or after class, volunteer answers, make a note of my explanations of common mistakes, listen at all times so you hear all the details that go into each problems, and ask why your work is incorrect in order to identify your mistakes
- Come in after school during office hours with specific questions or problems you would like to go over
- When homework is graded, make a note of missed questions & wait about 3 days to redo those problems without looking at your previous work. After those problems are complete, use your homework as the key. You can always download another copy of the assignment from this website.
- Watch the pencasts for the current unit of study or use them as extra practice. You can do the problems on your own and then play the pencast if you missed the question. These are found on each unit webpage.
- Take your time . . . there are a lot of details in the problems. Speeding through the work leads to missed details like assigning direction with the use of – or + values.
- When I explain how to do a problem, don’t just copy it down but jot down notes on WHY each step was taken & number your work so you can look back and see the order it was completed.
- Check out a textbook from the bookstore & read the chapter. Spend some time looking at example problems in the chapter.
- Some units have extra notes available. Check out each unit on this website for supplemental notes and watch the video that goes with those fill in the blank notes.
My Teaching Schedule
Period 1: AP Physics 2
Period 2: AP Physics 1
Period 3: AP Physics 1
Period 4: Physics
Period 5: Lunch
Period 6: Honors Chemistry
Period 7: Honors Chemistry
You can find my weekly office hours posted in my classroom next to the whiteboard. I am available most morning by 7:00 but my afternoon availability changes frequently due to meetings. Please check the board to see when I am free. When you plan to come in during my office hours please let me know 24 hours in advance by signing up for an appointment. Don't forget to take advantage of AcaPrep times during 1st and 2nd hour.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Jon Devenney
I am originally from New York but I moved to Arizona when I was just one years old!! I’m not a native to Arizona but I’m close!! I received my undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University where I graduated with an extended major in physical science. After finishing college way back in 1996, I got hired on at Mountain Ridge to teach Earth Science which I did for over 10 years. Three years in, I also started to teach physics. Year 11, I started to teach chemistry and I’ve been teaching chemistry and physics from that point on. I’ve been teaching now for over 20 years and I still love it. I like to tell my students that I’ve been teaching in the same room at MRHS for their ENTIRE LIFE which use to be true until I finally moved to a new room in 2018. My wife is also a teacher. She taught math at MRHS for over 10 years and continues to teach but now at Glendale Community College. We have two young kids, a girl and boy,who currently attend Copper Creek which is just down the street from Mountain Ridge. I coached volleyball at MRHS for over 13 years and we won a state title in 2004. After having my own kids I stopped coaching but recently picked it up again. Not at the high school level though, I decided to challenge myself and I’m coaching my daughter’s team.