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Syllabus and Course Requirements


Course of Study

Make up work and inclement weather policy

Grading information

Classroom guidelines

Curriculum Standards

Technology Use Policy

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I.  Overview

Biology is an inquiry-based course designed to familiarize you with science processes, skills, and understandings related to a wide range of topics in Biology.  During this course, you will learn to identify the basic questions and concepts that guide scientific investigation and to design and conduct your own investigations.  Some important skills you will develop include microscopy, graphing and measurement, identification of research questions, making connections, and the ability to be a self-directed learner. 

II.  Course of Study
( Biology, Miller and Levine, Prentice Hall, 2010)

     Scientific Inquiry Mathematics and Measurement in Science

    Science in Practice Foundations

    Biochemistry Cells

    Genetics Evolution

    Animals Plants

    Relationships Among Organisms Ecology

III.  Make up Work Policy

You have as many days as you miss to make up the assignments (example: miss two days of school, assignments missed during that time will be due the second day after you return).   This is school policy.  

Important: If school is delayed due to weather on an exam day, students will still take the regularly scheduled exams on that day.  The exams will simply contain fewer questions.  If school is canceled due to weather on an exam day, students will take the exam the next time class meets.  This policy applies to quizzes as well.

IV.  Grading System

Grades will be posted online using the school's grading software.  Students will receive codes so they may access their grades online.  In addition, more class information such as assignment schedules may also be found online at my website.  Occasionally unscheduled pop quizzes may be given in class.  The grading scale for Biology I is listed below.

Assignment Percentage of Nine Weeks Grade:

           Assignment                                        Estimated Point Values (per occurrence)
                Exam                                                  60 - 120
                Quiz                                                   10 - 50
                homework                                           10 - 25
                class work and lab work                      20 - 50

Grading Procedures for Final Averages:
        First Semester:  Nine weeks grades are 40% each and the first
                                   semester exam is 20%.

         Second Semester: Nine-weeks grades are 40% each, and the second   
                                       semester exam is 20%.                                              

        First semester grade counts 42.5% + Second semester grade counts  
        42.5% + state EOC counts 15% = full year grade

V. Technology Based Relative Material

More information regarding this will follow.

Click here for the curriculum standards.

VI.  Guidelines for the Classroom

1.  RESPECT = Respect everyone including yourself.  Use respectful language, and behave politely and respectfully.  Remember the Golden Rule.

2.  RESPONSIBILITY = Accept responsibility for your actions.  Behave in a responsible and appropriate manner.  (No horseplay.)

3.  No food or drinks in the classroom or the computer labs.

4.  Clean workspace prior to leaving class.

5.  All assignments should be completed by the deadline provided by the instructor. 

6.  Be prepared for class every day.  It is the responsibility of the student to have the necessary materials for class (textbook, pen, pencil, notebook, etc.). Students who do not have their textbooks with them in class when the class is using textbooks will have 3 points deducted from the applicable assignment(s).

7.  The instructor reserves the right to remove any student from the lab should that student jeopardize the safety of himself / herself or of another student.

8.  If a student has a least one disciplinary referral, that student may not participate in field trips or other special activities.

9. Students should never use cellular devices in class unless the instructor specifically directs the students to do so.  Students whose cellular devices alert (ring, vibrate, etc.) during class will be referred for disciplinary action.  Cellular devices should remain off and in lockers.

Technology Use Policy
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