Syllabus and Course Requirements
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.
Scientific Inquiry Mathematics and Measurement in Science
Science in Practice Foundations
Relationships Among Organisms Ecology
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.
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.
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