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Welcome to Biology here at The Appomattox Regional Governor's School. Feel free to look through the lectures, presentations, notes and hand outs to get an idea of how the class works. If you have questions or there is something else that you think could be added, please let me know. 

Ms. Tina Fritz
Science Department Chair 
Lead Life Science Teacher
Governor's School Level Biology for Freshmen
Human Anatomy and Physiology for Juniors and Seniors
Class of 2021 Sponsor
Email: tfritz@args.us
Direct Phone: 804-722-0214*
*Please note that calls will not be answered during class times. If you need to get in touch with me immediately, email is the best method. 
*Please note that all phone calls are recorded should any issues come up at a later time. 

My 2017-2018 Teacher Schedule
1st Block- Biology                             5th Block- Biology 
2nd Block- Anatomy                          6th Block- Biology 
3rd Block- Biology                             7th Block- Anatomy 
4th Block- Planning                           8th Block-Anatomy
 
Common Questions: 

1. How can I schedule a conference?
I am available for conferences on Wednesday afternoons from 3:35 - 4:00; however, these are by appointment only. As often as possible, conferences are scheduled with all freshmen teachers rather than meeting one on one. And, in the majority of cases, we schedule these conferences with the assistance for Mrs. Tara Cook (our freshman school counselor). She coordinates the times and locations so that all freshmen teachers can attend. In cases where a parent wants to meet with me directly, please send an email with the requested date and a specific list of items to be discussed. It is important to note that only those items listed will be covered, and for ALL meetings, a member of our School Counseling Department will be present. 

2. What can I do to help my child succeed?
Being supportive is your best bet, but this goes beyond being their number one fan. Understand that they will make some mistakes and that they aren't going to be able to ace everything. The reality is that some sections are easier than others, and that they need time to adjust to a Governor's School. So, simply be understanding- not accepting poor grades as the norm but understanding that they may need some space to try and work it out. Helping with their schedule is really important too. While we as parents want to see them be all they can be, but we occasionally need to be able to say that, "you're doing enough with this but we need to make room for that." In this case, "that" is after school tutoring and "that" makes a big difference. Next, show them how study time works. No cell phones, no TV, no Insta-Chat or whatever they are doing.... None of that. Study time is quiet time (it's okay to admit that you as a parent want some quiet time too) where your child goes to the same place at the same time to do nothing but work. (Tip- study time does not work while laying on the bed; they already know that's sleep time.) Give them a snack, turn the light on and back it up. A quiet space with few distractions is a great place to study. Add in some index cards, a few highlighter markers, a stapler, computer printer- WITH INK- and a computer to type and you've got yourself a homework nirvana. If you are up to the task on occasion, ask them to explain it to you. It being whatever they are studying. And last, but definitely not least, make sure they are taking care of themselves. Two hours of sleep would hurt anyone, so shoot for 8. Even seven is great. Things like eating a good breakfast, a healthy snack and limited time in front of the computer screen are all good ways to support them. 

3. Are these grades right?
If we've met to talk about school, you already know my superpower is dyslexia. This means that more often than I care to admit, words (and occasionally an entire sentence) gets deleted or shifted into random parts. You won't hear it this way but wow... you can sometimes see it.  Dyslexia is something that comes up with regularity in my daily life, but I have several nets in place to prevent it coming to the surface most of the time here at work. Where you can see it most often is with numbers. If there is a grade that looks a bit odd, ask your young one about it first. And by ask, I mean that you should ask them to show you the paper. Sometimes that number is right but sometimes it isn't. This wasn't entered wrong on purpose; I simply couldn't see that it went in backwards. To be fair, it looked right to me when I put it in. As a rule, I ask students to stand with me when their grades are input. This makes sure that work is put in for the right person as the correct number. In an attempt to be extra careful, I also ask students to check their grades about once a week to make sure nothing is out of the ordinary too. Nothing worse than having a teacher give you a 001 when you worked really hard on that 100. I promise it's not on purpose; students need only stop by my desk with the graded work so that I can make the adjustment. Super Easy.