Tracy P Wright:

I have taught special education at the high school level for the last 17 years.  I have a BA degree from The University of Georgia, an MEd from North Georgia College and State University, and an EdS from Lincoln Memorial University.

I am certified as an Interrelated special education teacher.  I am highly qualified in social studies and science.  I am also certified in Educational Leadership.  I have worked as a co-teacher, a resource teacher, and I have done 504's and SST's.  

My schedule this year: 2018-2019

1st- APP Biology

2nd-Geometry- Co-taught with with Mimi Tsui

3rd- Planning

4th- Geometry Support- Co-taught with Deigh Martin

Biology Syllabus

APP Biology      Tracy Wright             Planning 3rd period – Room 7.232

Course Syllabus      tracy.wright@barrow.k12.ga.us 770.867.4519

Fall 2018


Our Goal at Winder Barrow High School is to promote the academic success of each student.  Students are expected to take advantage of all opportunities for success, which are made available to them by all teachers.


Required Text:  HOLT - Biology

Course Description: This Biology course involves the scientific study of living organisms. The course takes an ecological approach to studying the interactions among the vast number of organisms that inhabit planet Earth. It presents the basic form and function of these organisms, and then encourages students to discover how traits are passed on to the next generation of organisms.  It delves into interactions between organisms, and explains how environmental pressures drive the evolution of populations. Students will learn to use scientific methods as they explore the great diversity of life.




Grading:

Summative/Formative: 80%

Final/Milestone: 20%


Supplies:

Required- 1” binder with 4 dividers, paper, pens, pencils

Optional- colored pencils, scissors, and calculator

**Other supplies may be required. Students will be given advance notice.



A reflection of student progress should be evident every 2 weeks in Infinite Campus.  Teachers, students, and parents should be able to monitor student progress with evidence in the parent portal.  It is the responsibility of the teacher, student, and parent to discuss student progress. This communication should be collaborative and transparent.


Biology Georgia Performance Standards

SB1. Students will analyze the nature of the relationships between structures and functions in living cells.

SB2. Students will analyze how biological traits are passed on to successive generations.

SB3. Students will derive the relationship between single-celled and multi-celled organisms and the increasing complexity of systems.

SB4. Students will assess the dependence of all organisms on one another and the flow of energy and matter within their ecosystems.

SB5. Students will evaluate the role of natural selection in the development of the theory of evolution.



Course Schedule

Topics

1st Nine Weeks

Unit 1- Ecology

Unit 2- Biochemistry

Unit 3- Cell Structure and Function

Unit 4- Cell Energetics

Unit 5- Reproduction

2nd Nine Weeks

Unit 6- Mendelian Genetics

Unit 7- Molecular Genetics

Unit 8- Evolution

Unit 9- Taxonomy



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.Course Policies:

All students are responsible for all school rules.

You are a young adult and are responsible for yourself and your behavior. This means that you should act with respect toward anyone or anything with which you are involved. This of course includes students, teachers, other school personnel, furniture, lab equipment, and school property.  Because you conduct yourself in this manner, class is enjoyable, productive, and beneficial to everyone.

Rules:  

Responsibility and respect cover all the usual classroom rules.

Consequences for lack of responsibility:

1. Reminder/warning/discussion with teacher

3. Parent contact

2. Detention after school with teacher

4. Referral to administration

**NOTE: Outright defiance will result in an immediate referral.

Homework: Homework is a must. It is assigned and graded frequently. Students should always be prepared for class discussion, labs.

Exams: Midterm and final exam grading percentages are set by the Barrow County Board of Education. The Georgia Milestone test implemented by the Georgia Department of Education will be given this semester and count 20% (as the final).  

Tardies:  A student is considered to be tardy when he/she is not in class when the bell rings.  The intent of this policy is to provide consistency and structure throughout the school and to have students in their seats and ready to begin the initial activity when the tardy bell rings.  Upon the bell ringing, teachers will shut their doors and students not in class will then report to a tardy station in the school where they will be marked tardy and given a pass to class.  Tardies will be cumulative regardless of period.  We will follow the school’s tardy policy regarding consequences.  

Class participation: The more a student participates the better his/her understanding of the material becomes. Students are encouraged to ask questions and bring in current science related materials.

Missed Assignments: Assignments can be made up IF the absence is excused. Students will have a deadline in which to make up all work. Work that is not made up will result in a zero.

Lab Safety: Due to the nature of a science class, students will be working in a lab setting. Students are to adhere to all safety rules during all class activities and labs. Rules will be printed in the agenda and/or given to students. Students who do not adhere to the safety rules will not participate in the labs.

Academic Honesty: Students are expected to complete their own work. Cheating by definition is the giving AND/OR receiving of answers for ANY assignment. Any student caught cheating will receive a zero on the work assignment and be referred to the administration for disciplinary action. Plagiarism is not giving credit for work that belongs to another author or writer. Students who plagiarize will not receive credit for his/her work. The grade entered in the grade book will be a zero. Any referral for academic dishonesty will make the student ineligible for final exam exemption.

Passes Out of Class: You will not be allowed to leave the first 15 minutes or the last 15 minutes of a block class. You may leave only when there is individual time to work. You may not leave during videos, lecture, labs, etc.  You must sign out, and take the appropriate lanyard when the teacher permits you to leave class.

Before and After School Availability: I am available before and after school for tutoring. There are some days that we are obligated to attend meetings; please check with us to make sure that there is not a conflict. Please feel free to email if you have questions. We want you to be successful.

Extra Credit: Extra credit will be offered at certain points during the semester. Students should take advantage of the opportunity when it presents itself. Students should not count on extra credit to help them pass a class.

Parent Portal:  Parent portal is a computer based system that allows you to log into the school and view your child’s grades. You must register at the following link: http://www.barrow.k12.ga.us/parentinfo/html/parent_portal.html or at the Barrow County School Board Office for this opportunity. If you have any questions, contact the Board Office at 770.867.4527.

Dress Code: Students are expected to dress appropriately for school and without causing a disruption to the learning environment.  If a student causes a distraction, that student will be placed in ISS unless/until he/she is able to correct the issue.  In doing so a 2nd time, that student will be referred to the discipline administrator for insubordination.  

Cell Phone Policy: Students are expected to adhere to the cell phone policy set forth by the school and classroom teacher.  If a student does not adhere to the policy, the student will be referred to the discipline administrator for insubordination.  

BYOT: Winder-Barrow High School is an active participant in the “Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT) initiative.  As such, students are encouraged to utilize their devices when deemed appropriate by the classroom teacher.


*****Disclaimer: This syllabus is subject to change as needed. *****

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Geometry Syllabus

GSE Geometry (2018-2019)

Course Syllabus - WBHS


Course Description

Geometry is the second course in a sequence of three required high school courses designed to ensure career and college readiness. The course represents a discrete study of geometry with correlated statistics applications. The standards in the three-course high school sequence specify the mathematics that all students should study in order to be college and career ready. Additional mathematics content is provided in fourth credit courses and advanced courses including pre-calculus, calculus, advanced statistics, discrete mathematics, and mathematics of finance courses. High school course content standards are listed by conceptual categories including Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Conceptual categories portray a coherent view of high school mathematics content; a student’s work with functions, for example, crosses a number of traditional course boundaries, potentially up through and including calculus. Standards for Mathematical Practice provide the foundation for instruction and assessment.


Units of Study

Unit 1 - Transformations in the Coordinate Plane

Unit 2 - Similarity, Congruence, and Proofs

Unit 3 - Right Triangle Trigonometry

Unit 4 - Circles and Volume

Unit 5 - Geometric and Algebraic Connections

Unit 6 - Applications of Probability

Grading Scale

Summative = 50%

  • Tests

  • Cumulative Projects

Formative = 25%

  • Quizzes

CFU  = 5%

Milestone = 20%


Milestone

The Georgia Milestone is required by the Georgia Department of Education and will serve as the final exam for this course.  No one enrolled in GSE Geometry is exempt from the Milestone.


Make-up Policy

It is the student’s responsibility to obtain notes, handouts and assignments when they are absent. Students will have the opportunity to improve some assignments within the unit, before the day of the unit test. This is up to the discretion of the teacher.


Remediation GSE Geometry

Real Time Remediation and Reassessing:

  • Student has 5 school days from the day grade is posted in Infinite Campus to reassess.

  • If student misses assessment, give student the assessment on day they return.

    • Once grade is posted, the 5 day window begins for reassessing.

  • Make-up work policy is the same - 3 days for each day absent.

  • If student is present but not active/not paying attention/not really present:

    • Once the grade is posted, the 5 day window begins for reassessing.

  • There will be no more reassessing the last few days of any semester to improve a grade.






*** This syllabus is subject to change without notification. ***


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GSE Geometry (2017-2018)

Class Policies and Expectations

Class Rules:

  1. Be on time.

  2. Be prepared. (3-ring binder with notebook paper, graph paper, pencil, calculator)

  3. Be on your best behavior.

  4. Respect everyone.

  5. Follow rules set forth by the Barrow County BOE & WBHS as they also apply in this classroom.

School Rules:

  1. Students are expected to adhere to the cell phone policy set forth by the school and classroom teacher.  If a student does not adhere to the policy, the student will be referred to the discipline administrator for insubordination.

  2. Students are expected to dress appropriately for school and without causing a disruption to the learning environment.  If a student causes a distraction, that student will be placed in ISS unless/until he/she is able to correct the issue.  In doing so a 2nd time, that student will be referred to the discipline administrator for insubordination.

  3. Winder-Barrow High School is an active participant in the “Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT) initiative.  As such, students are encouraged to utilize their devices when deemed appropriate by the classroom teacher.

Expectation of Workload: Being a successful student requires persistence and regular practice.   Students will be expected to use all of their class time for math work. Students will be expected to take notes and complete practice problems each day.  This could include problems done in class and/or homework. All work must have all steps clearly shown for complete credit.

Cheating / Plagiarism: Any student who is caught cheating in class will receive a 0 for that assignment and will not speak with the teacher about how to redeem the grade.  Administrative actions will follow if it occurs again.

Tardy to class: A student is considered tardy if he or she is not in the classroom and ready to learn when the tardy bell rings. The intent of this policy is to provide consistency and structure throughout the school and to have students in their seats and ready to begin the initial activity when the tardy bell rings.  Upon the bell ringing, teachers will shut their doors and students will report to various areas, where they will be given a pass to class. Tardies will be accumulative regardless of period.

Attendance: Refer to the WBHS student agenda.

Extra Help: Extra help is available before or after school during that will be determined on a weekly basis and posted on my board in the classroom.  Please make sure your child sees me to schedule a time to come in for extra help, if needed.

Note to Parents: I am looking forward to teaching your student this semester. Expect him/her to have practice problems on a daily basis, sometimes they may finish in class and other times they may have to finish at home. Please encourage him/her to keep up with his/her work. If you have questions or concerns see the contact info below. Parents may view student’s attendance and grades through Parent Portal. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

deigh.martin@barrow.k12.ga.us (678-250-3625)

audrey.callahan@barrow.k12.ga.us

russell.spicer@barrow.k12.ga.us (770-376-7151)

dana.smoak@barrow.k12.ga.us

hubert.young@barrow.k12.ga.us

devin.allison@barrow.k12.ga.us

mimi.tsui@barrow.k12.ga.us

julia.west@barrow.k12.ga.us

tracy.wright@barrow.k12.ga.us


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