Conifer High School
Course Expectations for Biology
Biology = the study of living things
Welcome to Biology at Conifer High School. The study of living things is a fascinating endeavor and I believe you will come to find it as interesting as I do. In addition to learning about living things, we will be working to develop skills in scientific reasoning, mathematics, reading, and especially writing. These abilities are essential for success in higher education and in many careers. I am looking forward to a great year and I hope you are as well.
Required Materials: It is necessary for you to purchase and bring the following materials with you each day the class meets:
1. A three-ring binder to use exclusively in Earth Science with dividers/folders for organizing various materials.
2. Graph Paper - 1cm square that you can tear out and pass in for labs
3. Loose leaf college-rule lined paper in binder for notes, homework, math problems, etc.
4. Colored pencils - a must for sketching!
5. Glue-stick - for projects!
6. Ruler with Centimeters
7. Pens an Pencils - for every class!
Grading: Your final semester grade will be determined based on the points you earn out of the total points possible from all of the assignments.
Approximate values of assignments are as follows:
Class Activities & Participation: 5-20 points
Focus Question Checks: 10 points
Homework: 10-15 points
Quizzes: 10-20 points
Major lab report Write-ups: 50-100 points
Minor lab report Write-ups: 10-50 points
Major Tests & Finals: 50-200 points
Letter grades will be assigned as follows:
A = 89.5% - 100%+
B = 79.5% - 89.4%
C = 69.5% - 79.4%
D = 59.5% - 69.4%
F = < 59.4%
Late work: The penalty for late work is a deduction of 10% of the total possible points for the assignment each class period until 50% of the points remain. After this point, late work may be submitted for half credit until the end of the current quarter (half way through the semester). Late work will not be accepted from a previous quarter.
Office Hours: I will be available for extra help or make-up work during the SEMINAR period every week. I’m usually around for at least an hour after school, except during the lacrosse season. If you need to make up a quiz, test, or lab, you will be required to attend the SEMINAR period. If you are unable to attend during the SEMINAR period, you can go to the LEARNING CENTER, or other arrangements can be made. See me if you have any questions, we can always find time for make-up work.
Attendance/Make-up work: To succeed in Biology, it is essential that you attend class. You are responsible for all assignments missed due to an excused absence (exception: Quizzes or in-class work are excused if missed due to an excused absence and will receive zeros if missed due to an unexcused absence). You may not necessarily have the opportunity to make up any work missed due to an unexcused absence.
1st - make up the work ASAP, come to ACCESS, LC, etc.
2nd - make up the work ASAP, come to ACCESS, LC, etc.
3rd - academic referral to principle & contact of parents - admin and staff determine a time and place for the student to make up the work (ACCESS, LC, after school, etc.)
Tardies: Arriving to class on time is critical to succeed in Biology. If you are not in the classroom before the end of the passing bell’s ringing, you will be marked tardy. You will be allowed two free tardies per semester. The third tardy will result in a points deduction from your class grade and a REFERRAL to the administration. All tardies after third tardy will result in the above point deduction and a REFERRAL.
Bathroom Breaks: You will be given the opportunity to go the bathroom throughout the semester. Remember, the six-minute passing period affords you plenty of time to stop at the restroom before and after class. To go the bathroom, please ask me first, then sign out with the time you left and take the BATHROOM PASS. When you return, sign in with the current time. If I believe you are abusing your bathroom privileges, you will not be allowed to go the bathroom.
Forbidden Items: The following materials are never to be seen or heard in the classroom:
1. Food or Drink (Exception: Sealable water bottles)
2. IPods or electronics of any type.
3. Cell/Smart Phones - If I see a cell phone I will take it away.
4. Reading material not distributed by the teacher.
First violation will result in confiscation of the item until the end of class. The second violation will result in the item being turned in to the administration.
General Behavior: Your conduct in this class should be guided by two general principles:
1) Respect for yourself, others, and property - A respectful student:
2) Safety - A safety-minded student:
You have my commitment to excellence in the presentation of materials and activities for this biology class. This class will be challenging and difficult. In order to succeed in this course, you must be equally committed to learn and understand the curriculum. As your teacher, I have the utmost confidence in your ability to achieve at the high level required by this course. This will be a great year, and I’m looking forward to learning about each and every one of you!