Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to contact you?

What room are you in?

  • I am in Room 260 (last room on the top floor, east side of the science building).

Do you offer tutoring?

  • I am available to help students after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-4 pm. Students may also make an appointment for help during an unscheduled 2nd or 7th period, or during lunch, if they cannot come after school.
  • Other MEDS Pathway teachers are also offering tutoring after school. See the MEDS Pathway Teachers Tutoring Calendar for current tutoring days and times. Any student can attend their teacher's tutoring sessions, not just MEDS pathway students.

Where do you post assignments and grades?

  • Assignments and grades are usually published on SchoolLoop. Larger and more complex assignments, as well as late and make-up work, require more time to grade so please be patient.
  • Remember I am trying out a new grading system - the Scaled Grading System - in which your child's grades will be based on a 5-point scale (similar to how GPAs are calculated). You will not see a percentage grade.

What do the letters and numbers on your assignments mean?

  • I organize all my assignments using an alphanumeric code, which starts with a letter followed by a 4-digit number. The letter represents the assignment category: C = classwork; H = homework; N = notes; W = warm-up; L = lab; P = project; T = test; Q = quiz; E = extra credit. The number represents the date the work was assigned. For example: C.0829 is classwork assigned on August 29th.
  • Instead of writing the date, I have students write the assignment code. The code also helps students figure out the work they missed since they can easily find any work with the 4-digit number corresponding to the date they were absent.

What materials do students need in class?

I expect students to be prepared for class everyday. This list can also be found on the course syllabus.

      • spiral-bound or composition notebook (single subject to be used only for biology) - students will need at least 2 notebooks for the school year, one for each semester
      • pens and pencils
    • Other highly recommended materials and supplies:
      • regular loose-leaf paper
      • graph paper
      • glue or tape
      • scissors
      • colored pencils/markers
      • ruler

Will students be doing any dissection labs?

  • Unfortunately, we will not be doing any "real" dissections. We may utilize virtual dissection labs and simulations.

Do you take students on field trips?

  • It depends. There are many things to consider and resolve when coordinating a field trip, such as scheduling conflicts with other school events, budget for transportation, program fees, etc.