John W. Kirkwood

Room 66 Batavia High School

585-343-2480 extension 7320

416 Living Environment Regents one credit, one year, three out of four rotation

The Living Environment course is also commonly known as Biology or Life Science. This introductory course follows the Living Environment New York State Core guide. The areas of study include: similarities and differences among living organisms, homeostasis, genetics, reproduction and development, evolution, ecology, human impact on the environment, scientific inquiry, and laboratory skills. Students are required to successfully complete 1200 minutes of laboratory and provide complete and accurate laboratory reports to demonstrate proficiency with the course content. All complete and accurate labs are due the first week of June of the same month that the Living Environment examination commences.


Name___________________________ Date______ Block____

Living Environment Course Expectations and Syllabus

Teacher: Mr. John W. Kirkwood

Lab Make-ups: Wednesdays 2:45- 3:15 Room: 66

Cell phone policy: As soon as you enter the classroom you will turn your phone off and store it in the classroom prep area in the cell phone holder. If you keep it on you and I see it, hear it, or recognize that you have it on you, you will immediately be sent to the assistant principals office. There is no gray area here and their will be no discussion. By signing this you understand this policy. Your education is my greatest priority. Texts, selfies, Instagram have their place, but it is not in this classroom. First violation will require a parent teacher conference as well a detention. Earbuds must be removed as well.

Course Description:

This course will prepare you for the Living Environment Regents Exam. This class covers diverse subject matter associated with the Regents curriculum, and provides knowledge of several topics including ecology, biochemistry, evolution, molecular and human genetics, DNA technology, human physiology and human reproduction. Regents Biology is a rigorous and demanding course. A significant amount of studying must be completed at home to allow time for discussion, labs, and inquiry during class time.

Required Materials:

1. 3-ring binder

2. 4 Dividers: 1.bell ringer, 2.Classwork, 3.Writing/Projects, 4.Tests & Quizzes

3. Loose-leaf Paper

4. Pens and Pencils

Student Responsibility:

 YOU are responsible for any missed work.

 Please contact a class member for missed notes, handouts, etc. or follow up with me ASAP. This means the first day you are back to school from an absence, I need to see you at 2:45. You will have multiple teachers to see. Science is special because you have lab. See me first!

Classroom Rules and Student Expectations:

1) Be RESPECTFUL of the teacher and other students. Act the way you expect others to act toward you.

2) Come to class! Come to class prepared! Be in your seat when the bell rings! The work we will be doing during class cannot be replicated at home, labs in particular. This class requires your presence in the classroom and your attention.

3) Many classes will start with a bell ringer or a 5-minute Start quiz. If you are late to class or if you have an unexcused absence, you will receive a zero. In the case of an excused absence, you must come to class one day after the quiz was given to make up the quiz. ATTENDANCE is linked to future success!

4) Yes, you have to write in complete sentences. Yes, you have to show your work. Take pride in your work and be NEAT! Use a computer as often as is possible and feel free to email work to me at

5) Food and drink are prohibited in working science labs.

6) Cheating is unacceptable in any form. Cheating includes, but is not limited to: copying

homework, copying lab analysis answers, plagiarizing written assignments, copying test answers,

use of electronic devices to find test answers. If copying occurs, all people involved will

receive a zero on the assignment and a referral to the administration immediately. Remember, you are in class to learn and succeed. Cheating DOES NOT help you learn.

7) You are responsible for your lab station. Keep it clean and organized to make lab breakdown

easier at the end of class. Lab groups will not be dismissed until their lab station is cleaned

completely. You will often work with assigned partners. Part of your grade is based on your ability to work with everyone/anyone in the class. I’m very strict with lab due dates and your performance on these labs.

8) Study at home! Always review the material at home each night for 15 minutes minimum. Look over notes, handouts, practice questions on and Castle Learning, past quizzes etc.

9) I have very few problems in my classes, and we generally all enjoy this class! The harder you work, the more opportunity for fun I provide. Ever dissect an eyeball, or breed fruit flies with cool genetic traits?

10) Restroom break. Emergency only. 2 per month. 15 minutes after school that day to make up time.


Tests will be announced in advance. If unit exams are missed because of an EXCUSED absence, the test

make-up date will be discussed as soon as the student returns to school. Generally you take it the day you get back to school.


Weekly REVIEW quizzes may be given on any day of the week. Most quizzes will be announced but you

should always be prepared.


· Lab reports are an important part of the Living Environment course.

· If you are legally absent the day of a lab, you will have the opportunity to make-up the lab activity. A lab setup will be available for a period of 1 week after the original lab activity. After this period, the lab can no longer be made-up. It is important that you make arrangements to complete missed lab activities in a timely manner. Mondays will be a set lab make-up day. IF you were absent for a lab the week before, you will make it up the following Monday. On occasion, it may be able to be made up before the normal Monday. That is at the TEACHER’s discretion.

· A minimum of 1,200 minutes of hands-on lab work accompanied by lab reports is necessary to sit for the Regents Living Environment test in June.

· Lab reports must be complete, have a passing grade, and be logged in your manila class folder to be acceptable.

· Late labs will have a deduction of points. You will not be able to get a 100% on the lab if it is late for any reason.

· Keep an accurate and updated lab folder, including lab title and grade received.


Homework should be completed every night. Usually it will consist of reading assignments, viewing lectures or animations, taking notes, or finishing labs. Even if a formal assignment is not given, you are expected to spend time reviewing content each night. You need to invest the time outside of class to be successful in class.

Writing: Common Core

Periodically you will be required to read and write about biology/science. Mr. Kirkwood will provide the content to read (it will relate to what we are learning) and a scaffold or strategy to help you do the writing. This is an important aspect of the course. Many times I will share an exemplar to help you see a quality finished product.

Late Work:

Any formal assignment or homework that is handed in late will only receive half credit. Any assignment or homework that is turned in later than one week will receive no credit. Late labs are also subject to a deduction of points when late.


Always be prepared for class so you can fully participate. Our goal this year is to promote more discussion and small group analysis of information and more lab time. Remember, this accounts for 10% of your quarterly grade so volunteer, answer to the best of your ability when called on and BE IN CLASS!

Living Environment Course Expectations and Syllabus

Student Name:__________________________________ Block__________

 We have reviewed the class information and agree to its terms.

 We have reviewed the classroom information and have some questions:

Student Signature: _________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature:_________________________________________________________

Please complete the following:

Parent/Guardian #1:

Name: ________________________________

Relationship to Student: ____________________ Email____________________________________

Home Phone Number: _____________________ Work _________

Grading Policy Living Environment Biology

Homework: 10%

Laboratory Work: 20%

Participation: 10%

Writing: 20%

Tests: 25%

Quizzes: 15%

Total: 100%

Sports Medicine Course

Adelphi University

Garden City, New York 11530

High School Program

Telephone: 1-516-877-3429

Aldephi University course description for Sports Medicine

PED 150 Scientific Foundations of Physical Activity 3 college credits

For non-physical education majors only

An overview of the fundamental theories of exercise in relation to the health and fitness of the individual. Role of activity and health.

Scientific Foundations of Physical Activity: PED 150

First I would like to introduce myself. My name is John W. Kirkwood and I am the instructor of this course. This is the twentieth year that this course has been in existence. Although this course has evolved remarkably over the years, several key learning objectives have been meticulously emphasized and woven into the fabric of this experience. It is my goal to provide you with a firm understanding of the complexity, depth of knowledge, and career awareness, that this course brings to our potential collegiate health science majors.

Biomedical instruction: Students will explore a multitude of physical fitness training modalities. From this instruction students will test their current physical fitness levels and devise training plans to improve in each area of the various modalities. Physiology of muscle contraction, integration of muscle action, optimal muscle tension concepts are studied in detail. A very detailed nutrition unit is studied. Students create a nutrition plan to properly fuel their engine. Supplementation with animal based protein, plant based protein, creatine monohydrate, erythropoietin, and anabolic steroids is studied. As part of our histology unit we delve into the world of comprehensive metabolic panels (CMP) lipid panels (HDL, LDL) and complete blood cell counts (CBC). We occasionally study AIDS/HIV, Tuberculosis, and Hepatitis. The last major biomedical component we study focuses on the shoulder, knee, ankle, wrist and forearm. We look in detail at the anatomy, osteology, and common injuries (MOI’s), active range of motions, palpation, diagnostic testing, common technologies (MRI) and various surgical procedures. We routinely perform gait analysis and utilize slow motion video technology to study and correct poor mechanics associated with jumping, running and lateral movement. We have also studied VO2 max, body fat percentage and Isokinetic training at the Brockport State College exercise physiology laboratory.

Students also are provided on average four (4) guest lecturers that either come to Batavia High School or that we visit in their clinics. Topics have included but are not limited to: jump and lateral movement training to minimize ACL injuries (PT), developing periodization plans for training in and out of season (triathletes), taping techniques for athletic injuries (AT), diagnostic tests for common knee, ankle and shoulder injuries (PT) yoga, and meditation.





This course provides the opportunity for the study and application of the components of sports medicine including but not limited to: sports medicine related careers, prevention of athletic injuries, recognition, evaluation, and immediate care of athletic injuries, rehabilitation and management skills, first aid/CPR/AED, emergency procedures, nutrition, sports psychology, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercise.


Mr. John W. Kirkwood

MS Biology and human development CAS Administration and Leadership BS Health Sciences

Purpose of the course:

Sports medicine is intended to provide exposure to medical related careers as well as prepare you for the academic rigor required to excel in this course of study. Students often are unaware of the wide variety of sports medicine related careers, the responsibilities of these careers, and the educational requirements to be a sports medicine professional. In addition to career awareness, overall health and lifelong fitness are integral facets that I wish to impress upon you at an early age.

Cell phone policy: As soon as you enter the classroom you will turn your phone off and store it in the back of the classroom in the cell phone holder. If you keep it on you and I see it, hear it, or recognize that you have it on you, you will immediately be sent to the assistant principals office. There is no gray area here and their will be no discussion. By signing this you understand this policy. Your education is my greatest priority. Texts, selfies, Instagram have their place, but it is not in this classroom. First violation will require a parent teacher conference as well as a detention.

Required materials:

3 ring binder, 5 dividers for this binder, paper, pen, color pencils


1. You are responsible for missed work. Email me before known absences and when you are ill so I can get you the work immediately. See me the day you return to school, even to just touch base.

2. Be respectful to your classmates and your teacher.

3. Come to class! Come to class prepared to LEARN! Be in your seat when the bell rings. We cannot replicate this type of course at home. If you have poor attendance or do not wish to be pushed academically then this course is not for you.

4. Cell phones and other electronics will be turned off and not visible. There is a ZERO tolerance policy for electronics. If you are caught using electronics, points will be deducted for each offense, and your phone will be confiscated until the end of the day. When it is appropriate to utilize technology, Mr. Kirkwood will let you know.

5. Take PRIDE in the product you create in this class. Be neat, professional, punctual and make sure the work is on par with college level work. Understand that there is a big difference with college courses.

6. Cheating is unacceptable in any form. Cheating includes but is not limited to: copying homework, plagiarizing written assignments, copying test or quiz answers etc. If copying occurs ALL people involved will receive a zero and the matter will be taken to the administration.

7. You will need to study for this course regularly. Those that do not, have a difficult time passing.

8. This class is very interactive. You will exercise, take field trips that are really cool, have medical professionals in to class regularly and have some serious fun. I expect OUTSTANDING BEHAVIOR everywhere, anywhere and always!

9. Please PARTICIPATE on a daily basis. This is a very different type of course and student involvement is paramount.

Attendance and tardiness: Late to class

1. First offense= 15 minutes after school that day. Failure to show = referral to A.P.

2. Second offense= Stay full activity block 2:45-3:15

3. Third offense= Direct referral to A.P.

Sports Medicine Course Expectations and Syllabus

Student Name:________________________________________________________

____ We have reviewed the class information and agree to its terms.

____ We have reviewed the class information and have some questions.

Student signature:______________________________________________________

Parent signature: ______________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian: This is a college credit bearing course. 3 college credits from Adelphi University. Cost is approximately $330.00 and this is due if you decide to purchase the credits around February. More information to follow.

Parent preferred mode of contact: circle one email cell phone work phone

Provide that information here. Thank-you

Email address:__________________________________________________

Cell phone: ___________________________________________________

Work phone ___________________________________________________

Grading policy: Sports Medicine

Test=25% Quiz=15% Projects=20% Writing=20% Participation=10% Homework= 10%