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Teacher Name: Mr. Webb Room Number: B205

Conference Periods: B-day period 8 Email: mark.webb@pfisd.net

Study Hall and Tutoring Time: See chart below. Students may attend any session with any teacher

In Biology: Students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical-thinking and scientific problem-solving. Students in Biology study a variety of topics that include: structures and functions of cells and viruses; growth and development of organisms; cells, tissues, and organs; nucleic acids and genetics; biological evolution; taxonomy; metabolism and energy transfers in living organisms; living systems; homeostasis; ecosystems; and plants and the environment.

Topics cover the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills) and will prepare students to pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR. Students MUST pass the STAAR Biology End of Course exam in order to graduate. STAAR Date: May 6th 2019

Science is a way of learning about the natural world. Students should know how science has built a vast body of changing and increasing knowledge described by physical, mathematical, and conceptual models, and also should know that science may not answer all questions.

In Aquatics: Students Learn about Texas Aquatic Ecosystems from Headwaters to Ocean. The Texas Aquatic Science curriculum looks at water from the molecular level to the level of aquatic ecosystems. Students will understand that the characteristics of the water molecule make it unique in its value to all of life, and conservation of water is a priority for all of us. Students are also introduced to the wide variety of aquatic ecosystems through science investigations, games, models, Internet projects, reading the student guides, short videos, and field based assessments of water quality and environmental conditions in a variety of field trips. Students use multiple intelligences to learn and to demonstrate their new knowledge through creative products and performances.

Required Materials:

  • Composition book provided (…please contribute 50 cents to help pay for these)

1 Writing pen, Notebook paper, Pencils, Glue sticks, Highlighters, Map pencils, 3-ring Binder or a section in a multi-subject keeper

Learning Strategies: Class notes/discussions, lab experiments, individual & cooperative group projects, lectures, demonstrations, type III writings, journals, exit tickets and various assessments.

Assignments are often started in class and expected to be finished at home. Turn in all assignments at the beginning of class unless other instructions have been given. Remember: The person who does the work is the one who learns. Copying is considered academic dishonesty and is distinguished by the teacher when assigning grades.



Lab Expectations:

Each unit will have lab activities. During lab time students MUST follow all lab rules to ensure the safety of all students. There can be absolutely NO horseplay during class time.

PISD Laboratory Safety Rules will be strictly enforced at all times. (Students will discuss and cover these rules in class and will have to pass a Safety test before they may begin lab activities.)

Students will be expected to sit at their assigned lab tables and follow all instructions.

Safety is our first priority.

Safety rules & guidelines are covered at the beginning of this course and a safety contract is signed and kept on file.

Students should also be respectful, responsible, & resourceful.

Grading: Please note that grades are assigned to the categories listed below at the discretion of the teacher.

70% - Major Grades

          • 50% Major Assessment (May include: Unit tests, Long term projects)
          • 20% Minor Assessment (May include: Quizzes, Lab write ups, etc.)

30% -Minor Grades

      • 25% Daily Assignments (May include: Classwork, Formative Assessments, Lab assignments, Homework, Grade checks, etc.)
      • 5% Engagement (May include: Exit tickets, Warm ups, Participation and performance assessments related to classroom objectives as a tool for increasing student motivation and effort and reducing classroom disruption and "off-task behaviors.")

Assessments of various types cover each topic. Make ups or retakes, if needed, should be scheduled with your teacher.

· If you miss an assignment or an assessment they will be marked with an “M” (missing) in Focus and count as a zero until completed, scored and posted.

· Re-do for Major Grades may be done if the student scores below a 70 and meets ALL prerequisite criteria. Students will have 5 class days to meet the prerequisite criteria and re-do.

Semester Grades:

Two Nine Weeks Grades = 90% (45% each)

Exams (midterm & final) = 10%

Students must earn at least a 70 OVERALL YEAR AVERAGE in the course to be awarded credit.

Student Progress

Parents/guardians will receive a report at least every 3 weeks.

It is REQUIRED that every student have on-line access to monitor their grades through Focus. Grades may be accessed through the “Parent” tab from the PISD website.

Please note that students have their own Focus account and this does not alter the parent settings.

Class Guidelines:

  1. Students will be marked tardy if not in the room and prepared with class materials WHEN THE INSTRUCTION BELL RINGS. Students will be required to get a tardy pass to enter class.
  2. Come to class on time prepared with proper materials.
  3. Treat others with respect
  4. Sit in assigned seat during instruction.
  5. NO selling of fund-raisers without permission first...otherwise you will forfeit your goods and have to pick them up from your Principal.
  6. Follow HHS policies of personal electronic devices such as phones, cameras, mp3 players. Wearing of ear-buds or headphones inside the class room is not allowed.
  7. Follow all instructions given and stay on assigned task.
  8. Do every assignment fully and turn it in on-time.


Do every assignment. Most frequently the people that do poorly in this class do so because they are not doing their homework and assignments. Likewise, those that do every assignment usually do very well in the class.

Carry a good attitude. Tenacity and perseverance will most of the time take you further than someone with a high IQ and a sour disposition. Participation, cooperativeness, attitude, responsibility, work habits, promptness, dependability, and enthusiasm can affect your grade directly or indirectly.

Come in for help if you genuinely do not understand a subject or topic. ANY Biology teacher on this list will be glad to help you as much as possible.