Biology: Classroom Guidelines

CLASSROOM PROCEDURES

                                                                             BIOLOGY – Mr. James

 

 

                             TEACHER INFORMATION

                                                                                      Richard James, Room 224

                                                                                    School Phone:  (828) 686-3852

                                                                                 E-mail:  richard.james@bcsemail.org

 

EXPECTATIONS

1.    Follow all school rules.

2.    Respect others and their property.

3.    Come to class prepared everyday with your notebook, paper, and pencil/pen.

4.    Always try your best and communicate with me when you experience problems relating to class.

5.    Have a good attitude toward yourself, your fellow students, your work, and your teacher.

 

 

DISCIPLINE POLICY

The following policy will follow the school wide discipline plan

 

Minors

1st offense—warning

2nd offense—Smart lunch detention (30 minutes)

3rd offense—Call home/Smart lunch detention (30 minutes)

4th offense---Administrative referral 

 

Midders

                        Administrative referral

 

Majors

                        Removal from class by an Administrator

 

 

GRADING SYSTEM

Disclaimer:  Since this semester is the first time we have used Standards-Based Learning, the Biology teachers reserve the right to make changes to this system as needed.

 

Standards-Based Learning is a system of academic instruction, assessment, grading and reporting that is based on students demonstrating mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn.  If mastery does not happen initially, students will be given additional opportunities to show mastery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grades will be based on the following scale:

 

Unit

Topic

# days

%

1

Characteristics of Life

5

5

2

Macromolecules

5

5

3

Cell Structure & Function

5

10

4

Passive & Active Transport

3

10

5

Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration

3

5

6

Cell Cycle & Mitosis

3

5

 

Unit Test 1 – 6

0.5

15

7

DNA Structure & Function

4

5

8

Protein Synthesis

4

10

9

Meiosis & Karyotyping

4

5

 

Unit Test 7 – 9

0.5

15

10

Mendelian Genetics

5

10

11

Human Genetics

8

10

12

Biotechnology

3

5

 

Unit Test 10 – 12

1

15

13

Natural Selection & Evolution

8

10

14

Classification

3

5

 

Unit Test 13 – 14

0.5

15

15

Microbes, Disease, & Immune Responses

2

5

16

Life Functions

3

10

17

Behavior in Animals

5

10

18

Ecology

3

10

 

Exam Review

81.5

 

 

 

Letter grade               100 pt scale

A                     100 – 90         (Superior Effort)

B                     89 – 80           (Good understanding of material)

C                     79 – 70           (Basic skills mastered)

D                     69 – 60           (Lacks knowledge of skills and/or concepts)

F                      59 – 0             (Insufficient mastery of material)

 

Each nine week grading period will count 37.5% toward the final grade.  The final exam will count 25% toward the final grade.

 

FINAL EXAM

All students will be required to pass the state End of Course Exam in Biology.

 

NOTEBOOKS

All students are required to have a three-ring notebook to be used specifically for Biology class.  Notebooks will be organized during class and will count toward each unit grade. This serves as a required artifact of student achievement in Biology.

 

TEXTBOOKS

A set of textbooks will be kept in the classroom.  Students have three ways to access the textbook outside of school:

 

1)  Bring in a flashdrive for a PDF copy of the textbook.

2)  Access the textbook on Google Drive

3)  Checkout a textbook from me.

 

MAKE-UP WORK

If you are absent from class for any reason (including school related activities), it is YOUR responsibility to get the assignments and set-up a time during smart lunch to make-up any missed classroom activities, quizzes, or tests. 

 

In School Suspension (ISS)

If you are assigned to ISS, you are responsible for completing all work I send to you AND all assignments/activities completed during class.  All work must be turned in to the ISS supervisor.  Tests and quizzes will NOT be given in ISS.  If you are assigned to ISS on a day that a test or quiz is given, you must take the test or quiz before or after school within three (3) school days of the last assigned ISS day.

 

REMIND

I use a program called Remind101 to keep students and parents up to date.   Once you are registered for your class it will send a text to your phone whenever I send out an update.

 

To register: text the below class code to the below number. 

Follow instructions that you receive.

 

Text Number: 81010

 

                      Class code list:

 

                        Class period                    Text Code

                                1st                                          @rjames1st

                                2nd                                        @rjames2nd

                                3rd                                          @rjames3rd

                                4th                                          @rjames4th

 


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