Biology Virtual Class Policies

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students survey the history and development of biology including an introduction to biochemistry, cellular biology, physiology, genetics, organisms, and life processes. In addition to reading, students will engage in laboratory activities to develop process and problem-solving skills. Students are required to take the NC Biology End of Course Exam.

Unit

Topic

1

Characteristics of Life

2

Macromolecules

3

Cell Structure & Function

4

Passive & Active Transport

5

Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration

6

Cell Cycle & Mitosis

7

DNA Structure & Function

8

Protein Synthesis

9

Meiosis & Karyotyping

10

Mendelian Genetics

11

Human Genetics

12

Biotechnology

13

Natural Selection & Evolution

14

Classification

15

Behavior in Animals

16

Ecology



GRADING

School Grading Philosophy:  The focus of grading at Owen High School is to give students accurate and meaningful feedback that supports and encourages student learning.  Student grades are based on mastery of course content. Grades are based primarily on summative assessments (tests, performances, projects, etc.), with little weight on formative assessments (daily practice, homework, etc.).  The purpose of daily practice and homework is to learn, receive feedback, and to clarify or correct errors in thinking or understanding.

The state of North Carolina requires that final grades be reported as a number grade on a 10-point scale for all students.

A = 90 – 100   B = 80 – 89     C = 70 – 79     D = 60 – 69     F = below 60

Final grades will be calculated using the following weights for the 9-week grading periods & final exam:

1st 9 Weeks = 37.5%

2nd 9 Weeks = 37.5%

EOC = 25%

All Biology classes normally use Standards-Based Learning which 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.  This method is not easily possible for virtual learning, but if we return to regular face-to-face learning the class will move back to Standard-Based Learning.

Work in class will be graded as follows:
Digital Notebook  35%
Daily check-ins  35%
Unit Test 30%


REMIND

I will be using Remind this semester to communicate with students and parents.  Remind is a website/app that provides a safe way for teachers to text message or email students and parents.  Remind allows teachers to send messages to both students and parents without the exchange of phone numbers.  Teachers never see student phone numbers.  Students never see the teacher's phone number.