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Pre-AP Bio Syllabus & Expectations

Pre AP Biology Guidelines, Procedures, and Syllabus

Teacher Information

Adele Passovoy

Pre AP Biology

Room: A226 Phone: 464-6451 Email: Dell_Passovoy@roundrockisd.org or dell@passovoy.com

Website:www.dellpassovoy.com

Tutorials: Tuesday and Thursday 4:15 to 5:15

Biology Syllabus 2016'2017

1st Marking Period

- Interdependence in Ecosystems

- Cell Structure and Processes

2nd Marking Period

- Cell Structure and Processes

- Cell Energy

- DNA and the Cell Cycle

3rd Marking Period

- DNA and Cell Cycle

- Genetics: Protein Synthesis

4th Marking Period

- Genetics: Inheritance Patterns

- Genetics: Modern Genetics

- Evolution: Evidence

- Evolution: Mechanisms

5th Marking Period

- Viruses and Taxonomy

- Systems Interactions

6th Marking Period

- Systems Interactions

- EOC Review

EVERY BLOCK YOU NEED:

Bound notebook (quadrille preferred). Must be bound (stiched in place). No spirals or dotted line easy tear out notebooks.

Pencil

Blue ink pen

Black ink pen

Red ink pen

Eraser

Highlighter(s)

OPTIONAL: Map pencils, glue sticks, 3 ring binder dedicated to biology - organize by MP and include current MP calendar or tape/glue calendar in your lab notebok

Course Guidelines and Procedures

Group Work Expectations

  • All members of a group are expected to participate equally and cooperate with each other.
  • The group work area should be left as clean or cleaner than it was found.
  • Keep discussions on topic. Do not wander to other groups; socializing during labs will result in point loss for the lab groups involved.
  • The teacher reserves the right to rearrange and change group assignments if it is deemed necessary to facilitate an environment more condusive to learning.

Individual Work Expectations

  • During individual work (warm-up, quizzes, tests, etc.) there is no talking.
  • Talking during these periods will be considered academic dishonesty and/or a disruption of the learning process.
  • Minimum consequence for academic dishonesty is split points or a "0" on the quiz, test, lab or project.

 Expectations for Dismissal

  • Students are expected to clean up their work areas and be seated before they can be dismissed from the classroom. Students standing at the door when the bell rings will have to return to their lab seat before dismissal.

Grading

50% - Tests, major labs, and projects

35% - Labs, summative quizzes

15% - Daily grades

 

Late Work Policy

  • Daily work must be be completed by the due date for full credit. School related absence does not extend your due date. If you know you'll be out for a school related absence, plan ahead to turn in the assignment or take the test before the absence.

     Late daily work is accepted for a maximum grade of 80% no later than one block after the due date.

  •  Labs (not projects - see below)

         Major lab turned in one days late earns a maximum of 80%.

         Major lab turned in two days late earns a maximum of 70%.

         Major lab turned in three days late earns a maximum of 60%.

  • Mandatory Projects

Projects are assigned at the beginning of each Marking Period. You will always have two to four weeks to do your project with a no penalty late grace period commencing after the start of class on the "Due Date" and ending at the start of class on the "Last Call " date. This grace period allows for unexpected problems (like the flu or family emergencies). Don't abuse this policy. Remember, emergencies really do happen and you have no recourse if one causes you to miss "Last Call" because at that point your project is already past the "Due Date." The point of any project is to learn so don't wait until the last minute, do a little at a time and plan to turn in your project on or before the due date because PROJECTS ARE ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT THROUGH THE BEGINNING OF CLASS ON THE "LAST CALL" DATE - AFTER THAT POINT PROJECTS AREN'T ACCEPTED - NO EXCUSES - NO EXCEPTIONS. Last minute absence on the "Last Call" date is not an excuse, after all, you have anywhere from two to four weeks to work on a project with built in late protection for due date problems. Trying to go beyond "Last Call" is an abuse of this policy unfair to other students thus projects turned in after the start of class on the last call date earn a "0." If you're going to be out, arrange for someone to turn in your project by the start of class. Better yet, turn in the project yourself on or before the due date.

  • Optional Projects

There may be an optional project during a marking period. It is always in additon to the mandatory project and may not replace a missing mandatory project. It is due at the start of class on the due date and is not accepted late. Extra credit is NEVER given at the end of the six weeks as a means to raise a less than acceptable average.  Consistent effort is the best way to achieve acceptable grades. Study nightly for your core classes. 

 

Miscellaneous

  • Unless cell phones are being used for an academic purpose, they must be in the stuent's backpack. No exceptions. If there is an emergency, students may request to use the lab phone, 512-464-6451, or request special permission to use their cell phones. If you are on your phone for other than academic use during class, your phone will be confiscated.
  • Unless otherwise informed, food and drinks are NOT allowed in the lab (water is ok; gum isn't).
  • Restroom and water breaks – Go as needed one at a time wearing the vest. This is subject to change....if you wander or dissappear you lose this priviledge.
  • Individual grades will NOT be discussed during class time except during marking period conferences. Feel free, however, to discuss them during tutorials.

Tutorials:

Tuesday, and Thursday after school. If you need any help, do not hesitate to come to tutorials.  Tutorials are not a punishment but an opportunity to get the help you need to be successful in this class. Study Groups are welcome to meet during my tutorials. If my tutorial schedule does not work for you, feel free to go to Ms. Hirsch, Ms. Lange, Ms. Vick or Mr. Weitz. The biology tutorial schedule is posted on the hall bulletin board next to my lab.

Make Up Work:

  •    If you are absent and the absence is excused, the district handbook states that you have one day for every day absent from class to make up missed work.  You have until "Last Call" to turn in projects. It is suggested that the student get any missed work from his/her lab group as soon as s/he returns to class verifying the assignments with the teacher. Tests and quizzes must be made up within two days of return to avoid holding up test and quiz debriefs for all classes. If you are going to be out for an extended period of time, contact the counselor’s office to arrange for teachers to send home missed work. If you know in advance that you will be absent, ask the teacher for the assignments you will be missing. Many homework assignments can be found on the current Marking Period Calendar.
  •    Make up tests are given during tutorials and must be scheduled with the teacher but, remember, to earn credit, all work including quizzes and homework must be completed before testing. No credit after the test; after all, quizzes and homework prepare you for the unit test.

Test Corrections Policy:

  • The goal of Pre-AP biology is mastery of the curriculum. Students are expected to complete multiple choice test corrections with justifications for any missed test questions. All corrections must be completed within one week of the test or by the last day of the marking period, whichever comes first. Since essay questions complete with rubric answers are posted up to a week before the essay portion of the test, it is up to pre-ap students to work on the answers before the test date. After the test is completed in class, there is no retest option due to the fact that the student had the answers and questions before testing.


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