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Syllabus & Expectations

Syllabus, Guidelines, & Procedures

Syllabus 2017'2018

1st Marking Period

- Biomolecules

- Cell Structure and Processes

- Cell Energy

2nd Marking Period

- DNA and the Cell Cycle

- Protein Synthesis and Gene Expression

3rd Marking Period

- Animal Systems

- Plant Systems

4th Marking Period

- Genetics: Inheritance Patterns

- Genetics: Modern Genetics

- Evolution: Evidence

- Evolution: Mechanisms

5th Marking Period

- Viruses and Taxonomy

- Interdependence in Ecosystems

6th Marking Period

- Population Ecology


  • 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 noteb

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 constitutes 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.


  • 50% - Tests, major labs, and projects
  • 30% - Labs, summative quizzes
  • 20% - 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 work:

  • Any work turned in two days (one block) late earns a maximum of 70%.
  • Any work turned in four days (two blocks) late earns a maximum of 50%.
  • Any work turned in after four days (two blocks) late earns a maximum of 0% (no credit).

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 marking period as a means to raise an average.  Song Projects may be done once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester. Consistent effort is the best way to achieve the grade you want to earn. Study nightly for your core classes. 


  • Unless cell phones are being used for an academic purpose, they must be in the stuent's backpack. Backpacks are placed at the back of the room. 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 purposes 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 – you must wear the vest when getting water or using the restroom on your own. If you wander or dissappear when you sign out for water or restroom, you will not be allowed out of the room without an escort.
  • Individual grades will NOT be discussed during class time except during marking period conferences. Feel free, however, to discuss them during 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 la

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.  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 Corrections Policy:

  • The goal 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 possible essay questions complete with a rubric, it is up to 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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