General and Honors Biology

Warwick High School

2016-17 Honors and General Biology Syllabus

D. Banks


Tutoring day and times: Thursdays

Pre-requisites: Completion of Middle school science requirements.

Welcome to Biology class! I look forward to working with you this year and I hope that we will be able to have fun learning the concepts of Biology! This document is will provide the some important information that will aid in your success in my class!

Ms. Banks class only: All of your assignments can be found on my website Ms. Banks Biology. Please make sure to familiarize yourself with the due dates for your assignments. You will also be able to access various handouts and Power Points that will help you better understand the concepts that will be taught in my class. Please review the information below with your parents and have them sign the attached signature form.

Course Description/ Learning Objective:

Biology 1 utilizes a standards aligned curriculum framework to encompass the essential concepts of biological science. Students will analyze and explain the nature of science in the search for understanding the natural world, as well as practice the application of technology, scientific tools and critical thought skills in solving problems. Students will focus on the biological structures and their functions at multiple levels of organization in living things, as well as explore the patterns, processes and systems within biology. As scientific learners, students will collect and analyze data, interpret results, draw conclusions and communicate their findings. Throughout the course, students will work both independently and collaboratively, in a laboratory based classroom with an active learner approach. The goal for the course is for students to gain a more meaningful understanding of the living world around them as well as a deeper appreciation of their place in it.

Grade Calculations and Policies: Please understand that in order to insure that your grades are posted in a timely manner. All work will be graded daily and posted weekly.

Materials required for this class:
Textbooks will be assigned and distributed by teacher

· Miller and Levine: BIOLOGY (textbook)

· Pencils and pens (NO RED PENS PLEASE)

· Ruled paper

· Composition notebook for labs

· Spiraled notebook for notes

Newport News Public Schools follows the 10 point grading scale:

100-90 – A

89-80 – B

79-70 – C

69-60 – D

59-0 - F


Tests 40%

Quizzes 20%

Labs 20%

Homework 10%

Classwork 10%

Makeup Work: Students who are absent on the class day that an assignment is due are required to turn in the assignment on the day they return to class. Remember, due dates are posted on my website. If a student is absent on the class day before a test, the student is required to take the test on the day it is given. If a student is absent two days prior to a test, that student has five days to make up the test.

Late Work: * During the first 9 weeks, I will show leniency and allow late work to insure that all students become acclimated to this policy and to give everyone an opportunity to succeed. However, late work will oftentimes be graded late and your Synergy report will not reflect your most updated grade. During the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters, all assignments must be turned in on time. Students with extenuating circumstances can see me privately to discuss how to proceed. For Ms. Banks class assignment due dates are on her website

Test Re-Takes: If a student makes ≤ 59% on a test, he/she can re-take that test. However, the highest grade he/she can receive on the re-test is 70%. Also, he/she has 5 days from the day he/she receives their score, to take the re-test.

BYOD: You will be asked to sign an ‘Acceptable Use Policy’ (AUP), at the beginning of the year. Please be sure to have that form signed and turned back in no later than September 12th. Otherwise, you will not be able to logon to any NNPS computers. We will be using technology very early in the year, and if you are unable to logon, you will be responsible to complete your assignments at home.

That form will also ask if you are interested in signing up for the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD), option. Please note that you are only allowed to use your device in the classroom if your teacher has incorporated its use in the daily lesson plan. This means that the classroom is a ‘RED ZONE’, unless noted by your teacher.

Science Fair: PLEASE NOTE…All students are required to complete a science fair project. Honors students are expected to participate in the Science Fair.  You may have a partner, but there can only be two people on a team. Due dates for the science fair will be posted on this website.

Course Curriculum Schedule:


Unit of Study










Protein Synthesis DNA Tech




Classification Diversity


Animal and Human Anatomy



Required Assignments: There will be 9 required Unit tests this year as well as various performance based assessments, projects and research papers. Additionally, expect homework every night and review your notes on a daily basis for pop quizzes.

Extra Help: After school help will be available on Thursdays. You are required to obtain a pass prior to the date that you will stay after. This way, I will be able to devote all of my time to helping you! See me privately for a day different from Thursday. I may be able to make concessions.

Classroom Expectations: All students are expected to follow the rules and regulations of Warwick High School and Newport News Public Schools as stated in the NNPS Student Handbook. Also note the following:

1. Be on time

2. Please respect your teacher and each other

3. Please do not talk during lecture

4. No horse playing or sleeping

5. Speak quietly

6. At the end of class, remain in your seat until the bell rings

7. During class, remain in your seat during lecture.

8. Be prepared. Have the proper materials to complete your assignments.

Attendance Policy: Regular and prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience. Warwick High School expects students to exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences. Students will accept full responsibility for ensuring their work does not suffer because of absences. All students are expected to attend every scheduled class on time. Exceptions may be made for illness and valid emergencies.