Warwick High School
2016-17 Honors and General Biology
Tutoring day and
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!
Banks class only: All of your assignments can be found
on my website Ms.
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.
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.
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
required for this class:Textbooks will be assigned and distributed
Miller and Levine: BIOLOGY (textbook)
Pencils and pens (NO RED PENS PLEASE)
Composition notebook for labs
Spiraled notebook for notes
News Public Schools follows the 10 point grading scale:
100-90 – A
89-80 – B
79-70 – C
69-60 – D
59-0 - F
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.
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 http://teacherweb.com/VA/WarwickHighSchool/DeniseBanks/apt3.aspx
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.
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.
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
Unit of Study
Protein Synthesis DNA Tech
Animal and Human Anatomy
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.
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
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:
respect your teacher and each other
do not talk during lecture
horse playing or sleeping
the end of class, remain in your seat until the bell rings
class, remain in your seat during lecture.
prepared. Have the proper materials to
complete your assignments.
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.
FAILURE IS NOT AN