• Course Description : Biology         Mrs. Holmes

    Overview of course: Integrated Biology is a 10 credit, one-year course. It meets one of the graduation requirements, as well as being a laboratory science class, meeting entry requirements for many colleges.  We will be following the “Next Generation Science Standards” that were recently adopted by the state.  That means we will be covering Cell Biology and organization of living things, Ecology, first semester and Genetics and Inheritance, and Evolution second semester.

    Students will spend as much time as possible doing projects, labs, and activities to practice their science skills and knowledge.  Observation, questioning, and experimenting are part of any science class and we will practice these skills as well as writing adequate hypotheses and conclusions.  I emphasize thinking.  Learning facts can be helpful but learning how to think critically and logically are vital skills throughout life.  I require neatness, and an effort toward correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar in written work.

    Textbook: Biology Students will be required to bring their book to class every day.  Without it, they may not be able to effectively complete assignments.  They may have a work book (study guide) to work from and may be able to keep it in class. 

    Notebook: Students will need to bring a three-ring binder or folder that is large enough to hold all class notes and returned work to class every day.  It will be graded at the end of each semester for completeness, order, and neatness.  It should be kept in order by date.

    Grading: Grades should reflect student learning. Grades are weighted in categories (50%% for tests, quizzes, some labs and standard summaries, 35% for practice work,  10% for participation, and 5% for the final exam) The final exam will cover everything from the semester. The district assessments will be graded as tests and final exams.  Homework and class assignments will be posted on the calendar that students will receive for each month or so.  If a student is absent, they are responsible for getting what they need for the assignments from me and turning them in within a day for each day absent.  Unexcused absences (including suspension) usually result in zero grade for those missed assignments.  Once grades are weighted, the letter grades are based on a percentage scale: A 90-100%, B 80-89%, C 70-79%, D 60-69%, F below 59%.

    Late Assignments: will not be graded for full credit.  All late work that is accepted will receive half credit, and may not be accepted after a day or two late.  If a student has a legal, excused absence, they have one day for every day absent to make up any missed work within one day for each missed day.  It is the student's responsibility to get the missed assignments. If a student misses a test or quiz, it must be made up within two weeks of the test date or it will not be graded.

    Extra credit: Students will be given occasional opportunity to get extra credit on some regular assignments and quizzes or for special participation events only.  There will be no large extra credit assignments given to make up for not doing assigned work when it is assigned. 

    Participation: Attendance, positive conduct, notebook checks, and warm- up activities are important and will be worth about 10% of each student's grade. Points will be deducted from daily participation grade for truancy, not bringing appropriate materials, or disruptive behavior, and eating in class.  Students are graded on daily warm-up assignments in the first five minutes of class.

    Classroom rules:

    1. Safety: Follow all safety and lab procedures and not act in a way that would put anyone in danger, this includes throwing objects, misuse of materials, or rough play.

    2. Respect: Speak respectfully to me and other people in the classroom.  Silence is expected during reading or tests.  Raise hands to ask questions or participate.  Avoid offensive language and don't take things from others without asking.

    3. Responsibility: Bring notebook, paper, pencil and book to class every day. 

    4. Electronic devices not allowed: District policy will be enforced.  Cell phones and other electronic devices are distracting and must be turned off and put away during the entire class period.  Phones will most likely be taken away at the first offense. 

    5. No Food or drinks: Water is allowed.

    Student responsibilities:
          1. Look over notes a few minutes each day to keep up on your studies.
          2. Do your own high quality work of which you can be proud.
          3. Follow all instructions on assignments and labs.
          4. Write your name, date, and period on every assignment.
          5. Keep your returned work and notes in chronological order in your binder.
          6. Check your progress every Friday with Mrs. Holmes
          7. When absent, find out what you missed and complete assignments promptly
          8. Follow classroom rules.
          9. Ask questions if you don't understand something.  Get help after school.  I am here nearly every day after school.

          10. Think!

    Contact me: holmesp@luhsd.net students can set up a “remind 101” with me so I can text reminders for major assignments and when books are needed.  My website has several assignments and notebook lists.

    Mrs. Holmes


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    Student: ________________________ Parent/guardian: _________________________