Biology 1, 2 Name:
Henry Foss High School Period:
Mrs. Engberg Fall 2012 / Spring 2013
1) To think of everything in terms of cells, molecules, and energy; and
2) To communicate effectively about Biology and Science.
3) To gain skills to pass the state End of Course Exam in Biology.
This course counts as one year towards the Tacoma Public School graduation
requirement of two years of science successfully completed. Students going on to
college should take more science to increase thinking skills.
COURSE OUTLINE: The Grade Level Expectations in Science will be covered.
Fall Semester: “Engage” Chapter, Chapters 1-5.
Spring Semester: Chapters 8-16.
TEXTBOOK: Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) Biology, Second Edition. 2003.
Kendall/Hunt, Dubuque, Iowa.
Please take care of your textbooks—you're only borrowing them, and they're expensive to
replace ($75). To minimize wear on the books, I ask that you follow the practices below.
1. Refrain from storing pens, pencils, or papers in the textbook—they break the
2. Always have a book cover on the book.
You will need to supply the following materials.
2. Composition book with sewn binding, either college-ruled or graph-paper;
3. Pens or pencils
4. Biology section in your binder
6. Colored pencils
Standards Based Grading and Reporting: The standards based grading and reporting
system supports learning, improves communication, provides credibility to grades, and
creates a true picture of what students are able to do. This form of grading removes non-
academic indicators from the grading process and focuses on academic achievement
alone. This type of grading provides alignment to the state standards, and allows for
multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate proficiency. The power behind
standards based grading is a student’s ability to accurately articulate their level of
understanding on the learning continuum (O’Connor).
In other words, the student’s grade is based on their meeting the Grade Level Expectation,
or GLE, for that skill. In Science the grade is based on quiz grades and Science Notebook
Final grades will include:
Science Notebook (Homework and Labs)
Quizzes and Tests
Practice assignments like Worksheets and Diagrams do not go on the grade, but will be
on the Quizzes, which do go on the grade. Worksheets and Diagrams will count as
missing assignments if not completed.
I will assign grades according to the minimum cutoffs shown below. Grades will not be
Grade Percent Grade Percent
A 93 C+ 77
A- 90 C 73
B+ 87 C- 70
B 83 D+ 67
B- 80 D 60
Please see the handout “Grading FAQ” (Frequently Asked Questions) for more
Unless you have an excused absence, all assignments must be turned in on the due date
to receive full credit. Assignments can be submitted up to one month past the due date,
but you must come in before or after school to go over it with me. Assignments handed in
more than one month late will receive no credit (a zero).
You may make up missed assignments only if you have an excused absence. It is your
responsibility to find out what you've missed and arrange a convenient time to make up
the work. I will allow you an equivalent number of days as the excused absence to turn
in the work for full credit. After that time period has elapsed, the late policy described
above applies. Some activities, notably labs using live material, may be impossible to
make up. In such cases, I will make an effort to assign similar work covering the same
All written assignments must be written individually. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. (We
will define and discuss examples of plagiarism in class.) No credit will be given for work
copied or paraphrased from other sources, including published material or another
Don't even ask. You're best bet is to put all your effort into the assignments.
I will follow the Tacoma School District Attendance Procedures. If you find you are absent
from school for more than 2 days, have a parent or guardian call the attendance office
to request your homework for someone to pick up for you. Note: you may not always be
able to make up missed work. Please see the Student Rights and Responsibilities
pamphlet for details.
School-related absences: Students absent from class for a school-related absence
(fieldtrip, music, athletic participation, partnership program, etc.) must have "PRIOR
APPROVAL from the teacher(s) whose class(es) will be missed during the activity" (Section
IV, part D). Teachers must be notified at least 48 hours in advance of such activities, and
teachers have the right to deny a student's participation in the activity (Foss Site Council
[SCDM]). A student who misses class because of a school-related activity without
obtaining prior teacher approval will receive an unexcused absence. It is the student's
responsibility to get teacher approval.
Please make every effort to come to class on time. Tardiness is extremely disruptive and
slows down everyone. I will enforce the official school policy on tardiness:
1st through 3rd tardies: 10 minutes detention each with me before or after school
4th tardy: referral, parent contacted, Saturday school
I have read and understood the course procedures and policies in the Biology 1, 2 course
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