Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District ~ Palos Verdes High School
Student / Parent Information 2012-2013
COURSE: Biology 2 TEACHER: Mrs. Marie Kuhn Room 313
Biology 2 is a year-long course that is a continuation of Biology 1. The material presented in this course
focuses on systematics and taxonomy of the six kingdoms of life, anatomy and physiology of organisms,
and current advancements in the field of biology, with a special emphasis on biological forensics. This
course incorporates the major themes of biology: Science as a Process, Evolution, Energy Transfer,
Continuity and Change, Interdependence in Nature, Structure and Function, and Science, Technology, and
Society. Biology 2 meets college entrance requirements as a lab science.
Textbook: Modern Biology, Holt, Rinehart & Winston (with Study Guide)
Notebook: 3-ring binder (2”), dividers, paper: loose leaf and unlined
Pens, pencils, highlighter, colored pencils
STRATEGIES /INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Students are exposed to a variety of instructional methodologies: lecture, lab investigations (including
animal and plant dissections), cooperative learning group work, inquiry activities, real-world applications,
hands-on instruction, videos, on-line enrichments, outside reading assignments and independent research.
Assessment (evaluation) of the student’s progress and understanding will be made daily throughout the
course. Assessments may be done individually and/or within a group. Students should be prepared for
quizzes at any time. Exams typically cover one or two chapters. Other assessments include lab reports,
homework, warm-ups, notebook, science news reviews, projects and class discussion/participation.
Students are assigned homework and textbook reading to reinforce material from class. Students should
plan to spend approximately 30 minutes each night on homework. Home-study assignments include study
questions, lab reports, handouts, science news reviews, class projects, etc. No late homework is accepted.
MAKE-UP / EXTRA CREDIT
Work missed due to legal absences must be made up within a reasonable period of time (due date agreed
upon between the student and instructor). Since you have a monthly syllabus on Edline for reference, you
will always know what the assignments are and when they are due. No late work is accepted, and you
may always turn your work in ahead of time. Work missed as a result of truant absences may not be made
up. Extra credit is provided periodically and will be posted in the classroom or on Edline.
The class will be graded using the following weighting system: Exams/Quizzes 50%, Labs 30%,
Homework/Classwork 20%. The grading scale is as follows:
90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 - 59% = F
Please carefully review the PVHS Academic Integrity Policy, as it will be strictly enforced. Students are
expected to perform all work with honesty and integrity. This means all assignments are the result of
his/her own work. Copying or allowing someone to copy work is unacceptable. Cheating will lower
your citizenship and class grade. Please do not put me in the awkward position of having to monitor your
ethical behavior! I ask that parents join me in promoting this commitment to academic integrity.
I am available for conferences before school and at lunch. If you feel that you would like a parent/teacher
conference, please call (310) 378-8471 ext. 613 or e-mail email@example.com
Interim reports and report cards will be sent home according to school district policies. Edline is updated on
a regular basis.
ATTENDENCE / TARDIES
All students are expected to be in class on time each day. Unexcused absences and tardies are highly
discouraged. Palos Verdes High School attendance and tardy policies will be strictly enforced.
Be a self-motivated learner! Be on time. Bring proper materials and textbook. Complete all assignments.
Give your best effort and be prepared for all quizzes, exams and work assigned. Ensure your work is neat,
complete, and on time. Follow lab safety procedures and clean as you go. Show proper respect toward
classmates, teachers, school and personal property. If we work together we can exceed our stated goals and
enjoy what promises to be an excellent class. Cell Phones and Other Personal Electronic Devices: Cell
phone should be turned off or placed on “silent mode” during lecture and lab class periods. IPod and
gaming device use during lecture and lab class is prohibited. It is distracting to your classmates and
disrespectful to your instructor. We want to foster a learning environment that encourages active
engagement; playing electronic games, and text messaging during class or lab does not promote academic
success. Use of cell phone and/or electronic devices during class will affect your participation grade.
Mrs. Marie Kuhn, Science Teacher
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I have read the above standards and expectations and accept the responsibility for meeting those expectations in
Biology 2. I also agree to abide by school and district policies and standards.
Student Signature Parent Signature