Honors Biology 2009 - 2010 Kentridge High School Course Syllabus Instructor: Rebecca Haukaas Rebecca.Haukaas@kent.k12.wa.us (253) 373-4360 Course Description Welcome to introductory Biology! This year we will cover many exciting topics. This is an inquiry-based class that combines traditional teaching techniques such as lecture with hands-on techniques to increase student involvement and understanding. All content covered in this course is tied to the Kent School District Student Learning Objectives (SLO’s) and/or the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALR’s). Course Outcomes As a result of this class students will know, understand and be able to do the following: 1. Pose a scientific question, keeping in mind what can be tested by science. 2. Design and execute their own experiment using appropriate equipment and measuring techniques. 3. Report and/or communicate their experimental findings and scientific understanding in an appropriate manner. 4. Gain an introductory understanding of the concepts and skills related to the chemistry of life, cells and cell processes, genetics, evolution, classification, the kingdoms, the human body, and ecology. • Estimating, selecting the proper equipment, and the use of the SI system. • Major biomolecules and their roles. • Cell structure and reproduction, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration. • Use of the microscope. • Human genetics. • Variation and selection leading to changes in populations over time. • Classification of species and use of dichotomous keys. • Human body systems. • Organism interactions, food webs, biomes, energy relationships. Grading Scale A = 93-100% C = 72-77% A- = 90-92% C- = 70-71% B+ = 88-89% D+ = 67-69% B = 82-87% D = 60-66% B- = 80-81% F = 0-59% C+ = 78-79% *Extra credit may only raise a student’s grade 3% overall if that. Academic Grading Summative Work = 85% Formative Work = 15% Grading in this pod will be based on student knowledge. Therefore, more weight is placed on summative work (such as tests, some labs, and projects) than formative work (practice work, homework, some labs, etc.). I will do my best to let students know in advance if the work counts towards their summative or formative work. Employability Grade In 1998 the Kent School District Academic Standards Commission established twenty-two Academic Standards to increase student achievement and prepare them for success in the 21st century. One of the goals from the Academic Standards Commission was to have students assessed on performance standards that define work and life skills. This was a result of employers in the Kent area recommending students are educated on attitudinal and behavioral skills needed for success in today's global workplace. The Kent School District has developed an Employability and Life Skills Assessment where students will be assessed by their teachers on work habits and attitudes, cooperation, commitment to quality, quantity of work, and attendance and punctuality. Beginning with the 2000/2001 school year, students will receive an employability grade as a part of the comments section for each of their classes. Course Grading Policies Late/Make-Up Work - receives 1/2 credit and must be received within 2 weeks of the due date. If you wish to turn in a late assignment it must be turned in directly to me! Do not turn it into the box!! Late work turned into the box is often not accepted because it might be discovered hiding amongst other work past the 2 week deadline. If you miss a lab you will need to see me at the end of the period in order to schedule a make up time. (Many times the lab equipment will need to be passed along to another science teacher. This makes it very important to see me as soon as possible because I might not have the equipment anymore and you will be left to write a report.) Tests and quizzes can only be made up before or after school in this room within a week of the test date. All work that is late due to an unexcused absence is worth a zero. If an absence is prolonged, see me to develop a make-up calendar. At any time a student or parent can request an individual progress report. Extra Credit - There will be opportunities for extra credit, however, students should not depend upon extra credit to achieve their desired grade. Focus on work offered for regular credit! Cheating- In the first instance of cheating, the student will receive an 'F' grade for the work involved. Subsequent cheating will result in disciplinary action that may lead to suspension or expulsion and/or loss of credit for the class. *Please see the Academic Integrity Policy also included below. Plagiarism is a form of cheating! Professionalism- You are a professional student - TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR WORK! A good rule of thumb is to compare your behavior in this class to that at work. What is not acceptable in a workplace is not acceptable here. The following guidelines will be used to grade written assignments: 1. Complete sentences will be used in assignments unless otherwise directed. A one word or short phrase answer will not earn full credit on assignments needing complete sentences. 2. Support for answers should be included in your response. Referring to the text is an example of how to support an answer. 3. Also, follow the assignment professionalism guidelines explained by your teacher. Course Materials Materials/supplies: unit manuals loose leaf paper pencils color dividers to be included in the 9th grade binder Here are a few items that might be helpful but are completely optional: colored pencils calculator compass ruler Attendance Policies • Students must participate in classroom activities and attend 85% (77 days) of a class per semester to receive credit for the class. Arrival at class later than ten (10) minutes is considered an absence. Students with more than 13 days of excused and/or unexcused absences will receive a failing grade by the teacher. • Students may ‘buy-back’ lost instructional time from excused absences by attending Learning Labs, Wednesday School, after school detention, or by special arrangement with a teacher. • Students must ‘buy-back’ the instructional opportunity within ten (10) days following their excused return to school. • School sponsored activities (e.g. field trips, athletic contests) do not count toward the student’s total absences. If a student fails to buy back the excused absences or has extenuating circumstances, he or she may make an appeal to the Attendance Appeals Committee. This committee meets at the end of each semester to review the appeals and give the student the opportunity to appeal his or her attendance. Tardies It is your responsibility to arrive to each class on time each day. Tardies are defined as late arrival to class during the first ten (10) minutes of class. Consequences for tardies are as follows: 1st Tardy: First and last warning. 2nd Tardy: Teacher assigns 1 hour of detention. 3rd Tardy: Teacher assigns 2 hours of detention. 4th Tardy: Referral to the administration, will assign minimum of Sat. School. At the fourth and for each subsequent tardy to class, the student will be referred to the Assistant Principal for corrective discipline and/or suspension from class. Hall Passes Students out of class must have with them a hall pass issued by a staff member. Students without a pass will be returned to their classroom and/or disciplined. Each student will be issued 3 hall passes at the beginning of the semester for bathroom breaks. Students must take and return the hall pass and they will not be allowed to go to the bathroom during the first 10 minutes or the last 10 minutes of class. Unused passes can be turned in at the end of each semester for extra credit! Kentridge Charger Standards Kentridge students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that promotes a proper learning environment and reflects positively on themselves, their classmates, teachers, family and community. Each Kentridge student automatically becomes a citizen of our school, both receiving privileges and accepting responsibilities including: Respect of Property Keep Kentridge a clean, neat and safe environment. Respect of Authority Show respect, follow direction and identify yourself and activity when asked. Respect for Others Show courtesy and tolerance; respect differences; make others welcome. Respect for Self Be successful and reach your full potential. Be the best you can be. Academic Integrity Policy Kentridge High School strives to provide students with the knowledge, skills, judgment, and wisdom they need to function in society as educated adults. Students are expected to take responsibility for their learning and experience the pride that accompanies academic achievement. To falsity or fabricate the results of one’s research; to present the words, ideas, data, or work of another as one’s own; or to cheat on an examination corrupts the education the educational process, impedes a student’s academic progress, and compromises the trust between teacher and student that is fundamental to the learning process. Guidelines for Academic Integrity Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the coursework they submit. The following are guidelines to assist students in observing academic integrity: Students must do their own work and submit only their own work on assignments (including homework), examinations, reports, and projects, unless otherwise permitted by the instructor. Students may benefit from working in groups. They may collaborate or cooperate with other students on graded assignments or examinations as directed by the instructor. Students must follow all written and/or verbal instructions given by instructors prior to taking examinations, tests, quizzes, and performance evaluations. Students are responsible for adhering to course requirements as specified by the instructor in the course syllabus. Additional Expectations Students will be seated when bell rings and working on daily DMA assignment. No talking when your teacher is lecturing or giving instructions, during tests, or when your classmates are giving presentations. Homework is due at the beginning of class. No excuses. Obey lab safety rules and codes. If you are behaving inappropriately in the lab or lab area, you will lose lab privileges, receive a zero on the lab report, and be expelled from class. No food or drinks are allowed in the classroom (except water). Students will remain in their seats until the bell rings. Contacting the Instructor I will be available both before and after school for extra help in my classroom, #123. Please feel free to call me or see me if you have any questions or concerns. My e-mail address is email@example.com. My school phone number is (253)373-4360. The best way to get a hold of me is via e-mail. I constantly check this throughout the day and often have the chance to respond during the school day. If you would like to call, the best time to reach me is during my planning time from 1:10 – 2:10. If I do not answer the phone please leave your name and number with my voice mail and the call will be returned within 24 hours.
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