BIOLOGY 1 (2017-2018)
Mr. Moser, Room #8-005, Course #2000310
Text: Biology, Holt, McDougal 2012
E-mail address: Jacob.Moser@marion.k12.fl.us
Class website: marionschools.net
Course of Study:
The purpose of Biology is to study the standard theoretical concepts that are fundamental to biology with a strong emphasis on practical skills. The emphasis throughout is on the understanding and the application of biology ideas in novel contexts as well as the acquisition of knowledge. The course will foster creative thinking and writing skills which are transferable to any future career path. Biology 1 will be taking the state exam for biology, we will be following a course of study outlined by the Florida Honors Biology Curricula.
Your responsibilities as a student:
You are expected to be at school and prepared. Attendance is very important. If you are not here, it is difficult to learn. While in class, I expect you to be engaged and active in your learning. The end product is not "completing the work," but understanding the concepts and their applications. You will be required to think analytically and express yourself using technical writing. This is a skill that must be practiced to be mastered.
1.Be on-time, on-task, and prepared to learn EVERYDAY
2.Keep all electronics, food, and drinks (except bottled water) put away
3.Be responsible for your own learning
4.Respect the teacher, the classroom, and the students
My responsibilities as your teacher:
I am expected to provide a classroom environment conducive to learning. I will do this by maintaining discipline, providing lessons targeting the sunshine state standards and Marion County curriculum, giving opportunity for hands-on learning (labs), providing tutoring before and after school on selected days, giving feed-back on student performance (graded papers, verbal instructions and redirection), and reporting assessments of student achievement (grades).
Grading: All grading will be done on a point system and weighted as follows:
Homework – 10%
Daily Assignments - 40% (classwork, bell ringers, labs, quizzes, notebook, class participation, etc.)
Tests and Projects - 50% (written/multiple choice tests, science fair project, writing assignments, presentations)
Science Fair Projects:
All AICE and honors science students are required to complete a science fair project. All information and due dates are posted on the following web page: northmarionsciencefair.pbworks.com and the class website
The project topic must be chosen from the AICE biology syllabus and be relevant to the class. Multiple grades will be given throughout the first semester. The final grade on the project will count as a double test grade. Max of 3 students per group but difficulty must warrant the extra people.
Regular biology students may opt to participate in science fair for a significant (letter grade) boost.
Please have the following SUPPLIES each day: lined, loose-leaf paper, blue or black ink pen, red grading pens, a composition notebook, a pencil, student planner, and binder where all the papers for the current grading period are properly organized and brought to school. Students also can bring in 1 shared classroom supply item such as a box of Kleenex, a box of small or large baggies, or a box of latex gloves. The student planner will be used to keep track of scheduled tests and labs. Notebooks will be added to each class and graded periodically.
Policies and Procedures:
1) Properly head each paper as shown in our class. A student who fails to properly label papers may not receive credit for their work. (First and Last name, Proper Assignment name, Date)
2) Bell-ringers will be given at the start of each period. Students who are late or absent will miss the day’s work. Make up quizzes for excused absences are available before or after school.
3) Work begins when you enter class and does not end until you leave the classroom. Do not clean up early or hang around the door waiting for class to end. Come in quickly and check the board for instructions on the bell ringer.
4) Late work will receive a 25% grade reduction. After two more days this increases to 50%. Once work is passed back out it will not be accepted.
5) Absent Work: Missed lab, activity or quizzes can only be made up within the same number of days you missed. It is the student’s responsibility to turn their make-up work in on time. Please do not interrupt teaching. Students often find it is easier to email me the day they are absent so they can get their make-up work. Check the website for absent work. Alternate assignments will be given if excessive absences that are due to a chronic medical condition or family emergency (bring in a doctor's or counselor's note).
7) Missed tests or quizzes must be taken the same day the student returns to school. (The student is responsible for writing the work in their planner, being aware of test days, and studying for the test.) You will not receive extra days to prepare for the test. You may also receive an alternate form of the test. Students who are absent the day prior to a test are still responsible for taking the test on the assigned day. Students should begin studying for tests on the first day we begin a chapter or unit and make note of the test date in their planner.
8) Science Binder: Students will keep a science binder of all completed work and assignments for each semester. Students should keep all tests, quizzes, and labs since these will be used to make the midterm and final. The notebook will include lecture notes, lab notes, and other activities.
9) A composition book will also be used for science fair. You will be given specific directions about how to keep your science fair notebook if you decide to participate.
Time to complete missed work is available before and/or after school. Tutoring is available after school. Consult my schedule and talk with me to be sure I am available. (Sometimes I have conferences or meetings.) Absent work can be done at this time. Extra test study sessions maybe be held before chapter tests and will award extra credit for attending and participating.