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phernandez@rcps.info
540.853.2781 (School)
972.277.1126 (Google)

Welcome to Biology

WHAT IS BIOLOGY?

Ever wonder why certain people have different hair color than other people, what actually causes disease, or how our brains work? You will find out the answers and much more in this course. Biology is a course designed to give students a fundamental understanding of scientific inquiry, the structure of anything alive from the atomic level to the ecosystem in which it resides. In other words, we will begin to develop a general understanding of how life works.

 

YEAR AT A GLANCE

 

1st Nine weeks

3rd Nine Weeks

Science Safety and Experimental Design

Genetics and Heredity

Cells

Evolution

Biochemistry

Classification

2nd Nine Weeks

4th Nine Weeks

Cellular Processes

Plants, Animals

DNA

Human Body Systems

The Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) for this course can be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/science/index.shtml 

This is a list of what the Commonwealth of Virginia determined should be covered in High School Biology and what will be tested on SOL tests at the end of the course.

 

WEBSITE

I maintain a website: http://hernandez.fleming.rcps.info . The content on the website will change weekly, but will allow students to access assignments and websites for further exploration. The website will also contain lessons, so please inform me if you do not have access to the internet.

 

EXPECTATIONS

I believe that all students can be successful.  In order to guarantee an atmosphere conducive to learning for everyone, these are my expectations of you:

  • Respect others and yourself.
  • Turn in all assignments complete and on time.
  • Be prepared.  Have all of your supplies with you.  This means ready to work when the bell rings.
  • Take care of needs during passing periods.
  • Use polite language at all times.
  • Every student is expected to behave in a way that allows the teacher to teach and every student to learn.

 

 

GRADING PROCEDURES

Grade Breakdown

Tests/Projects

40%

Labs

20%

Quizzes

15%

Classwork

15%

Homework

10%

 In the event of an absence, it is your responsibility to get your assignments on the day you return.  Rather than asking me what you missed, please check the make-up folders for any activities that you need to complete.  For test purposes, you are responsible for all class material, concepts, and assignments whether you were present for class or not.  If you are not comfortable with a concept, come to tutoring. Tutoring is available before school by appointment and after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

 Late work that we have reviewed in class may be turned in for a 50%. 

Other late work will be penalized 10 points a day and will not be accepted greater than three days late unless the student completes an additional assignment.

 

Student grades will be updated weekly and can be checked through Family Access. Grading will be consistent with the District Grading Policy and include an emphasis on communication, collaboration, and critical thinking- skills essential for safe laboratory practices and progress in science.

 

LABORATORY ACTIVITIES

Due to potential hazards during laboratory activities, there will be no tolerance for any violation of laboratory rules of safety and conduct.  Any violation of laboratory rules, even if it is the first offense, may result in a zero, immediate removal from the lab, office referral, and no opportunity for lab make-up. 

 

MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE EVERY DAY 

 

  • Pass laptop 
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Paper (college ruled and graph paper)
  • 1 Inch or larger binder
  • Red pen
  • Highlighter
  • Colored Pencils
  • Planner
  • 1 Subject Notebook