Bridgeport High School Indian

515 Johnson Avenue

Bridgeport, WV  26330

304-326-7137

Indians

"Science does not know what it owes to imagination" -unkown


Stacey Simons 


Earth Science

Biology I

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BIOLOGY I Course Syllabus

Second Semester Spring 2015

MTWTF 1st and 3rd block.

Room 204


Ms. Simons

Please contact during 2nd block ext. 4352

Or please email me on live grades.


Course Description

Biology I      Prequisite:   Physical Science 9 and or permission from teacher.  Students will explore occupational opportunities in health, engineering, and technology and evaluate the required academic preparations while expanding laboratory skills and experiences.  Students will engage in active inquiries, investigations, and hands-on activities for a minimum of 50% of the instructional time to develop conceptual understanding and research/laboratory skills.  Safety instruction is integrated in all activities.


Grading :  A point system will be used and a percentage will be calculate from the total points accumulated divided by the total points possible.  The standard grading system scale will be used.


Attendance:  In order to keep up with the amount of work assigned in a semester long class, attendance is extremely important.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain makeup work and assignments.


Participation:  Daily participation points such as bellringers will be given to encourage attendance.  All students are assigned groups and will be expected to work cooperatively and productively within that group.  Students who do not may receive partial grades and/or be removed permanently from group activities.  Cooperative teamwork is essential for all upper level sciences and will be focused on in order to prepare students for future laboratory and research groups.


Quizzes vs. tests:  Quizzes and tests will be given weekly.  Dates will be posted on the board every week.  It is the student’s responsibility to makeup missed test/quizzes during homeroom.  Vocabulary is essential to understanding the material.  Encourage your student to study nightly.  I provide index cards for all students!!!

Papers and presentations:  Students will be required to complete group work and speak during presentations.  Rubrics will be given for speaking skills and graphic organizers.


Test and Final exams:  Tests can be made up in homeroom or during an alternative schedule time.  Final exam is a comprehensive exam of material covered throughout the semester.  Final grades are determined by averaging 1st, 2nd, and 3rd six weeks with the final exam.


Academic Honesty:  Making references to the work of others strengthens your own work by granting you greater authority and by showing that you are part of a discussion located within an intellectual community.  When you make references to the ideas of others, it is essential to provide attribution and citation.   Failing to do so is considered academic dishonesty, as is copying or paraphrasing someone else’s work.  The consequences of such behavior will lead to consequences ranging from failure on the assignment to out of school suspension.  You will be encouraged to share ideas and to include the ideas of others in our papers/ presentations.  Please ask if you are in doubt about the use of a citation.  Honest mistakes can always be corrected or prevented.


Contacting the instructor:  My planning is 2nd block if you would like to call me during that time or please email my livegrades account.  Please let me know if you have any problems or concerns!!


Please check live grades assignment due dates as they become available.

Notebook checks are due at the end of every six weeks!!!!


A note about cell phones:

My room has low laboratory desks.  Do not get offended if I ask you to keep your hands on the desk.  If you do not comply I will ask for your phone.  There is no reason to be sitting back with your hands in your lap looking down.  In other words, don’t look suspicious!!!






 

Conceptual Biology Course Syllabus

Second Semester Spring 2015

MTWTF 3rd block.

Room 204


Ms. Simons

Please contact during 1st block 7:33am-9:10 ext. 4352

Or please email me on live grades.


Course Description

Biology conceptual:  is an introductory course designed for students who are interested in the field of technical biology with the scientific knowledge and opportunities to develop the inquiry, problem solving and decision making abilities necessary for their future vocation.  Conceptual biology is an alternative to biology and is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers, using skills for the 21st Century.  The course will provide an in-depth study in the chemical nature of life, cellular functions, microbiology, ecology, biotechnology, zoology, and botany with application emphasis.  It builds on the fundamental concepts developed in the science program in a rigorous and integrated manner.  Students will engage in active inquiries, investigations, and hands-on activities for a minimum of 50% of the instructional time to develop conceptual understanding and research/laboratory skills.  Safety instruction is integrated into all activities.


Grading :  A point system will be used and a percentage will be calculate from the total points accumulated divided by the total points possible.  The standard grading system scale will be used.

Attendance:  In order to keep up with the amount of work assigned in a semester long class, attendance is extremely important.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain makeup work and assignments.

Participation:  Daily participation points such as bellringers will be given to encourage attendance.  All students are assigned groups and will be expected to work cooperatively and productively within that group.  Students who do not may receive partial grades and/or be removed permanently from group activities.  Cooperative teamwork is essential for all upper level sciences and will be focused on in order to prepare students for future laboratory and research groups.

Quizzes vs. tests:  Quizzes and tests will be given weekly.  Dates will be posted on the board every week.  It is the student’s responsibility to makeup missed test/quizzes during homeroom.  Vocabulary is essential to understanding the material.  Encourage your student to study nightly.  I provide index cards for all students!!!

Papers and presentations:  Students will be required to complete group work and speak during presentations.  Rubrics will be given for speaking skills and graphic organizers.

Test and Final exams:  Tests can be made up in homeroom or during an alternative schedule time.  Final exam is a comprehensive exam of material covered throughout the semester.  Final grades are determined by averaging 4th,  5th, and 6th six weeks with the final exam.

Academic Honesty:  Making references to the work of others strengthens your own work by granting you greater authority and by showing that you are part of a discussion located within an intellectual community.  When you make references to the ideas of others, it is essential to provide attribution and citation.   Failing to do so is considered academic dishonesty, as is copying or paraphrasing someone else’s work.  The consequences of such behavior will lead to consequences ranging from failure on the assignment to out of school suspension.  You will be encouraged to share ideas and to include the ideas of others in our papers/ presentations.  Please ask if you are in doubt about the use of a citation.  Honest mistakes can always be corrected or prevented.


Contacting the instructor:  My planning is first block if you would like to call me during that time or please email my livegrades account.


Please check live grades assignment due dates as they become available.

Notebook checks are due at the end of every six weeks!!!!












Please sign and return


I have read, understood and agreed to all information and terms given in the Biology I Syllabus.

Parent or Guardian Name (print)_________________________________________________________

Parent Signature:_________________________________________________ Date:_______________

Student Name (print):__________________________________________________________________

Student Signature:_______________________________________________Date:________________


Earth Science Course Syllabus

Second Semester Spring 2015

MTWTF 4th block.

Room 204


Ms. Simons

Please contact during 1st block 7:33-9:10am ext. 4352

Or please email me on live grades.


Course Description:   Prerequisite Physical Science and/or Biology I.  Earth Science is an advanced level lab course that is an elective designed for students who desire a broader understanding of the fundamentals of Earth Science and includes geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy.  This course is designed to build a knowledge and skills developed during the science progression, which included the traditional disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics where appropriate.  Students will engage in active inquiries, investigations, and hands-on activities for a minimum of 50% of the instruction time to develop conceptual understanding and laboratory skills.  Safety instruction is integrated into all activities.


Grading :  A point system will be used and a percentage will be calculate from the total points accumulated divided by the total points possible.  The standard grading system scale will be used.


Attendance:  In order to keep up with the amount of work assigned in a semester long class, attendance is extremely important.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain makeup work and assignments.


Participation:  Daily participation points such as bellringers will be given to encourage attendance.  All students are assigned groups and will be expected to work cooperatively and productively within that group.  Students who do not may receive partial grades and/or be removed permanently from group activities.  Cooperative teamwork is essential for all upper level sciences and will be focused on in order to prepare students for future laboratory and research groups.


Quizzes vs. tests:  Quizzes and tests will be given weekly.  Dates will be posted on the board every week.  It is the student’s responsibility to makeup missed test/quizzes during homeroom.  Vocabulary is essential to understanding the material.  Encourage your student to study nightly.  I provide index cards for all students!!!

Papers and presentations:  Students will be required to complete group work and speak during presentations.  Rubrics will be given for speaking skills and graphic organizers.


Test and Final exams:  Tests can be made up in homeroom or during an alternative schedule time.  Final exam is a comprehensive exam of material covered throughout the semester.  Final grades are determined by averaging 1st,  2nd, and 3rd six weeks with the final exam.


Academic Honesty:  Making references to the work of others strengthens your own work by granting you greater authority and by showing that you are part of a discussion located within an intellectual community.  When you make references to the ideas of others, it is essential to provide attribution and citation.   Failing to do so is considered academic dishonesty, as is copying or paraphrasing someone else’s work.  The consequences of such behavior range from failure on the assignment to out of school suspension.  You will be encouraged to share ideas and to include the ideas of others in our papers/ presentations.  Please ask if you are in doubt about the use of a citation.  Honest mistakes can always be corrected or prevented.


Contacting the instructor:  My planning is 1st block if you would like to call me during that time or please email my livegrades account.  Please let me know of any problems or concerns you might have.


Please check live grades assignment due dates as they become available.

Notebook checks are due at the end of every six weeks!!!!


 A note about cell phones:

My room has low laboratory desks.  Do not get offended if I ask you to keep your hands on the desk.  If you do not comply I will ask for your phone.  There is no reason to be sitting back with your hands in your lap looking down.  In other words, don’t look suspicious!!!



Please sign and return

Simons- Earth Science Spring 2015

I have read, understood and agreed to all information and terms given in the Earth Science Syllabus.

Parent or Guardian Name (print)_________________________________________________________

Parent Signature:_________________________________________________ Date:_______________

Student Name (print):__________________________________________________________________

Student Signature:_______________________________________________Date:________________