BIOLOGY 1 Syllabus
Biology is the study of life We will pay special attention to the processes that support life and investigate the interactions between living things and the systems that support them.
By the end of this course, a successful student will:
Other Required Materials
Notebook/Binder & Paper
Writing Utensils – Pen/Pencil, Highlighter & Colored Pencils
Classes are at, or near, capacity and backpacks are a safety hazard in the science classroom. (We work with expensive equipment, glass, fire and chemicals) Please try not to bring backpacks to class.
The following are weighted values for various types of work:
Tests = 70%
Classwork, Homework, Participation, Labs & Projects= 30%
Letter Grade & Percent Grades Scale
A 94%-and above
F 59% and Below
Quarter and exam grades will adhere to the UCS grading scale. Semester grades are calculated according to the district 40/40/20 rule. (Q1/Q2/ exam)
Simply put, students are to adhere to all school rules set forth in the UCS Student Handbook. In addition, there are a few specific areas highlighted below.
ABSENT WORK POLICY: If you miss school or lose a paper, you must obtain it from the class website. You get one day to work on your assignments for each day that you were absent. You would also obtain extra copies of any lost papers/work from the class website. Tests completed after an absence may not get graded until the end of the quarter.
LATE WORK POLICY: Late work is not accepted. Do your work and turn it in on time. Any work turned in after the due date may not appear in the grade book (PowerSchool) until the final week of the marking period.
EXTRA CREDIT POLICY: Extra credit is only available to students with 0 missing assignments. Students may raise their overall grade a maximum of 10% through extra credit. Extra credit is available at any time to any eligible student. To view options for extra credit, please visit the class website and click on “Extra Credit” in the "Informational" section. Extra credit will be input before progress reports and report cards (twice a marking period).
TARDY POLICY: You are expected to be in your seat when the bell rings. Otherwise, you are considered tardy.
CHEATING POLICY: Any sort of academic dishonesty is considered cheating. This includes, but is not limited to, copying another students work and plagiarism. Students caught cheating will receive a zero for that assignment and citizenship grade will drop.
CELL PHONE POLICY: Cell phones may not be active during class. Students will be asked to keep phones in provided holder during class. Active phones will be confiscated and turned over to administration. Having an active phone during a test can, and will be, considered cheating.
FOOD AND DRINK POLICY: Food and drinks are not allowed in science class.
HALL PASS POLICY: Students must record their time out and in on the sign out sheet as well as take the class pass (1) with them after obtaining permission to leave class from the teacher. Excessive hall pass use will result in a reduction in student participation grade unless doctors note is provided.