Ms. Caparas’s Biology Syllabus

Ms. Caparas’s

Biology Syllabus

Welcome to Biology! This course is designed to expand on your previous knowledge and experience in science along with your ability to form questions and solve problems. Through activities, labs, projects, and discussions we will explore various topics in biology including cell biology, evolution, genetics, and ecology. This course promises to be not only challenging but also exciting as students are able to investigate biology facilitating their learning process.

CALIFORNIA CONTENT STANDARDS:
INVESTIGATION AND EXPERIMENTATION: Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations.
CELL BIOLOGY
1. The fundamental life processes of plants and animals depend on a variety of chemical reactions that occur in specialized areas of the organism’s cells.
GENETICS
2. Mutation and sexual reproduction lead to genetic variation in a population.
3. A multicellular organism develops from a single zygote and its phenotype depends on its genotype, which is established at fertilization.
4. Genes are a set of instructions encoded in the DNA sequence of each organism that specify the sequence of amino acids in proteins characteristic of that organism.
5. The genetic composition of cells can altered by incorporation of exogenous DNA into the cells.
ECOLOGY
6. Stability in an ecosystem is a balance between competing effects.
EVOLUTION
7. The frequency of an allele in a gene pool of a population depends on many factors and may be stable or unstable over time.
8. Evolution is the result of genetic changes that occur in constantly changing environments.
PHYSIOLOGY
9. As a result of the coordinated structures and functions of organ systems, the internal environment of the human body remains relatively stable (homeostatic) despite changes in the outside environment.
10. Organisms have a variety of mechanisms to combat disease.

EXPECTED SCHOOLWIDE LEARNING RESULTS:
1. Every student will become a creative and critical thinker who uses available technologies for deeper understanding.
2. Every student will be a healthy individual who plays and celebrates (using video clips and participating in the lab.)
3. Every student will be a responsible and respectful community member who contributes effectively on a team working in lab groups.
4. Every student will be an effective communicator who can use contemporary platforms and tools to communicate ideas.

MATERIALS:
3-ringed binder with 4 dividers (Class Notes, Classwork/HW, Lab Reports, Tests/Quizzes)
binder paper, pens, pencils, eraser, ruler, colored pencils or crayons, scissors, white-out, scotch tape, and glue

GRADING POLICY:
Grades are based on the point system. The passing score is 60% of the total points earned in a grading period.
A                        91-100
B                        81- 90
C                        71- 80
D                        60- 70
F                           0- 59
BASIS OF GRADE:
Classwork/ HW                            30%
Lab Reports                                   20%
Tests/Quizzes                                20%
Class Participation                      10%
Final Exam/ Project                   20%

Class participation includes positive contribution in class, behavior and attendance. Excellent citizenship gets 10% extra points  from total points earned in a grading period.
Late work due to an excused absence should be turned in a day or two after the student comes back to school. Every late work will be deducted 3 points.
Tutorial and make-up work can be done during lunch or after school upon the teacher’s approval.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:
1. Come to class on time. Be properly seated before the bell rings.
2. Bring materials to class daily.
3. Observe proper behavior at all times. ( School Code of Conduct)
4. Follow directions carefully specially during the lab. (Lab Safety Rules form must be signed by both parent and student.)
5. Please FOCUS! No drinks, food, gum. No hats, Ipods, cell phones, etc. No combing or putting make-up during class.

CONSEQUENCES IN FAILURE TO MEET THE CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:
1. Verbal warning from the teacher
2. Phone call home (failure in class, poor academic performance, unacceptable behavior, too many unexcused absences & tardies)
3. Referral to the dean ( severe disruption, rude behavior, defiance)
4. Parent conference with the counselor or dean

FAMILY PARTICIPATION:
Parents and guardians are encouraged to come to school during parent conferences and Back to School Night. You are also encouraged to call the school at (415) 749-3430  for all concerns regarding your child’s education. The school appreciates your cooperation and active participation to ensure the success of your child.

 

 

Dear Ms Caparas,

I, __________________________________________, of _________  and my parent/guardian have read the course plan. We support the rules and policies in your classroom. My child will obey and follow the said rules and policies to the best of his/her ability.

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Student’s Signature                                                         Date

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Parent/Guardian’s Siganature                                    Date

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Home Phone                                                                       Best Time To Call

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Cell Phone                                                                           Work Phone

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