Gateway Regional High School
Mrs. Elise Albano
Google Classroom Code
Period 3 - u27hl9
Period 5 - 39a37a4
Sign up for Remind: text @36a6fa to 81010
This course provides students with an opportunity to grow in the understanding of organisms and the environment and the many varied relationships that exist among them. Using evolutionary thinking as a unifying concept, this course offers the following major topics:
- Matter and Energy Transformations in Ecosystems
- Independent Relationships
- Human Activity and Climate
- Human Activity and Biodiversity
- Cell Specialization and Homeostasis
- DNA and Inheritance
- Natural Selection
This course focuses on investigating and applying biological concepts to solve problems and increase the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of living things.
Course Expectations and Assessments
Throughout the course we will work on group and individual activities and projects and various investigations to learn about the nature of biology. Each marking period will consist of at least 3 test grades, at least one being a project or lab grade.
- 60% Primary - Tests, Projects (Applicable to Unit), Formal Lab Reports
- 30% Secondary - Quizzes, Minilabs, Quests
- 10% Support - graded classwork
- Homework – may be assigned but it is not assigned as a grade.
TEST RETAKE POLICY:
- Retakes after school or during study hall.
- All work must be completed prior to the first test.
- Tests retakes must be done within the window of time given in class (about 1 week)
- Only allowed one retake per Unit Test.
- Highest of 2 grades will be recorded.
Required and Recommended Materials
- Signed Lab Safety Contract
- Three Ring Binder or Folder
- Class materials will be distributed both through Google Classroom as well as paper. If you need a paper copy of anything due to lack of internet at home, please speak with me privately.
I can be available after school for makeup tests, test retakes, and extra help upon request.
You may contact me at my email address any time.
Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences
- Be in the classroom, prepared and ready to learn when the bell rings.
- Bring all materials (chromebook, binder/folder, and pen/pencil) to class and with you when you leave.
- Use classroom time appropriately. (See “cell/smart phone usage” below)
- Treat each person in the class with dignity and respect.
- Use all classroom materials and equipment in the proper manner.
- You are expected to do your own work.
Consequences will be appropriate for the misbehavior and may include an informal conference with the student, removal from class, contact with parent/guardian, and/or referral to Mr. Fahy.
- Be respectful during class with regards to usage. Texting, listening to music, Snapchatting, and watching Netflix would not be considered the best use of your time in class, nor is it respectful of my time. Independent work times would be a more appropriate time to listen to music.
- If you want to charge your phone, please use the designated charging area, and not the outlets in the back of the room.
- Any cell/smart phone use during a test or quiz will be considered cheating.