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     Biology & Pre- AP Biology Syllabus 2020-2021

    Ms. Mari Drey - Instructor  

    Email: Dreym@pearlandisd.org 


     Conference: Tuesday and Thursday 7:15-8:45am 


    I prefer to communicate with the student on an issue or question that may arise. However, if the issue cannot be resolved please feel free to send an email to schedule a conference. 



    Monday afternoon 4:15-5:00pm (in Teams)

    Wednesday before school 6:30-7:15 am (in classroom and Teams)  



    Course Description 

    Biology is devoted to the study of living things and their processes. Throughout the year this course provides an opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills, laboratory techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of living organisms. Students will explore biological science as a process, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution and classification, diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles, and an introduction to animal structure and function. An end of course test (EOC) will be administered in May, which covers objectives for both semesters. 


    Learner Outcomes 

    I am excited to be instructing your student in exploring and learning Biology for the 2019-2020 school year. Over the course of the year, students will demonstrate an understanding of the following concepts: 

    1. Teach students practical scientific skills, which they can use to investigate, study and explain the world around them. 
    2. Give students a deeper understanding of the how biology impacts their daily lives. 
    3. For each student to achieve the Texas EOC Standards for High School Biology. 
    4. To encourage the spirit of scientific investigation and with it the attitudes of accuracy in thought and work. 


    Required Materials (Please bring to EVERY class!) 

    1. Textbook (located in the classroom and online) 
    2. 1 1/2 inch Binder with 5-tabbed dividers (2 of these, one for each semester) 
    3. Notebook paper or spiral for notes 
    4. Pen AND pencil 
    5. Colored pencils (no markers) 
    6. Highlighters (4-5 colors would be great!)


    *Note - Teachers always need pencils, tissues and hand sanitizer. If you would like to contribute to our class community these would be wonderful!    


     Classroom Expectations 

    1. Be in your assigned seat or signed into Teams and working on the assigned warm up when the tardy bell rings. Log on to Canvas, Office 365, and Teams for the lesson of the day.
    2. Bring all books and materials to class (or at your desk if you are online) with you and take them with you when you leave. 
    3. Treat each person in the classroom with dignity and respect. 
    4. Follow all directions the first time they are given. 
    5. Follow all procedures and policies outlined in the Turner High School and Pearland ISD handbooks. This includes staying on topic in Teams. No none should be starting other meetings from our class, this is a means for discipline referral.
    6. Phones will be placed out of sight during class.  Students with special accommodations will be addressed on a case by case basis.  Research shows that students who are distracted by phones, do not retain as much information. 
    7. All technology standards will be followed or the student will receive a discipline referral.


    General Methods of Grading (Please check grades via Skyward) 

    • Test Grades and Projects 60%
    • Labs 30% (There is a zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior in lab.  Any misbehavior results in immediate removal from lab environment, a zero on all work for that day, and parent contact.)
    • Daily grades 10%


    Cheating/ Plagiarism 

    • Cheating on a test or assignment will result in a grade of zero for all persons involved. 
    • Data for lab reports must be taken during lab by each lab member. Copying of lab data after lab is not allowed. Each student is responsible for individual lab reports unless specifically stated by teacher.


    Heading (Required for all papers receiving credit) 

    • Name
    • Date
    • Class period
    • Please place heading in the upper right corner of the page.
    • If submitting assignment files online:
      • Class period, Last name, First name and file name.

                    Example: 2 Drey, Mari Intro to Bio


    Absences & Missing Assignments 

    • If you are absent it is your responsibility to come see me or check Canvas to get missing assignments. You should plan to complete all make-up work within a week of the absence, during tutorials. Remember, sooner is always better, the material you missed provides the background for the assignments we are working on when you return.
    • If you are absent for a school-related trip/event/testing, it is your responsibility to get work from the day you will be absent before you leave and turn it in on the day you return, otherwise it is considered late.
    • If you are absent on the day of a lab/test, you must schedule to make up the lab/test within a week during tutorials.
    • No class time will be given in order to make up daily work, lab work, a quiz, or test.
    • If lab/test/quiz is not made up in a reasonable period of time, a grade of zero will be recorded. 
    • If you are absent due to illness, please communicate with a classmate or check website in order to keep current with class.


    Late Work 

    Students are responsible for turning in assignments on the day it is due, unless arrangements have been made in advance.  Absent work is due upon return to school after absence and students will incur a 30% reduction if an assignment is late.  Late work will be accepted up to one week (three class days) after the original due date.  Timeliness of the late work collected during this time cannot count for more than 30% of the assignment. That means if the work is turned in late the most the student can make is a 70% and if it is less than complete or with much error, the grade will be lower.  I try to have good communication with students and try to be flexible within reason.  *Note: I do not normally change or adjust grades after they are finalized per term. 


    Keys for Success in Biology 

    • Have a positive attitude!
    • Read the homework assignments BEFORE you come to class. This will help you to better understand what we are doing in the classroom
    • I am here to help you succeed, so feel free to ask me for help. I am available before and after school almost every day, here in my room.
    • Ask lots of questions. If you are unclear about something from the textbook, lab, or from discussion, ask.
    • Make sure that you understand how the lecture, homework, and labs interrelate. Labs and homework are designed to reinforce significant ideas from the text. Make sure that you see these connections.
    • Start studying for tests early. By studying and reviewing each night you are not only helping to prepare for the test more effectively, you are also more prepared for class each day and any quizzes that may be given.

    - Do the Reviews!  They are designed to help you!  




    Year at a Glance - Biology 



     semester 1 Semester 2









     http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter112/ch112c.html#112.34 - Link to Biology TEKS on TEA. 

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