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BIOLOGY

 

Instructor:  Steven Chow

e-mail:  schow@fremont.k12.ca.us

voicemail:  505-7300 x67332

office hours:  3:30 p. m. to 4:00 p. m. Room 32

 

Course Description

Welcome to CP (College Preparatory) Biology.  Biology is a year-long course that fulfills one year of the two years of science required for graduation from Washington high school.  In accordance with current  state science standards, Biology will deal with the following general themes:

 

Biochemistry

Cell Biology

Genetics

Evolution

Ecology

Anatomy & Physiology

 

Course Goals

•Students will understand and apply the scientific problem solving method to their laboratory work as well as using it as a method for solving other problems.

•Students will develop basic skills in the making of observations and in the collection and analysis of data.

•You will be able to identify major concepts within a study unit.

•You will grow in their thinking ability and oral and written communication skills.

•You will develop the attitude that science is important and useful in life.

 

Text

 

The text will be Biology by Miller & Levine

 

Supplies

You will need to keep a 3 ring loose leaf notebook for Biology only that will be used for completing and keeping assignments.  You will also need a spiral notebook or blank, lined, binder paper in the 3 ring binder for notes made in class and at home.  The 3 ring binder is required for this course and will be part of your overall grade.  You will aslo need 3” x 5” index cards every week to do their flashcard assignments.  Additional materials for the binder include class activities, homework, and other materails given in class.  The binder (and spiral notebook if notes are to be written in one) will be required in class daily.  It is required that pencil or pen and paper be btought daily.  It is reccomended that olored pens or pencils be brought daily.

 

Homework

You will be expected to spend some time each day  at home reading, studying, completing assignments, and reviewing the material covered each day.  This will average aboutthree to four hours per week.  There are an average of three homework assignments per week.  You usually get a bonus day to finish homework assignments if they are here the day it is assigned.  If you are absent (regardless of the reason) the day he homework is assigned will not be given a “bonus day” and the assignment will be due the next day.  Students who have an excused absence as defined by the California State Ed. Code the day homework is assigned must the get the work from the instuctor the day they return.  You must have it completed for the next day of class if you are absent for one day.  For lengthier absences, you  will have the number of days you were absent to submit their completed work.  Homework cannot be made up for an unexcused absence.  Flashcards are due every Friday unless you were absent the Monday through Thursday before.

You are expected to take all tests and quizzes and to complete all assignments on time.  If you are absent it will be up to you to schedule a time to make up a test or quiz.  It must be within a number of days equal or less than the number of days you were abesnt.  Late papers will only be accepted from you if you missed an assignment due to an excused absence.

 

 

Tests

Regarding tests, one will be given every 3 to four weeks.  Each test will be a unit test that covers the major themes that have been covered during that time.  The lowest test score will be dropped once per semester.

You will be permitted one “cheat card” that is to be nolarger than 3”x5” for each test.  You may write on both sides.  Students must write these cheat cards by hand and show them to the teacher at the beginning of the test taking period before they may be used during the test.

There will be a strictly enforced no communication policy in place during every test period and during the final exams.  Any communication including but not limited to, speaking, whispsering, mouthing, notes, & sign language observed by the teacher during the test or final exam will result in a grade of zero for the student(s) communicating for that exam.   There will be no make up allowed.  After all students are finished and the teacher has announced the ending of the test period, students may speak to each other.  If you score beolw a 70% on a test, you will be allowed to retake that test one week after I have posted the grades.

 

Absence information

It is the responsibility of the student  to check with the teacher as to what work was missed by the student while absent.  This is to be done  beofre or after class, during lunch, or after school.  It is not to be done during class time while learning activities are taking place.  All work/tests will only be accepted if the absence is excused as per the state’s Ed. Code.

All tests and quizzes must be made up the day of your return to school if you missed only one day or lessIn other words, if you miss the test period but return to school the same day, even for extra-curricular activities, the test must be taken that day.  If you are absent the day before the test you must take the test on the test day as the day prior to tests is a review day.  If you are absent several days before the test, you have the number of days missed before the test in which to make it up.  It is the responsibility of the student to arrange with the instructor to make up tests and quizzes during lunch or after school.  Tests may not be made up during class time as other learning activities will be taking place.

 

Course requirements

All school rules will be vigorously enforced.

The bell at the beginning of class indicates the time learning activities are to start, therefore students must be in their assigned seats with notebook and writing instrument out and ready when the bell rings. Hats are to be removed upon entering the classroom.  All electronic equipiment may not be used outside of before school, during lunch or after school as per school rules.  Any electronic equipment in use in class will be confiscated upon discovery and turned in to the office.

Students must be considerate of the instructor and other students at all times.

Grading

Points will be given for activities, assignments,  group work, participation, and other class work.  The total of these points will account for 15% of your overall grade.  Your required binder will account for 15% of your grade.  Lab notebook will account for 10% of your grade.  Tests, including the semester final, will account for approximately 60% of the total grade (10% Quizzes, 25% tests, 25% final exam).  Points will be totaled at the end of each grading period (with a running total kept throughout the semester) and letter grades will be assigned based upon the percentage of the total points possible.  The percentages are as follows:

 

100% - 90% is the range for A grades (A+, A or A-)

89% - 80% is the range for B grades (B+, B, or B-)

79% - 70% is the range for C grades (C+, C, or C-)

69%-60% is the range for D grades (D+, D, or D-)

below 60%  will receive an F

 

Attendance

Your presence in class each day is essential.  This is an activity based class and missing the activities and the discussion thereof, both in lab groups and as a class, will decrease your understanding and enjoyment of the material.   Absences, therefore, for whatever reason, will affect your grade as part of the grade is based on class participation.  WHS has a policy of giving a one hour detention to any student who arrives late for 1st or 5th periods.  Being late to other periods  of class, for whatever reason, will result in a after school  detention.  Detentions should be served the day of the tardy or the next day unless another arrangement has been made with the instructor.  It is the student’s responsibility to make any necessary arrangements and remember to come to the assigned detention.  A missed detention will result result in an additional consequences.

 

 

Print your name__________________________________________

 

STUDENT RESPONSE:  "I have read and understand all of the above policies including those on small group participation and independent work, and agree to work by the terms of these policies.  I understand that the concepts and skills presented in class require time and energy to study.  I recognize the importance of at-home review and turning in all assigned homework so that I will be able to keep up with the ideas being presented in the class."

 

Please write out the above student response in the space below and then sign in the space provided.

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

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__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

Student signature__________________________________________

 

Date________________________      Period____________

 

 

To parents or guardians:  Learning to make effective use of small group work opportunities and being responsible for independent work are important academic skills.  I would like to encourage your participation in strengthening the work patterns described here.

 

Please sign this form to indicate that you have had an opportunity to read and/or discuss these policies with your child.

 

Parent/Guardian Signature________________________________

 

Date____________________

 

If you have any questions regarding any of the above, please feel free to call the school,

505-7300, to discuss it with the instructor.

NGSS

 

 

Instructor:  Steven Chow

e-mail:  schow@fremont.k12.ca.us

voicemail:  505-7300 x67396

office hours:  3:00 p. m. to 3:30 p. m. Room 96

                                                               

Course Description

                Welcome to Next Generation Science Standards or NGSS.  NGSS is a year-long course that fulfills one year of the two years of science required for graduation from Washington high school.  In accordance with current  our science standards, NGSS  will deal with the following general themes:

                                Scientific Method

                                Measurements and Dimensional Analysis

                                Plate Tectonics

                                The Rock cycle

                                The Fossil Record

                                Motion

                                Ecology

                                Outer Space

Course Goals

•Students will understand and apply the scientific problem solving method to their laboratory work as well as using it as a method for solving other problems.

•Students will develop basic skills in the making of observations and in the collection and analysis of data.

•You will be able to identify major concepts within a study unit.

•You will grow in their thinking ability and oral and written communication skills.

•You will develop the attitude that science is important and useful in life.

 

Text

                The texts will be:

                Physical Science by Michael Wysession, David Frank, and Sophia Yancopoulis

                Biology by Miller & Levine
 

Supplies

                You will need to keep a 3 ring loose leaf notebook for Integrated Science only that will be used for completing and keeping assignments.  You will also need a spiral notebook or blank, lined, binder paper in the 3 ring binder for notes made in class and at home.  The 3 ring binder is required for this course and will be part of your overall grade.  You will aslo need 3” x 5” index cards every week to do their flashcard assignments.  Additional materials for the binder include class activities, homework, and other materails given in class.  The binder (and spiral notebook if notes are to be written in one) will be required in class daily.  It is required that pencil or pen and paper be btought daily.  It is reccomended that olored pens or pencils be brought daily.

 

Homework

                You will be expected to spend some time each day (five days per week) at home reading, studying, completing assignments, and reviewing the material covered each day.  This will average about three to four hours per week.  There are an average of three homework assignments per week.  You usually get a bonus day to finish homework assignments if they are here the day it is assigned.  If you are absent (regardless of the reason) the day he homework is assigned will not be given a “bonus day.”  Students who have an excused absence as defined by the California State Ed. Code the day homework is assigned must the get the work from the instuctor the day they return.  You must have it completed for the next day of class if you are absent for one day.  For lengthier absences, you  will have the number of days you were absent to submit their completed work.  Homework cannot be made up for an unexcused absence.  Flashcards are due every Friday unless you were absent the Monday through Thursday before.

 

                You are expected to take all tests and quizzes and to complete all assignments on time.  If you are absent it will be up to you to schedule a time to make up a test or quiz.  It must be within a number of days equal or less than the number of days you were abesnt.  Late papers will only be accepted from you if you missed an assignment due to an excused absence

 

Tests

                Regarding tests, one will be given about every three to four weeks.  I drop the single lowest test score at the end of the semester.

                You will be permitted one “cheat card” made from a notecard or paper that is no larger than 3”x5” for each test.  You may write on both sides.  Students must write these cheat cards by hand and show them to the teacher at the beginning of the test taking period for examination before they may be used during the test. 

                There will be a strictly enforced no communication policy in place during every test period and during the final exams.  Any communication including but not limited to, speaking, whispsering, mouthing, notes, & sign language observed by the teacher during the test or final exam will result in a grade of zero for the student(s) communicating for that exam.   There will be no make up allowed.  After all students are finished and the teacher has announced the ending of the test period, students may speak to each other.  If you score beolw a 70% on a test, you will be allowed to retake that test one week after I have posted the grades. 

Absence information

                It is the responsibility of the student  to check with the teacher as to what work was missed by the student while absent.  This is to be done  beofre or after class, during lunch, or after school.  It is not to be done during class time while learning activities are taking place.  All work/tests will only be accepted if the absence is excused as per the state’s Ed. Code.

                All tests and quizzes must be made up the day of your return to school if you missed only one day or lessIn other words, if you miss the test period but return to school the same day, even for extra-curricular activities, the test must be taken that day.  If you are absent the day before the test you must take the test on the test day as the day prior to tests is a review day.  If you are absent several days before the test, you have the number of days missed before the test in which to make it up.  It is the responsibility of the student to arrange with the instructor to make up tests and quizzes during lunch or after school.  Tests may not be made up during class time as other learning activities will be taking place.

 

Course requirements

                All school rules will be vigorously enforced.

                The bell at the beginning of class indicates the time learning activities are to start, therefore students must be in their assigned seats with notebook and writing instrument out and ready when the bell rings. Hats are to be removed upon entering the classroom.  All electronic equipiment may not be used outside of before school, during lunch or after school as per school rules.  Any electronic equipment in use in class will be confiscated upon discovery and turned in to the office.

                Students must be considerate of the instructor and other students at all times.

Grading

                Points will be given for activities, assignments,  group work, and other class work.  Your required binder which is composed of all of the assignments for the semester will account for 10% of your grade.  Homework will account for 15%.  Lab composition books will count for 10% of your grade.  Class participation is worth 5%.  Tests, including the semester final, will account for approximately 60% of the total grade (40% for combined tests and quizzes, 20% final exam).  Points will be totaled at the end of each grading period (with a running total kept throughout the semester) and letter grades will be assigned based upon the percentage of the total points possible.  The percentages are as follows:

                                100% - 90% is the range for A grades (A+, A or A-)

                                89% - 80% is the range for B grades (B+, B, or B-)

                                79% - 70% is the range for C grades (C+, C, or C-)

                                69%-50% is the range for D grades (D+, D, or D-)

                                below 50%  will receive an F

Attendance

                Your presence in class each day is essential.  This is an activity based class and missing the activities and the discussion thereof, both in lab groups and as a class, will decrease your understanding and enjoyment of the material.   Absences, therefore, for whatever reason, will affect your grade as part of the grade is based on class participation.  WHS has a policy of giving a one hour detention to any student who arrives late for 1st or 5th periods.  Being late to other periods  of class, for whatever reason, will result in a after school  detention.  Detentions should be served the day of the tardy or the next day unless another arrangement has been made with the instructor.  It is the student’s responsibility to make any necessary arrangements and remember to come to the assigned detention.  A missed detention will result result in an additional consequences.

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Print your name__________________________________________

 

STUDENT RESPONSE:  "I have read and understand all of the above policies including those on small group participation and independent work, and agree to work by the terms of these policies.  I understand that the concepts and skills presented in class require time and energy to study.  I recognize the importance of at-home review and turning in all assigned homework so that I will be able to keep up with the ideas being presented in the class."

 

Please write out the above student response in the space below and then sign in the space provided.

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

Student signature__________________________________________

 

Date________________________      Period____________

 

 

To parents or guardians:  Learning to make effective use of small group work opportunities and being responsible for independent work are important academic skills.  I would like to encourage your participation in strengthening the work patterns described here. 

 

Please sign this form to indicate that you have had an opportunity to read and/or discuss these policies with your child.

 

Parent/Guardian Signature________________________________

 

Date____________________

 

If you have any questions regarding any of the above, please feel free to call the school,

505-7300, to discuss it with the instructor.

HONORS BIOLOGY

 

 

Instructor:  Steven Chow

e-mail:  schow@fremont.k12.ca.us

voicemail:  505-7300 x67396

office hours:  3:00 p. m. to 3:30 p. m. Room 96

                                                               

Course Description

                Welcome to Honors Biology.  This is a year-long course that fulfills one year of the two years of science required for graduation from Washington high school.  In accordance with current state standards, Honors Biology will deal with the following general themes:

 

                                Biochemistry

                                Cell Biology

                                Genetics                                                                

                                Evolution

                                Ecology

                                Anatomy & Physiology

 

Course Goals

•You will understand and apply the scientific problem solving method to their laboratory work as well as using it as a method for solving other problems.

•You will develop basic skills in the making of observations and in the collection and analysis of data.

•You will be able to identify major concepts within a study unit.

•You will grow in their thinking ability and oral and written communication skills.

•You will develop the attitude that science is important and useful in life.

 

Text

                The text will be Biology by Miller & Levine
 

Supplies

                  You should keep keep a 3 ring loose leaf notebook used for sorting notes made in class and at home as well as for completing and keeping assignments.  Additional materials for the notebook include, homework, and other materails given in class.  A composition book will be needed to record lab data and to answer pre/post lab questions.  Both the binders and composition books will be required in class daily.  A pencil or pen and colored pens or pencils will also be required daily.

 

Homework

                You should expect to spend some time each day (five days per week) at home reading, studying, completing assignments, and reviewing the material covered each day.  This will average about three to four hours per week.    Homework is not assigned regularly in this class.  You are expected to study the text nightly in lieu of homework assignments in preparation for quizzes and tests.  When homework is assigned it is due the next school day unless otherwise stated.  Late work will not be accepted.  Students who have an excused absence as defined by the California State Ed. Code the day homework is assigned must the get the work from the instuctor the day they return.  You must have it completed for the next day of class if you are absent for one day.  For lengthier absences, you will have the number of days you were absent to submit the completed work.  Homework cannot be made up for an unexcused absence. 

                You are expected to take all tests and quizzes and to complete all assignments on time.  If you are absent it will be up to you to schedule a time to make up a test or quiz.  It must be within a number of days equal or less than the number of days you were abesnt.  Late papers will only be accepted from you if you missed an assignment due to an excused absence. 

 

Tests

                Regarding tests, one will be given about every three to four weeks.  Quizzes will be given Every Fiday unless a unit exam is given during the week.  Assessments will be based primarily on material covered in the text but may also include material from labs, sulpplimental materials, and information from class discussions, which may or may not be extensively covered in the text.  This supplimental material will make up no more than 15% of any one exam and will usually be less than that.  Quiz content will be announced at least a day in advance and tests will be anounced four to five school days in advance. 

                The lowest test score will be dropped at the end of each semester. 

                There will be a strictly enforced no communication policy in place during every test period and during the final exams.  Any communication including but not limited to, speaking, whispsering, mouthing, notes, & sign language observed by the teacher during the test or final exam will result in a grade of zero for the student(s) violating the policy for that exam.   If you car caught, there will be no make up of any form allowed for that acessment.  After all students are finished and the teacher has announced the ending of the test period, you may communicate with your classmates.

 

Attendance

                Your presence in class each day is essential.  This is an activity based class and missing the activities and the discussion thereof, both in lab groups and as a class, will decrease your understanding and enjoyment of the material.   Absences, therefore, for whatever reason, will affect your grade as part of the grade is based on class participation. A pass from your does not excuse you for being tardy.  You will not be admitted into the class without a tardy pass if you are more than 5 minutes late to class.  WHS currently has a policy of assigning a 1 hour detention for any student who arrives late to 1st and 5th periods.  Being late to other periods, for whatever reason, will result in a ½ hour detention with the instructor the first two times and a 1 hour detention in the detention center each time after.  Detentions with me must be served the day of the tardy or the next day unless another arrangement has been made with the instructor.  It is your responsibility to make any necessary arrangements and remember to serve the assigned detention. 

 

Absence information

                It is the responsibility of the student  to check with the teacher as to what work was missed while absent.  This is to be done after class, during lunch, or after school.  It is not to be done during class time while learning activities are taking place.  All work/tests will only be accepted if the absence is excused as per the Ed. Code.

                All work, tests, and quizzes must be made up the day of your return to school if you missed only one day or lessIn other words, if you miss the test period but return to school the same day, even for extra-curricular activities, the test must be taken that day or you may be given a zero on the test.  In some cases you can make arrangements ahead of a planned absence.  I will addesss them on a case by case basis.  If you are absent the day before the test you must take the test on the test day as the day prior to tests is a review day.  If you are absent several days before the test, you have the number of days missed before the test in which to make it up.  It is the responsibility of the student to arrange with the instructor to make up tests and quizzes during lunch, before or after school.  Tests may not be made up during class time as other learning activities will be taking place.

 

Course requirements

                All school rules will be vigorously enforced.

                The bell at the beginning of class indicates the time learning activities are to start, therefore students must be in their assigned seats with notebook and writing instrument out and ready when the bell rings. Hats are to be removed upon entering the classroom.  All electronic equipiment may not be used outside of before school, during lunch or after school as per school rules.  Any electronic equipment in use will be confiscated upon discovery and turned in to the office.

                You must be considerate of the instructor and other students at all times.

 

 

Grading

                Tests, including the semester final, will account for approximately 70% of the total grade (35% tests, 10% quizzes 25% final exam).  A Lab notebook will be required by all students to record their data along with any conclusions that may be asked of you.  This notebook will make up 15% of your overall grade.  Points will be given for activities, assignments,  group work, participation, and other class work which will make up the remaining 15% of your grade. Points will be totaled at the end of each grading period (with a running total kept throughout the semester) and letter grades will be assigned based upon the percentage of the total points possible.  The percentages are as follows:

                                100% - 90% is the range for A grades (A+, A or A-)

                                89% - 80% is the range for B grades (B+, B, or B-)

                                79% - 70% is the range for C grades

                                60% - 69% is the range for D grades

                                below 60%  will receive an F

 

You are expected to check your progress in this class on school loop.  If you feel there are errors in the record please feel free to contact me by email.  If you feel a homework assignment score was entered incorrectly, I will ask you to show me your assignment as evidence of the error.

 

Extra-credit

There will be no extra credit assignments in this class. 

               

INDEPENDENT  WORK POLICY

                Frequently in this class you will be part of learning groups composed of 2-4 persons.  Small learning groups provide each person with their best chance to ask questions and to clarify understanding of ideas being learned.  It is important to help your group to work effectively.  Sometimes as you learn new ideas, the small group will provide an opportunity to check that everyone fully understands the ideas.  At other times you will apply the new learning in an unfamiliar situation.  It is important to work together to solve the problems before you.  Avoid "blind acceptance" of the first idea put forth.  Think as a team about whether the answers are complete and accurate-they may be incomplete or incorrect!  At some times you will ask questions of and at other times you will be able to explain things to other team members.  Team members are expected to support each other.  Your teacher will be circulating around the room during the time of small group work to provide additional help if required.

                You will also receive assignments that are to be completed by you alone.  Assignments of this type include:  tests and quizzes, homework assignments, projects, and lab write ups.

                It is very important to distinguish between getting help and copying.  If you find that you don't understand an idea and you ask someone to explain the idea to you, the process helps you to understand more fully.  It also allows the other person to review and strengthen his or her understanding.  Explaining an idea, in this way, is to be encouraged.  It is never permitted to work together and write down the same answer or to copy an answer from another paper.  This generally means that one person has thought out the answer and the other person copies without putting the ideas in his or her own words.  If you work together with another student it is very important that, after talking over the ideas involved, each person develops his or her answers independently.

                As papers are graded by your teacher, occasionally two papers with one or more identical essay type answers are found.  Both papers are given a grade of "ZERO".  If the answers are almost identical, showing the same structure, and indications are that only some words have been changed to give the appearance of difference, these papers will also be marked  "ZERO".

                You are encouraged to have a study partner, outside of class, that you can phone or work with to review and check your learning.­

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Print your name__________________________________________

 

STUDENT RESPONSE:  "I have read and understand all of the above policies including those on small group participation and independent work, and agree to work by the terms of these policies.  I understand that the concepts and skills presented in class require time and energy to study.  I recognize the importance of at-home review and turning in all assigned homework so that I will be able to keep up with the ideas being presented in the class."

 

Please write out the above student response in the space below and then sign in the space provided.

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

Student signature__________________________________________

 

Date________________________      Period____________

 

 

To parents or guardians:  Learning to make effective use of small group work opportunities and being responsible for independent work are important academic skills.  I would like to encourage your participation in strengthening the work patterns described here. 

 

Please sign this form to indicate that you have had an opportunity to read and/or discuss these policies with your child.

 

Parent/Guardian Signature________________________________

 

Date____________________

 

If you have any questions regarding any of the above, please feel free to call the school,

505-7300, to discuss it with the instructor.

 

[1] Revised 8/30/2016