• Course Description: Biology introduces basic knowledge of living organisms and the interaction of these organisms with the natural world. Students will learn about scientific inquiry, the structure and function of cells and their organelles, energy flow within/between living systems (photosynthesis, cellular respiration, food webs), genetics (DNA and RNA), evolution and natural selection, and the interrelationships among organisms and their environments.


    Textbook and Other Required Materials:

    Chromebook (fully charged)

    Biology Textbook

    3-ring one inch binder - used only for BIOLOGY

    3-ring subject dividers (3 sections: Vocabulary, Notes, and Class Work/Homework)

    Paper & Pencil

    Colored Pencils


    Credits: 1 Science


    Grading System:

    A weighted point scale determines grades. For each assignment, the number of points earned divided by the total points determines the grade. Tests and projects are weighted 50%, quizzes and class work are weighted 20%, labs and activities are weighted 20%, and homework is weighted 10%. Students will be given an end of course test (EOC) towards the end of the semester that will be worth 20 percent of their final grade. This cumulative exam is state mandated and given to ensure that students have mastered the content taught during the course. 


    Weighted Grading Scale

    Tests/Projects                                       50%

    Quizzes/Class Work                            20%

    Activities/Labs                                    20%

    Homework                                           10%


    District Grading Scale

    90-100  A

    80-89    B

    70-79    C

    60-69      D


    Course Grading Scale

    First Quarter                 40%

    Second Quarter            40%

    EOC Exam                   20%

    Final Grade                 100%


    Make-up Work:

    Each student is responsible for any missed work due to excused absences. In accordance with district policy, this work needs to be completed within 5 days of the student’s return to school and must be scheduled with the teacher. There is no make-up for labs missed. 



    All assignments are due on the assigned date. Late work WILL NOT be accepted and a grade of zero will be recorded for any missing assignment. Students will have access to notes, assignments, vocabulary quizlets, review videos, and educational websites via Google Classroom. Students are expected to regularly check Google Classroom for important information and updates pertaining to this course.


    I am available for tutoring before school M, T, Th, F from 8:20 AM until 8:50 AM and after school with previous confirmed notice from students. Students must have a signed pass from the teacher to attend morning tutoring.  Please come to tutoring if you have questions regarding assignments, topics covered in class, or if you would like a quiet place to study.



    Students will be expected to use their Chromebooks in the classroom and at home. Students are expected to have Chromebooks charged BEFORE coming to class each day and they will not be allowed to charge their devices in my classroom. Students will not be allowed to use Chromebooks to browse websites unrelated to content during class time.  Students are only allowed to use Chromebooks in class when there is an assignment that requires the technology; otherwise, all Chromebooks must remain stored away in bookbags.


    Classroom Rules:

    1.  No eating in the classroom or lab area.

    2.  Water in a bottle is permitted in the classroom (NOT Lab) but must be stored away.

    3.  Chromebooks must be fully charged at the start of each class period.  Points will be deducted from an assignment if the assignment is not able to be completed during class time because the Chromebook is either not charged or not brought to class with the student.  Students will not be allowed to charge any electronic device (Chromebook or cell phone) during class time.

    4.  Cell phones must be turned off and stored away at all times.

    5.  Respect other people and their property.

    6.  Be on time and in your seat before the tardy bell rings.

    7.  Stay on task, begin work promptly, and NO sleeping.

    8.  Speak at appropriate times and levels.

    9.  Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

    *Expect all Berkeley County School District rules and regulations to be in effect at all times in this classroom.


    Classroom Procedures:

    1.      Be in your seat and pay attention during class.

    2.      Be prepared for class immediately upon entering the classroom by having a sharpened pencil, completed homework, charged Chromebook, and science notebook.

    3.      Sharpen pencils and throw away trash during non-instructional times.

    4.      All required materials must be brought to class each day.

    5.      Before leaving the classroom for any reason, you must have a pass from the teacher.

    *Students should take care of personal issues during transitional periods between classes and/or lunch. Students will only be permitted to leave class for emergency situations during non-instructional class time.  



    1.     Verbal Warning

    2.     Detention and Parent Notification

    3.     Office Referral

    * Students with severe disruptions will be sent directly to their administrator.


    Laboratory Rules:

    1.      Prepare for laboratory work by reviewing lab procedures.

    2.      Dress appropriately for laboratory work by wearing close-toed shoes.

    3.      Avoid inappropriate contact with chemicals.

    4.      Avoid hazards when dealing with heat, glassware, and chemical substances.

    5.      Clean up after laboratory work.

    6.    Inform teacher of all accidents immediately and then follow appropriate safety protocol.

    7.    Goofing off and/or not participating during lab will result in a zero for the lab grade.

    * Laboratory privileges are determined at the discretion of the teacher in cases of safety concern.

    Biology Textbook:
    Your child will have access to a biology textbook in the classroom as well as the online science textbook at www.pearsonrealize.com (Click sign in, username is Jbiology1, and password is stratford1.  Click classes and then click SC Student eText for the book).  Your child can also be given a hard copy of the biology textbook that he/she will be responsible for during the semester, please mark one of the following options:

       ____ YES, please give my child his/her own copy of the biology textbook.

       ____ NO, the biology textbook is not necessary because of the classroom set book and online book.