• Honors Biology 1

    Stratford High School Fall 2021

     Teacher: Mrs. Sarah Camens                             Email: camenss@bcsdschools.net                    Room: 205            Phone: 843-820-4000 ext 2205                      

    Website: https://www.bcsdschools.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=10735

    WELCOME!  I am happy to be starting a new school year IN PERSON and look forward to meeting my new students.  This following contains information regarding this course.  Students were also given a hard copy of this information on their first day of class with me. PLEASE, take the time to read it carefully.  If you have any questions about any of this information, please contact me either through email (preferred) or by phone.

    Upon successful completion of Honors Biology 1, the student will have met one (1) laboratory science credit requirement towards graduation, as well as the entrance requirements for most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.  This course should be taken by students determined to pursue a degree from a four-year university program.

    Projects and laboratory experiments will be used to reinforce knowledge.  Lecture notes, in-class assignments, labs, quizzes and tests are some, but not all, of the teaching methods that will be employed throughout this course.

    CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR: Students are in the classroom to learn, any behaviors that disrupt the learning process of any students in the class will not be tolerated.  Students are expected to respect the personal space and property of others, including the teacher’s.  MANNERS MATTER! A weekly agenda will be posted on the white board in the classroom.  Students are expected to check it DAILY so that they are aware of assignment dues dates, as well as dates for all labs, quizzes, and tests.

    ATTENDANCE: Students that miss 45 minutes or more of a class period will be marked as absent.  All absences recorded by the teacher will be considered UNEXCUSED until the attendance office changes the record.  DO NOT TURN IN ABSENCE EXCUSES TO THE TEACHER; all notes should be taken directly to the attendance office.  Students entering the classroom after the tardy/late bell has rung will be marked as tardy.

    CLASSROOM PROCEDURES:  Upon entering class, students are expected to prepare themselves for the day’s lesson.  This may include: sharpening pencils, turning in assignments, and/or completing a bell ringer lesson posted on the smart board.  Once the teacher announces the beginning of the lesson, students are expected to sit, and remain seated, in their assigned seat.  Getting up for any reason, retrieving items from their book bags, using the restroom, speaking to others, or speaking out of turn will not be tolerated while a lesson is ongoing.

    Mrs. Camens dismisses class, not the bell.

    FINAL EXAM: The final exam for this course is the on-line, state-mandated, end-of-course (EOC) exam.  All students must take this exam in order to earn credit for this course.  The EOC counts for 20% of the student’s final grade.

    TUTORING:  MTRF 8:15-8:45am; Please come to tutoring if you have questions regarding assignments or topics covered in class, or if you would like a quiet place to study before a test or quiz.  I will be available for tutoring most mornings and afternoons following the final bell.  Please check with me for specific times and locations. 

    LABS:  To be successful in the lab, is to be safe in the lab.  Please read the Lab Safety Guidelines posted below.

    Electronic Devices: Students must ask my permission before using their phone, or any electronic device, in class.  Phones are to be OFF and put away during all lectures, quizzes, tests, and other major assessments.  Please familiarize yourself with the BCSD Personal Electronic Device policy.

    The following science practices will be incorporated in daily lessons, activities (modeling), and labs.

     Science Practices (skills that are required for scientific study)

    1. Use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems.
      1. Create representations and models of natural or manmade phenomena and systems in the domain.
      2. Describe representations and models of natural or manmade phenomena and systems in the domain.
      3. Refine representations and models of natural or manmade phenomena and systems in the domain.
      4. Use representations and models to analyze situations or solve problems qualitatively and quantitatively.
      5. Re-express key elements of natural phenomena across multiple representations in the domain.
    2. Use mathematics properly.
      1. Justify selection of mathematical routine to solve problems.
      2. Apply mathematical routines to quantities.
      3. Estimate numerical quantities.
    3. Engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or guide investigations within the context of the Biology standards.
      1. Pose scientific questions.
      2. Refine scientific questions.
      3. Evaluate scientific questions.
    4. Plan and implement data collection strategies appropriate to a particular scientific question.
      1. Justify the selection of the kind of data needed to answer a particular scientific question.
      2. Design a plan for collecting data to answer a particular scientific question.
      3. Collect data to answer a particular scientific question.
      4. Evaluate sources of data to answer a particular scientific question.

    Science Practices cont’d

    1. Perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence.
      1. Analyze data to identify patterns or relationships.
      2. Refine observations and measurements based on data analysis.
      3. Evaluate the evidence provided by data sets in relation to a particular scientific question.
    2. Work with scientific explanations and theories.
      1. Justify claims with evidence.
      2. Construct explanations of phenomena based on evidence produced through scientific practices.
      3. Articulate the reasons that scientific explanations and theories are refined or replaced.
      4. Make claims and predictions about natural phenomena based on scientific theories and models.
      5. Evaluate alternative scientific explanations.
    3. Connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts, and representations in and across domains.
      1. Connect phenomena and models across spatial and temporal scales.
      2. Connect concepts in and across domains to generalize or extrapolate in and/or across enduring understanding and/or big ideas.



    Science classes often involve hands-on laboratory activities.  Many labs will involve potentially hazardous chemicals and materials.  I refer to them as potentially hazardous because they are only hazardous if use inappropriately.  There is no place in my class for unsafe use of materials.  Therefore, you will need to either be safe, or be out.  You must read this contract carefully and have your parents read it.  You will keep this in your notebook for reference and sign the contract to turn in to me.


    General Guidelines

    1. Bring your lab notebook to every lab.
    2. Conduct yourself responsibly at all times.
    3. Follow all written and verbal instructions carefully. Ask questions if you do not understand.
    4. Do not touch any equipment or materials before instructed to do so.
    6. Do not deviate from lab instructions.
    7. Keep your work area neat and clean at all times!
    8. Never leave liquid-filled containers uncovered.
    9. Know the location and operation of all safety equipment.
    10. Do not run, shout, or throw things in the lab.
    11. Notify me if an unsafe condition exists in the classroom.
    12. Dispose of chemicals properly. I will instruct you on how to dispose of specific chemicals.
    13. Keep your hands away from your face while doing labs. Also, ALWAYS wash your hands after the clean-up is complete.
    14. Rinse out all glassware and leave it to dry in the designated locations.
    15. Do not wander around the room during lab.
    16. Carry sharps appropriately; tips down and away.
    17. Immediately report ALL injuries, no matter how minor, to me.
    18. Use the eyewash station or shower if you are splashed with a chemical.
    19. Use caution when using the hot plates; remember they are hot even though they may not look hot.
    20. Never leave a hot burner unattended.
    21. Never look directly into a container that is being heated, observe from the side.



    1. Goggles and aprons must be worn when instructed.
    2. Only closed-toe shoes may be worn on lab days. No loose clothing or jewelry.
    3. Tie long hair behind your head and off your neck (long pony tails are a potential fire hazard).


    Handling Chemicals

    1. Consider all lab chemicals to be hazardous.
    2. Double check the label before using a chemical.
    3. Take only the amount of chemical you will use.
    4. Never let a chemical near your mouth.
    5. Never remove chemicals or other materials from the lab.
    6. Always hold chemical bottles with two hands when transporting them.


    Handling Glassware

    1. Be cautious with all glass/Pyrex equipment. Never use chipped glassware.
    2. Never handle broken glass. If a piece of glass breaks, notify me immediately and I will dispose of it.