• Biology

    What we will learn

    Biology is the study of life.  We will adhere closely to the WashingtonState and Next Generation Science Standards for Life Science.  In June, all biology students will take theEnd of Course Exam (EOC).  Students arerequired to pass this exam in order to graduate from high school and to takefurther science classes.

    What I need to bring to school every day

    Students should come with a reliable pencil or penand loose leaf paper daily. Cascade will provide a science notebook in September; studentswill be responsible for purchasing an additional notebook in January.  Although not required, it would be helpfulfor students to have colored pencils, highlighters, a metricruler, and a basic calculator.   

    What I need to do at home

    Students should expect homework on Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.  Thishomework will usually take 5 to 20 minutes.  Homework will include reading, writing,researching, preparing for tests, and skill-building activities. In addition,students should review their notes or materials from the previous day’sclass.  Late homework will not be accepted. 

    What happens if I’m late to class

    Per the laws of the State of Washington, tardies of more than5 minutes will be counted as absences.  Classstarts the moment the bell rings, and all minutes of class are important.  Thus, there are consequences for tardies:individual conferences on how students will make up the missing work andprevent being tardy in the future, phone calls home, detention, and referral.

    What happens if I miss a day

    The attendance policy is that of Cascade HighSchool.  Students are responsible forfinding out what they missed and making up missing work and tests.  Lab re-dos are available on a limitedbasis.  Class discussions anddemonstrations are critical for understanding and cannot be made up.

    How my grade is calculated

    Summative: Summative assessments show whatstudents have learned.  These may includetests, projects, and lab analysis. Summative assessments make up 80% of the grade.

    Formative: Formative assessments provide theteacher and the student feedback with how the student is learning, and areabsolutely essential for doing well on summative assessments.  These may include homework, sciencenotebooks, class work, and quizzes. Summative assessments make up 20% of the grade.

    Missing assignments:  All assignments in this class are importantand support the learning of critical concepts and skills.  As such, missing work will not betolerated.  Missing assignments willresult in conferences with the teacher, phone calls home, and detentions. 


    Re-assessment policy:  To be eligible for retakes of summativeassessments, students must have completed all associated class work and thestudy guide.  Additional supplementalactivities may also be required. 

    Check your gradesfrequently:  Grades can be checkedonline any time.  I will do my best toupdate them frequently.  Parents cancheck grades at https://www.everett.k12.wa.us/lms/parents.html,students can check grades at https://www.everett.k12.wa.us/lms/students.html.

    Cheating:  Coping is cheating.  Copying will result in 0s for bothparties.  Cheating will result in 0s.  Repeat offenders will be referred tothe main office for further consequences. 
    Honors Biology
    Honors biology differs from Biology (above) in a few significant ways. 

    What I need to bring to school every day

    We will use notebooks to recordand organize our learning.  Thus,students must acquire a compositionbook for use just for biology as soon as possible.  Graph paper (grid) pages are preferred.  In addition, students should come with areliable pencil or pen and loose leaf paper daily.  Although not required, it would be helpfulfor students to have colored pencils, highlighters, a metricruler, scissors, and a basic calculator.   

    What I need to do at home

    Students should expect homeworkevery evening.  This homework will usually take 15 to 30minutes.  Homework will include reading,writing, researching, preparing for tests, and skill-building activities.  Many times it will also require access to the internet.  If you do not have internet at home, computers in the classroom and in the library are available before school, after school, during lunch, and during PAWS. Inaddition, students should review their notes or materials from the previousday’s class. 
    How is Honors Biology different from Biology?
    Honors biology moves at a more rapid pace than biology. This gives us time to dive into the material deeper, with additional lab experiences, ethical analyses, societal applications, and connections across subjects, to name a few.  More cognitive demand is placed on the student for independent thinking, and I expect students to spend more time on biology outside of class.