Biology and the History of Life is a course that will take us from the beginnings of the universe, our solar system and planet, to the formation of the smallest building blocks of life, through biological evolution and biological classification. Topics to be covered include: The Scientific Method, Ecology, Cells, Genetics and Heredity, Evolution, Biological Classification, and Animal Behavior.
Name: Mr. Jerrid Johansen Room 2238/E10
School Phone: (402) 829-4600 Email: email@example.com
Email is the best method of contact and responses will be sent in a timely manner.
From August - October, I am available for assistance BEFORE SCHOOL ONLY. (XC)
From March - May, I am available for assistance BEFORE SCHOOL ONLY. (Track)
Miller and Levine Biology published by Pearson 2010
Because I don't teach directly from the textbook, students are not required to check out a book for the year. I will have books in my room that students can check out and take home as necessary. Think library, with only one book available.
There are a couple of other options available for students to access the book at home:
It is your responsibility to bring these items with you to class and take them with you when you leave class, each and every day.
Period 1 – Honors Biology Period 5 – Honors Biology
Period 2 – Biology Period 6 – Plan
Period 3 – Success Study Hall Period 7 – Honors Biology
Period 4 – Biology
The Papillion-La Vista School District adopted a weighted grade policy beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. Under the new policy, a minimum of 70% of the grade will come from exams and tests, and 30% of the grade will come from homework, assignments, and reports.
Here is an
example of how the grading system works. Let's say a student earns
400/500 points on all of the tests during the semester, and earns 300/500
points on the assignments/homework.
For the HONORS SECTIONS
The grading scale for biology will be the same as the one found in the student handbook.
Guideline #1: Follow the TITAN WAY: Be RESPECTFUL, Take OWNERSHIP, Be SAFE.
Guideline #2: If you don’t make it an issue, I won’t make it an issue.
Guideline #3: Don't take advantage of my patience
Guideline #4: Cell phones and smart phones are not allowed in my classroom unless you ask for permission to look something up, or to use it as a calculator. I will ask you to put it away after a first offense. After a second offense I will ask to hold onto it until the end of class.
every minute of class time to be utilized. It will be much more difficult for
you to learn if you are not in class each day, largely because I don't teach directly from a textbook. Each time you miss class for any reason, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find out what you missed and what can
be done to make it up.
In order to assist you in case of an absence, I have created this webpage to keep you updated and on pace. After an absence it is your responsibility to look at the page and see what was missed. Additionally, you should also talk to a friend. If you have further questions or concerns about what you may have missed, then you need to talk to me at a time when I am not working with the class or with another student. You are not allowed to ask me what you missed during the 5-minute passing period, nor are you allowed to ask me at the beginning of class. The time to catch up and ask me questions is before the 7:45 bell. If you miss class on the day before a test you will take the test unless you come and talk to me before the start of school, and make arrangements to makeup the test outside of the normal class time.
Tardy and truancy policies are per building policy.
If a student turns in late work then 25% will be deducted from their score for each day it is late. If the assignment is not turned in within 3 days of the due date the student will receive a zero on that assignment.
The content covered in the honors course and general course will be approximately the same. However, the depth at which we cover the material will be much more involved and in much more detail in the honors section.
Students in the honors sections will be required to complete more work on their own time, and will be held to a higher standard of quality and completion.
The tests for the honors sections are more detailed and written in a way that require a deeper understanding of the material.
I have very high expectations of my students, and very little of it has to do with them being good students, or loving Biology as much as I do. Regardless of their academic ability, or whether or not they Like Science, all students will leave my classroom in May and demonstrate the following characteristics:
WHETHER YOU ARE AN "A' STUDENT WHO LOVES BIOLOGY, OR ONE WHO BARELY PASSES THE COURSE, YOU WILL WORK ON THESE THREE ITEMS.