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Syllabus/ Greensheet

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. 

--Arthur C. Clarke 

 Biology Class Overview 2018-19 


Welcome biological scientists! We are in for a terrific year of exciting experiments and interesting information. We will cover NGSS life science, ecology, and earth science topics. 


My Contact Info 


Phone: (408) 347-5000 



Expectations for Success / Class Rules 

Come to class daily on time, prepared and organized. 

Follow directions, take initiative, and participate in class discussions and activities. 

Respect yourself, your peers, your teachers, your classroom and class equipment. 

Refrain from eating, drinking (H2O only), and sleeping in class. 

Use iPhone only when appropriate, not disruptive. 



Every student is provided the opportunity to reach his or her highest potential. 

All students share in an emotionally and physically safe environment. 

All course content will be aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 



Praise, positives notes or calls home, miscellaneous perks 

…and Consequences 

verbal warning, lost time, detention, written notices to parents or guardians, office referral 


Syllabus: Major Units 

  • • Investigation, Lab Safety, Scientific Method, Measurements 
  • • Ecology 
  • • Evolution 
  • • Genetics 
  • • Cell Biology 
  • • Body Systems 


Suggested Supplies 

  • • Notebook (looseleaf or spiral) 
  • • binder paper 
  • • pencils, pens 
  • • colored pencils 
  • • tissues and hand sanitizer 


Grading Policy 

Your grades will be based on class work, homework, lab reports and projects, quizzes and exams, and participation. 

Grades will be posted on Schoolloop on a point basis. 


Grade Scale 

A+ 100+ B+ 87-89 C+ 77-79 D+ 67-69 F <60 

A 95-99 B 83-86 C 73-76 D 63-66 

A- 90-94 B- 80-82 C- 70-72 D- 60-62 


Work Policies 

Students will follow school rules (student handbook) pertaining to personal conduct, interacting with peers, tardiness and unexcused absences, and electronic devices. 

Unexcused late work will be accepted for 50% credit if submitted within 1 week. Work can be turned in for credit at the latest by the last Thursday before the end of the grading period. 

Students are responsible for make-up work due to excused absences. Check Schoolloop. Students will have as many days as they missed to submit the work. 

Homework will include independent reading, research and individual work not completed during class. It should not take more than 30' per night. Assignments should be recored in planners and will be available to view on Schoolloop. 

Lab experiments are not recess from class; rather, they reinforce learning. Lab safety is vital. Any student violating the lab safety contract will be asked to leave the room, receive a zero, and may not be able to participate in subsequent experiments. Misuse of equipment, leaving a mess, endangering others, interfering with others' experiments, and horseplay are grounds for removal and lower grades as well. 

Participation in class includes note-taking, asking and answering clarifying questions, experiments, presentations and discussions. 

Students should be prepared for frequents quizzes and chapter tests. Quizzes are worth fewer points and may be given at any time, without advance notice, so students should keep up with the class. Ms. Loeb will be available for help every day at break or lunch, with advance notice. 


WebBased Textbook 

All of our ninth grade Biology classrooms and many of our Chemistry and Physics classrooms, are issuing students an online textbook, titled: StemScopes 3D. While you’ll not see your student opening a traditional science textbook at home, you will see your student regularly going online to study science content and complete science homework