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I moved to the Bay Area when I was 10 years old ( 1973). I attended Piedmont Middle and Piedmont Hills High School ( Class of 81) .  I went to UC Davis and majored in Zoology.  I got my teaching credential from SJSU and began teaching in 1988.  I taught Intro to Science and Biology for many years and moved to Physiology when Mr. Wong retired.  


Orientation Sheet


Course Description:  Physiology is an advanced laboratory and college preparatory science course for students interested in biological science.  It is recommended for students planning careers in pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, medicine, veterinary medicine, physical education, or other health related fields.  Animal dissection ( mainly the mink) is a crucial part of the course.  This course meets the UC/CSU requirements for an elective science course.


  1. Objectives/Goals
    1. The student will demonstrate an ability to use the techniques and procedures of observation and to apply critical thinking in their work.
    2. The student will be able to apply necessary skills, such as using Schoolloop and maintaining a monthly calendar, essential in all science courses.
    3. The student will be able to create a newsletter as a cooperative class project.
    4. The student will develop and hone their dissection skills
    5. The student will be able to work cooperatively and safely with other students in the laboratory.
    6. The student will be able to locate specific physiological information from various text and reference books within a specified period of time.
    7. The student will be able to list, identify, and explain the functions of the major structures of the following mammalian systems:  skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, excretory, endocrine, reproductive, and integumentary.
    8. Given an example of a specific situation, the student will be able to describe ways in which the body might attempt to maintain homeostasis.
    9. The student will be able to communicate intelligently and maturely on the topic of human sexuality.
    10. The student will leave physiology feeling better equipped to cope with the advertising media when concerned with products relating to health.
    11. The student will treat living organisms in a humane manner and shall respect life.


  1. Requirements
    1. A three ring binder shall be kept by all students.  All handouts, printouts, and returned work should be placed in the binder.
    2. Bring writing instruments, lined paper, and your textbook to class EVERDAY.
    3. If you are absent from class, it is YOUR responsibility to make up the work that you missed.  You have one day for each excused absence to make up assignments.  If you will miss class due to a school activity, you must turn in the work before the activity. 
    4. You are responsible for maintaining your own lab work area, cleaning and returning of any equipment used by your lab team, and for proper care of your textbook.
    5. Homework is due by the tardy bell of the due date.  Late homework will not be accepted unless prior arrangements are made with your teacher.
    6. Eating and drinking will not be allowed in class.
    7. Check schoolloop daily.  All notes, homework assignments, worksheets, and labs are in the digital locker.  Make sure you know how to access and print all of these papers.
    8. You must wear your lanyard and ID card!  I may send you to the office if you don’t have it on. If you ask to go to your locker or bathroom, you will get a blank stare in return if you are not wearing your lanyard and ID card.
    9. Vulgar language is becoming a big problem here at PHHS.  This has to stop.  I will be calling parents , writing referrals, etc.
    10. Cheating is never ok.  “I only copied number 10”  or “We worked together on this assignment” are just ways of lying to yourself and me.  There is no gray area here. If turn someone else’s work in as your own, you are cheating.


  1. Standards
    1. This course follows the standards set by the State of California


  1. Grades
    1. Grades are based of a point system. Nothing is weighted.  Generally exams are 100 or 50 points, study guides are 20 points, quizzes are 10-15 points, homework is 15-20 points, labs are 20 points, and projects are 50 points.
    2. The grading scale is as follows:

90 – 100 %                                           A             Outstanding

80 – 89%                                               B             Above Average

70 – 79%                                               C             Average

60 – 69%                                               D             Barely Passing

Below 60                                               F              Credit Loss

  1. I do roundup so 89.5% would be an A, etc
  2. Exams and quizzes are available to parents or guardian by appointment only.
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