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Course Guidelines



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This is a high school course designed to prepare students to meet the

California Common Core state standards for life science and the national Next Generation Science standards for life science. Main topics to be covered include biochemistry, molecules and cells, heredity and genetics, chromosomal and molecular basis of inheritance, gene expression, unity and diversity of organisms, change in organisms over time, and biothechnology applications.

Conduct in Science:

participate in class activities, to treat everyone with respect and to use class

Irresponsible behavior will

not be tolerated in the laboratory because it jeopardizes the safety of others and it could damage laboratory equipment. Students that act irresponsibly will be asked to leave the laboratory immediately and may not make up their work. Disruptive classroom behavior is also not acceptable because it interferes with other students’ right to learn. This includes disturbances due to electronic devices. Consequences for this type of behavior can be found in the student handbook under school policies and procedures.

materials and laboratory equipment appropriately.

Students are expected to come to class prepared, to


notes, a supply of paper that can be removed from a notebook without damage for homework and classwork assignments, a composition notebook for laboratory work, a blue ball-point pen, and a pencil with an eraser to class each day.

Students are expected to bring a notebook in order to take class


done on undamaged paper. To earn full credit on a typical homework or classwork assignment every problem must be seriously attempted in pencil and corrected with a blue pen. If papers (or any work) are suspected of being involved in cheating, it will result in loss of credit for that assignment for those individuals involved. Late assignments are not accepted unless you have an excused absence or have made arrangements with me in advance.

Papers that are not handouts must have a heading and should be

You should make every effort to be in class, especially on

laboratory days. Whenever you are absent it is your responsibility to ask for, to correct, and to turn in all work that you have missed. The time allowance to have work turned in is the number of days absent plus one. Students who know of an absence in advance are to get their assignments from me before they miss class and are to turn in their work on the day of their return. Missed quizzes are not made up and are excluded from a student’s grade. However, it is recommended that students ask for the quizzes that they missed and take them on their own time.

Make-Up Work:

Tardies: Students are expected to be in their assigned seats and ready to learn when the bell rings. When a student is late it is disruptive to others in the class. Therefore, students who are tardy without a satisfactory excuse will be assigned consequences consistent with the school policy.

Substitute Policy:

such, it is expected that students treat them that way. If, for any reason, a substitute tells me that a particular student was disrespectful, that student will receive a conduct referral when I return to class.

Substitutes are considered guests in the classroom, and as

Grading System:

Your grade in this course will be based on Homework












Tests/Unit Assessments _40








Letter grades will be awarded according to the following scale: A = 90-100%,

Pluses and minuses will be

affixed respectively to grades in the top two and bottom two point of each range. A student whose final exam and homework score are higher than his/her semester score will have his/her semester score raised to his/her final exam score, but not higher than his/her homework score.

B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69%, F = 0-59%.

Helpful Hints:

Set a goal for yourself in this course below.

My goal is to help you be successful in this course. If you ever find that you do not understand something in class, please don’t hesitate to ask for help. I encourage you to ask questions in class, and I am also available for extra help outside class at brunch and lunch. I really hope we both can achieve our goals

in this course.


Mrs. Kudela