COURSE INFORMATION FOR BIOLOGY
Course: Biology I Room: J117 Instructor: CELIA RUIZ
Conference: period 1- 8:50-9:38 e-mail address: Celia.Ruiz@nisd.net
Phone: 397-4800 ext. 3147
Welcome to Biology at O’ Connor High School. I am very excited to have a great year. Together, we will have a successful year! I am available to tutor in J117 by appointment.
Course Description: Bio- means life and –logy means study of. Biology is the study of living things.
We will explore various topics in Biology through lab investigations.
Materials needed: You may keep your textbook at home and use it as a reference for tests and homework.
- Pencils, pens
- COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK 100 pages
- Highlighter recommended
Donations: I would appreciate if one or more of the following could be donated for the class: hand sanitizer,
Kleenex tissue, or paper towels. Your donations will be greatly appreciated.
GRADING PROCEDURES: It is your responsibility to ask for any missed work and to schedule makeup tests.
A file system is in front of the class for any handouts or assignments you need.
Summative Grades: 40 %
Interactive Notebook: We will keep a composition notebook for the entire
year. You are expected to bring your notebook to class every day. A test will
be given each six weeks. You may use your interactive notebook. The grade will
count as a summative test grade each six weeks.
Tests: There will be at least two tests each six weeks. Any missed tests can
be made up in the Testing Center when you return to class. Retests
are available if a student is failing and is willing to go to tutoring
before the retest. A maximum score of 70 is possible.
Lab Activities: 40%
We will conduct at least 3 major labs each six weeks.
Unexcused late lab work- 10 points deducted each day for the first three days.
After three days, a maximum score of 50 will be given.
Formative Grades- Daily work: 20%
Daily work that is late will NOT be accepted.
Warm ups will be completed daily. If you are absent, you must copy any missed
Warm ups from a classmate. These will be collected every two weeks for two grades.