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How We roll at granite Hills...
There are three values that make up "The Code" at Granite Hills. The following are dictionary definitions, but if you don't want to use those know that they mostly boil down to; Do your work, don't bug people, and take pride in your self and your school. Uses these values every day and you are sure to be not only successful here, but also in life!
Respect - A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
Responsibility - The opportunity or ability to act independently and make decisions without authorization.
Pride - A sense of attachment toward one's own or another's choices and actions, or toward a whole group of people, and is a product of praise, independent self-reflection, or a fulfilled feeling of belonging.
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Volunteering to pick up extra classroom supplies (as listed to the right) for kids who can't afford it, or donating financially by clicking the link provided below, are all ways you can help out.
What You Will Need
NOTE: If any of the materials are a financial hardship, please contact me to arrange an alternative.
1) A STURDY spiral bound 200 page notebook dedicated to only this class. If the interior paper is graph paper, it's not a problem. The important thing is that it is durable!
2) Graph Paper
4) Glue (bottle or stick), or tape.
5) A colored pencil set
6) A pencil sharpener
7) At least one black or blue pen
8) At least one pencil
9) At least one highlighter
You may also want to consider:
10) A calculator
11) A ruler
Each day you will need these materials to be successful. Please come prepared since not only will you be less able to complete the tasks, but you will also receive a lowered conduct grade because you can't do your work.
What you will be Learning
How You Will Be Graded
In College Prep Biology you will be learning about:
First Semester by week:
1-3 Foundations, Science Practices, and Biochemistry
4 Cell Structure and Function
5-7 Cell Energy – Plants and Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration
8-9 Cell Division
17 Review for finals
18 1st Semester finals
Second Semester by week:
4-9 Environmental Biology (Ecology)
10-11 Bacteria, Viruses and the Immune System
12-14 Overview of Human Body Systems
15-16 Preparation for federally mandated testing
17-19 Health and Fitness
20 Final project and presentations
In Honors Medical Biology Pathways your student will be learning about all of the above topics, but at an accelerated pace and in the context of human systems and health care. To review any of the materials used in this program please visit the HASPI website at: haspi.org
For a more detailed description of these topics, feel free to visit the following site. http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/
A final word on grades you (students and parents) might consider...
...HOMEWORK, TESTS, LABS, and PROJECTS.
Understand that the core of your grade comes from projects, labs, tests which demonstrate your understanding of the material using the following generic five point rubric. In addition, you will also receive a homework grade each progress period (6 weeks) that uses the following three point rubric. Prior to all projects, labs, and tests, you will be given detailed study guides and/or complete project requirements on how to score the points you wish.
Sample Five Point Rubric
Sample Three Point Rubric
FINAL POSTED GRADES My system is designed to really push students for exceptional grades and stimulates the inquiry process that is so important in science. At the end of the quarter, the students total points will be compiled and a percentage will be calculated as follows: A=90+%, B=80-89%, C=60-79%, D=50-59%, and F being less that 50%. This percentage does not reflect the number of problems correct, but a student's overall performance level as judged by how well they understand the concepts.
WHY ALL THE TROUBLE? The reason I use this system is that it gives you a better understanding of what your student is doing in class and to adjust for variations in criteria. This analogy may help explain my point.
One of the best regular season hitters in baseball history was a San Diegan named Ted Williams. He is the only player to bat .400 during the regular season in major league baseball. If you don't know, this means that he got on base only 40% of the time! The greatest hitter in MLB history only got a hit 40% of the time! On the other hand, I don't want my doctor to do surgery correctly 40% of the time.
So, as you can see, criteria can shift depending on the task. Sometimes I need your students to be right 100% of the time and other times I need them to slog through and make mistakes as they tackle big ideas that may have no one right answer. This means that listing grades as performance levels (0-5 or 0-3) rather than the percentage correct is actually a more accurate way of describing a student's learning.
THE BOTTOM LINE ON GETTING GOOD GRADES...
You will also be receiving grades for your conduct. If you were to look at all the rules found in the student handbook, you would realize that being successful really just comes down to two things, 1) do your work, and 2) don't bug people. So if you want to do well with all of your classes, just come on time and be prepared so you can do your work. Beyond this obvious rule, just be a nice human being. Each day that you don't do these things it will hurt your conduct grades directly, and your academic grade indirectly.
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