• Biology Syllabus

    B I O L O G Y

    Mr. Armstrong




    TextbookHolt Biology  (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston 2008)


    The Online Book can be accessed at http://my.hrw.com

    Each student will be given a username and password to access the online book.


    Overview of Study:

    In biology, we will be covering the State of Michigan’s Biology High School Content Expectations.  This includes fundamental concepts about biological chemistry, cell structure, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, mitosis, meiosis, heredity, DNA, gene technology, evolution, classification, populations, ecology, homeostasis, bacteria and viruses.


    Science Requirements at Sault High School:  3.0 credits for graduation (biology is 1.0 credit)



    Grading:           A (94-100%)  A- (90-93)

                            B+ (87-89)       B (84-86)         B- (80-83)

                            C+ (77-79)       C (74-76)         C- (70-73)

                            D+ (67-69)       D (64-66)         D- (60-63)

                            E (0-59)


    Course Content:

    I.  Lecture / Discussion – Powerpoint, overhead projector, chalkboard, note-taking recommended.

    II.  Daily assignments – bell assignments, book questions, worksheets, internet assignments, clay modeling, illustrations, field work.

    II.                                         Research projects – classroom computers, outside research required

    III.                                       Internet research assignments – Weekly (computers available before and after school for

    those students without access to internet at home)

    IV.                                      Quizzes – daily (from reading assignments, homework, etc.)

    V.                                         Tests – upon the conclusion of each chapter.  Test re-takes can be scheduled if a student

    fails a test with a maximum grade of a “C”. Consecutive test retakes are not allowed.

    VI.                                      Quarterly assessment tests – upon the conclusion of each marking period.

    VII.                                    Labs – hands-on integration of course work












    Classroom Policies:

    Successful completion of this course requires your daily work and attention to the lesson.


    Be in your seat before the bell rings and have a book, laptop, and paper and pencil ready.


    Numerous absences will have a negative effect on your grade (due to missing classroom discussions, labs, etc.).  Exceeding 10 absences in a semester could result in loss of credit and having to re-take the class.


    It is your responsibility when you’re absent to ask what notes or worksheets you have missed.

    Missing worksheets can be found in the back of the room in the magazine rack.


    A separate notebook is recommended.  Material from notes will appear on tests.


    Use of a daily planner/notebook is recommended to keep track of assignments.  Students are responsible for keeping track of due dates (homework, tests, etc.)


    Students will remain in their assigned seat until released by instructor/bell rings.  Once a student is done with the required work, they should bring other material to study.


    Late work is not accepted, unless you have an excused absence.


    Tardy policy:    Excessive tardies will result in a reduced grade and a referral to the office.  If you are more than 10 minutes late to class, it will result in an absence for the period. 

    * Additional assignments or seating arrangements can be given for tardies.


    No eating or drinking during class.


    No hats or inappropriate clothing worn in class.


    Cell phones  are not allowed to be used during class unless permission is given to use.  They will be taken and sent to the office.


    No hall passes.  Bathroom / drink breaks should be taken between classes.


    Student Netbooks/laptop computers are only used during class with permission (for biology purposes only).


    Participation in classroom instruction is encouraged.  Please share knowledge, experiences, questions, etc.


    Individual help is always available.  If you would like to meet after school, let me know so we can arrange a meeting ahead of time.


    Classroom courtesy is required (raising hand for questioning / participation, doing your own work, staying seated during class time, working individually and quietly, being on time, etc.)

    ·         Contact with parents, referrals, suspensions for infractions.

    ·         Extra assignments can be given out for infractions.

    ·         Cheating – 1st time à failure of assignment/test, 2nd time à failure of entire marking period

    Respect classroom equipment as if it were your own, do your own work and study the material.


    Have a great year!