• Course Expectations

    We work quite hard to fulfill all the course requirements, so it is important for students to remain attentive in class at all times.

    I trust that students will be responsible for their learning and will not engage in any activity that will take away from their own learning or from a classmate’s ability to learn. Nothing infuriates me as much as a student who disrespects another’s right to learn. During lab time, you must always follow the rules for lab safety.

    Preparation for Class:

    Needed Daily (although not necessarily used daily):

    • Pencil and eraser
    • Loose-leaf paper
    • Colored highlighters
    • Hole punched spiral notebook (multi-subject is best)
    • A composition notebook for lab (I prefer graph paper style)
    • Pens for taking notes
    • Colored pencils
    • Optional: A folder (if you want to keep your big binder at home and only bring essential papers)

    Needed for Notebook Check by end of the first nine weeks:

    • A 3" 3-ring binder just for this class
    • 8-12 tabbed binder dividers


    Regular attendance is very important for success in IB biology or ESS. The attendance policy corresponds with the school-wide policy. Most of the labs, presentations, videos and other assignments are difficult, if not impossible, to completely make up.

    Missed Class Make Up:

    If a student misses an assignment due to an absence, it is their responsibility to seek and schedule a make-up. Much of the work we do in class is linked on the website. Upon your return to class pick up any assignments or handouts you missed. If you missed a lab due to an excused absence, it is YOUR responsibility to schedule a lab make up session within two weeks of your absence. Missed labs may require actual lab makeup or completion of an alternative assignment.

    Late Work:

    Late work is accepted without penalty for excused absences. It is the students' responsibility to check if he/she missed any checks for completion (i.e. stamped work). Completion stamps will not be given for unexcused absences. Time sensitive items may not be accepted late. In general, complete your work on time. If you need extra time, please speak with Ms. Lunsford in advance about your need for an extension and your plan for completion.

    Google Classroom:

    many assignments will be done on or submitted to classroom.google.com. You will need to register for the class using the proper course code for your class period.



    Google Classroom Code

    IB ESS


    IB Biology I


    IB Biology II


    Group Work:

    We will frequently work in pairs and teams, particularly in the laboratory. Sometimes I will allow you to choose your own partner, at other times I will assign students to work together. I expect you to accept these assignments without complaint/whining. Although we will do lab work in teams, each student will write up his/her own lab report. During group work, answers and solutions may be freely shared, but all members are expected to contribute. Simply copying answers from another lab report, homework, etc. without having helped to produce the product is plagiarism and will be treated as such.

    Laboratory Equipment Fines:

    If you damage, break or misuse laboratory equipment during class, you are responsible for paying a replacement fee for the item. A fine slip will be written, and you will be required to pay your fee directly to the bookkeeper.

    Leaving Class:

    One person may leave the classroom at a time. You may not leave the classroom during direct instruction (i.e. lecture or giving directions). Before you leave the classroom you must fill out the sign-out sheet on the purple pass. To sign out, legibly sign your name, list the time you are leaving class, and where you are going. When you return to class, mark the time you returned to class. Although there is no set limit to the number of times you may leave the classroom, if you choose to abuse this privilege you should expect disciplinary action. 

    Eating in Class:

    Eating in class is not allowed at any time. Ms. L will kick you out into the hallway until you're done, make you get a tardy pass, and any material you miss is your responsibility. Our classroom is home to several dangerous chemicals including formaldehyde and strong acids and bases. It is simply not safe to eat in a science lab! Drinks (of any type) are allowed as long as they have a screw-top lid. No open soda cans or Starbucks cups! 

    Electronics Use:

    Listening to music is not permitted during direct instruction, group work, or lab experiments. You may listen to music during individual work time. We utilize cell phones or Chromebooks a lot in class. Please be mindful of the appropriate use of technology while in a classroom. 

    Computer Use:

    This course requires that all students utilize a computer to conduct research and to produce various products outside of class time. Therefore all students must have access to a computer and email account. Not having the Internet or a computer at home is not an excuse for not being able to do the work. Additionally, when I do give a homework assignment on the Internet, be sure to start it early. Computers have a way of not working when you most need them to. Remember the golden rule: Save early, save often! 


    Cheating will not be tolerated and is clearly a violation of course and school policy. The following acts of cheating are examples of behavior that will result in disciplinary actions as outlined in the student handbook.

    • Passing calculators during a test, quiz, or other assessment
    • Copying someone else’s test, quiz, assignment, or report
    • Letting someone copy from a test, quiz, homework, assignment, or report
    • Looking at the notes or a phone during a test, quiz, or other assessment
    • Sharing questions from a test with students who have yet to take the test
    • Listing someone else’s data without giving credit, or worse, making up data to fit the expected answer. It is acceptable to present your own data, to state the reasons that you feel the results should be disregarded, and then to present another student’s data (making sure the source is acknowledged).
    • Using opinions, facts, ideas, charts, data and direct quotes from research papers, newspapers, magazines, textbooks, websites, or another person without citing the source. If plagiarism is suspected, you will be asked to complete an additional “how to recognize and prevent plagiarism” assignment. 

    It is assumed that Humble students are honorable people. Only those lacking in intelligence believe that cheating on academic work is profitable. Students are here to learn; cheating makes learning impossible.


    Speaking of citing your work... many thanks to the teachers at Skyline High School, who have provided a lovely template for this website and course.