Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
School Phone: 281-641-6300 (Ask to leave a message for Ms. Flynn)
Classroom Number: 3133
Conference Period: 4th
Welcome to Biology! This course includes an in-depth study of life functions and focuses on the major concepts in Biology, as determined by the TEA and Humble ISD. During the first semester in Biology students will master fundamental concepts such as characteristics of living things, biochemistry, cell biology, DNA, protein synthesis, and mutations. The second semester will then involve a journey through the areas of meiosis and genetics, gene technology, evolution, taxonomy and classification, ecology, and lastly, the human body.
Focus Topics: DNA, Genetic Code, Mitosis, Meiosis, Adaptations, Kingdoms, Taxonomy, Plants, Succession and Energy Flow
Be prepared to work both independently and collaboratively with peers
Immediately upon entering the classroom read what is projected, pick up any supplies, head to your assigned desk and begin working on the do now.
If you would like to wash your hands it is encouraged to do so
Demonstrate respect for yourself, your classmates, and the teacher both in class and online.
Be responsible for your work – cheating will not be tolerated.
Take ownership of your learning – – communication key
Wear your ID at all times.
Work to your full potential at all times!
Due to the nature of this school year, policies may need to be updated so please keep an eye out for any necessary changes.
Attendance: Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class.
Tardy: Report to the office and obtain a pass prior to entering class. If you are more than 15 minutes late you will be counted absent for the day
Absent/Make-up: You are responsible for obtaining and making up all assignments in a timely manner. You will receive 1 extra day to complete the assignment per day that you are absent (ex. absent for 2 days, grants you 2 extra days to complete the assignment).
Late work: I will take 10 points off per day it is missing.
Re-do: You may resubmit assignments only if you have provided evidence of the steps you have taken to deepen your understanding of the content. Late assignments may not be resubmitted.
Electronics: NO CELL PHONES. You are only allowed to use electronic devices in class when given permission, and they must only be used in the manner that is permitted by the teacher.
60% – Summative: tests, projects, etc.
40% – Formative: daily grades, exit tickets, homework, quizzes
70%- Summative: tests, projects, etc.
30% – Formative: daily grades, exit tickets, homework, quizzes, etc.
Pencil (writing utensil)
How to Stay in the Loop
I believe that my students’ ability to be accountable for their own learning is the key to long-term success in whichever career path they choose to take. With that being said, I understand that most of my students are freshman, and are still learning how to transition into responsible young-adults. This is why I strongly encourage my students AND parents to keep up with their grades and upcoming assignments using the services I’ve outlined below. I do my best to send out reminders and upload grades in a timely manner, so I assume that you are aware of your standing in my class at all times. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.
HAC (Home Access Center): This service allows students and parents to stay up-to-date with your child’s performance in his or her classes. Accounts can be created in English or Spanish, from which you may access grades and attendance. There are step-by-step instructions explaining how to create an account on the school website, and it may also be accessed through the Humble ISD application that launched this past summer.
Schoology: Schoology will be used to quickly update students on any last minute information. All resources (notes, extra practice) as well as contact information will be available. From time to time assignments will be submitted here.
Note from the Teacher
I hope that you and your family are safe, healthy, and doing well. I am looking forward to learning and growing with you this school year. My expectations for you are high, but I also understand that in the past few years we all have faced some level of trauma and the need for grace in this season of life. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. No matter what this year has in store for us, I believe in our ability to make it through together and grow as learners and as people.