• Biology (5 Credits)

    Each student enrolled in this course must demonstrate competency in all of the proficiencies listed below.  Each of these proficiencies is listed in the Board of Education - approved course of study.  The teaching staff will determine minimum competency and which of the following activities (selected by the teaching staff) will be used by the students to demonstrate minimum competency: 

    Written reports/activities, oral reports/activities, teacher-made/ standardized tests, quizzes, demonstration of the proficiency, homework assignments, class assignments, projects, research papers, group activities.

    The student will demonstrate a working knowledge of:

    • Cell Respiration and Fermentation (Chapter 9)
    • Introduction to Genetics (Chapter 11)
    • DNA (Chapter 12)
    • RNA and Protein Synthesis (Chapter 13)
    • Human Heredity (Chapter 14)
    • Evolution (Chapters 16,17,18,19)

    All materials will be posted on Google Classroom 

    What will I need to be successful in this class?

    • A three ring with Tabs (4)- Notes and Handouts, Labs/Projects/Webquests, Quizzes/Tests, Misc.
    • Plenty of loose-leaf paper and writing utensils.


    How will I be graded?

    • Tests– 40%
      • At the end of each chapter
    • Quizzes – 20%
      • Every couple of weeks, small amount of info
    • Labs/Projects– 25%
      • 1-2 per chapter
    • Homework/ Classwork– 15%
      • At least 3 times a week


    Late Work

    • 25% will be taken off for each day it is late. After 3 days you CANNOT hand it in.


    Make Up Tests Requirements

    • Must go to ONE tutoring session afterschool, complete the chapter review in the book, and Ch. Test Review handout must be complete.
    • Test MUST be made up no later then one week after it is handed back.


    After an absence:

    • All PowerPoint Notes will be on my teacher website!
    • See me before or after class for missed assignments
      • Extra copies will also be in a binder at the front of the room.
      • You will have as many days as you were absent to make up work.
      • Extra Credit

        • • Earn Pinto Science Bucks and cash them in for Extra Credit on assignments, homework or quiz passes, extensions on work or extra points on quizzes or tests!
          • Look at the bulletin board in the front of the class for all of the ways you can earn and spend your Pinto Science Bucks.

          Earn Pinto Science Bucks by:
          • Help a Classmate- $3
          • Help Miss Pinto- $3
          • Passback papers- $1
          • Turn-in an assignment early- $3
          • Wear White and Green on Friday- $5
          • Go to tutoring- $15
          • Get an A on a Test- $5
          • Get a B on a Test- $3
          • Win a Review game- $5-$10
          • Read a science article and complete a summary sheet- $10
          • Random Acts of Kindness- $5


        Use Pinto Science Bucks for:
        • Improve quiz grade- $2=1 pts.
        • Improve test grade- $5=1 pts.
        • 1 day extension on a HW- $10 
        • 1 day extension on a project- $50 
        • Homework Pass- $30
        • Quiz Pass- $50


        changed per marking period.
    • Random extra credit and extra credit assignments are also given on occasion.


    Classroom Rules

    1. Be in your assigned seat, have your materials out and be working on the assigned “Do Now” when the tardy bell rings.
      • Remain in your seat at all times unless you have permission otherwise.
    2. Bring notebook and materials with you to class
      • Unless it is an emergency, no passes will be given to leave class while the teacher is in the middle of a lesson.
    3. You must always raise your hand before speaking- yelling out causes distraction.
    4. Follow directions the first time they are given.
      • You must be on task at all times during class.
    5. No hats, iPods, cell phones, electronics of any kind AND no food or drinks are allowed in class (exception: water).


    *Always treat each person in this room with respect and dignity*

    *Follow all policies and procedures as outlined in the school handbook*



    1. Waing 
    2. 2nd warning OR Seat will be moved.
    3. Parental contact, and lunch detention.
    4. Parental contact, and TWO lunch detentions.
    5. Disciplinary referral.