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Lone Peak Biology

CE/AP Biology 2017-2018


Instructor: Mark Berrett
Room: 222
Phone: (801) 610-8810
Email: mberrett@alpinedistrict.org
Website: http://www.mrberrett.com

Dear Student and Family,

Welcome to AP Biology. I look forward to an enjoyable, educational year. Below you will find important information regarding this class. 

Course Description: This is a college level class. Two different offerings will be taught simultaneously in the same classroom–Biology 1010 & 1015 as Concurrent Enrollment through Utah Valley University, and Advanced Placement Biology. A bit more information will be covered than the courses taught at UVU so as to prepare students for the AP test at the end of the year. I encourage all students to sign up for the concurrent enrollment option. I also encourage participation in the AP test.

UVU Information

Course Number: Biol 1010 & Biol 1015 

Course Name: Biology Lecture & Biology Lab 

CRN: 17038, 17039

Teacher Availability: Most every morning I will be in my classroom before 7:00 am for student consultations. I am NOT available during lunch. After school I am available until 2:45 (though I am often here past 3:00 pm). With prior arrangements I can be available both earlier in the morning as well as later after school. 

Text: This year we will be using a text book that has been written and put together specifically for the needs of the AP Biology curriculum. The book we will be using is: 

Principles of Life: Second Edition: For the AP Course. Hillis, D. M., et al. © 2014 Sinauer Associates, Inc.

Materials: Students should come to class each day prepared to learn. Students will use a composition notebook for lecture notes as well as to collect data during labs and other hands on activities. I will provide the first book. If a student loses or fills their provided notebook then the student will need to purchase an additional composition notebook. Students will need to bring a standard blue or black ball point pen AND pencils to class. Students will use a calculator that I provide to them (during tests) as only 4 function calculators with a square root are allowed on the AP test.

Dress Code: I enforce it. Any students apparel that I perceive as violating dress code will be referred to the administration. The administration will be the final judge of dress code violations. Refer to the student handbook for a copy of the dress code. 

Electronic Devices: There is a time and place for all things. Avoid using your electronic devices in class. They are distracting, not only to you but to those around you, and to me. Studies have shown that learning comprehension goes down substantially for those who use electronic devices, AS WELL as for those sitting nearby. If I ask you to put your device away, put it away. Saying “Just a sec” is not a good response. If I ask you more than once during a class period you run the risk of being sent to meet with an administrator. Parents please remember that you student is at school for a reason, please try to keep your texts to them minimal and be understanding if they are slow to respond.

Hall Passes: If you need to use it, use it. You don’t need to ask. Don’t abuse it. Students who abuse the hall pass may lose the privilege of using it.

Absences: Parents and students are responsible for the student being to school and ready to work. Parents are responsible for calling in and excusing any appropriate absences, while students are responsible for collecting any missing assignments. Check the website for assignments that were given on the days missed. If a student misses the day before a test but are present on the test day they will take the test on test day, and have 2 opportunities to make up the test. If a student is absent on a test day it is a student’s responsibility to arrange a time to take take the test before or after school, and will have only 2 opportunities to take the test. NO assignments or tests can be made up if the student’s absence was unexcused or truant. If a student leaves without permission prior to the end of the class they will be marked absent, NO EXCUSES. Yes, leaving 1 minute before the bell is before the bell and you will be marked absent.

Tardies: Coming late to class is disruptive and is one of my biggest frustrations and irritations: BE ON TIME. ON TIME IS IN YOUR ASSIGNED SEAT. The Lone Peak attendance policy allows for 4 unexcused tardies before an ‘NC’ is given. For every tardy above 4, a student will lose 5 participation points. Points lost for tardies cannot be made up.   Announcing that you are on time as you enter the class as the bell is ringing is NOT on time and only draws attention to the fact that you are not on time. HINT: Quickly and quietly come in and sit in your seat if you enter close to the bell. Oft times I will not notice and mark you hear. Making a commotion as you enter or trying to be sneaky only draws my attention to you and will result in a TARDY being marked.

Class Rules: Class rules are intended to help all students reach their potential. Please follow them. Failure to follow them may result in a loss of participation points, a call to parents, and/or a referral to the school administration. I reserve the right to modify these consequences depending upon the need and situation. 

  1. BE ON TIME!!! 
  2. BE PREPARED!!!
  3. No student leaves class until dismissed. 
  4. Do not line up at the door. 
  5. Use respectful and appropriate language. Profanity and vulgarity is not allowed.
  6. The word “stupid” is not accepted in class, nor are other derogatory or demeaning words. 
  7. No food, gum, or drink (except water). 
  8. Students are responsible for their own work and actions. 
  9. Grading: Grades will be purely based upon points earned out of the total possible. The bulk of points will come from tests. I do not curve the class. If everyone scores above a 92%, then all will receive an ‘A’. But if no one scores above a 92% then no one will earn an ‘A’. You will EARN the grade you receive. I DO NOT ROUND UP. There is no such thing as close enough. Grades will be earned based upon the following breakdown: 

A

92-100%


B

82-85.99%


C

72-75.99%


D

60-64.99%

A-

89-91.99%


B-

79-81.99%


C-

68-71.99%


D-

55-59.99%

B+

86-88.99%


C+

76-78.99%


D+

65-67.99%


F

< 55.00%

Concurrent Enrollment Grading: For concurrent enrollment students, your UVU grade that will appear on your college transcripts will be based upon the following breakdown: 20% Quarter 1 percentage, 20% Quarter 2 percentage, 20% Quarter 3 percentage, and 40% Quarter 4 percentage. Both Biology 1010 and 1015 will receive the same grade. 

Tests: Tests are written displays of your knowledge/mastery of the material. They may consist of multiple choice, matching, vocabulary, short answer, long answer, or other types of questions. Tests given in class ON test day will have 60 questions, worth 100 points. Each question will be worth 2 points. Thus bonus points can be earned on the test when taken in class. Tests taken after the class period (regardless of the reason) will only have 50 questions and NO bonus points can be earned. All tests will be closed book. Every test can be retaken, though retakes will be more difficult. 

Quizzes: Quizzes will be given online, and in-class. They may be both announced or unannounced.

Participation: All students start with 0 participation points. Points will be taken away for violations of class rules, tardies, unexcused absences, and other actions that distract from the learning environment as determined by Mr. Berrett. I will not alert students to when these points are lost. They will appear on their grade with a note as to the reason for loss.

Late Work: The assignments given in class are intended to help students learn the material. All assignments are due the class period after they are assigned. However, as each student is different and learns and works at different rates, I will accept all assignments up to one week prior to the end of the quarter for full credit. Any assignment turned in after that deadline will receive 0 points.

Extra Credit: I do NOT offer extra credit. If you are not earning the grade you desire then you will need to make up tests, and assignments.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. It is best to email me any questions that you may have, as I am quicker to respond to emails than to phone calls. I can respond to emails during class time more easily than phone calls. 

Regards,


Mark Berrett