updated 8/16 @ 10:27am
Lone Peak Biology
AP Biology and CE Biology 1610 2021-2022
Instructor: Mark Berrett
Phone: (801) 610-8810
Website: canvas primarily.
Dear Student and Family,
Welcome to AP Biology and Concurrent Enrollment (CE) College Biology I (1610 &1615). I look forward to an enjoyable, educational year. Below you will find important information regarding this class.
Course Description: This is a college major level class. Two different offerings will be taught simultaneously in the same classroom–Biology 1610 & 1615 as Concurrent Enrollment through Utah Valley University, and Advanced Placement Biology. Biology 1610 is the first year Biology class for students pursuing a degree in a life science or seeking to enter the medical field. It is a rigorous course. If you choose to take the CE course you will be learning the same material as AP students, but will not be required to score a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP test to receive credit. The grade you receive in this class will be the grade that appears on your college transcript. If you end up taking the AP test at the end of the year, most colleges will only count it as General Biology.
Course Number: Biol 1610 & Biol 1615
Course Name: College Biology I (Lecture) & College Biology I Lab
CRN: 30737, 30739
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. It is a very well written book that I find to be easier to learn information from than others on the market. 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 should have a notebook dedicated to this class to organize their notes. I recommend a 3 ring binder (2") for this class as you will be completing reading assignments from the book that you will want to keep. Students will need to bring a standard blue or black ball point pen AND pencils to class. It is recommended that students have a calculator. I have some for students to use, but not enough for everyone.
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 to a minimum 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 leaves without permission prior to the end of the class they will be marked absent/truant, NO EXCUSES. Yes, leaving 1 minute before the bell is before the bell and you will be marked absent/truant. Students arriving to class after 15 minutes have passed will be marked absent per school policy.
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 tardies before an ‘NC’ is given. Students arriving late must sign in on the tardy sheet by the door. 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. Students arriving to class after 15 minutes have passed will be marked absent per school policy. Students arriving
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.
BE ON TIME!!!
No student leaves class unless dismissed by the teacher.
Do not line up at the door.
Use respectful and appropriate language. Profanity and vulgarity is not allowed.
The word “stupid” is not accepted in class, nor are other derogatory or demeaning words.
No food, gum, or drink (except water).
Students are responsible for their own work and actions.
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:
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% from Quarter 1 percentage, 20% from Quarter 2 percentage, 20% from Quarter 3 percentage, and 40% from Quarter 4 percentage. Both Biology 1610 and 1615 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 55-60 questions, worth 100 points. The first 50 pts will be multiplied by 2. If a student scores 48/60, they will earn a test score of 96/100 on Skyward. Any score above 50 will be scored as bonus points, with the points above 50 multiplied by .5. So a score of 55/60, will score 100 + 2.5 bonus points for a total of 102.5/100. 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, without the benefit of bonus points. 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 1 opportunity to make up the test. If a student is absent on a test day it is the student’s responsibility to arrange a time to take take the test before or after school, and will have only 1 opportunity to take the test. NO assignments or tests can be made up if the student’s absence was unexcused or truant.
Quizzes: Quizzes may be given online, and in-class. They may be both announced or unannounced.
Final: As this is a college level class there will be a final at the end of the year. The test will cover the material taught throughout the year. ALL students will take it, even those who take the AP test.
Participation: All students start with 0 participation points. Points may 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. I rarely use this option.
Late Work: The assignments given in class are intended to help students learn the material. All assignments are due on the assigned date. Pay attention to the late work deadlines announced and posted in class. Turning in or making up work after the deadline will be at the discretion of Mr. Berrett and points may be lost for being past the deadline.
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/or assignments.
Cheating: Any student caught cheating will receive a 0 score on the assignment and may be referred to the administration. Plagiarism is cheating. Having your phone out during the test (even if you are done and turned it in) is considered cheating.
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.