Life Science

Now is an exciting time to study life science! We know so much more about biological systems and the development of new technologies has led to major advances in fields like agriculture, environmental management and organ transplantation.

In life science this year, we will be exploring:

  • Measurement and scientific tools
  • Cell biology
  • Genetics
  • Evolution and Ecology
  • Earth and life history
  • Living systems
  • Lots and lots of labs!

Class Rules

Work Hard. Be Kind. Respect Yourself and Others.

We are a team in this room. We help each other. Enough said.


You will have Math homework almost every weeknight, but almost never on a weekend. You can expect Science homework one to three nights per week. Homework is due at the beginning of the class period after the day it was assigned, unless I have you note otherwise.

I do not accept late work!* Please be sure your homework is completed before class.If you fail to complete more than two homework assignments during the quarter, you will lose points. If you chronically fail to complete your work, other consequences include parent/guardian contact, lunch detention and more, but if you complete your work, you’ll earn higher grades! Yay!

*I will accept humongous projects and lab reports for up to one week late… for reduced credit.

Materials & Supplies for Class

There are a few items that you must have with you in class EVERY DAY.

  • Student Planner
  • Binder paper. Lots and lots of paper (college ruled is best)!
  • At least TWO pencils, an eraser, and a sharpener  (mechanical pencils with extra lead are fine)
  • Colored correcting pens. Any colors except for blue or black. (Yes, gel/flair pens are okay for this, as long as the colors are easy to read).
  • 2 composition books.
  • Highlighters
  • Dry erase markers. At least two. Any color.
  • Calculator (TI 30  recommended)
  • A 1.5 inch, heavy duty (D ring is best) binder with 5 section dividers – I will provide you with a detailed handout on how exactly you should setup and organize this binder.

Supplies for Home

  • Colored pencils, pens, crayons and/or markers
  • Scissors
  • Ruler (with both metric and standard markings)
  • Calculator

Assignments and Standards

  • Three-hole, lined, binder paper is to be used for all assignments, except when otherwise noted.
  • Sloppy or incomplete work will not receive full credit. Work done in gel/flair pen is NOT accepted (unless it is correcting work)
  • Original work is done in PENCIL, unless otherwise indicated. Original work in ink will not receive full credit (Oh no!). Corrections must be made in ink with your correcting pens.
  • Late work will not be accepted for credit unless you were absent. Write ABSENT on the assignment.
  • If you are absent, it is up to you to make arrangements to copy notes from a friend and get any handouts from me, but I make it very easy—go to my website and download any handouts you need:


20% Progress Activities:

MATH: quizzes, homework, class work, reviews, and other assignments

SCIENCE: quizzes, homework, class work, reviews, and other assignments

80% Assessments:

MATH: chapter exams, unit projects, portfolios

SCIENCE: chapter/unit exams, unit projects, lab reports

In terms of point values, here’s a sample of what can be earned on various tasks:

Assignments  2-5 pts ————>   The score is dependent on effort, not correctness.

Quizzes      15-20 pts ————>   Inexpensive information about what you know. About once a week.

Tests/Projects/Other Assessments 50-100 pts ——-> Very expensive information about what you know.

*Assessments make up most of your grade. We’ll talk a lot about how to prepare!

Extra Credit

There really isn’t a lot of extra credit in my classes. You will receive a few opportunities, worth a small amount of points, during each semester. DO NOT depend on extra credit to hide poor choices.

Extra Help

You can get extra help from me before or after school in B-6. Sometimes I have meetings and supervision so I will not always be available. You can always talk to me about getting extra help and we will find a time to work together—as long as you give me enough advance notice. Waiting until the day before a test or quiz is NOT enough notice!

Tip: Plan ahead. The moment you don’t understand something is the moment you should ask a question or plan to get help outside of class. One or two days before tests, there are usually lots of people in my room looking for help. If you are one of many, you may not get all the help you need.