Shelton High School
3737 Shelton Springs Road
Shelton, Washington 98584
Office Phone: 360 426-4471
FAX: 360 427-6141
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General Biology Syllabus (a downloadable word syllabus can be found in the documents section)
Mrs. Christie Zakem
(360) 426-4471 ext. 16614
This 2 semester course (1.0 Credit) is an exciting opportunity for students to
learn about the natural living world. We will learn about everything from microscopic organisms to large
ecosystems. A variety of
activities including laboratory experiences and reading assignments will equip
students with the ability to understand scientific principles and apply them in
their everyday lives. A large
portion of the class time will be spent working in groups and cooperative skill
are encouraged and rewarded.
Materials: Students are required to have a 3 ring binder, loose leaf paper, and
writing utensils. Students are welcome to leave their binders in my cupboard.
expectations: Students who attend class regularly,
participate willingly, and make the effort to finish all assignments will be
successful. Remember to be:
If a student chooses to not behave in a
responsible and respectful manner they may receive one or more of the following
- · Loss of participation
- · Asked to step outside the
- · Parental contact
- · Detention
- · Office referral
assessment: Every student will take a state end of
course test for Biology which is based on the state of Washington Biology
Standards. General Biology is
taught based on these standards. (link: )To prepare students for the end of
course test in General Biology a student
must get 70% or better on each unit assessment to receive credit for the course.
may retake unit assessments as needed to achieve the 75% or better. In order to retake unit assessments
students must demonstrate that they have further studied the material covered
on the assessment
All unit assessment
scores must be 70% or better by two weeks before the end of the semester to get
credit for the Honors Biology course, if not then the student will receive an
“F” for the course.
There are three categories used to determine your
Projects – 20%
Daily work/participation- 20%
Tests may be retaken if the student’s notebook is
at least 80% complete. Students
will be offered on make up test in class and all others will be completed on
the student’s own time. Students
must maintain a notebook with all starters, daily work, laboratory write-ups,
and notes that will be graded at the end of each unit. Cheating will not be tolerated and the
work will receive zero credit.
Attendance is important and will be assessed in the participation
grade. Laboratory work may only be
made up by students with excused absences. Please see the
attached standards based grading letter for more information on how your
student will earn their grade.
Students are encouraged to meet with the
instructor outside of class to make up work, discuss questions or concerns, and
get extra assistance.
Parent or Guardian
The Shelton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Linda Arnold, Director of Human Resources. 360-426-1687. 700 S. 1st Street; Shelton, WA 98584. Complaint procedures can be found on this website under Board Policy #3210 (students) and #5010 (employees).