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​​General Biology Syllabus (a downloadable word syllabus can be found in the documents section)

                                                                                                 General Biology Syllabus

                                                                                                          2011 - 2012

Instructor: Mrs. Christie Zakem


Phone: (360) 426-4471 ext. 16614


Course Description: 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. 


Class 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 consequences:

  • ·       Loss of participation points
  • ·       Asked to step outside the class
  • ·       Parental contact
  • ·       Detention
  • ·       Office referral


Guidelines for 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.

Students 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 student’s grade:

  •      Investigations, Projects – 20%
  •      Tests- 60%
  •      Notebooks/ 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.


Student Signature______________________________________


Parent or Guardian Signature________________________________________​


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