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Ninety Six High School

2016-2017 Biology Student Syllabus/Parent Notification Letter



Course Title:  Biology I                      Instructor:  Mr. Reese Brickman             Room Number:  331


Telephone: School- (864)543-2911                                                                Planning time: 1st Block


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What your child will learn:  This course discusses an introduction to Biology, the study of Life.  The ultimate objective of this course is to provide the student with an opportunity to practice science process skills and an understanding of general concepts in Biology.  For more information, refer to the following web address for a list of the South Carolina State Science Standards:


Sequence of learning:

            The pacing of the course will proceed in the approximate manner (subject to change):                                             1. Lab Safety/Nature of Science/Problem Solving

                        2. The Cell

                        3. The Molecular Basis of Heredity

                        4. Genetics & Pedigrees

                        5. Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration

                        6. Interdependence of Organisms/Populations

                        7. Biological Evolution


Teaching methods: Biology I is an integrated lecture-laboratory-discussion course.  This course is also part of the state mandated End of Course (or EOC) testing. EOC testing typically takes place during the end of each semester.



Class Procedures/Rules/Tips for Success:

1.    Respect. Respect yourself. Respect your fellow classmates, custodians, teachers and administrators. Respect others’ education, opinions and property.

2.    Cell phones and other electronics will not be allowed unless specified by me. There will be times that the use of these devices will be appropriate. The use of any communication device during tests/quizzes is strictly prohibited and will be considered cheating. **See iPad/Chromebook Rules**

3.    Attend class every day, and come PREPARED.  Get to class on time and bring a pencil/pen and your notebook every day. Come to class with a positive attitude.

4.    Always check the make-up calendar once you return from an absence. Making up work from an absence is your responsibility.

5.    You are responsible to know and obey all the rules in the student handbook including the dress code policy.

6.    Ask Questions! Please ask me whenever you need more explanation. I will be happy to help you in any way.



iPad/Chromebook Rules: Many assignments will be completed by using Chromebooks or iPads. Follow these rules. 

1.    Carry the iPad/Chromebook with two clean hands at all times. No food or drink near the device.

2.    Always sit down while using the device.

3.    Only visit apps or websites that you were given permission to use.

4.    Do not delete anyone else’s work.

5.    Only use the iPad or Chromebook that you were assigned.



Grades:  Each semester grades are weighted in the following way:


1st Quarter=40% of Final Grade

2nd Quarter=40% of Final Grade

       Semester Exams=20% of Final Grade


For each quarter in my classes, grades are reported through percentages rather than points. The percentages are listed for each category:


1.    Daily Work/Activities/Homework: (15%) This consists of any assignment that is to begin or be completed during the class time. Some activities may be assigned as homework or may be graded upon active participation in the class.


2.    Quizzes:  (25%) Quizzes will be given on average once a week and will always be announced.


3.    Labs:  (20%) Informal and formal lab reports will be prepared at the conclusion of most lab experiences.  You will be assigned several different lab groups throughout the course of the semester.  Cooperation and participation are critical to ensure a lab group’s success. Remember that you are responsible for your own work, even if you work in a group. Safety procedures must be followed at all times. Irresponsible behavior in the lab will result in a zero lab grade. 


4.    Exams:  (40%) Tests will be given at the end of a unit or consecutive units.  Some projects or assignments may be considered “test grades.” If you miss an exam it is your responsibility to schedule a make-up time with me within the allotted time period.

·         Semester Exams: The End of Course exam for Biology will be the students’ grade for their semester exam.


Homework: There will be little homework given in this course. Most of the work will be addressed during the class or lab period. If homework is assigned, it is the student’s responsibility to complete the work and come to the following class prepared.


Late Work:  If an assignment is not turned in on time, it can be turned in for a “late grade.”  A late grade will result in a reduction of total points earned on the assignment (to be determined by me). **See Student Handbook for further details regarding Late/Missing work.


Make-Up Work:  If you know that you will be absent, you need to get your work BEFORE your absence (this includes school activities and events).  If you have a deadline the same day that you will be gone for a school event, your assignment should either be turned in early or before you leave on the date due. For unexpected absences, you need to gather all of your work the day you return to school. Since tests are announced several days in advance, you will be required to take a test after an absence unless new material was covered during your absence. 


Cheating: Students are expected to do their own work.  Students caught cheating on any assignment will be dealt with according to school policy. Refer to the Student Handbook for cheating consequences. When working on lab assignments, students can work together to perform the experiment and collect the data, but are expected to write their OWN conclusions and to write the lab report in their own words. Any form of plagiarism is not allowed and will be considered cheating.



·         1½-2 inch three ring binder

·         1 Folder with pockets

·         Pencils and Pens

·         Loose-leaf Notebook paper for note-taking


Optional Supplies for Extra Credit:  

·         Kleenex, paper towels, Clorox wipes, markers, colored pencils, crayons, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners and peppermints.


Honors Biology:  Those students who are enrolled in the Honors Biology course will be exposed to greater rigor in the class. This will require a deeper understanding of the material. Exams and quizzes will be intended to assess a deeper level of understanding. Additional readings and/or projects will be required for Honors students.


Communicating progress:  You and your child may frequently check your student’s progress using our Power School parent portal on your school’s website. If you need a username/password, contact the front office. Grade reports will be available upon request. Please feel free to contact me to discuss the academic progress of your student.


Remind 101: If you or your parent would like to receive text message reminders about upcoming exams, quizzes, due dates, etc. you may sign up for an app on your phone called Remind 101. To sign up for Remind 101:

Biology 1 CP

Text: @brickm

To the #: 81010


Biology 1 Honors

Text: @mrbrickman

To the #: 81010


Mr. Brickman