Biology Syllabus

Ms. Carter’s Biology Syllabus


Teacher: Alyssa Carter


Voicemail: (303)982-1305


Office Hours: W125

Connections: W125



Welcome to Biology!

The biology curriculum is a one-year laboratory-oriented course designed to foster an understanding of the many areas of life science.  The pace and amount of material in this course is quite demanding and will require motivation and discipline from each student. The content and structure of this course is in accordance with the Colorado Academic Standards.


1st Semester Topics

Chemistry of Life

Energy of Life

Human Impact on the Environment

 2nd Semester Topics

DNA the Basis of Life

Evidence of Change Over Time

Disruption to Homeostasis

Class Materials

-          Single subject 1 inch 3-ring binder (folder optional)-will stay in the classroom

-       College ruled lined paper for binder

-          Pencil and pen (blue or black only)

-         Charged Chromebook


Classroom Expectations:

It’s all about respect.

·         Respect of self:  attendance, no missing assignments, turn in work you are proud of, positive attitude, 100% effort.

·         Respect for others:  good, healthy discussions are educational; harassment and degrading comments are not tolerated.

·         Respect of property:  no defacing school property, including lab materials; follow directions carefully during class and labs.

·         Respect for the learning process:  everyone learns at a different pace and in a different way; help each other out.

Classroom Routines:

1.    Please be in your assigned seat and have your materials ready by the time the bell rings.

2.   Check the front board for the day’s assignments, activities, and materials needed for the day.

3.   Begin working on daily question quietly in your lab binder immediately while attendance is taken.

4.    Please ask to use the restroom at appropriate times (passing period, lunch, transitions/independent work). Use of the bathroom during class will be limited to after the first 10 min and before the last 10 min of class. Do not ask while we are instructing or at the beginning/end of class.

5.    Keep your binder organized! Come in for help during Office Hours or Connections if you need assistance.

6.    Cell phones will be placed in your assigned sleeve. This is how we take attendance, so please do not forget. They must remain in the sleeve during the entire class (even if you leave to use the restroom).

7.    No food or drink in the classroom.  You will have to throw away any food items you bring into the classroom.  This is according to district policy. Plus, this is a science lab and eating in it is gross.

8.    The bell does not dismiss you.  When everyone is seated and the classroom is clean and organized, we will dismiss you.



If you miss class for any reason, you should first check Google Classroom for your missed work, then you should come into Connections or Office Hours with any questions, to do labs etc.

·         Excused Absence:  For each excused absence you have 2 school days to make up missed work.

·         Unexcused Absence:  My policy regarding unexcused absences is the same as the district policy and varies based on the situation.  Refer to the Jeffco Conduct Code Manual for details.

·         Tardies: It is important that you are on time to class.  I will enforce the school wide tardy policy- which includes consequences such as phone calls home, detention or suspensions.

·         Electronics policy: All students will place their phones in an assigned spot of an organizer at the beginning of class.   If a student does not have their device, but is present in class they should speak with me before class starts so they are not marked absent. Cell phones will very rarely be used as students have Chromebooks for classroom devices.  If a student is caught with their phone when they should not have it then their device will be confiscated, sent down to the main office and picked up at the end of the day. He/she will receive a deduction in participation points, and parents/guardians and administration will be notified.

·          In Class Work /Late Work:  You can redo any graded work in class for 100% credit until the unit exam is given. This includes quizzes and in-class work. If you do not attempt an in-class assignment you can only receive 50% credit when completed. Makeup work will NOT be accepted once the unit exam has been given.


In general if you miss class during the course of the year, it is your responsibility to determine what work you missed to make it up in a reasonable amount of time. You can find classwork and homework by checking Google Classroom or coming in for Office Hours and Connections. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SUCCESS.  I do understand that emergencies or unique situations may arise, if so, please communicate with me and exceptions may be made.

Labs: Missed labs must be made up by the end of the following week, during Connections. A makeup day will be set and all missed labs must be made up at that time.

You must have a signed district safety contract in order to participate in labs.

Academic Integrity: I expect each student to produce high quality work that reflects their best effort and is a true reflection of their strengths and skills.

  • Although discussion is a very valuable part of the learning process, your work should be a reflection of your own thoughts.

  • It is unacceptable:
    • To use someone else’s paper to copy answers (the person who “loans” the paper is just as guilty)
    • To have “wandering eyes” in a test situation
    • To copy/use material directly from a resource (Ex. Internet website, textbook, etc.)
      • You may be subjected to google searches or may be asked to turn in your work through an online plagiarism tool

      • You must learn how to put information into your own words; don’t be lazy

    • If any of these items occur, it will result in a “0” for the assignment for all students involved.

Grading Scale:

Your grade is based on a points earned in the following areas. Categories are weighted.  

Class Element


% of Overall Grade



Can redo any assignment for full credit if completed on time. See late work policy above. Check Google Classroom for missed work if absent. 


Assessments (Exams and Projects)

Cannot redo or do corrections. This is where I test your learning to see what you know. End of semester will be a final exam or final project that will make up about 10% of your grade each semester.



Grades will be a percentage based on number of points earned out of total points. Letter grades will be assigned according to the following scale (Grades are rounded up):

A = 89.5% and above

B = 79.5% - 89.4%

C = 69.5% - 79.4%

D = 59.5% - 69.4%

F = Below 59.5%                                                                                                               


It is your responsibility to use Portal to check your current grade and make sure that it corresponds to your returned graded assignments. Keep all returned work as it is the only way to verify your grade in the grade book.


Resources and Class Information:

Please access Google Classroom and my website on a regular basis.



Google Classrooms

Will be used daily in class. Can access work from class if absent, find helpful resources, and updates or important dates coming up.

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Includes contact information, location and times of Office Hours, Connections, class schedule, syllabus, etc.

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