Course Syllabus

Honors Biology Expectations

Katie Morse

Dear Parent/Guardian and Student,

As we begin this semester, I want to welcome and familiarize you with this year’s Biology objectives and requirements.  If you have any questions, conferences can be arranged with me. Arrangements can be made by contacting your child’s guidance counselor or by emailing me at  I believe it is important to maintain communication with parents/guardians for both positive feedback and feedback on areas of concern.


Specifics on Virtual Expectations can be found under the Important Information Module



All classroom expectations will be implemented according to the Central Academy Handbook.  This covers a wide range of expectations so you need to be familiar with EACH and EVERY aspect of this handbook.  In general, I will give either a warning or detention on the first offense. Second offense will result in a parent telephone conference.  Third offense will result in an office referral.


  1. Be prepared with notebook, pencil, pen and planner each day.
  2. Food and drink are not allowed in class.  Water is allowed if it is in a clear bottle.
  3. Be in your seat and copying the question of the day when the bell rings.
  4. Raise hand for everything.  Choral responses are accepted upon teacher’s request.


Respect the teacher, fellow classmates and school property while following all aspects of the Central Academy Handbook.  This includes keeping your desk and lab area CLEAN!



When you arrive in the classroom, you need to be seated and do the following:

  1. take out all class materials
  1. copy your homework into your planner
  1. begin working on your Question of the Day - you may use your textbook, notes and homework, however this is an individual task


A typical class period will involve the following:

  1. reviewing pre-classwork
  1. checking homework and reviewing previous material
  1. completing the lesson for the day (notes, activity, lab, video, quiz, test)
  1. reviewing the lesson and instructions for the assignment


Students are expected and encouraged to attend tutoring as necessary to enable their maximum success in class.  I welcome the opportunity to help students on an individual basis. I am available for tutoring before school each morning from 8:15-8:45 and after school by appointment.



Grades will be based on tests, quizzes, homework, class work and lab work.  There is a state mandated End of Course Test in all biology classes. You can prepare for this exam by accurately completing and reviewing assignments regularly.

Summative Assessment: 50%

Quizzes: 10%

Graded Assignments: 30%

Independent Practice: 10%



Graded Assignments:  Classwork includes lab work, projects and in class assignments.

Tests and Quizzes:  Tests will generally cover one full unit.  Quizzes will be given as needed.

Lab Write-ups: Students will be completing a lab notebook for labs throughout the semester.


Late Work Policy

Students will receive a one for missing work until the assignment is submitted if it is eligible for completing late. Late work will be graded on the following scale:

1 day late: -30

2 days late: -40

3 or more days late: -50

This does not apply to completion grades.


Honors Statement:

Biology Honors is an honors level course.  This course is also available in the Program of Studies at the College Preparatory level.  Students earning credit for an Honors level course receive an elevated number of Quality Points for their Grade Point Average.  

Students choosing the Honors level course should be aware that this Honors level course will include:  

Required extension opportunities that are directly related to the Standard Course of Study.  This includes additional content beyond that covered in the College Preparatory level and more challenging coursework and assessments.  Students will be expected to demonstrate higher levels of understanding for grades. Projects and presentations will be more in depth.

Students will have to focus and study regularly to master the content. The expectation that students can move through the coursework at an accelerated pace and students experiencing difficulty should quickly seek guidance from their teacher on how they can be more successful.

Examples of Honors Differentiation:


HONORS level objective

COLLEGE PREP level objective

Bio. Example  Bio.1.2.3 Analyze how specific cell adaptations help cells survive in particular environments (focus on unicellular organisms and specific cell types in multicellular organisms).

Bio. Example.1.2.3 Explain how specific cell adaptations help cells survive in particular environments (focus on unicellular organisms).

Bio ex.  Draw and label one unicellular organism. Indicate two adaptations and how they help the organism survive.  Draw and label two different types of specialized cells from one multicellular organism. Identify the adaptations of each cell and analyze how they support the cell’s role in the organism.

Bio ex.  Draw and label a bacterial cell.  Indicate two adaptations and how they help the organism survive.



If you are absent, please check CANVAS, and see me in the morning when you get back to school. All handouts will be available in the drawer at the front of the room. It is up to you to collect what you missed. All notes will be filled in within the class notebook. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to get your make up work within the allowed limit. If you miss a test, be prepared to make-up the assignment on the day you get back.


PLEASE NOTE: All make up work must be completed in accordance with school policy.  Any work that is not completed in the established time frame is late.

Lab Privilege:

In order to retain lab privileges, students must:

  1. follow all instructions and rules on laboratory safety sheets in addition to all verbal instructions from the teacher
  1. dress appropriately based on pre-lab discussion (closed-toe shoes, long pants, etc.)
  1. wear protective eyewear - keeping these on at all times during the activity
  1. refrain from loud talking, running or moving too quickly, throwing items, horseplay and performing unauthorized lab procedures
  1. refrain from eating, drinking and gum-chewing
  1. come to lab prepared with all lab materials - including pre-lab work


Students who fail to follow these regulations will be removed from the lab setting and will receive a zero for the activity.  An alternate assignment on the same material will be required.

Biology will consist of many hands-on activities including projects, labs, presentations, discussions and cooperative learning.  We will be applying much of what we learn to “real world” issues. I am very excited about this year and I believe with the help of parents and students, we can have a productive and enjoyable experience.  




Katie Morse

Course Summary:

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