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.


It is suggested that students have a folder or notebook to keep up with materials throughout the semester so they are able to prepare for the EOC. In addition, some materials that will be helpful to you throughout the semester:

    • graph paper
    • Colored pencils for lab drawings and projects
    • Expo Markers


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.

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!


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.

Tests: 50%

Graded Assignments: 40%

This includes labs, quizzes, and any assignment completed in class that is checked for accuracy.

Independent Practice: 10%


Late Work Policy

Students will have until test date for that unit to turn in late work for no penalty. At midnight on the day of the test the assignments from that unit will close in Canvas and I will not accept anymore work from that unit. All assignments unless otherwise stated must be turned in through Canvas. I will not take work by email or on paper. 


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. 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.



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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