Instructor: Mr. Kirby Overcash Room: 604 Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org (Email is preferred method of contact)
Objective: We will cover abstract concepts such as the function of DNA, biological evolution, and the interdependence of organisms.
Classroom Rules and Expectations: 1.Be on time to class. Please be in your seat ready to start class when the bell rings. 2.Be prepared. You ARE expected to bring the proper materials to class. (pencil, notebook, etc.) 3.Remain in your seat. Wandering around the room is distracting to the learning process. 4.Raise your hand to be recognized for questions or for discussion of ideas. Talking over others is rude. 5.No eating or drinking in class. (You are allowed to have a water bottle with water only!!!) 6.Be respectful of others. Please treat others as you would want them to treat you. 7.ALL Cell Phones are expected to be turned in when you arrive to class to the instructor. All cell phones will be returned when class is dismissed. Failure to turn in your cell phone will result in the loss of all cell phone privileges for the remainder of the semester.
3rd offense = referral to administration – removal from class
70%: formal assessments: (ex: Test, projects, lab reports, major quizzes)
30% : informal assessments: (ex: class work, homework, bell work, notebook checks)
A= 100-90 B= 89-80 C= 79-70 D=69-60 F = 59-00
Late assignments completed, accurate, and submitted:
Will result in a 50% reduction of the overall grade earned on the assignment.
All MISSING AND INCOMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS will receive NO CREDIT!!!
Definition: work that is assigned when a student is absent from class. You have 5 school days to complete any missing assignment in order to receive full credit.
It is your responsibility to contact your teacher for the work you missed while you were absent.
Tutoring: If you feel you are having difficulty with learning then come to tutoring!!! I am here to help you. Tutoring is usually available Monday through Thursday from 2:30pm till 3:30pm. However, you must make arrangements with your teacher to schedule a tutoring day and time. Sometimes the teacher may be in a meeting or have an off campus responsibility. Showing up for tutoring without scheduling with your teacher may result in an empty room.
Attendance: You must come to class and be on time to ensure academic success. This class is fast paced, hands-on and inquiry based; therefore, attendance is critical. When you are absent, you miss critical information and activities. Due to the time required in setting up labs and getting materials processed and ready, there are very few labs that can be made up. All labs will be announced in advance so please be present.
Homework/Assignments: Yes, you will have homework!! Homework is due at the beginning of class …NO EXCEPTIONS; otherwise, it is late. The homework/assignments will be posted at the front of the classroom so please record it in your planner/notebook. ANY activities/worksheets not completed in class is automatically designated as homework and due the next class day.
Supply List: I provide many supplies to the class for common use. However, it is helpful if students have colored markers, colored pencils, glue, clear tape and scissors of their own. Sometimes we don’t have enough classroom supplies for every student.
If you would like to donate supplies to our classroom, I am always in need of white copy paper, colored copy paper, scissors, markers, colored pencils, dry erase markers, facial tissue and hand sanitizer.
Items Needed for EVERYDAY of Class:
3- Subject spiral notebook. WE DO NOT USE BINDERS!!!
Pencils (for worksheets, quizzes, and tests)/ Ink pens (for notes only) blue or black pens only!!
Markers or color pencils (for use at home; these will be used for projects)
1st Quarter – 1st, 9 weeks
Intro to Biology/Processes of Life
Biological Molecules (BioChemistry)
Review for Mid Term Exam
2nd Quarter – 2nd, 9 weeks
Mitosis/Meiosis & Genetic Variability
Genetics (Human Genetics)
Evolution and Classification
Kingdoms & Behavior
Ecology & Human Impact
Review for North Carolina EOC Final Exam
Contact Information: The best way to contact me is by e-mail. I can be reached from 6:00am till 3:00pm at email@example.com .
Due to the excessive number of emails received daily it may take me at least 24 to 48 hours to respond. If you need to reach me immediately then please call the school's main office number: 980-343-6977.
PARENTS: I am dedicated to your child in providing a positive and successful learning experience this year. I need your help to ensure your students success. Please make sure your child is getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night and starts the day off with a filling breakfast. These two simple steps go a long way toward a student's academic success.
Thank you, Mr. Overcash Science Instructor Biology, Chemistry, & Physics Academy of International Studies NC Outward Bound Unity Project Advisor Mentoring, Coaching, & Educating Young People: 1987