IS 1 Syllabus

Integrated Science I Syllabus
Hillsborough High School
Miss Newman
Room 144

  Materials Needed: 

1.        1.5 inch 3 ring binder
2.        Dividers (5:  Bellwork, Notes, Classwork/Homework, Tests/Quizzes,  Labs)
3.        Loose-leaf notebook paper (Points will be deducted on assignments turned in on spiral edged paper)
4.        Blue or Black Pens
5.        Pencils
6.        Textbooks
7.        Colored Pencils 

Helpful Materials:

                 These materials are not required, but will be helpful in certain classroom activities.  They will not be required everyday, and in most cases a class set will be sufficient.   

1.        Glue Sticks
2.        Pencil boxes
3.        Computer/Copy paper
4.        Cardboard tubes
5.        Latex Gloves
6.        Construction Paper
7.        Paper Towels
8.        Graph Paper
9.        Rulers
10.     Colored Pencils
11.     Liquid Soap (hand and/or dish)
12.      Kleenex 


                 Textbooks will be assigned with in the first weeks of school.  Textbooks must be brought to class every day unless a class set is available.  Textbooks may be available on CD-Rom. 


                 Grades will be assigned based on a point system.  Each assignment will be graded out of a specific number of points, depending on the difficulty of the assignment.  For example:  tests will usually be worth around one hundred points, labs usually around 50 points, and quizzes usually between ten and twenty points.  Grade percentages may be figured by dividing the points earned by the possible points.
                90-100 A               
                80-89   B
                70-79   C
                60-69   D
                0-59     F

 Participation Grades:

                 Students will earn 5 points each day for showing up to class prepared and following the classroom guidelines.  Points will be deducted for failure to follow classroom guidelines, or failure to bring materials to class. 


                 Notebooks will be checked at least once per quarter.  Points are awarded for neatness, organization and completeness.  This syllabus should be the first page of the notebook, and assignments should be kept in order by date in the proper section of the notebook.   

Late Work:

                 Late work will only be accepted for full credit in the event of an excused absence.   

Make-up Work:

                 Missed assignments should be made up as soon as possible.  Students are responsible for obtaining missed work with in 3 days of the absence, at which point they will be given a due date for that assignment.  If a test or a quiz is missed, the student has 3 days to make arrangements with me for make-ups.  In most circumstances, the student will be given the option of making up the test/quiz before or after school.  Lunch periods typically do not offer enough time to make up these assignments.  If the student chooses to make up the test/quiz before or after school they will be offered enough time to ensure transportation arrangements can be made.    


                 If it is necessary for me to be absent, I will leave an assignment with the substitute teacher.  I expect each student to be responsible for their own behavior while with the sub.  All assigned work should be turned in by the end of the period.  There will be NO PASSES given by the sub!!  Students are expected to remain in class and act appropriately.   

Extra Help:

                 I am available for extra clarification on ANY topic broached in this class.  Sometimes, a few minutes of clarification on a topic may result in the difference of a letter grade on an assignment.  Feel free to come by my room either before or after school, arrange with me to stay during lunch, or email me with any questions.  Please, however, DO NOT interrupt me when I am teaching another class to ask for clarification.  I will be more than happy to answer questions during your class, but it is not fair to other students to have their class period disrupted by a student from another class asking for help. 

Topics to be covered:

                 First Semester 

1.        The Nature of Science (Chapter 1)
2.        Ecology (Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, & 6)
3.        Cells (Chapters 7, 8, 9, & 10)
4.        Genetics (Chapter 11) 

                  Second Semester

1.        Genetics (Chapters 12, 13, & 14)
2.        Evolution (Chapter 15, 16, 17, & 18)
3.        Microbiology (Chapters 19, 20 & 21)
4.        Plants (Chapters 22, 23, 24, & 25)
5.        Invertebrates (Chapters 26, 27, 28 & 29)
6.        Vertebrates (Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33 & 34)
7.        Human Biology (Chapters35, 36, 37, 38, 39 & 40) 

This is a tentative timeline for the year.  Topics may be shifted around as time permits.