Course Expectations for Biology II

Course Overview

Anatomy and Physiology seeks to educate students about the basic knowledge needed to understand the function of the body systems: digestive, nervous, skeletal, reproductive, excretory, muscular, immune, and endocrine. The focus of this class will be understanding the physiology of the human body and not the memorization of the anatomy. To help students understand this content, laboratory experiments will include dissections of preserved animals, experimentation on living tissue and organisms, and observation of histology slides.


My expectations of you include:

  • Appropriate, mature, and respectful behavior
  • All safety procedures will be followed
  • Meaningful contributions and cooperation in class and group discussion, and during lab activities.
  • Come to class on time and turn in assignments on time.  See "Late Work."
  • Assume responsibility for seeking additional help outside of class when necessary

You should expect that I will:

  • treat you with respect
  • make you aware of safety procedures for each activity
  • come to class prepared with an agenda for the day
  • return assignments in a timely manner
  • be available to meet with you after school on most Tuesdays and by appointment 

"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about?  It just makes me feel glad to be alive-it's such an interesting world." -L.M. Montgomery



Your term average will be determined by how well you accomplish a variety of tasks: homework, quizzes, and lab assignments. Assignments will be waited based on the number of points each is worth. 


  • Your homework assignments will be graded based on thoughtful competion. 
  • If your homework is completed and turned into the dropbox at the start of class, you will receive 4-5 points out of 5 total points.
  • If your homework is not completed or turned in after the dropbox has been removed, you will receive a 2.5-3.5/ 5. Once the unit quiz is taken, no additional late work will be accepted and you will receive a 0%. 
Lab assignments:
  • You will complete lab assignments during class time with a lab partner.
  • Lab assignments will be assigned between 10 and 20 points depending on the length of the assignment.
  • If you are absent during a lab period, you will need to complete the corresponding essay to make up the assignment. For an unexcused absence, the highest grade you can receive on an essay is a 75%. It must be turned in before you take the quiz.
  • You will have a closed book multiple choice quiz after each major lab assignment to be sure that you understand the content covered during the lab and short lecture.
  • Quizzes will be worth 15 points with each multiple choice question being worth one point.

Honor Code

The Honor Code will be strictly enforced.  All graded work will include the Sayre Honor Pledge, written and signed by the student.  “I hereby pledge my honor that I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid on this work and will not discuss this work until all students have completed it.”


Late Work/ Absences/ Tardiness

Late Work: All non homework assignments should be placed on the portal in the appropriate DropBox Folder by the deadline.

  • Assignments received on time will earn 75-100% depending on completion. Full credit will be awarded if a student attempts to answer all questions thoughtfully. 
  • Late assignments will earn 50-75% depending on completion. For more than 50% credit, late work must be turned into the Late Work DropBox before the answers to the assignments are posted. 
  • Any work not turned in before the quiz will receive a 0%.

NOTE: If assignments are discussed in class on their due date, and answers are given, these assignments CANNOT be turned in late.

Absences: Make-up work is the student’s responsibility. It is due after the student has returned from school as outlined by school policy.

  • My website contains an agenda of the day’s activities, due dates, and homework assignments. Students should make every effort to retrieve and complete assignments using this resource.
  • If a lab was completed during the student’s absence, the student should ask me about making up the lab ASAP. Some labs can be made up before or after school, other labs may be difficult to make up therefore an assignment of equal value may be given.

You are expected to be present for every test or quiz. If you know you will be absent the day of an assessment, you are expected to make arrangements to take the test before the assigned test date.

NOTE: Until absent work has been turned in, graded, and entered in the grading software, missing assignments will be assigned a grade of zero.

Tardies: As stated by the Upper School Handbook, students are allowed only two tardies per class per term and on the third tardy you will receive a detention. If you are at your locker when class begins then you will be counted tardy, even if you have placed your backpack in my room.



Extra Help

I will be available to answer questions and discuss items of interest to you during free periods and after school.  Please do not hesitate to seek me out, email (  Also keep in mind that I encourage appropriate discussion and questions in class.

Every Tuesday from 2:30 to 3:00 I will be available in my classroom for extra help on laboratory assignments.

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