Dorchester District Two

    Summerville High School

    Teacher: Mr. Donald Howard

    Phone Number:   873-6460                                   

    E-mail Address: dohoward@dorchester2.k12.sc.us

    Teacher’s Website:  http://www.edlinesites.net/pages/Summerville_High_School

    Course Description

    This is an introductory laboratory based course designed to meet the SC Curriculum Standards in Biology. Students will be introduced to the major units of biological science: inquiry, biochemistry, cells, the cell cycle, cellular energy, structure and function of DNA and RNA, heredity, evolution and ecology. Critical thinking and an appreciation for the nature of science will be developed through laboratory experiences. A state mandated end-of-course examination is required.

    Course Standards (standards, not indicators)

    A complete listing of standards and indicator for each standard are available at:


    H.B.1: The student will use the science and engineering practices, including the processes and skills of scientific inquiry, to develop understandings of science content.

    H.B.2: The student will demonstrate the understanding that the essential functions of life take place within cells or systems of cells.

    H.B.3: The student will demonstrate the understanding that all essential processes within organisms require energy which in most ecosystems is ultimately derived from the Sun and transferred into chemical energy by the photosynthetic organisms of that ecosystem.

    H.B.4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the specific mechanisms by which characteristics or traits are transferred from one generation to the next via genes

    H.B.5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of biological evolution and the diversity of life.

    H.B.6: The student will demonstrate an understanding that ecosystems are complex, interactive systems that include both biological communities and physical components of the environment.

    Course Outline (Subject to change as necessary)

    Unit 1: Safety & Inquiry; Intro to Biology

    Unit 2: Biochemistry/ATP and enzymes

    Unit 3: Cell Structure & Function

    Unit 4: Cellular Transport

    Unit 5: Energy Transformations

    Unit 6: DNA Structure, Function & Replication

    Unit 7: RNA and Protein Synthesis

    Unit 8: Cell Cycle Mitosis & Regulation

    Unit 9: Meiosis

    Unit 10: Inheritance

    Unit 11: Evolution

    Unit 12: Ecosystems                 *Midcourse will included all content from Units 1-6. The EOC will cover ALL units.*

    Texts/Supplementary Instructional Materials

    Biology, Miller & Levine, Pearson Publishers, 2017, ISBN10 # 0-13-333711-1, ISBN 13# 978-0-13-333711-2

    Assessment Plan


    Type of Task













    Counts as 1 test grade

    Final Exam-EOC




    Summative assessment is the process of evaluating (and grading) the learning of students at a point in time. formative assessment is evaluation of student learning that aids understanding and development of knowledge, skills and abilities without passing any final judgement (via recorded grade) on the level of learning.

    Grading Percentage and Quality of Work



    Description of Work



    Consistently demonstrates an exceptional level of quality and effort. Having all work in on time and completed to exceed expectations. Mastery in evaluating, synthesizing, and applying the principles of biology.



    Consistently demonstrates proficient knowledge with a good effort and quality of work. All assignments are complete and on time. Demonstrates the ability to evaluate, analyze, synthesize and apply the principles of biology.



    Demonstrates proficient knowledge and the ability to apply and analyze biological principles. Work shows average effort. A few assignments may be missed or late.



    Work shows minimal effort and some assignments are late. Demonstrates a basic understanding of recalling or comprehending biological principles.


    Below 60%

    Understanding is below basic in relation to biological principles. Work is of poor quality and does not meet standards or expectations.


    Grading Procedures       

    Parents can access grades via the parent portal to power schools

    Interim reports will be issued at the midpoint of each quarter. Report cards will be issued at the end of each quarter.

    Absences and Late Work

    Participation in class lecture, activities, lab, demonstrations, and other assigned work are essential to success in any science class.  Work missed due to absence must be made up within 5 days of return to school as directed by the district, unless other arrangements are made with the teacher.  Excuses for absences must be turned in to student information within 3 days of returning to school.           

    Late work will be accepted but will be reduced credit.


    Texts/Supplementary Instructional Materials and Resources

    Teacher web site, Textbook Internet web site, study guide, USA Test Prep

    Each student will need: 3-ring binder with loose-leaf paper; dividers; blue or black ink pen; and highlighter. Colored pencils are also highly recommended, but are provided in class.

    Parent/Teacher contact

    Parents should feel free to inquire about their student’s progress.  The school number is 873-6460.  The teacher’s email address is: thagan@dorchester2.k12.sc.us. Email is the quickest most efficient method in which to contact me. Students and Parents can also receive Remind texts or emails by signing up for Remind.  These instructions will be given to the students. Remind is an excellent way to keep up to date with things going on in class.  If we have a large issue to discuss, please contact guidance to set up a parent teacher conferences and we will discuss your student’s progress.

    Class Rules and Expectations for Managing Student Behavior

    1. Listen and follow instructions
    2. Respect your classmates, the environment, and your teacher
    3. Come to class prepared


    1. Please see SHS Student Handbook guidelines
    2. Detention during ILT, parent contact
    3. Detention along with requested parent/student/teacher conference
    4. Office Referral


    Interventions and Opportunity for Extra Help

    We will follow the adopted Summerville High School SLT policy.  This will be discussed in class.

    Academic Integrity

    Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner.  Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception.  Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the Summerville High School community and compromise the worth of work completed by others. Please know a student’s choice to violate academic integrity will result in disciplinary action.  Examples are:

    1. Cheating: Using crib sheets; preprogramming a calculator; using notes, books or cell phones during a closed book exam; etc.
    2. Copying on test: Looking at other unsuspecting students' exams and copying; copying in a complicit manner with another student; exchanging numbered exams for the purpose of copying; passing answers via notes; discussing answers in exam; etc
    3. Plagiarism: Fabricating information and/or citations; copying from the Internet or submitting the work of others from professional journals, books, articles and papers; submitting other students' papers or lab results or project reports and representing the work as one's own; fabricating, in part or total, submissions and citing them falsely; etc

    Parent and student:  please sign on the next page in receipt, acknowledgement, and understanding of the syllabus and Lab Safety Rules.  Also, please fill out and sign the Lab Safety contract on the same sheet and return that page to Mrs. Hagan


    Thank you in advance,


     Mr. Donald Howard



    Biology Syllabus Signature Page Mr. Howard


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