August 26, 2019
I am looking forward to working with your child in biology class. Biology is a fascinating subject. I will strive to challenge your child to achieve his/her potential, to pass on my passion for the subject matter, and to get to know your child’s interests outside of the classroom. I believe that it is important to maintain open lines of communication with parents/guardians in order to ensure the success of students in the classroom. Thus, I want to introduce myself and to provide an overview of biology class.
Ninth grade biology is a full year course that meets daily. The structure of the class is a mixture of lecture, discussion, demonstration, small group activities, and laboratory exercises. My goal is for students to gain an understanding of the living world through a variety of learning activities. Participation in classroom activities and completion of homework assignments are expected. Regardless of whether or not a formal homework assignment is given, it is highly recommended that your child review his/her notes every night. The course will be divided into thirteen major units of study. Units covered during the first semester are introduction to biology, chemistry and water, biochemistry, enzymes, cell structures and functions, and cell processes (cell transport, photosynthesis, and respiration). Units covered during the second semester are DNA and protein synthesis, cell division, genetics, biotechnology, evolution, ecology, and vertebrate (frog) anatomy and physiology. Marking period grades will be determined using a weighted system based on performance on summative assessments (60%), homework (15%), and other (25%). The “other” category includes laboratory assignments, projects, class activities, etc. The final grade for the course combines the four marking periods (20% each), the midterm exam (10%), and the final exam (10%). Please use SKYWARD to track your child’s progress. After marking an assignment, I will enter grades on SKYWARD. Please refer to the biology course syllabus for more in-depth information regarding course material, grading policies, and class expectations.
Again, I am excited to have your child in biology this year. I have high expectations for both my students and myself. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress in biology class via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (610-889-1900 ext: 22089).
Sincerely,Christina S. Medvec