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    Hello ! Welcome to Mrs. Tomasello's Blackboard site!
    Welcome to Lab Biology!

    Course Goals:
    The purpose of this course is to introduce methods and concepts used in biology and to encourage students to think scientifically. Students will be expected to know and understand the basic principles of biology including the chemistry, structure, energy usage, and reproduction of the cell; principles of inheritance and DNA function; evolution and diversity; and community interaction in ecosystems.

    Text: Holt McDougal Biology, by Stephen Nowicki
    Students are expected to come to class prepared to learn.
    ►A 3-ring binder is recommended for keeping notes and assignments.
    ►Students should also bring a pencil and pen.
    ►Many students find it helpful to have their calculator in class.
    Students will also need access at home to colored pencils, scissors, glue, tape, a metric ruler, and a stapler. Poster paper and other project supplies may be needed throughout the year.

    In the event that a student misses class due to illness, they will be permitted to turn in work on the day they return to class. Students will be allowed one day to make up class assignments which were missed.
    In the event that a student misses a test or quiz, the student should be prepared to take it upon their return, either during the next class period, or during the next tutorial period at the discretion of the teacher. Make up assignments may or may not be identical to the assignment given in class.
    It is the student’s responsibility to make up all missed work in a timely fashion. Zeroes will be given for work not completed.

    Evaluation: (approximate weight)
    Tests & Projects………………………..50%
    Quizzes & Labs………………………...30%
    Classwork & Homework…....…...20%

    Code of Conduct:
    Students will be expected to comply with all behavioral guidelines established in the Student Handbook. Safe procedures for handling lab materials will be provided as the need arises. Students are expected to strictly follow all safety instructions while respecting our class rules.

    Please see my Blackboard page on the MARSD.ORG website for additional materials and class information. Because many of the materials I use are copyrighted, they are password-protected. The password is: ilovebio

    Rules to Help You Survive Lab Biology

    1. You are expected to be in your seat by the bell and working.
    - There will be a ‘do now’ assigned every day. It is your responsibility to locate it and begin working on it.
    - You will work until the end of class. You are dismissed by the teacher, not by the bell.

    2. Bring your notebook, pen, etc. to class.
    - No one will be allowed to leave class to get forgotten materials.

    3. Be courteous to everyone in the classroom.
    - Do not interrupt or make fun of anyone.
    - Raise your hand to be recognized.
    - Do not waste the time of those who are in class to learn.

    4. Everyone is expected to keep the room clean.
    - Do not write on desks.
    - Use proper trash receptacles.

    5. No food or drink is allowed in this class – this includes water and gum.
    - Personal grooming should be done outside of class. This is a science room – grooming and eating may put you into contact with things that will harm you.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me for any reason. I answer email quickly:
    LTomasello@MARSD.org I’m usually around my classroom after school, too, so stop by!

    Name: Mrs. Louise Tomasello
    Email Address: ltomasello@marsd.org
    Phone number: 732-705-5200
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