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Dear Students:

This paper outlines course expectations for your Anatomy and Physiology class for the 2008-2009 school year. Please read it carefully because it is the “guts” of your science class. I am looking forward to a great year!!!

Course: Anatomy and Physiology

Teacher: Mrs. Bolvin

Class goal: The goal of this course is for you to gain an appreciation and an understanding of structure and function of the human body.
Text: Hole's Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, 9th edition
Materials to be brought to class daily: Covered textbook, notes, something to write with, colored pencils
Academic Expectations:
1. All school and class rules will be followed. Discipline decisions will be made according to the student handbook.
2. Be on time for class. Be ready to work, cooperate and contribute. Being prepared for class includes bringing all required materials. Tardiness will not be accepted. Tardiness to class will be dealt with according to the 2007-2008 Student Handbook. The consequences for tardiness are:

First tardy =
15 minute detention with Mrs. Bolvin
Second tardy =
30 minute detention with Mrs. Bolvin
3rd and additional tardies=
administrative detention

3. This class will be conducted much like any college anatomy class. You will have to take the majority of the responsibility for what you learn in this class. I will try to help you as much as I can, but you should be advised that my academic standards and expectations for this course are very high. I try to make them similar to the standards and expectations you will encounter in college to help prepare you for post-graduation study.
4. You are responsible for all the reading in the chapters we cover even if I don’t talk about it in class. To make sure you are doing the reading, I will ask a few questions over the material in the book that I did not cover in class.
5. More than 12 absences for the year = no credit earned according to the school attendance policy.
6. Make up Policy: Work that is missed due to excused absence (official blue slip presented) will be made up within 5 school days of your return date with the exception of tests. If you are absent the day we have a test scheduled, you will make up the test the first day you return to class. Extended absences will be granted reasonable extensions on a case by case basis. Failure to make up the work or present a blue slip by the makeup deadline will result in a zero for the missed assignments/tests.
7. Late work policy: You ordinarily do not have daily homework assignments in this class. If a projects is due and yours is not present, you will be assessed a late penalty. You have until the bell rings at the beginning of the next school day to turn the work in for any credit at all. Do not ask me to leave class to go get work. Depending on the project, it may be as much as 30% deduction for late work. Failure to turn work in by the late work deadline will result in a zero for the work.
8.
Any test will be announced at least 3 school days before it will be given. If you are absent on test day but were present when the test was announced, you will take the test on the day you return to class. Be prepared. Quizzes may or may not be announced.
9. There will be no extra credit in this course. Try your best the first time. If your grade doesn’t meet your expectations, try harder next time. Few college professors will allow you to do extra credit.
10. You are encouraged to get extra help during study hall or after school. Since lab practicals (identification tests) are part of this course, you are encouraged to attend the open-lab study session. This will usually take place after school 2 school days before the lab practical will be given.
Behavioral Expectations:
1. Please respect school property such as desks, walls, heaters, and lab equipment of all types. Do not write on the desks even with your eraser. You will have to wash all the desks in the room as well as all the countertops if you do.
2. Follow all lab safety rules. Serious misbehavior may result in removal from lab and loss of lab credit. I do not hesitate to contact the office and/or parents if necessary.
3. Since this course contains many labs revolving around dissecting preserved cats, respect for life (or former life) must be demonstrated at all times. Mutilation of any former living specimen will result in a failing dissection grade and conference with the administration.
4. Inappropriate language (cussing) will not be tolerated.
5. Gum chewing is a private experience, not to be shared with others. As long as I don’t see it, hear it, or smell it, you can do it.

6.Having a snicky snack in class is allowed as long as it doesn’t become a problem. If I begin finding trash in the sinks or left around on the desks, counters or floors, there will be no snacking. You are old enough to clean up after yourselves. Bottles can be put in the white waste basket for recycling. The money from the recycling is donated to charity in the green section.
7.
Cell phones and pagers will be turned off and stored as directed in your student handbook. You are in school to learn and cells phones and pagers are a distraction. If your cell phone rings during class, you will get a 30 minute detention for disrupting the learning process. (They are suppose to be turned off, remember) You will not be allowed to take or make calls during my class. If you take a call during class you will have your cell phone confiscated and you will only get it back after you have served a 60 minute detention.

Grading:

Tests and Practicals
50 %
Quizes
25%
Labs and Projects
25%

Be aware that a large percentage of your grade is dependant on your performance on tests and quizes as it will be in college. Since you do not have assigned daily homework, please allocate the appropriate amount time for assessment preparation. You should do some anatomy every day whether it is defining the vocab words listed on your expectation sheet, reading the chapter or memorizing your notes. Students have found that a marathon study session the night before a big test will do little for you except make you very sleepy the next day. Please plan accordingly.

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