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Title: SOUTH FORSYTH HIGH SCHOOL - SCIENCE


1
SOUTH FORSYTH HIGH SCHOOL - SCIENCE
  • Ms. Melissa Smith
  • Science Department Chair
  • msmith_at_forsyth.k12.ga.us

2
Science Graduation Requirements
  • Biology
  • Physical Science OR Physics (Credit from 8th
    grade Advanced Physical Science DOES meet this
    requirement)
  • 2 other Science Courses, such as
  • AP Biology
  • IB Biology SL/HL
  • Chemistry
  • Honors Chemistry
  • AP Chemistry
  • IB Chemistry SL
  • Physics
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics C
  • IB Physics SL/HL
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Earth Systems
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Forensics
  • Scientific Research 3/4

ALL science courses at SFHS meet HOPE Rigor
Requirements EXCEPT Biology (on level or honors),
Physical Science, Earth Systems, and
Environmental Science
3
On-Level vs. Honors Biology
  • On-Level Biology
  • Honors Biology
  • Exceeds on 7th grade life science CRCT
  • Successful in 8th grade Advanced Physical Science
    no test retakes!
  • Classroom performance is routinely superior
  • Strong study habits
  • Scheduled to take Accelerated math in high school
  • Above average maturity
  • Strong interest in taking AP/IB Biology
  • Meets or Does Not Meet on 7th grade life science
    CRCT
  • Scheduled to take Coordinate Algebra in high
    school

4
If you were not recommended for Honors Biology,
you WILL
  • be able to take advanced science classes if you
    successfully complete chemistry.
  • be able to get into a competitive college.
    Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to
    take all honors/AP/IB classes to get into
    college. It looks much better if you excel in an
    on-level class than if you barely pass (or fail)
    an advanced class!
  • be prepared for the End of Course exam.
  • have dedicated, knowledgeable science teachers
    who are some of the best in the state.

5
Important Reminder
  • Students who waive teacher recommendation into
    Honors Biology historically do not perform as
    well as those recommended for the course.

6
  • Students are NOT required to take Accelerated
    Math courses to meet the prerequisites for AP
    science courses. However, success in AP and IB
    science courses requires a demonstration of
    proficiency in an honors-level course prior to
    enrollment.
  • Math abilities are extremely important in
    Chemistry and Physics classes.

7
The Biology Curriculum
  • 1st Semester
  • 2nd Semester
  • Introduction to Biology and the Scientific Method
  • Biochemistry
  • Cells and Cellular Processes
  • Energetics Photosynthesis and Cellular
    Respiration
  • Mitosis and Meiosis
  • DNA and DNA Processes
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Classification of Life
  • Ecology

8
Biology Textbook
  • McDougal Littell Biology by Stephen Nowicki (2008
    Georgia edition)
  • Class sets of textbooks are utilized in the
    classroom
  • Additional resources provided by teachers on
    itsLearning

9
Grading Policies
  • Final grades are calculated as follows
  • Course work 80
  • 50 1st semester
  • 50 2nd semester
  • Biology End of Course Test 20

10
Strategies for Success
  • Small increments of time daily are valuable
  • Be proactive and attend help sessions
  • Flash cards for key vocabulary
  • Keep all returned/graded papers through the end
    of year for EOCT review
  • Note-taking thorough and interactive
    (highlight/underline key terms as you go)
  • Use agendas
  • Complete all class/homework assignments on a
    regular basis formative work DOES impact
    grades!

11
Questions?
  • If you have questions after Freshman Festival,
    you can email the science department chair.
  • Melissa Smith msmith_at_forsyth.k12.ga.us
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