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Biology Syllabus

Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology


Teacher Name: Dr. Lima

Email: lima@pcsst.org

Room: 206

Phone:                        (973) 247-0600 ext. 1206

Course Description

Successful completion of this one-year Biology course satisfies one year of the high school graduation requirement for science. Biology is a laboratory science in which the interrelationships among living organisms are studied. Other topics studied are: germ theory of disease, growth and development, photosynthesis and respiration, reproduction and heredity, ecology, and evolution.

Classroom Activities

  1. Class begins with a “Do Now” activity as soon as the bell rings.
  2. Daily agenda, objective(s), and homework for each day will be posted in the classroom.
  3. Every class is closed with a closure activity called the “Exit Ticket”.
  4. Discussion and group work will be conducted in a respectful manner.


Every student will be expected to come to class prepared and ready to learn each and every day. The following supplies must be attained by the student and brought with them to class every day.

  • Charged iPad
  • Pens and/or Pencils
  • A 3 or 5-subject notebook with folders
  • Folder if notebook does not have folders inside

Grading Policy

PCSST will once again be using standards based grading, however several changes have been made to

Grading Policy

PCSST will once again be using standards based grading, however several changes have been made to the grading policy and they are explained in detail below. Standards based grading seeks to provide grades that are consistent, accurate, meaningful, and most of all that support learning. Two types of assessments are used to support learning. Formative assessments are used for student learning to provide feedback and time for improvement. Summative assessments are assessments of learning, used to show student achievement. Standards based grading links both assessment types to individual learning standards that are evaluated based on quality.

Types of Assessment:


Formative Assessment

Summative Assessment


Homework, Classwork, Checks for understanding, Do Nows

Tests, Labs, Projects, other Performance Assessments

Purpose for Student

Happens during learning to give student feedback on their progress towards proficiency at a particular standard.

Happens at the end of learning to gauge students’ achievement of a skill.


Formative assessments will receive a 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0. Formative assessments will be factored into your Academic Success grade which will count for 15% of your overall grade.  The academic success grade will be based on Classwork, Character, Active Learning, and Homework.  Every 2 weeks, this grade will be updated in the SIS gradebook.

Summative assessments will encompass multiple standards, and each will receive a 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0. Only marks received on summative assessments will be used to calculate the student’s grade.

Grading Scale:

4: Outstanding demonstration of skills & knowledge Above and Beyond expectations.  Makes connections beyond instruction.

3: Performs all the skills and knowledge expected but is not extending beyond what was taught.

2: Performs the basic skills and demonstrates the basic knowledge of the content.

1: Performs the basics but only with scaffolding or assistance.

0: Cannot perform the basics even with scaffolds or assistance, or does not attempt to perform the tasks.


  • Retakes in the science department will only be permitted on tests after students submit a revision plan that includes the completion of all formatives and at least one reteaching session
  • Revisions will be permitted on lab reports that are turned in prior to the due date
  • Final submissions of lab reports, science fair projects and unit tests will not be eligible for retakes
  • Time limit for retakes/revisions:
    • If all formatives leading up to the summative assessment are submitted on time, students will have 2 weeks to complete their revision plan and retake the assignment
    • If formatives leading up to the summative assessment were not completed on time or the work on the summative assignment is insufficient (not enough effort shown), students will have only 1 week to complete their revision plan and retake/resubmit the assignment

Make-up work and Late assignments

Should you be absent from school, it is YOUR responsibility to find out what assignments were missed and need to be handed in. You will be given a one-week grace period to get all assignments completed and handed in. However, any assignment that is due on the day of the absence has NO deadline extension and must be turned in on the day of returning to school. Laboratory periods will not be repeated for absences, with the student having the responsibility of making up the lab after school or during intervention periods.

An assignment that is not handed in on the day that it is due is considered late. You have two weeks after an assignment is late to hand it in. After two weeks, I will not accept late assignments.

Academic support

Extra help will be available. If the student needs a little more help, please see Dr. Lima and sign up for extra help or make a request on enriching students for an intervention period.


The policy on cheating is an automatic 0 grade on the assignment. The school policy will be followed as detailed in the student handbook. Cheating devalues your education and will lead to detention and a call home. The student will have opportunities to regain academic standing, but make-up assignments will have increased complexity/difficulty.

Classroom Expectations

  1. TEACHABLE: Enter class each day on time, on task, with a DESIRE TO LEARN. Leave the drama at the door.
  2. RESPECT: Respect yourselves, your fellow classmates, your teacher and the classroom equipment.
  3. RESPONSIBLE: If you are absent, you will take the initiative to find out what you missed, complete any necessary assignments and submit them in a timely manner.
  4. Follow PCSST Student Handbook: including but not limited to keeping all personal electronics away! This includes but not limited to cell phones, headphones, and earphones.

Classroom Procedures

  1. Inside and outside this classroom, treat yourself, your teachers, and your peers with respect.
  2. Students enter the class, Dr. Lima will greet you at the door and student should quietly walk to their desk.
  3. No food, drinks, gum, or personal grooming during class. This is a Science Classroom and we should behave the same as we do when we are in the Science Laboratory.
  4. Keep hands, feet, arms, to yourself.
  5. Electronic items are prohibited. Video games, phones, mp3 players, headphones, anything other than your school issued iPad will be taken and given to a hall monitor to be given to Mr. Bacote.
  6. All safety procedures in the lab must be observed, and they will be posted throughout the Laboratory room at lab station.

Hand up

When Dr. Lima holds her hand up in the air, the class will give her their undivided attention, stopping their current activity and waiting for instruction.

Hand signals

If a student needs a tissue during class, raise your hand with ONE pointer finger extended

If a student needs a bathroom break during class, raise your hand with FINGERS CROSSED.

If a student needs to get water from the water fountain, raise your hand with THREE fingers extended

If a student needs something not class-related that doesn’t fall under these three, (for example, a tissue, hand sanitizer, etc.), raise your hand with TWO fingers (victory sign) extended

Thumbs up- I’m done

Thumbs down- I need help

Hand up- I have a question

Classroom Consequences

When you choose not to follow these expectations, talk excessively at inappropriate times, or do not put forth a positive effort in class, the following consequences will be applied.

  1. A warning (name on the board or private discussion explaining that this discussion is the warning)
  2. Points issued and a parent contacted (name underlined on the board)
  3. Sent to Dean of Students

Anything not clearly defined in this syllabus will be handled according to the rules of the PCSST Student Handbook.