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   Biology Summer School



Course Description:  This lecture and laboratory-based course is aligned with the California academic content standards in science. The course will emphasize the basic structural, physiological, ecological, and genetic principles as they pertain to living organisms. This course should be taken by college bound students and meets the "D" requirement of the UC/CSU A-G course sequence - Lab Science.

Teaching Methods:  This class will be taught using a variety of teaching methods including lectures, discussions, labs, computer simulations, demonstrations, and homework.

Grading (These are approximate percentages)

40% Tests and Quizzes                      25% Lab Write-ups/Class Projects

15% Final Exam                                 20% Homework 

TEXT BOOK: Biology by McDougal and Littell, Copyright © 2008

DATES:          Fall Course #3693 June 25-July 11th (12 days)       

           Spring Course #3694 July 12-July 27th (12 Days)

SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday

HOURS: 7:30 am – 12:45 pm  

ROOM:  P-38

LOCATION:   San Clemente High School Upper Campus

189 Avenida La Cuesta

San Clemente 92673



·         In order to earn credit, students may not have more than 1 absence per 12 day semester.

·         One absence equals 3 points.

·         Students WILL BE DROPPED from the class on the second absence within 12 days.

·         Students arriving to class after the first half hour, or students who miss more than one-half hour, will be marked absent.



·         It is essential that students arrive to class on time daily.

·         Each tardy equals 1 point. THREE tardies are equivalent to ONE ABSENCE (3 points).

·         Students who return late from scheduled breaks will be considered tardy.


IMPORTANT: Students may not exceed a total of 5 accumulated points (any combination of absences or tardies). Students exceeding 5 points WILL BE DROPPED from the class on the sixth point. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE ATTENDANCE/TARDY POLICY.

Quizzes & Tests:  These will be given on almost a daily basis.  Small quizzes will be given during and after each chapter, followed by a larger unit test after we complete each of the six units in this course. If you are absent from class, you will have one day to take the quiz or test. It is your responsibility to schedule and take your make-ups.  On the completion of each semester (12 days), a comprehensive final will be given

Homework:   Homework will be assigned regularly.  Points are received upon completion of homework on time.  Most homework assignments are worth 10 points.  Failure to turn in homework will receive a zero.  It is your responsibility to make up any homework during an absence from class. 


You are encouraged to bring the following with you every day:

1.  Notebook:   A 3 ring binder notebook is required for this class.  This notebook should have 4 dividers (with plastic tabs).  The dividers should be labeled and in the order as follows:

·         Lecture Notes          

·         Homework            

·         Quiz           

·         Labs


2.  Pen/pencil:   Bring both.

3.  Ruler, paper, graph paper:  Keep these in your notebook.   


Class Rules:  (sorry to be negative, but every classroom has to have these)

·     BE RESPECTFUL AT ALL TIMES (the remaining rules fall under this one)


o   Be respectful at all times – To fellow students, the teacher, and your classroom

o   Be prepared for class - paper, pens, notebook, and homework completed.

o   Do not leave your seat without permission.

o   No food, gum,  or drinks allowed in class (bottled water is the exception)

o   Copying homework is unacceptable.

o   No Ipod’s or Cell Phones will be in use during class. (They will be confiscated)

o   Follow safety procedures at all times.  


Contact Mr. Wilson:

Email:  dbwilson@capousd.org    Phone: (949) 310-1839

Website: http://www.sctritonscience.com/Wilson/indexwilson.htm

 Please note that the Constitution of the State of California requires that we provide a public education to you free of charge. Your right to a free education is for all school/educational activities, whether curricular or extracurricular, and whether you get a grade for the activity or class.  Subject to certain exceptions, your right to a free public education means that we cannot require you or your family to purchase materials, supplies, equipment or uniforms for any school activity, nor can we require you or your family to pay security deposits for access, participation, materials, or equipment. 


  If you have any questions,  you can reach me at my email address at: dbwilson@capousd.org or phone me at   (949) 310-1839

 A variety of materials are offered online for both students and parents alike.  Lecture notes and Chapter PowerPoint presentations are available to students on the Homework Page as well as most worksheets, labs, and other miscellaneous handouts.  Students who have missed class can now easily get themselves "caught up" with the rest of the class by reviewing and/or downloading the materials online.  


If you are not able to view the pdf files found on this website, you will need to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader 

H E Y !   M R .  W I L S O N 

Website by Duncan Wilson

Page last updated January 07, 2012

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