Folsom High School 2021-2022



    COURSE:Chemistry and Biology

    INSTRUCTOR:Mr. Robert (Robb) Yount-Gregory

    PHONE: (916) 294-2400 ext. 415307




     Biology the Living Earth is the first course in the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) Three Course Model, and includes the Disciplinary Core Ideas related to Life Science and integrates a selection of the Earth and Space Science concepts. This course also incorporates the eight Science and Engineering Practices and seven Crosscutting Concepts related to the NGSS. In this course, students will explore concepts related to the interactions within ecosystems, energy dynamics, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, history of the earth’s atmosphere, natural selection, inheritance of traits, structure and function of organisms, system stability and response to change. Students should learn an appreciation for all living things and the critical importance of maintaining the delicate balance required for all living things to interact and live successfully. This course meets the UC, Subject d Biology Lab Science requirement and the FCUSD graduation requirement for Life Science. 


    Chemistry is the second course in the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) Three Course Model and includes Disciplinary Core Ideas related to Physical Science and integrates a selection of the Earth and Space Science concepts. This course also incorporates the eight Science and Engineering Practices and seven Crosscutting Concepts related to the NGSS. In this course, students will explore the structure and properties of matter, conservation and transfer of energy, chemical reactions and processes in everyday life, nuclear processes and chemical changes in Earth systems. Engineering Core Ideas are used to explore applications of chemistry concepts. Students apply algebraic processes to describe and predict phenomena. This course meets the UC, Subject d Chemistry Lab Science requirement and the FCUSD graduation requirement for Physical Science.



    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:  The Folsom High School program is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals.  Activities shall be free from discrimination based on gender, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability or any other unlawful consideration.


    HOMEWORK:  Homework will be assigned as necessary for content mastery and is due the next day unless otherwise stated.  However, I expect that students will also study and review class work as needed to ensure their success in the course.  Homework will consist of finishing in class assignments, reading, problem-solving, internet searches, use of online resources or apps, and written assignments.  Homework is posted every Friday on the weekly agenda for the following week and will be posted to Google Classroom daily.  Students may write it in their PAWSPORT or planner or take a photo of the agenda.  *Please note that Internet Access is required to complete some assignments.  Students without access at home may travel to class or the library during PAWS to use school computers to complete online assignments.


    TESTS:  Tests will be given at the end of each chapter or major unit of study.  Short quizzes will be given periodically with or without notice.  Comprehensive final exams will be administered at the end of each semester on all concepts studied that semester.


    METHOD OF EVALUATION:  Grades will be calculated according to a weighted point system with 50% of the grade based on tests, quizzes, and other assessments and 50% of the grade based on, homework (10%), lab work (20%), and projects (20%).  Projects vary depending upon the amount of time and effort needed to successfully complete them and are due on or before (but not after) the due date.  Points will be used to calculate the semester grade.  The first and third quarter grades represent grades in progress.  Grades will be updated at least once a month, and can be checked via Power School Parent Portal.  The grade breakdown is as follows:

    A= 90-100%

    B= 80-89%

    C= 70-79%

    D= 60-69%

    F= <59%


    MATERIALS:  Please bring the following materials to class every day:

      1. Regular class materials (binder or notebook, pen and pencil, highlighter, etc.)


    • Bound graph paper to be used as your Chemistry and Biology lab journal only!


    1. PAWSPORT (especially need The Periodic Table of the Elements in the back cover)
    • We recognize that many families wish to provide supplies for their own student or donate materials to the school and are welcome to do so at any time. The supplies listed are suggested materials and are not required of any student or family to fully participate in the school’s academic program. All required materials and supplies will be provided by schools to students at no cost.


    TEXTBOOK/MATERIALS RESPONSIBILITY: Students are responsible for the replacement costs of any school property they lose or damage.  If the book California Dimensions. Chemistry in the Earth System or California Dimensions. The Living Earth. is  lost, the student is responsible for replacement.  Lab equipment cost is determined per item and is based on current catalogue list prices.


    DONATIONS:  State law does not allow school districts to charge fees to students for educational activities; many of our programs rely on financial contributions from participating families. Please know that a donation is not required to participate, and families that choose to contribute may do so at any amount. A suggested donation can help sustain school wide programs. 



    ATTENDANCE/TARDIES:  Since this is a hands-on class, it is especially important that students are in class on time, ready to work each day.  The seven-minute passing period is sufficient to take care of most personal needs.  You will receive two favors each semester to use for personal reasons (ex. tardy, bathroom, drinking fountain).  After you have used both favors, any time you are out of the classroom for personal reasons will count as a tardy with consequences.  Unused favors are redeemable at the end of the semester for 2 points each toward your academic grade.  Favors may only be used by the student to whom they were issued.  Students must have their PAWSPORT to use a favor!  If a student has an ongoing health problem that requires them to leave class, parents should send a doctor’s note as soon as possible.  See page 33 of PAWSPORT.


    Consequences for tardies are:

    1st tardy FAVOR #1 

    2nd tardyFAVOR #2 

    3rd tardy 30 minute detention and parent contact suggested

    4th tardy 50 minute detention and parent contact required

    5th tardy50 minute detention and parent contact required

    6th tardySaturday School

    7th tardySaturday School

    CITIZENSHIP:  Grades shall be assigned by each teacher. These marks set behavior standards that describe an appropriate educational environment for all students. See PAWSPORT (page 17) for marking system.


    MAKE-UPS:  Late work is not accepted for reasons other than an excused absence.  Students who are absent the day an assignment is due must turn the assignment in the day they return.  Students are responsible for all work missed during an excused absence and must make-up work within three days after a one day absence.  For extended absences, students must have a written plan for make-up work signed and approved by me within three days of your return to class, including arrangements for missed tests and labs.  Missed quizzes or tests will be taken in class immediately upon return, as advance notice will be given for all major tests and quizzes. Likewise, projects are due on or before (but not after) the due date, regardless if a student is present or not. Arrangement to make up labs or activities must be made within 3 days of your return.  Lab make-ups must be done during PAWS, not during class time.  No make-ups will be given if you miss your make-up appointment.  If the work missed includes a lab that cannot be made up, an alternative activity of equal value will be assigned.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ALL WORK!!


    When you are absent and return following an absence:

    1. Check Google Classroom for the daily agenda for all work, assignments, activities, and homework missed.
    2. Obtain any missed handouts from the handouts area as you walk in the door.
    3. See me outside of class if you have questions.
    4. Complete the work missed during your absence as homework.
    5. In a box at the top of the assignment, write the dates you were absent and when you are turning in work.
    6. Turn work into the INBOX to be graded.
    7. Make up quizzes/tests will be taken in class immediately upon return.
    8. Make appointment to make-up labs or activities in PAWS. 


    EXTRA CREDIT:  Extra credit will be available on a limited basis.  Examples include FAVORS, PAWS Lab TAs, and attendance at science related event with documentation and follow-up reflection, as well as content specific assignments available to all students.  Individual extra credit will not be available.


    SCHOOL RULES:  Campus rules and policies in the PAWSPORT will be adhered to in this classroom; see appropriate pages for a detailed list.  Remember that no food, drink, or gum will be allowed; all iPods, cell phones and accessories must be turned off and placed out of sight during class unless specifically directed by teacher to use for instruction; and all staff will be enforcing the school dress code throughout the entire school day.


    ACADEMIC DISHONESTY/PLAGIARISM:  In order to encourage students to follow our Academic Honesty Policy (see page 21 in PAWSport), Folsom High School is implementing Turnitin.com, an originality-checking software program.  All grade levels (9-12) across the disciplines will have access to use Turnitin.com as an educational tool to help support academic accountability. For further information related to our Academic Honesty Policy, please review the PAWSport. Use of cell phone or watches with data access during quiz, test or exams is prohibited and will be considered a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy.  All cell phone, watches or other data devices must be turned off and put away in the hanging pocket chart during all assessments.