My goal is to increase the student’s knowledge to the highest level possible.

To indicate this we have set the following three goals for our students:

  • Increase the percentage of students passing the Biology State Exam (SATP2) to 100 percent.
  • Increase the percentage of high school students who meet college- and career-readiness goals to at least 85 percent.
  • Provide all students with the skills and knowledge that are necessary to prepare them for success in college and the workforce.

Course Component Specifics

~ I expect 100% effort and cooperation for each student.  If a student needs help with an assignment, he/she is expected to ask for help.

~Each student should be prepared to learn and participate each day.  My classroom is very active, so students will be required to participate.

 ~Students are allowed and encouraged to help each other, but not to give each other answers.  Cheating is not helping.  Cheating is lying           and I do not tolerate lying in my classroom.

Behavior System

General Classroom Rules include:

?  Talk only after you have raised your hand and been recognized.

?  Keep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself.

?  No eating, drinking, or gum chewing.

?  Be in your seat and ready to begin when the tardy bell rings.

?  Make sure to have all needed materials for class (i.e. pen, pencils, notebook).

?  *All rules listed in the handbook will be enforced.


Required materials

~ Pencil with eraser to use daily or Ink pen to use daily (any color is fine except red and green)

~ binder or notebook with paper

Experimentation is an essential part of this course.  A $20.00 lab fee is required of each student.  Students are expected to participate in laboratory experiments. They will be graded according to cooperation, participation, creativity, and the ability to follow instructions.  Students will also have written lab assignments.

Course Requirements and Grading

There will be a test and vocabulary quizzes with each unit.  You will also be graded on “bell ringers”, homework, class work,  and lab work.   Occasionally you will be assigned a project.  You are expected to do the research for this project on your own time.  The school library is open at 7:30 each morning and after school, and the public library is also available for your use.  Most students now have internet access in the home, at a relative’s, or friend’s home.

Grade will be Earned based on the following:   

           40% Quizzes, Labs, projects, Class work, Pre-bells, Homework

           60% Weekly test, Unit Tests, Semester Test


Reminders and Resources    

The use of technology is a wonderful tool for education. With that said, I will use a variety of technologies within and outside of the classroom. is a virtual texting service that allows students instant contact with teachers without sharing phone numbers or other personal information.      

1st and 2nd block students/parents should text @46938g to 81010

4th block students/parents should text @rvermil to 81010


Google Classroom is an amazing tool that I use to share slideshows, notes, videos, and links to students. This web-based technology allows students vital resources virtually anywhere there is internet access. 

Follow these instructions to enter my Google Classroom:

Activate your email account through Gmail.

password = wcsd@123

Sign in to Classroom at

Select that you are a Student

On the Home page, click +.

Enter the following code in the box and click Join.

1st and 2nd Block = q63cgi

4th Block = djm5095


How to Reach Me

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of your child’s education.  You may reach me by calling the high school or by email.  I will get back to you ASAP (usually within 24 hours).


Goals for September

  1. Describe the biochemical basis of life and explain how energy flows within and between the living systems.
  2. Analyze and explain the structures and function of the levels of biological organization.
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