Friday, August 11, 2017
Students will take their first biology unit test on Friday, August 18. The test will cover topics such as the characteristics of life, the scientific method of answering questions, microscope familiarity, graphing data, and some introductory biochemistry concepts. Students have been given a study guide for the test via their Google Classroom page, and should be preparing for the test using their class notes and textbook as needed.
Posted by Mr. McDurmon at 1:32 PM
Friday, August 4, 2017
Another school year has begun, and it is my privilege to have your child in my Magnet Biology class this semester at North Cobb High School. It’s hard to believe, but we are already five days into the semester!
So far in class, we have discussed the goals of science and the scientific method of answering questions. Students have thought critically about the characteristics that all living things share. As the semester progresses, your child will work with other students in our class to investigate important biological concepts such as the chemistry of life, cell structure and function, DNA and the genetic code, the relationship between organisms and their environment, and the relationships between organisms themselves. To do this, we will take advantage of the tremendous resources available to us here at North Cobb.
At this point in the semester, your child may be nervous about the research project we are asking all of our Magnet students to do. Every Magnet Biology student at North Cobb is required to conduct a real scientific investigation over the course of the semester. Students will, with my assistance and advice, select a topic to study, formulate a hypothesis, and carry out a controlled experiment. They will document their procedures in a logbook and report their data at the end of the semester during a class presentation. Also, I will encourage students to submit their work for consideration in the school-wide Science Fair to be held in February of 2018. This project will require extra effort on the part of your child and a good amount of time at home to prepare and carry out an experiment; however, let me assure you that I will guide your child in this process throughout the semester, and am confident they will find the experience a rewarding one!
My goal is the success of your child. If you ever have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time via e-mail. I am also available each week to provide additional assistance to your child, or to sit down for a conference with you if needed. Working together, we can make your child’s semester in Magnet Biology a great one!
Posted by Mr. McDurmon at 6:39 AM