Friday, January 12, 2018

We're Off To A Good Start!

Dear Parent,

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 six days into the semester!

So far in class, we have discussed the goals of science and some scientific methods 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 anxious 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, with my assistance and advice, will 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 regional Science Fair to be held in February of 2019. 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!

Sincerely,

Grant McDurmon

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Welcome Parents!

This site is specifically for parents whose children are in my Magnet Biology course. The site will be updated about once per week with general information, especially pertaining to important project and test dates. The first day of class is Thursday, January 4. Fell free to email me any time with questions, comments and suggestions at Grant.McDurmon@cobbk12.org!