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Our subject is a 46-year old science teacher, speech & debate coach, and part time fly fishing guide. He loves his family, kids, coffee, teaching, the fine art of debate, fly fishing his beloved Green River, and making his poor wife dance with him while grocery shopping at Smiths (in that order). He has been bungee jumping 3 times. A top secret NSA file describes him as “mostly harmless”. He totally geeks out over science type stuff and rising trout. He likes cookies...a lot.
 

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Anatomy Class Information

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY CLASS INFORMATION

Some good stuff to know…

Mr. Parson is ALWAYS available for help. He likes kids and loves to teach, so calls to his cell phone or seeing him for help is always OK to do.

*Free Times: Planning period, lunch, and before and after school

Students and Parents should feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns from 7:15am to 9:30pm. If I am not home I will return your call as soon as possible:

*Work E-mail: parsond@sw2.k12.wy.us

*Home E-mail: danparson@hotmail.com

*Home Phone: #871-3056 *Work Phone: #872-8347

Remind App

“Remind” is an app I use to send you friendly reminders. You cannot respond to the message. If you need to respond just contact me using the other information I shared with you

BIOLOGY: Text @6698c to

#307-224-4720

ANATOMY: Text @3bf6aa to

#307-224-4720

Speech and Debate: Text @fa18e6 to

#307-224-4720

Course Description:

This course presents the fundamentals of body structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) for students interested in health care and associated fields such as Medicine, Massage Therapy, Athletic Trainer, EMT/Fire Science, Dental Assistants, Exercise Physiologists, Surgical Technologists, Respiratory Therapy, Veterinarian, Chiropractic Medicine, Nursing, Biology, Pharmacy, Scientific Illustration and many others. Course work will include many hands on activities such as dissection of various organs and tissues. Field trips will be taken. Speakers will be invited to the class based on student interest. This is a demanding college preparatory class and should only be taken by the serious student. Successful completion of this course will/should ensure success in college health care courses.

Basic Class Procedures

Some of the big questions on every kids mind…

  • Where do I sit? Where you want, but once I have you in that spot on the seating chart I expect you to stay there please. If you are in a different seat than assigned to you without permission you will be marked absent and this will probably become a truancy!
  • Is the teacher mean? I love teaching and I love kids – it’s why I have continued to do this year after year. Treat me with respect and you will receive respect. Treat me, or others in the room, poorly and I will happily teach you other ways of getting what you want without hurting others or disrupting class.
  • Will there be a lot of homework? We learn science by doing science and discussing science. Since so much of what we do is dependent on the equipment and materials only found in our room, most of the work cannot be done outside of class and will need to be made up before or after school. That said we will have a few cool projects you get to do at home.
  • How do I know what we will be doing? Take a look at the white board. It will have our learning target for the day on it.
  • Can I eat or drink stuff in here? Only if you like the taste of cat guts. Actually I don’t mind a little snack or drinks with screw on lids, but don’t bring your lunch in with you please. It is disruptive.
  • What about my phone? I don’t mind it if you listen to music when we are quietly working independently, but please use head phones and keep the volume low. NO videos on phones please.

Some more Information of value…

*Textbooks – This course will use “Principles of Human Anatomy” which will be available only in class. You will be able to access the textbook by checking out a copy from Mr. Parson.

*Study Teams – A “Study Team” is the group of people you sit with at your table. All study team members should exchange phone numbers in order to make collaboration easier.

*Where do I turn in my work? – Hand it to Mr. Parson who will then put a paper clip on the stack and put it in a safe place. In this way it becomes almost impossible for your papers to get lost. NEVER JUST PUT A PAPER ON HIS DESK! IT WILL PROBABLY GET LOST!

*What about turning in work from when I was absent? – Please put it in “The Stacker”. BE SURE TO NOTE WHY IT IS THERE! Over communication is MUCH better than under communication. I might not give full credit to an assignment that does not have a note attached to it describing why it has been turned in late. Mr. Parson will handle late work on a case-by-case basis. If you miss class for ANY reason, it is your responsibility you seek out your study team, and/or Mr. Parson to find out what you missed and what you need to do. Do this in the morning before school starts please.

*What do I do when one of my team members is missing, or refuses to work, during a project day or presentation day? – Contact Mr. Parson or call the person right away! This can be a big problem if you do not act quickly, so addressing this problem right away is a very good idea. If you do cannot get a hold of the team member, talk to their parent, or leave a message, and RESPECTFULLY explain your concerns. If the whole team does this, it will send a clear message that something needs to change. If there is still a problem, or you are simply uncomfortable with this approach, call Mr. Parson at home or school. DO NOT wait until the last minute to notify a parent or teacher that a problem in the group has occurred.

*Hall Pass – The hall pass is a wooden plank. Ask to use it. I reserve the right to say no. It is 22 years old this year!

*What about tests and summative assessments – We will take a test or two over each unit of study we do. Tests and labs are 90% of your grade

*Fire drill – If there is a fire drill (or an actual fire) please exit the room to the left and out the doors straight in front of you that direction (a map is posted showing the route by the classroom door). Find Mr. Parson and immediately check in with him.

*Lock Down Drill – If a lock down drill is called over the loud speaker, I will make sure the door is locked and bring in any students who are out in the hall in the immediate area, turn out all the lights, have you gather in the far corner near the computers and skeleton and grab the crisis response packet and refer to it for directions. You are expected to stay quiet. DO NOT open the door if someone knocks. An announcement will sound the all clear.

Grades

Your grade is determined by a computer program that weighs the work you do in the following way …

*Inquiry (Standard #2) District Assessments15% of the overall grade

*Lab work and Quizzes (Dissection mostly) – 15% of the overall grade

*Unit Tests/Quizzes – 70% of the overall grade. You cannot retake tests in this class.

*Late work policy – Class work and homework are due on the specified date. You will have 1 week to make up a missed test unless you discuss the situation with Mr. Parson. If work is turned in passed the due date, it can earn no more than 50% of the original total possible, unless the absence is excused. It is the student’s responsibility to note in written form on the assignment why work was turned in late.

The required assignments will have a definite point value, which is determined by the type of assignment and the difficulty of the material being covered. "Retests" do not exist in this course.

A= 90-100% B= 80-89% C= 70-79% D= 60-69%

Reading & Review:

Nightly reviews of notes and reading for the next day plus any review material must be done on a regular basis. The vocabulary in Anatomy and Physiology is unique and will only become a working vocabulary if you use it continually. You will be given specific instructions on review material so if you have any questions, I can answer them before you leave class.

Tests, Quizzes, Class Participation:

There will be a great deal of questioning and discussion during the class period. You will need to prepare yourself accordingly (Reading & Review). There will be a major test over each unit. It is best to study each night as if there is to be a quiz the very next day. We will schedule a class review for any major test. You will have a semester exam.

Laboratory Experiences & Activities:            

Labs are an important part of any science class. The concepts you will learn can be clarified and demonstrated through careful participation. It is expected that each student will participate and handle all equipment and specimens with respect and as directed.

Scientific Inquiry Project:

You will need to prepare a formal Science presentation. This will satisfy state standard #2.   This will be done once each semester.

Class Conduct

  1. It is Okay to come to class prepared. This means your interactive science notebook, book, writing instrument, paper, and project or reference materials (when needed). I will allow you to keep some things in class, but I cannot, and will not, guarantee their safety. Once you are in class I will not allow you to leave unless it is an emergency.
  2. Tardy policy – You are tardy if you are not in your chair when I take attendance, this includes being in the wrong chair. See the student handbook for more info on the schools tardy policy
  3. It is Okay to treat everyone in the room with respect and dignity. It seems clear that by this time in life, we all know what appropriate and inappropriate behavior is. If you forget I will be happy to teach you!
  4. Academic dishonesty – If you are caught cheating in any way on an assignment you will receive a zero for that assignment and I will call home about my concerns. Any student caught cheating on a test may be sent directly to the office for discipline.

Thanks for the privilege of being your teacher this year. I am excited about the coming school year and feel certain you will enjoy our class. That you learn the concepts and information we discuss is my primary purpose. The fact that we will have a lot of fun doing it is my joy. Let’s have the best year of school you have ever had!

Warmest Regards,

Mr. Parson

Biology Information

***Mr. Parson BIOLOGY CLASS INFORMATION***

Some good stuff to know…

Mr. Parson is ALWAYS available for help. He likes kids and loves to teach, so calls/texts to his cell phone or dropping in to see him for help is always OK to do.

*Free Times: Planning period, lunch, and before and after school

Students and Parents should feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns from 7:00am to 9:00pm. If I am not home I will return your call as soon as I can:

*Work E-mail: parsond@sw2.k12.wy.us

*Home E-mail: danparson@hotmail.com

*Home Phone: #871-3056

Remind App

“Remind” is an app I use to send you friendly reminders. You cannot respond to the message. If you need to respond just contact me using the other information I shared with you

BIOLOGY: Text @6698c to

#307-224-4720

ANATOMY: Text @3bf6aa to

#307-224-4720

Speech and Debate: Text @fa18e6 to

#307-224-4720

Basic Class Procedures

Some of the big questions on every kids mind…

  • Where do I sit? Where you want, but once I have you in that spot on the seating chart I expect you to stay there please. If you are in a different seat than assigned to you without permission you will be marked absent and this will probably become a truancy!
  • Is the teacher mean? Nope. I love teaching and I love kids – it’s why I have continued to do this year after year. Treat me with respect and you will receive respect. Treat me, or others in the room, poorly and I will happily teach you other ways of getting what you want without hurting others or disrupting class.
  • Will there be a lot of homework? We learn science by doing science and discussing science. Since so much of what we do is dependent on the equipment and materials only found in our room, most of the work cannot be done outside of class and will need to be made up before or after school. That said we will have a few cool projects you get to do at home.
  • How do I know what we will be doing? Take a look at the white board. It will have our learning target for the day on it.
  • Can I eat or drink stuff in here? Only if you like the taste of cat guts. Actually I don’t mind a little snack or drinks with screw on lids, but don’t bring your lunch in with you please. It is disruptive.
  • What about my phone? I don’t mind it if you listen to music when we are quietly working independently, but please use head phones and keep the volume low. NO videos on phones please.

Some more Information of value…

*Daily work –We do a variety of activities, labs, discussions and other things to reinforce what we are learning. All this work is kept in an Interactive Science Notebook that we use daily. It’s awesome actually.

*Textbooks – We will use the Pearson book “Biology” by Miller and Levine as a reference from time to time but I will not check out a copy to each student. You may check out one of these books at any time.

*Where do I turn in my work? You keep it in your Interactive Science Notebook. We do a lot of peer review and evaluation. NEVER JUST PUT A PAPER ON HIS DESK AS IT WILL PROBABLY GET LOST!

*What about turning in work from when I was absent? – Please put it the stack as well but BE SURE TO NOTE WHY IT IS THERE! Over communication is MUCH better than under communication. I might not give full credit to an assignment that does not have a note attached to it describing why it has been turned in late. If you miss class for ANY reason, it is your responsibility you seek out Mr. Parson to find out what you missed and what you need to do. Do this in the morning before school starts please.

*What do I do when one of my lab members is missing, or refuses to work, during a project day or presentation day? – Contact Mr. Parson or call the person right away! This can be a big problem if you do not act quickly, so addressing this problem right away is a very good idea. If you do cannot get a hold of the team member, talk to their parent, or leave a message, and RESPECTFULLY explain your concerns. If there is still a problem, or you are simply uncomfortable with this approach, call Mr. Parson at home or school. DO NOT wait until the last minute to notify a parent or teacher that a problem in the group has occurred.

*Hall Pass – The hall pass is a wooden plank. Ask to use it. I reserve the right to say no. It is 24 years old this year!

*What about tests and summative assessments – We will take 16 Standards assessments this year and follow all district procedures.

*Can I get Extra Credit? - Extra Credit will be offered periodically. I will not allow Extra Credit to raise your over all semester grade more than about 5%.

*Fire drill – If there is a fire drill (or an actual fire) please exit the room to the left and out the doors straight in front of you that direction (a map is posted showing the route by the classroom door). Find Mr. Parson and immediately check in with him.

*Lock Down Drill – If a lock down drill is called over the loud speaker, I will make sure the door is locked and bring in any students who are out in the hall in the immediate area, turn out all the lights, have you gather in the far corner near the computers and skeleton and grab the crisis response packet and refer to it for directions. You are expected to stay quiet. DO NOT open the door if someone knocks. An announcement will sound the all clear.

Grades

Your grade is determined by a computer program that weighs the work you do in the following way …

* Summative Performance Assessments (District Assessments. 2 tests per semester and 1 project/lab) – 15% of the overall grade. These cannot generally be retaken.

*Unit Tests – 55% of the overall grade. These can be retaken.

*Home and Class work/ activities – 15% of the overall grade

*Labs and Lab write ups – 15% of the overall grade

*Late work policy – Class work and homework are due on the specified date. If work is turned in passed the due date, it can earn no more than 50% of the original total possible, unless the absence is excused. It is the student’s responsibility to note in written form on the assignment why work was turned in late. Summative assessments (tests, quizzes) are not subject to this policy.

*Parents – please check your student’s grades weekly by accessing the schools web page and using the parent portal. In this way if your kid gets behind we can work on it together before it becomes a big problem

Class Conduct

  1. It is Okay to come to class prepared. This means your interactive science notebook, writing instrument, paper, and project or reference materials (when needed). I will allow you to keep some things in class, but I cannot, and will not, guarantee their safety. Once you are in class I will not allow you to leave unless it is an emergency.
  2. Tardy policy – You are tardy if you are not in your chair when I take attendance, this includes being in the wrong chair. See the student handbook for more info on the schools tardy policy
  3. It is Okay to treat everyone in the room with respect and dignity. It seems clear that by this time in life, we all know what appropriate and inappropriate behavior is. If you forget I will be happy to teach you!
  4. Academic dishonesty – If you are caught cheating in any way on an assignment you will receive a zero for that assignment and I will call home about my concerns. Any student caught cheating on a test may be sent directly to the office for discipline.

Thanks for the privilege of being your teacher this year. I am excited about the coming school year and feel certain you will enjoy our class. That you learn the concepts and information we discuss is my primary purpose. The fact that we will have a lot of fun doing it is my joy. Let’s have the best year of school you have ever had!

 Warmest Regards,

Mr. Parson