Degrees and Certifications:
Welcome to Biology! My name is Angel Foster and I teach Biology here at East. This is my 6th year teaching here. I earned my degree at Kennesaw State University and love teaching science. I married my husband in 2000 and we have 4 amazing kids. Our daughter is a Sophomore at UGA, and our three boys are in 10th, 7th, and 5th grade. We are very involved in sports. We also adopted a dog, Addie, and she keeps us on our toes! I really look forward to working with you and your student this year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. I will use Infinite Campus and Canvas for all class communications. If you do not have access to these, please contact the front office for more information.
Virtual Open House Video
All class materials and information will be on Canvas. I will send some information through the email provided in Infinite campus. Please see the front office for information on Canvas as well as the district website. www.paulding.k12.ga.us
BIOLOGY SUPPLY LIST
v If any student is unable to obtain these supplies, please let me know immediately.
o 1 Composition notebook (IAN- Interactive Notebook)
o 1, 3-ringed binder with 8 Dividers for Biology only OR 5 subject notebook for notes
o Pencils, Pens (Blue, black)
o Notebook Paper
o Colored pencils, Markers, or crayons for use in class daily
o If your student has long hair, they will be required to pull it up on LAB days, it may be a good idea to keep a hair tie or rubber band with your school supplies. I will have regular rubber bands available, but they are not the best choice for long hair
Students should have these items everyday in class as part of being prepared.
Optional Items: Due to Covid, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that students provide their own supplies. This will help prevent germ sharing in the classroom and will aid your student in assignments on potential digital learning days at home or with take home projects. These items may be used in other classes as well.
o Glue sticks (we will be gluing graphic organizers and study aids into our notebooks throughout the entire course. We use a lot of glue sticks)
o Post it notes (1 Large block or 3 singles) – We will use post its to develop our questioning skills and lesson assessments.
o Colored markers/pens (The NO BLEED type) * Visual learners may want these to help with not taking and thought organization.
o Other items to consider personal stapler, tape, a dry erase marker
DONATIONS- Our classroom is always in need of these items during the semester.
o Copy paper
o Colored copy paper
o Paper (notebook)
o Clorox wipes
o Hand Sanitizer
o Gloves or masks for this unique year
Angel Foster, Shimyra Knowles, Henry Holloway
Please call or email with questions, concerns, or comments. Your involvement and support are important.
East Paulding High School Phone Contact: 770-445-5100
Instructor Email Addresses: ALFoster@paulding.k12.ga.us, SKnowles@paulding.k12.ga.us, firstname.lastname@example.org
Curriculum Description as provided by the Georgia Department of Education
Explores science in the context of occupational issues, societal concerns, and personal needs. Includes any combination of the following topics: natural resources, water, air and other gases; plant growth and reproduction, continuity of life, nutrition, disease and wellness, life processes, synthetic materials, waste and waste management, microorganisms, and community of life.
Textbook Options for Biology:
Biology (2017) by Miller and Levine $101.47
A class set of books will be provided for in class use. Students will be allowed to check out textbooks as needed. Check out books are Biology (2008) by McDougal-Littell. Cost: $76.98.
Additional Resources can be found by logging in to your canvas account.
The course text is provided as an in-class resource. Students need a 3-ring binder specific for this course, 1 3- pronged 2- pocket folder) as well as paper, pens/pencils, and colored pencils.
Grading Procedures as determined by the Paulding County School System:
Percentage of Final Grade
Description of Grading Category
Summative assessments may include unit exams, projects, labs, course midterm, and other culminating performance products.
Formative assessments may include quizzes, projects, labs, and class/homework assignments.
Informal scores may include class/homework and general instructional checks.
GA Milestones Assessment
This is a state mandated cumulative test.
* The Final grading category may differ depending on EOCT course requirements.
* Students’ grades may be accessed through Infinite Campus, Parent Portal.
Lab Safety is critical to a science-based classroom. Students are provided a copy of the Flinn Safety Contract and are expected to review and sign off on compliance with lab safety precautions. Parents/Guardians are also expected to review and sign off on this document. Students may not participate in lab without a signed copy of the safety contract.
School and Classroom Non-Negotiables
Classroom Rules, Code of Conduct, & Attendance Policy are discussed. Students and parents/guardians are expected to review and sign off on this document.
Curriculum Performance Standards as provided by the Georgia Department of Education Please visit the GaDOE at http://www.georgiastandards.org.
- Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to analyze the nature of the relationships between structures and functions in living cells. Construct an explanation of how cell structures and organelles (including nucleus, cytoplasm, cell membrane, cell wall, chloroplasts, lysosome, Golgi, endoplasmic reticulum, vacuoles, ribosomes, and mitochondria) interact as a system to maintain homeostasis.
- Develop and use models to explain the role of cellular reproduction (including binary fission, mitosis, and meiosis) in maintaining genetic continuity.
- Construct arguments supported by evidence to relate the structure of macromolecules (carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids) to their interactions in carrying out cellular processes.
- Plan and carry out investigations to determine the role of cellular transport (e.g., active, passive, and osmosis) in maintaining homeostasis.
- Ask questions to investigate and provide explanations about the roles of photosynthesis and respiration in the cycling of matter and flow of energy within the cell (e.g., single-celled alga).
SB2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to analyze how genetic information is expressed in
cells. a. Construct an explanation of how the structures of DNA and RNA lead to the expression of information within the cell via the processes of replication, transcription, and translation.
- Construct an argument based on evidence to support the claim that inheritable genetic variations may result from:
- new genetic combinations through meiosis (crossing over, nondisjunction);
- non-lethal errors occurring during replication (insertions, deletions, substitutions); and/or
- heritable mutations caused by environmental factors (radiation, chemicals, and viruses).
- Ask questions to gather and communicate information about the use and ethical considerations of biotechnology in forensics, medicine, and agriculture.
SB3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to analyze how biological traits are passed on to
- Use Mendel’s laws (segregation and independent assortment) to ask questions and define problems that explain the role of meiosis in reproductive variability.
- Use mathematical models to predict and explain patterns of inheritance.
- Construct an argument to support a claim about the relative advantages and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction.
SB4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to illustrate the organization of interacting systems
within single-celled and multi-celled organisms.
- Construct an argument supported by scientific information to explain patterns in structures and function among clades of organisms, including the origin of eukaryotes by endosymbiosis.
- Analyze and interpret data to develop models (i.e., cladograms and phylogenetic trees) based on patterns of common ancestry and the theory of evolution to determine relationships among major groups of organisms.
- Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence to compare the characteristics of viruses and organisms.
SB5. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to assess the interdependence of all organisms on one another and their environment. a. Plan and carry out investigations and analyze data to support explanations about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems.
- Develop and use models to analyze the cycling of matter and flow of energy within ecosystems through the processes of photosynthesis and respiration.
- Arranging components of a food web according to energy flow.
- Comparing the quantity of energy in the steps of an energy pyramid.
- Explaining the need for cycling of major biochemical elements (C, O, N, P, and H).
- Construct an argument to predict the impact of environmental change on the stability of an ecosystem.
- Design a solution to reduce the impact of a human activity on the environment.
- Construct explanations that predict an organism’s ability to survive within changing environmental limits (e.g., temperature, pH, drought, fire).
SB6. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to assess the theory of evolution.
- Construct an explanation of how new understandings of Earth’s history, the emergence of new species from pre-existing species, and our understanding of genetics have influenced our understanding of biology.
- Analyze and interpret data to explain patterns in biodiversity that result from speciation.
- Construct an argument using valid and reliable sources to support the claim that evidence from comparative morphology (analogous vs. homologous structures), embryology, biochemistry (protein sequence) and genetics support the theory that all living organisms are related by way of common descent.
- Develop and use mathematical models to support explanations of how undirected genetic changes in natural selection and genetic drift have led to changes in populations of organisms.
- Develop a model to explain the role natural selection plays in causing biological resistance (e.g., pesticides, antibiotic resistance, and influenza vaccines).
Tutoring is available in room 1403 on Monday and Thursday afternoons 3:30-4:00pm
Due to time and the number of students, student's should come with specific questions.