Ms. Mary Margel

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Ms. Mary Margel

Welcome to Biology!
Welcome back to all students.  
We are looking forward to a great year
 
 
How to succeed in Biology (or in any other subject)?  
 
Do not be absent.  Although, everyone gets ill from time to time, do not take days off when you are not sick. 
 
The evidence couldn’t be clearer. Academic achievement from kindergarten on, high school graduation, and postsecondary enrollment are all highly sensitive to absenteeism. Missing even a little school has negative effects. Missing a lot of school throws students off track to educational success.  Read entire article at https://www.kappanonline.org/absenteeism-school-matters/
 
When you are absent work has to be made up immediately.  a Zero will be given and only changed once you make up the work.  If it is not made up within a day or two... it will remain a zero. 
Taking days off for vacation is a major set back for the student. They are not excused from the work they missed.  They will have an enormous amount of work between all their classes to make up.  Plus the current work going on. 
It is also takes a lot of the teacher's personal time to get students caught up.  
 
 
 
No cell phone use in class.  

Disruptive to School Environment

Children, teens and even young adults are prone to distraction with cell phones. In the classroom and out of school, cell phones provide students an instant network of communication and entertainment. Inside the classroom, students are distracted from the lessons to text, play games and, if they are very daring, call other people. Cell phone ringers, alarms and ring tones disrupt the flow of lessons and the attention of every student in the room and the teacher. According to the National School Safety and Security Services, text messaging can be an aid for cheating students. Also, the camera in a cell phone can be used to photograph exams. The camera also can be used to photograph other students in a way that is a violation of privacy.Read entire aricle at https://www.techwalla.com/articles/negative-effects-of-cell-phones-on-education

There is evidence on positive effects, but in  my experience it is a major problem for student success.  Cell phone use will not be allowed in the class.   Discipinary action will be taken for any and all violations. 

 

Do your Homework

I use a variety of assessments to gauge the students understanding.  Homework is one of them that is a clear indicator for the teacher to gauge for understanding. 

In my experience many students copy HW or share their homework with others.  This does not help the student and it will hurt them when a test or an assessment is given.   If a student is engaged in copying of any work they will be given a zero, parent and guidance will be notified.  If, a student engages again in this acitvity credit for class will not be given.  

Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. 

 

Read 

 

All of the reading comprehension that your child will accomplish in middle school is designed to prepare them for the reading comprehension they will need to achieve in high school. During their middle school years, the focus will be on learning to make sense of what they read and being able to remember, recall, and begin to analyze how what they are reading fits in with the curriculum they are currently studying.

Once in high school, the focus on reading comprehension will be to gain a deep understanding of the material and learn to analyze it and apply it to the curriculum in the class as well as curriculum they may have in other subjects.  

All of the reading comprehension that your child will accomplish in middle school is designed to prepare them for the reading comprehension they will need to achieve in high school. During their middle school years, the focus will be on learning to make sense of what they read and being able to remember, recall, and begin to analyze how what they are reading fits in with the curriculum they are currently studying.

Once in high school, the focus on reading comprehension will be to gain a deep understanding of the material and learn to analyze it and apply it to the curriculum in the class as well as curriculum they may have in other subjects.