Welcome to My Page

  • Welcome,
    Please have a look around my page. There are many useful resources for you to use here. I use my page extensively in class & for homework. To be successful in biology you must know how to navigate my page, so become very familiar with it. Scroll down to find my classroom rules, syllabus, safety guidelines, & other important information needed. I send home only those forms I need to have signed and returned to me, the rest are on my web page for you to view. I encourage parents to register on the Palmer website & follow my page, this will keep you informed about tests, quizzes, & events in my classroom. Because my classes are taught using the flipped model & with an online textbook from Discovery Education it is very important that students have access to a computer, iPad,  smart phone, or other device with internet access. Palmer High is a one to one Chromebook school; Chromebooks are made available to all students for a nominal deposit. If you do not have a computer or other device with internet access at home and do not choose to take advantage of the Chromebook offered by the school other arrangements will be made for your student to obtain the information they need to be successful in my class. If you are unfamiliar with the flipped classroom model please watch the video below created by Alan Sams, a pioneer in flipped class teaching style below. Click the link below to watch.
    Parents, please check our electronic grade book weekly to monitor your student's progress. Ultimately, I hold students accountable for their grade. You will need to contact the PHS office to get a username & password to log in initially. I am very consistent with homework, most of it can be found and will be done online. Biology students will be given discussion board questions, blogs, or current events homework once a six weeks always due on the Friday after it is assigned. Monday - Wednesday students will take notes over instructional videos or may have an online assignment to complete in their Discovery Education Techbook. Most of the time I will have homework assignments posted a six weeks in advance and welcome students to work ahead if they like. I do assign homework in all of the classes I teach, if your student never has homework, be wary. In the event you do not have internet access at your home the students have time in the mornings before school, during activity period, and after school to work on their homework either in my classroom or in the library. The internet signal extends to outside the school building, so they can use it even when the school is closed. I use the Remind 101 system to communicate with my students. Parents may also use this tool to receive messages from me about events happening in class, such as homework, quizzes, and tests. Ask your student how to access the Remind system or contact me. I welcome your input, constructive criticism, & interest in your students, so please feel free to contact me at any time. I look forward to working with you & your student. Thank you for being concerned, involved parents.

    Tutoring is held M-F during activity period and every morning (except Wed.) from 7:00 until 7:30 a.m. Additional tutoring is available by appointment.

    My conference period is M-F beginning at 8:40 - 9:25  a.m. please call or email to schedule an appointment.

    Biology students, please check my homework and calendar page regularly to stay current with work, as well as other links I have added to my "helpful resources" tab to help you be successful in my class. I will be adding more fun and helpful links for biology as the year goes on, visit my page often to see whats new! I'm looking forward to  having a great year! :-)     GO BULLDOGS!!!

    Science Rocks!

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