Living Environment
      School Year 2010 - 2011

      Instructor:  Mr. Winters


    Course Information:


    Course Title:  Living Environment
    Class:  Room A135


    Laboratory:  Room D104


    Regents Biology:


    Lecture:  Periods 1,3,6 and 8

    Laboratory:  Periods 7 and 10

    Instructor Information:


    Instructor:  Mr. Winters

    Website Information:


    - Mr. Winters Homepage

    - Course Description/Objectives

    - Classroom Rules and Policies

    - Homework Assignments

    - Discussion Board/Student Blog

    - Learning Resources


    Available:  Period 4 (prep)

    Phone #:  (716) 492-9300, ext. 1135



     Regents Biology:


    “The Living Environment”

    The Living Environment Review Book is highly recommended to students to prepare for exams.


    Supplementary Readings

    Review Book:  Prentice Hall, The Living Environment.  This is ordered in class during the first half of the school year.  It is not available at bookstores.  The price is $8.00 dollars.
    Website:  http://www.regentsprep.org – This site allows students to practice regent’s questions by topic.


    - Textbook will be provided and can also be accessed online, refer to the "Learning Resources" page, for the website.  
    - folder
    - 3 ring binder
    - loose-leaf paper
    - pen and pencil
    - calculator
    The pencil is a must for laboratory procedures.


    Course Descriptions/Objectives:

      The Living Environment course allows students to acquire a clear understanding and mastery of key biological concepts and ideas.  Students are encouraged to spend time outside of class learning and understanding concepts being taught within the classroom.  It is my goal to make the course enjoyable and to emphasize the relevance of biology as an integral part of the students’ everyday lives and its relationship to the other sciences.

      The required laboratory activities allow students to learn hands-on applications and to learn from experience and observation.  The labs correlate with the topics covered in class.  All labs must be completed, graded, and in a folder in order to take the Regents Exam in June.

      Reading assignments, note taking, and or written assignments are required daily.  The latter are important in reinforcing previously learned material.  Following each chapter there is a short chapter test, and following each unit there is a unit exam.  At the end of the quarter, there is a cumulative exam given.


    Course Calendar/Schedule:


    The Study of Life:  (Sept. – Nov.)


    Human Biology:  (Nov./Dec. – March)


    Heredity and Genetics:  (March – April)
    Evolution:  (May)


    Ecology:  (May – June)


    Course Policies:
    Regents Biology: 
    2- (40-minute periods of laboratory) per 6-day lab cycle.


    All labs must be completed, graded, and in a folder in order to take the regents

    Exam in June.




    A total of 25 absences result in the denial of credit for a one-year course.


    Missed exams and assignments:


    Students are required to take the exam/test or hand in assignments on the day they return from an absence, unless numerous consecutive days have been missed.


    Lab safety/health:


    All lab safety procedures (Lab #1) are to be followed.


    Academic dishonesty:


    Will not be accepted or tolerated.


    Class Participation:


    Strongly encouraged because it helps the students remember material being covered.




    Exams                           20%


    Test/Quizzes                 50%


    Homework                    15 %


    Laboratory                    15%


    Late work and or extra credit to replace missing assignments is NOT accepted or available.


    Parent Contact:

    Interims are sent home at five weeks into each quarter.

    Parents are contacted by phone for any serious issues that may arise regarding their child.

    Parents can check on how their child is doing by using Parent Connect, which is available through the school


    Available Support Services:

    I have an open door policy.  I am always available to communicate and or set up a time to work with students who may need extra help in my course.