Overall, the performance of most students in the first semester met the course expectations. In fact, one period had the highest pass rate (83 percent) in the fifteen years that Mr. Hatfield has taught Biology at Bullard High School, and taken together, all five sections had the best collective pass rate for any fall semester since 2006.
That's a sign that more students than usual figured out how to be successful earlier in the course. To review, what makes a student successful?
- completing all Required Assignments (RA's) correctly, using complete sentences that refer to the original question that show evidence of reasoning
- always giving great effort, coming to class well-prepared and organized on exam days, in order to 'C.O.P.E.' with Mr. Hatfield's challenging exams
- using this course blog to its fullest to make sure you are organized (following the syllabus)
- conscientiously completing your Interactive Notebook on a regular basis.
For this semester, students should begin a new composition notebook. Here is the slide that students should have in their notes to begin the first section of notes, entitled 'The Cell Cycle':