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    Biology I                                                                                                          Mrs. Teresa R. Schiltz, B.S., M.Ed.                                         

    1st semester 2017-18                                                                                       Room 210




        I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Byrnes High School and to my Biology class.  It is my hope that you will learn to love Biology, as much as I do.  It is the basis for all life on earth and the things we enjoy most in nature.  We will study a variety of topics and I want you to get actively involved in the lessons. South Carolina now requires that students PASS Biology in order to receive a diploma as one of the three required science credits (see Student handbook).


        Let me tell you a little bit about myself, and assure you that I look forward to getting to know you this school year.  I am a graduate of James F. Byrnes High, Class of 1978.  I went to Wofford College, where I earned a B.S. in Biology in 1982.  I worked at Springs Industries in Lyman and then began graduate school at Converse College, where I earned a Master of Education degree in Secondary Science in 1985.  I completed my Master’s plus 30 hours in Health Education in 2003.  I began teaching at Spartanburg High School in 1984 and remained there for twenty-two years, prior to coming to Byrnes in 2006.  I am a lifelong resident of this area and simply decided that I wanted to come home to Byrnes.


        I have been married to Gene Schiltz for 35 years and we have two children.  Our son Tres is a 2004 graduate of BHS and a 2011 graduate of the Pharmacy school at MUSC.  Our daughter Brittany is a 2007 BHS graduate and is a 2011 graduate of USC-Upstate.  This truly is home to me and my family and I want you to have the best experience ever, while you are at Byrnes.  This is a place that offers you a lot of opportunities and I challenge you to make the most of every one of them.




    Introduction:  Biology is the study of living things.  The vocabulary is somewhat different from the terms you use each day, so understanding of the vocabulary is essential to your success. Since this a lab science class, required for graduation, you should understand that you will have to STUDY.   If you will do a little each night and you will not only do well; you will learn some fascinating things.


    Attendance:  It is very important that you attend class every day!  It is YOUR responsibility to find out what you missed and make up any work.  Please check the make-up baskets, for your work.  If there is nothing there, please ask me on the day you return.  I will try to remember, but please understand that this is YOUR responsibility.  Just because you missed the class, does not mean that you are not going to be held accountable for what was taught.  Keep up! 


    Grading:  Your grade will come from a variety of different sources.  Parents, you should expect a progress report about once a month.  I will send an email note and post this on my web page that these have been sent home.  Remember that the S.C. EOC test is 20% of your FINAL grade.  This is a part of the uniform grading scale, used statewide.  Therefore, each nine weeks is worth 40% of the final overall grade.  The nine weeks’ grade will be broken down as follows:

          1. Tests/Projects 40%                                     2. Homework  10%                                             3. Labs  10%                                                                   4. Quizzes 15%.                                             5. Class activities 25%



    Tests:  Tests will be given at the end of each chapter/topic of study.  These will be announced well in advance so that you will have ample time to prepare. A help session will be available after school on the day prior to the test. If you are absent on test day, I will most likely expect you to take the test on the day that you return to school, if you only miss the one day.  The make-up will either be during class or after school. This is so that you do not forget this information or delay in making it up, resulting in a zero on the test.  If you are absent on the day before an announced test and no new material was discussed on the day of your absence, you will be expected to take the test with your class.  Plan ahead!  If you study each night, you will always have your materials at home with you.  I realize that there are unexpected emergencies and I will work with you to make up these tests.  Make up work must be completed within five school days.  This is school policy.


    Homework:   will be assigned several times each week.  It is due when called for in class, most likely to be used for that day’s activities.  If it is turned in the next day, 50% is the best grade you can receive.  There will be times when doing the assignment after the due date will not be possible, if it is a part of the lesson on the due date.  I do not believe in homework on the weekend, nor do I give tests on Mondays.  I want you to enjoy the weekend with your family and friends, but I want you to give me your very best during the school week.  The homework is assigned with a purpose, so it is needed as assigned.  Don’t take the chance that you may hand it in late, please do it as assigned. Not all homework is a written assignment.  I give quizzes almost daily, expecting that you will study each night.


    End of course test- The state of South Carolina requires an end of course examination for Biology.  It will be given to  Biology I students the week of  December 11, 2017.  This will be 20% of grade as mandated by state law.


    Supplies:  Be prepared!  You are expected to bring your textbook, notebook, paper and pencil or pen to class every day, even on test days.  You may find that index cards are a great tool for studying.  If you make flash cards you can review materials quickly and efficiently.  We will also use colored pencils or markers, if you prefer to have your own, that is fine, but they will be provided in class, but you may not take them home with you.




    1. All Byrnes High School rules apply. Students should familiarize themselves with the Conduct and Discipline Code set forth in the Agenda.
    2. I will expect you to act like young adults. This means having a good attitude and showing respect to others. 
    3. Please come in and be seated before the bell, so that we may begin promptly. You may find an assignment or activity listed on the board, which will be your first task.
    4. No unnecessary talking during class lecture or activity. As young adults, you should refrain from disrupting class.
    5. Be on time, be prepared and BEHAVE!
    6. Bathroom visits should be kept to a minimum and should be completed during class change, or at the beginning of the period, before class begins. If you have a special medical situation, please indicate this in the space provided at end of this form.
    7. The above items will result in an immediate referral, when dictated by the Discipline Code. Other violations will result in after school detention with the teacher.  Should a student receive more than three detentions they will then be given referred to a principal anytime thereafter due to excessive class disruption. 


         Communication is important in the success of your student in all academic pursuits.  I would like to establish email contact with you from the beginning of the semester, if possible.  I realize that email access is not available to all, but may be possible through your workplace.  My email address is Teresa.Schiltz@spart5.net . If you have email access; please send me a note at this address to establish this vital communication link.  I will send out notes advising you of upcoming tests and keeping you informed of your student’s progress.  If you do not have e-mail access and need to contact me with a concern, please call the school and leave a message on my voice mail 949-2355 ext. 7212 and a number where you can be reached.  I will call you back during my conference period.  I have a web page that you can access through the BHS site.  However, I do not post assignments, etc. to that page.


         I look forward to having a wonderful year with your student.  Do not hesitate to contact me with any question or concern that you may have.  By working together, we can give your student the best academic year he/she has ever had. 


    Tutoring:  I will be more than happy to provide extra help any time that you should need it.  The REBEL SUCCESS Center is also open on Monday  and Wednesday  from 3:45-5:00.  This is free of charge and may prove beneficial to you during the semester.


    OPEN HOUSE is Tuesday, August 29, 2017  6:00-7:30 PM.  I look forward to meeting you then.