Mr.  Eric  Murray
Science Department/Bio 9 & Ast/Met Teacher
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Subjects Taught
Astronomy, Intro to Biology/Chemistry, Meteorology


Course Overview:

            Students should expect to have assignments, projects, and/or homework throughout this course.  This one year study of biology and chemistry will focus on the prerequisite, essential, and core content statements as developed by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).  Areas of study will include: Scientific Inquiry, Energy and Matter, Atomic Structure, The Chemistry of Life, The Cell, and Animal Form and Function.  Students will learn science from the smallest particles (atoms) all the way through body systems with focuses on the relationships of particles increasing size and complexity.  Grading in this course will be more heavily influenced by daily work, projects/presentations, and assessments.  This is the first year of a two year program with students enrolling in Biology 10 as sophomores.

This science class is designed in accordance to the State of Michigan’s Course Content Standards.  Successful completion of this class will fulfill the 1 year of “Additional Science” requirement for graduation according to the Michigan Department of Education.


IB Overview:

International Baccalaureate (IB) offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. IB is a different way of approaching education. It is employed to organize cross-curricular units to give students a broader perspective of course content. Its main goal is to increase student awareness of global issues and better prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century. This course will still follow the Michigan Merit Curriculum based on the State of MI High School Content Expectations, but will be organized into IB units.

The aim of all IB programs is to develop students who strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. The traits of IB Learner Profile are embedded into every learning opportunity so students will develop their awareness of, and sensitivity to, the experiences of others beyond the local or national community.  This Introduction to Biology and Chemistry course will focus on developing and incorporating all facets of the learner profile with an emphasis on inquirers, knowledgeable, communicators, and principled.


IB Learner Profile –

Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance.  In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.


Real World Application:

            Students completing this course will gain a better understanding as to how Science is used all around us.  All facets of Engineering, electronics (cell phones, iPods®, etc.), the music and movie industries, video game programming and manufacturing, health and nutrition, athletic/sports training, medical, ecology, alternative energy, agriculture, oil and gas industry are examples of where science is utilized on a daily basis to help us as humans live safer, more efficient lives.



            1. Teach and experience the scientific method as a problem solving method.

            2. Experience the metric system, graphing, and data analysis.

            3. Introduction to Energy and Matter as it relates to living organisms

            4. Introduction to Atoms and Chemistry

            5. Introduction to macromolecules – Proteins, Carbohydrates, etc.

            6. Introduction to living organisms starting at the cellular level and increasing complexity

            7. Introduction to the energy conversion at the cellular level- i.e. Photosynthesis

            8. Introduction to basic body systems


Course Content: (*Subject matter and course schedule subject to change.)

            1. Scientific Method/Metric System

            2. Energy and Matter

            3. Atoms/Organic Chemistry

            4. Cells, Cell Structure, and Cellular Energy

            5. Tissues and Body Systems


Text Reminders: Parents and especially students are highly recommended to sign up with the text reminder because it is my way of communicating to students directly. As long as you can text, you can sign up. All you need to do is text @murraybio9 to the number 81010 and when it replies to please put your first and last name.


Extra Credit: In order to receive extra credit for the class here is what you need to do:

  • Find an article that deals with science (newspaper, magazine, internet, ect.)
  • You then have to write about what the article is about AND how it relates to science and the real world
  • Half page, typed, single spaced, Times New Roman and 12 point font
  • Attach the hard copy or a copy of the article to your half page summary


Fifteen points for each article; three articles maximum each semester. It is either fifteen points or zero so make sure you follow the criteria.



Course Materials:

Students are expected to bring their required materials to class every day!  Students who fail to bring their required materials will be considered tardy and subject to disciplinary action.

Required Materials

Suggested Materials

1. Textbook (school issued in Nov.)

2. Folder with metal tabs or a 3 ring binder

3. Writing utensil – Pencil or Ink (Black or Blue      only!)

4. Current and past assignments

1. Notecards

2. Colored Pencils

3. Calculator

4. Metric Ruler

5. Hi-Lighters (various colors)

            *If anyone is unable to obtain these required materials, please speak to me privately.




Course Expectations:

This classroom follows 5 basic expectations:

Be on Time!  Be Prepared!  Be Responsible!  Be Considerate!  Be Positive!

è Attendance –

            Students are expected to be in class every day.  Current educational studies have             proven that a student’s attendance has a direct effect on that student’s classroom             performance and classroom behavior.

-       If a student is absent then it is the responsibility of the student to find out what they have missed and complete assignments in a timely manner according to the OHS student handbook.

-       If a student misses a test, qu-est, or quiz they have 5 school days to make it up before school, after school (starting mid-March), or at lunch.

è Tardy –

Students are expected to be in their assigned seats when the bell starts.  Gathering of materials, using the restroom, sharpening of pencils, etc. is expected to be done during passing time. 

This course will follow the tardy/discipline policy set forth by the Student Handbook for students not in the classroom at the start of the bell!

àHomework/Grading Policy

            Students are expected to complete all assignments on their own and on time!     

All assignments subject to the following policy unless otherwise noted:

                        1 Day Late à Loses 25% of total points

                        2 Days Late à Loses 50% of total points

                        3 Days Late à Automatic Zero!

                        No Late Points on Effort Graded Assignments!

                        No Name on any assignment = No grade!

·         At the end of each semester each student will be given an “easter egg” to turn in any failing assignment for full credit within 24 hours of when the “easter egg” is given.

·         Binders –Binders will be collected and graded at the end of each chapter test.  It is very important that students take responsibility for their materials and learn to organize them for later studying.

·         Grading Procedure à Students caught cheating, copying, etc. will lose credit for the assignment along with possible disciplinary action in accordance to the OHS Student Handbook.

                                    1. Semester grades will be based on the following formula:

                                                40% Marking Period 1

                                                40% Marking Period 2

                                                20% Semester Exam

                                    2. All assignments will be graded fairly and impartially.

Grading Scale

100% - 90%   A

89% - 80% B

79% - 70%    C

69% - 60% D

59% - 0%  F


è Discipline Policy –

1.    Students are expected to abide by all rules/guidelines in accordance with the OHS Student Handbook.  Students who violate any rule will be immediately sent to the office, a referral will be written, and a phone call will be made home to the parent/guardian.  Students are at OHS to earn an education, not for a social gathering!

2.    If students are being disruptive there is a three strike policy:

a.    Verbal warning

b.    Removal from class into hallway, we will talk, possibly re-enter the class

c.    Removal from class and sent to the main office with a referral



            I hope this year will be as exciting and productive for the students as I have planned.  If at any time you have a question or concern about lessons, homework, or quizzes/tests; please feel free to email me at or you can call me at 989-729-5546.  I will try to respond as soon as I can to your emails or voice mails.


            Good luck and let’s have some fun!


Mr. Murray