Contact Information
Email: robert.hairston@apsk12.org
Telephone: 404-654-3693

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Educational Philosophy 
I believe there is value in teaching students to think and reason critically. Science emphasizes asking questions, developing and using models, connecting explanations, and engaging in scientific argumentation. It is my desire that all students be able to develop evidence-based answers that they can ably critique and argue. I will provide students with the technology tools to observe and understand that phenomenon has causes and seek evidence to support the possible explanation of those causes.

Biology Course Description:

The Biology curriculum is designed to continue the student investigations of the life sciences that began in grades K-8 and provide students the necessary skills to be proficient in biology by focusing on identifying patterns, processes, and relationships of living organisms. These standards include more abstract concepts such as the interdependence of organisms, the relationship of matter, energy, and organization in living systems, the behavior of organisms, and biological evolution. Students investigate biological concepts through experiences in laboratories and field work using the process of inquiry. Biology students start by developing an understanding of the cellular structure and its role in living cells.

 

The students develop a fundamental understanding of biomacromolecules role, structure, and function related to life processes. The students then analyze how genetic information is passed to their offspring and how these mechanisms lead to variability and species diversity. Students also use cladograms and phylogenetic trees to determine relationships among major groups of organisms. Biology students can recognize the central role the theory of evolution plays in explaining how the diversity observed within species has led to the diversity of life across species through descent with adaptive modification.

Lab Safety Contract

Safety is a primary concern in the biology lab. Students are instructed on safe laboratory practices, but It is also important that parents are aware of these procedures.  Follow the link below or download the PDF to review the specifics of lab safety with your student.

After reviewing the lab safety contract, please fill out the form below.  In order for students to participate in the lab, a parent/guardian must fill out the form below to indicate that they are aware of the safety procedures.