Course Syllabus

Mrs. Monaco

Contact information:  

Virtual Office hours:   Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm or 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm.  Contact me by email and then I will email back a google meet code so we can talk.

Students will access course information by clicking on  Modules.  All assignments will be at the top of the Distance Learning Module.  Instructions for each day will be in the Daily Instructions File under the day's date.  Please read the Daily Instructions file each day.  It will explain what is to be done for that day.   Students will need their student number and password for NCEdcloud

PARENTS:  Use the following directions to create a Canvas Observer Account

  • Have your student(s) Generate a Pairing Code (this will be different for each student).
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  • Click on Parent of a Canvas User? in the upper right-hand corner of the window.
  • Complete the required information in the window, which will include inputting the student Pairing Code. Multiple students can be added.
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  • What can parents view as an Observer?


Course Description: Biology II Honors and AP Biology

Description:  This course is a two semester sequence designed to be the equivalent of a college biology course. In this course the topics include: biochemistry – molecular building blocks of life, cellular structure and processes, evolution, biodiversity, and Mendelian genetics.  This course will be aligned with the Course and Exam Description given by the AP College Board. Students will complete in depth investigations, while working in teams and independently. The course will focus on in-depth knowledge that will prepare them for the Advanced Placement Test in Biology.  All students will be expected to take the AP Test.


The curriculum units are specifically targeted at the following AP Biology Big Ideas:

Big Idea 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.

Big Idea 2: Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to  maintain dynamic homeostasis

Big Idea 3: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.

Big Idea 4: Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties. 


After the successful completion of this year long course, students may receive college credit at the college of their choice with a qualifying score on the AP exam. (Note: Not all colleges accept the same exam scores, please check with your future college choices to ensure credit.  NC State schools grant credit with a 3 or better.)


This year of Biology is historically a challenging and difficult one, but with effort and dedication, many students do well. There are many resources available to help you, and students using them often succeed. I am committed to helping you be as successful as you choose to be, so please do not hesitate to come in or contact me with any questions, concerns or assistance.


Science Practices needed in AP Biology:

  1. Explain concepts, processes, and models presented in written format.
  2. Analyze visual representations of biological concepts and processes.
  3. Determine scientific questions and methods.
  4. Represent and describe data.
  5. Perform statistical tests and mathematical calculations to analyze and interpret data.
  6. Develop and justify scientific arguments using evidence.

Teacher Expectations:  

  1. Coming to class every day on time and prepared with notebook, pen, etc.
  2. Bringing a fully charged chromebook and earbuds for it every day.
  3. Keeping a notebook and lab book following the format the teacher will show you. 

                        **Please purchase 3 ring binder and looseleaf to be used as a notebook**.

    4) Completing all homework and assignments on time.

   5) Preparing properly for tests by reviewing and studying daily.

   6) Getting assignments promptly after absences (within 3 days).  It is your responsibility to make up what you missed on the day or days of your absence. 

Grading Policy:  

For each 6 weeks:

     Tests/Labs – 40%                                                                         Unit Guide - 30%    

     Classwork and Homework – 30%                                     

You will receive a grade for both Biology II Honors and AP Biology.  Both 9 weeks grade each semester shall count as 40% toward the semesters final grade and a  Final Exam at the end of each semester shall count as 20% toward the final grade that semester..


Class Rules:  All students are expected to be on task and focused during class time.  (No cell phone use

unless part of the lesson).  They are also expected to be respectful at all times to their teacher and fellow



Please feel free to contact me with questions, suggestions, etc.   I can be reached by phone at 919-496-3725, ext. 242 in the afternoon up to 4:00. My e-mail address is  


** I will be available for tutoring after school every day by appointment.  If a student feels they need tutoring they should speak to me and arrange a day.



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