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MariposaCountyHighSchool

AgricultureDepartment

I.

CourseTitle&Level:
SustainableAgricultureBiology
Department
Agriculture
CourseLength
TwoSemesters
GradeLevel
9
Instructor
MichelleWise
PhoneNumber
(209)7420260Ext.229
EmailAddress
mwise@mcusd.org
II.
BriefCourseDescription
Sustainabilityisbasedonasimpleprinciple:Everythingthatweneedforoursurvivalandwellbeingdepends,either
directlyorindirectly,onourenvironment.Sustainabilitycreatesandmaintainstheconditionsunderwhichhumans
andthebioticworldcanexistinproductiveharmony,thatpermitfulfillingthesocial,economicandother
requirementsofpresentandfuturegenerations.Sustainabilityisimportanttomakingsurethatwehaveandwill
continuetohave,thewater,materials,andresourcestoprotecthumanhealthandourenvironment.
SustainableAgricultureisaoneyearcoursedesignedtointegratebiologicalsciencepracticesandknowledgeinto
thepracticeofsustainableagriculture.Thecourseisorganizedintofourmajorsections,orunits.Withineachunit
specificlifescienceprincipleswillbeidentifiedwithagriculturalprinciplesandpracticesguidingtheacquisitionofthis
knowledge,culminatinginthedevelopmentofasustainablefarmmodelandportfolioofsupportingstudentresearch.

III.

CourseOutline
SEMESTER1
1. Classroomorientation
2. FFALeadershipDevelopment/IntroductiontoSustainableAgriculture
3. ScientificMethod
4. CellStructureandFunction
5. CellsandEnergy
6. CellGrowthandDivision
7. Meiosis
8. FFARecordBook
SEMESTER2
1. Genetics
2. DNA
3. Evolution
4. Animal/HumanSystems
5. PlantLife
6. Fetalpigs
7. SupervisedAgricultureExperience
8. FFARecordBook
IV.InstructionalStrategies:
Thiscourseisdividedintotwoareasofstudy:
A.Individual,Group,andClassactivities:
Theseactivitiesincludeteacherdemonstrations,lecture,
Oraldiscussion,videos,readingassignments,andprojects.
B.LaboratoryActivities:
Theseactivitiesincludehandsonlearningexperienceusingthe
greenhousefacilities,farmlaboratoryandclassroomlaboratory.
Dissectionswillbepartoftheclass.
V.SupplementalTexts:

BiologyTextbook,McDougalLittell
BiologyLabManual,McDougalLittell
NewHorizonsMagazine,NationalFFAOrganization
FFAManual,NationalFFAOrganization

VI.MethodsofAssessment:

Oraldiscussion
Participation
TestandQuizzes
Group&IndividualPresentations
Labexperiments&activities
Researchprojects

VII.SuppliesNeedforClass:
A.Pencil
B.RedPen
C.BluePen
D.BinderPaper
E.3RingBinder/Folder
F.Chromebookcomputer(CHARGED)

VIII.Absences:

Studentswillhaveadifficulttimeinthisclassiftheymisslabsandothergroup
assignments.Studentswillhaveonefulldaytomakeupworkforeachdaythey
havemissed.Itisthestudentsresponsibilitytogetthemissedwork and
assignments.Pleaserefertomygoogleclassroomtoseewhatyouhavemissedandthe
googlecalendartokeepcurrentwiththeclass.Studentsneedtocomeinontheirowntimetogethelportoseewhatthey
havemissed,notinthemiddleofclass.

IX.QuizzesandTests:

Everyunitwillhaveatleastonequizandonetest.Ireservetherighttogivepop
quizzesiftheneedarises.(Rememberitisthestudentsresponsibilityto
checkwithmetomakeupatestorquiz).
X.RecordBooks
EachstudentisrequiredtokeepaCaliforniaAgricultureRecordBook.The
recordbookwillbeprovidedforyouduringthesemester.Wewillwork
periodicallyonyourrecordbookthroughouttheyear.Yourrecordbookwillbe
partofyourclassroomassignmentgrade.
XI.Consequences:
1stoffenseTeacher/Studentconference,parentcontact
2ndoffenseTeacher/Studentconference,parentcontact,lunchdetention
3rdoffenseTeacher/Student/Parent/Counselorconference,classperiodsuspension
4thoffenseReferraltoAssistantprincipalandparentcontactandtwodayclasssuspension
5thoffenseReferraltoCounselorforachangeinclass

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PLEASESIGNANDRETURNTHISBOTTOMHALFNOLATERTHANMONDAY,AUGUST22,2016

I,______________________________________havereadthefollowingcoursesyllabusformyAgricultureBiologyclass.I
havebeeninformedofthecourserequirements,gradingpolicy,rulesandconsequences.Bysigningthefollowingcontact,I
agreetoobeythetermsofthisclass.IalsoamawarethatIwillberequiredtoattendorparticipateinatleast3FFAactivities
eachsemestertoearnmy15%gradetowardstheclass.

____________________________________(PrintedNameofStudent)

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StudentsSignature
Date

IhavereadandunderstandthecoursesyllabusformychildsAgricultureBiologyclass.Ialsounderstandthat15%ofmy
childsgradeisbasedonhis/herparticipationin3FFAactivitiespersemester.(SeeMrs.WisesPhilosophiesandGrading
Standards)

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ParentsSignature

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