• Contact information:

    Name: Kim Crine

    E-mail: kim.crine@ankenyschools.org

    School phone: (515) 965-9705



    How students will be graded:


    • A 0-100 percent scale will be utilized at the secondary level in the Ankeny Community School District.
    • Letter grades will continue to be assigned for all courses at the secondary level based on the 0-100 percent scale.
    • When a rubric is converted to a letter grade, the 0-100 percent scale will be employed.
    • Categories/Weighting in Infinite Campus: Fall Semester; Nature of Science 25%, Ecology 50%, Cells 25%




    Board-Approved Standards:

    7.01 Apply the five essential features of scientific inquiry in the context of life science.

    7.02 Summarize the relationship between cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and whole organism.

    7.03 Identifies and describes the structure and function of the cell.

    7.04 Explain and demonstrate how different organisms pass on traits.

    7.05 Explain and predict how gene functions influence traits of individual organisms.

    7.06 Compare and contrast the structure and function within the levels of organization among organisms.

    7.07 Describe how changes in external environmental conditions impact the survival of individuals and species.

    7.08 Analyze the interdependency of organisms within an ecosystem.

    7.09 Illustrate the cycling of matter and energy in ecosystems

    7.10 Determine the effects of human interactions on ecosystem stability and the global implications.

    7.11 Explain potential causes of disease and their impact on body systems.

    7.12 Analyze how organ systems interact with each other to coordinate body functions and prevent disease.



    Guiding Practices:



    -If a student scores below 75% then he/she is required to retake

    -If a student scores above 75% then he/she must initiate communication with the teacher

    -Students are allowed one re-take per assessment and will receive the most recent score (even if it’s lower)

    -Students are allowed to re-take after proof of further learning

    -Completed in a timely fashion per teacher discretion



    -All scores will be on a 10 point scale

    -Grades will be fully based on summative assessments



    Multiple and Varied Assessment Opportunities (including Retakes)

    All students should have multiple assessment opportunities to demonstrate higher levels of achievement. The opportunities may be initiated by the instructor or the student, but always at the instructor’s discretion. Additional opportunities may include retakes of an alternate form of an assessment (e.g., Form B instead of Form A), student revisions of work products based on descriptive feedback, or alternative methods of assessments (e.g., an oral response rather than a written test).


    Guidelines for retakes include the following:

    • Students will be provided the opportunity to be reassessed (i.e., retakes and homework).
    • Teachers determine appropriateness and authentic need for reassessments.
    • Generally, reassessments will be limited to one retake per assessment. Additional reassessments will be provided at the discretion of the teacher.
    • Retakes will be taken within a reasonable time frame that the teacher determines and informs students of in advance.


    Homework / Independent Practice

    Homework is an opportunity for students to practice skills, apply knowledge, review and build on past learning, and extend learning. Homework is individualized and based on each student’s progress towards established standards. The purpose of the assignment will determine whether or not a grade is given and will be clearly articulated to students. Through independent learning tasks (homework), students assume more responsibility for their learning and are given opportunities to apply what they have learned to new situations or experiences.

    Extra Credit and Bonus Points

    To ensure that grades reflect progress toward and achievement of the standards, giving extra credit points or bonus points will not occur in this class.


    Behavioral Expectations

    • The vision of the Ankeny Community Schools is that behavior will be reported separately from academic achievement.
    • Behavior expectations for this course: Respectful, Responsible, and Safe


    Formative and Summative Assessment:


    • Formative Assessment:Formal and informal processes teachers and students use to gather evidence for the purpose of improving learning.


    • Summative Assessment:Assessments that provide evidence of student achievement