Mr. Tom DeMassa 


Contact Information:      Room 15

Phone:                             (480) 472-8069                          

Office Hours:                   tba                          


Class Website:       


Course Description:

Biology is a year-long science lab course covering the many principles that govern living things.  Major areas of study include cell structure, function and processes, genetics, classification, microbiology, plants, animals, human systems and ecology. This course includes the topics of human reproduction and evolution.  


Students will work individually and cooperatively to study and discover many exciting things about the biosphere.  Throughout the course of the year, students will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills using “hands-on” & “minds-on” activities.  NOTE: This course may include dissection. The student will earn one credit upon successful completion of this course towards district graduation and college entrance requirements for 9th - 12th graders. 



Textbook:  Biology by Prentice Hall


Materials Needed: 

  • Biology Textbook
  • Composition Book or Spiral Notebook (Recommended Quad Ruled (Graph Paper))
  • 3-Ring Binder (section for Biology)
  • Pens/Pencils/Highlighters
  • Glue Sticks
  • Colored Pencills
  • Assignment Calendar (this will be given to you in the first week)

  ****Have all materials out and be ready to work at the beginning of class; you do not want to miss anything important!  Being on time to class means that you are in your seat with materials out when the bell rings!!!

  ****A daily agenda will be posted on the overhead or board.  Prepare as directed.



Written Work:

-Class notes will be done in “Cornell Note-taking” Format

-Quality work is completely finished, on time, to the best of your abilities!

-All work must be done neatly.  Work that is not legible or with “no name” will not be accepted.

-All assignments must be completely finished for full credit.  If you need help, ask!  “I do not know” is not an excuse for leaving anything blank!

-Always use “C.S.” (Complete Sentences) 




- Assessments and quizzes will make up 90% of the student grades per district policy.

- All classwork, labs, projects, quizzes and tests will be given a point value.  Point values will vary depending on the amount of work involved.

-Grades will be updated weekly on the MPS Portal.  If you need an activation key, please stop by our registration desk.  Please let me know if you have any is the quickest and best form of communication.

-Letter grades are based on a percentage (%) of the total points.

-The “grading scale” is as follows:


90 – 100%


80 – 89%


70 – 79%


60 – 69%


Less than 59.5%







-A significant part of your grade in this class will come from your individual participation in class and collaborative work with others; therefore attendance is vital for your success in this class.


Absent/Make-up Work:

-It is your responsibility as the student to take care of missing work/tests immediately upon returning to class.  (General rule is 2 days for every 1 day absent to make-up missed work.)

-Labs and tests will be made up during lunch or after school.  (Students must make an appointment with me in order to make up their missed test or lab).

-Unexcused absences = NO credit

-10 absences = an audit.  You lose credit for the entire semester!  (District Policy)


Rules for Success:

-Be on TIME!  (The door closes when the final bell rings and you need to be in your seat.)

-Have necessary materials each day; if you do not come prepared, you will not receive your points for being prepared in your notebook.

-Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed at any time during class.  If seen, they will be taken by the teacher and turned in to administration (School Policy)

-NO gum, candy, food, or drinks allowed in the classroom.

-Use Biology class for Biology work only!

-Class is dismissed by the teacher NOT by the bell.

-Red Mountain High School expectations will be upheld as outlined in the student handbook. Your behavior should be considerate of others and not disruptive or interfering in any way with the education of other students.