TAMISCAL HIGH SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE AGREEMENT

STUDENT _______________________________________ COURSE 40012: INTEGRATED SCIENCE 2

I. Student Learning Outcomes
All Tamiscal courses share the purpose of helping the student read, write, speak, and solve problems effectively. All courses within the Science Department work toward developing the student's ability to formulate questions about what he reads; to apply what he reads to problem-solving situations; to use technology for problem-solving and to illustrate his findings; to develop algebraic skills; and to expand his research skills.

Students will (1) demonstrate, through the use of on-demand tests and performance assessments, scientific knowledge and its application as relating to the following content organizing units: Space Exploration and Scientific Method; Global Climate; San Francisco Bay; Origins; Disease; (2) design and conduct scientific experiments and demonstrate critical thinking skills in the analysis and presentation of their results; (3) apply mathematical knowledge and skills to analyze scientific data, processes and problems; (5) conduct informational research on scientific topics and evaluate and synthesize their research; (6) present findings of both research and experiments in written and/or oral formats.

II. Activities
In addition to readings from the assigned textbooks, students will (1) complete weekly lab assignments and keep a record of experiments and activities in a lab notebook/journal; (2) do unit projects; (3) prepare presentations; (4) write reports on science readings from newspapers and current science journals; (5) take quizzes and tests in a timely fashion.

III. Resources
In addition to the textbook, students are expected to utilize Tamiscal Homepage links, the internet, Electric Library, District and County Libraries, CDs, videos, and relevant media.

IV. Assessment
Assignments for this course will include preparation and testing for meeting District Outcome Assessments. For the purposes of evaluation and grading during the course, the following methods may be used: weekly assignments; projects; laboratory work; written reports; presentations; participation; quizzes and exams. Students will be informed of the grading criteria at the beginning of each semester.

Students enrolled in this course will participate in all District Assessments. The Lab Analysis and Reflection Paper will be used districtwide to assess student performance in Integrated Science 1 & 2: The assignments and scoring rubrics for each assessment will be the district rubric.

V. Duration
The agreement is effective until the end of the current semester.

VI. Progress Monitoring
Progress will be monitored at weekly meetings; therefore, attendance is required. Missed appointments, tests, and assignments will result in partial course credits and may result in required attendance to Supervised Independent Study (SIS).

Grades and credits will be reported at the quarter and end of the semester.

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I accept the terms of this agreement

Student __________________________________________ Date Started _________________

Supervising Teacher ________________________________ Date Completed _______________

Other Staff _______________________________________

Parent __________________________________________

Credits Attempted _____________ Credits Earned _______________ Final Grade_____________




TAMALPAIS UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Tamiscal High School
305 Doherty Dr.
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 945-3750




To: Parents/Guardians of Integrated Science Students
From: Tamiscal Science Department
Re: Human Reproduction and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Instruction

The purpose of this letter is to inform you, as required by the State of California Education Code, that the Integrated Science Curriculum includes instruction on human reproduction and sexually transmitted diseases.

Students enrolled in Integrated Science will be taught the basic process of reproduction including human reproduction and development through a variety of instructional materials and teaching strategies.

As part of the unit on disease, your child will be expected to study various sexually transmitted diseases. Instruction will include lectures, discussions, worksheets, videos and reading assignments.

These biological topics are an important part of the science curriculum developed by the Tamalpais Union High School District and its science departments. Teaching of this basic information is also recommended by the California State Board of Education.

As a parent/guardian of a student enrolled in this class, you have the right to inspect and review the instructional materials dealing with human reproduction and sexually transmitted diseases. You also have the right to request in writing that your child be excused from those parts of the curriculum which conflict with religious training and beliefs.

Please call if you have any questions. If we can help in any way, please let us know. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.