• Welcome Policy

    Marine Bio 2016-2017

    Ms. Cynthia Ezzard-Sozanski


    School Grading Policy:  See Student hand book


    Your grade for this class will be determined by a total point system:



    Quizzes will be given periodically.  The purpose of a quiz is to let you know if you’re meeting the objectives, before the end of the chapter.  If you fail a quiz or test, you may make it up to a minimal passing score, within one week.



    ·     Although you and your lab partner(s) collect identical data, the interpretations of this data will be different and your answers to questions related to the lab will not be the same. Therefore, lab reports must not be copied from either your lab partner or any other classmate. All Labs with identical reports will not be graded.

    ·     Some labs require calculations of various types. Write complete calculation set-ups neatly. Include all units in the set-up and the answer. Show all work, with boxes drawn around the answers or type in bold.

    ·     Most labs have questions regarding the data. Copy the questions down and answer in complete sentences. It is ALWAYS expected that you will explain your answers.

    ·     For full credit on any lab you must include your raw data. All quantitative and qualitative observations must be recorded with proper units.

    ·     Students must time their lab so that they are finished cleaning up by class dismissal. Points will be deducted if student(s) don’t clean up their lab area.

    ·     Safety goggles must be worn at all times during a lab period. If appropriate safety rules are not followed student(s) could be asked to sit at their desk for the remainder of the lab period and will have earned a 0 for the lab.

    ·     Lab reports should be put into your binder after they are graded and returned.


    Homework/Class work /Class Participation:

    Homework assignments will be spot checked for completeness on the day they are due or collected and given feedback. Homework is due at the beginning of class. If homework isn’t done at the beginning of class it is considered late.  If your homework is late, it may be turned in within 2 days for half credit, otherwise it will remain a 0. 

    Two Identical papers (or nearly identical) both get a 0.

    Late work Policy:

    Late lab report submissions receive a 10 point reduction for 1 day late, 20 point reduction for 2 days late, and so on. After 3 days a complete lab report will receive a maximum of 50%. If you have difficulty meeting a project deadline, please see me before the project is due. I may grant extra time if special arrangements have been made.



    Unexcused lateness will not be tolerated. If a previous teacher causes you to be late please bring a pass to class from that teacher.



    When absent, it is the student’s responsibility to complete all missing work, and make arrangements to make up any labs, tests, or quizzes. A zero will be received for any work not made up in a reasonable period of time. (Please refer to the school calendar for time allowed to make up work) When you are absent you are responsible for finding out what work you missed. Do not ask the teacher what you missed at the beginning of class because I need that time to get ready for class. Ask at a time when I am not busy or come in after school. Do not assume that I will tell you what you missed.

    ·     First ask a classmate what you missed and for any notes that were taken.

    ·     Second, give a note to Ms. Ezzard with a list of the days you were absent and ask for a list of what you missed.  (I usually need time to make a list of missing work)

    ·     If you don’t make up the missing work in the time dictated by school policy you will receive a zero.


    Laboratory work due to absence must be made up within one week unless specifically excused by the teacher. All such outside class laboratory work must be done after school or during study periods as room availability permits. In the interest of safety, all such work must be done in the presence of a teacher.


    School Closing:

    If due to any reason there is a test, quiz, homework, or assignment/project due on the day school is cancelled, it will be rescheduled the day the students return to school.


    What Ms. Ezzard Expects From You:

    Class Rules

    1)  Be in your seat when the late bell rings.

    2)  Listen attentively and respect anyone who is speaking.

    3)  Always have an iPad, pen, pencil, covered textbook, and notebook during class.

    4)  Be courteous to me and to one another at all times.  The means NO talking when anyone else is speaking.

    5)  Be honest and feel comfortable enough to ask questions during class. Please raise your hand.

     Any inappropriate actions (rude, discourteous, etc.) or violations of the class rules will result in the following:


    1)  Warning

    2)  Seat Change

    3)  Teacher Detention, Call Home

    4)  phone call to parent

    5)  Conduct report (Office Referral) 

    Note: Some steps may be skipped or added depending on the severity of the inappropriate actions.


    Meeting the expectations will result in an enjoyable working area.


    Let’s Have A Great Year!




    You can earn an extra 20 points per marking period. That is a maximum of 2 points on the marking period grade. You must hand in 5 extra credit assignments each marking period.  Each extra credit is worth 4 points and must be completed as follows.


    1.  Hand written

    2.  Proper heading

    3.  Choose a current science article from the Science Times section of The New York Times. Can be found every Tuesday.

    4.  Read the article.

    5.  Write a summary of the article.

    6.  Write a paragraph response/opinion of the article.

    7.  List at least three important facts mentioned in the article.

    8.  Write at least two related questions.

    9.  Include a copy of the article.


    You must have accumulated a minimum of 10 extra credit points per marking period in order to receive a 1 point increase on the marking period average. You must have accumulated a minimum of 20 extra credit points per marking period in order to receive a 2 point increase on the marking period average.


    So…..if your average is 83 for a given marking period and you did 20 points of extra credit for that given marking period you will now have an 85 average.


    Yippee!!!! Extra Credit!!!!!

    Topics to be covered:


    Intro to Marine Bio & History

    Challenges of Life in the Sea, Perpetuating Life

    Microbial World – Prokaryotes, Protists, Fungi, Flowering Plants


    Marine Fishes

    Vertebrates – Reptiles, Birds, Marine Mammals


    Resources from the Sea

    Impact of Humans on the Marine Environment

    Oceans & Human Affairs

Last Modified on September 20, 2016