• Name: Patrick W. Hancock
    Subject: Regents Biology (a/k/a Living Environment),  Introductory Plant Science,  Human Anatomy
    Email: patrick.hancock@wcsdny.org    
    Phone: 897-6700 ext. 30034
     
     Hi Scholars,

    WELCOME BACK TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR.  THERE IS A PARAGRAPGH FOR EACH OF YOU SO PLEASE READ ON.

    FRESHMEN, WELCOME TO A NEW BUILDING.  SENIORS, WELCOME TO YOUR LAST YEAR IN AN OLD BUILDING!

    FOR ALL OF YOU:
     
    Your success remains our goal.  Success is not automatic.  SO STUDY FOR YOUR QUIZZES AND TESTS!!! Set the bar for mastery, which is 85 or higher. While test taking is harder for some than for others, there is still no substitute for REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW.  Everyone is capable.  You may have to develop your OWN way of doing things but as long as the work is getting done and it is your own work, I'll be happy and so will  you. No one comes to school WISHING to do poorly.  We all like good grades.  But doing well requires effort.
     
    BIOLOGY:  JOHN JAY CAN BE A BIG PLACE AT FIRST.  ANY QUESTIONS, ISSUES, CONCERNS......PLEASE ASK.  WE WILL HELP IF WE CAN. 
     
    ABOUT THE COURSE.......
     
    VIDEOS: IF YOU YOU DON'T LIKE TO READ AND WOULD RATHER USE YOUR COMPUTER OR DEVICE TO STUDY..........THERE ARE LOADS OF SHORT VIDEOS (LESS THAN 15 MIN) FOR MOST OF OUR MAJOR TOPICS.  CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING AND USE THE ONES YOU LIKE BEST:
     
          Type into "GOOGLE":   AMOEBA SISTERS ........BIOLOGY........TOPIC  (A CARTOON BUT BASIC AND CLEAR)
                                           BOZEMANSCIENCE.COM..........BIOLOGY..........TOPIC
                                           HANK GREEN..........BIOLOGY...........TOPIC    (HE TALKS A LITTLE FAST)
                                           KHAN ACADEMY..........BIOLOGY...........TOPIC  (NARRATED NOTE GIVING) 
     
                                
    It is difficult to overemphasize the importance of completing your LAB ASSIGNMENTS.  Every year a handful of students (usually <5) are not permitted to take the final exam because they have not completed the required minimum of 1200 minutes of successful labs.  Don't you be one of them!   
     
    I stay after school EVERY WEDNESDAY for help or just to provide a quiet place to get work done. If Wed. does not work, ask and we can set an appointment. If no one shows up by 2:45,  I will go on about my other business. For some of you, a little one-on-one may be just the thing to get you through the course in good shape.  If you need a quiet, structured space to get work done, "PROJECT HOMEWORK" in room 197 is also available after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays....ask me about it. 
     
    Keep your priorities clear.  High School is fun, there is more freedom,  more social interaction, etc.  This is all important........So is developing good judgement. Don't let a little extra social time or computer time or cell phone usage conflict with doing well in your classes.  Your high school diploma and a good transcript can open many doors for you in the future.
     
    Class materials include: 3 ring binder (NOT FOLDERS), 3 hole spiral back notebook, pencils, pens, eraser, ruler,  most important........yourself.  There is a very clear relationship between classroom success and good attendance.  BE HERE!
     
    Other odds and ends:
     
    If you wish to explore, review, prepare, or just acquaint yourselves with the final exam, check out the following BIOLOGY websites:
                                              
     
     
    PLANT SCIENCE:
     
    This is the second year for this course.  It is based on the CASE curriculum (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education.  A major goal is to strike a balance between classroom science and how that science is applied in the "real world".  There are many plant based businesses in our area ranging from restaurants, food stores, and food processing, to farm markets, landscaping, and production agriculture.  A little plant knowledge can go a long way in these career paths. 
     
    Just because it is an elective, don't think there is no work to do or that you can cruise through the class effortlessly.  There is work to be done.  The good news?......... while I will administer a final exam, there is NO exam from New York State (non-regents). Also, we will try to get outside to the greenhouse at least weekly.  We will be growing things.
     
    HUMAN ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY AND DISEASE
     
    This is the second year for this elective, my first year.  he game plan is to review some basic biology and biochemistry first, and then work through each of the major human body systems.
    We will look at structure and function of each system and also some of the more common malfunctions.  I have some flexibility so if there is a disease or condition you want to make sure
    I include, let me know or drop me a note.
     
     
    I wish you ALL a  GREAT year.  You can make that happen.  Excellence is a state of mind, so reach for it.  If science has not been "your thing" or if you have not done so well in the past, this is a great opportunity for a new beginning.  The past is the past, it is over. As far as I am concerned you all start with a "clean slate". 
     
    If you are having any issues: academic, grades, social stuff, finding your way, please feel free to speak to me.  John Jay can be a big place for freshmen and upper classmen alike.  I am happy to help in any way that I can.  Lastly, as Winston Churchill said, "Never, Ever, Give Up".
      
    ALL THE BEST,
    MR. HANCOCK