• Name: Patrick W. Hancock
    Subject: Regents Biology (a/k/a Living Environment)

                  Introductory Plant Science

     
    Email: patrick.hancock@wcsdny.org    
    Phone: 897-6700 ext. 30034
     
     Hi Scholars,

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL......SEE YOU IN 2019

    The end of the second marking period approaches!!!! Make sure all of your labwork and homeworks is getting done.
     
    HEADS UP! MRS. LYONS WILL BE OUT FOR SEVERAL WEEKS FOR A MEDICAL PROCEDURE.  MR. TURNER WILL BE TAKING OVER DURING THAT TIME.  HE IS CERTIFIED IN SCIENCE AND IN SPECIAL ED.  WELCOME MR. TURNER!!
     
    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:
     
    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:
     
          "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 (last year only 2 of mine) are not permitted to take the final exam because they have not completed the required 1200 minutes of successful labs.  Don't you be one of them!   
     
    I will stay after school EVERY WEDNESDAY for help or just to provide a quiet place to get work done. Or, if Wed. does not work, ask and we can set an appointment. But 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....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 should include: 3 ring binder, 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!
     
    Some 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:
                                              www.regentsprep.org
     
                                              www.biologyjunction.com
                                           
                                              http://phschool.com/science/biology_place/
     
                                              http://www.regentsprep.org/Regents/biology/biology.cfm
     
                                              http://www.regentsreviewlive.net/
     
                                              http://www.lpscience.fatcow.com/jwanamaker/index.htm
     
     
    If you check my "links" you will find other tutorials you might find useful, especially if you don't like to read your textbook. 
     
    PLANT SCIENCE:
     
    This is a new course this year.  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).
     
    THE GREENHOUSE IS FINALLY UP (A LITTLE COLD NOW).........HOPEFULLY WE WILL START GOING OUT LATE FEB OR EARLY MARCH.
     
     
    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