Forensic Science

2016-2017

Welcome!

My name is Michelle Portillo and I am your Forensic science, Anatomy & Physiology teacher, and JV softball coach for the 2016-2017 school year. I earned my degree from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and a minor in Secondary education. This is going to be a great year and I am very excited to be a part of the EMPIRE. I have high expectations for you all, but know that we will work together through everything. Do not hesitate to ask questions. I welcome them. Good luck this year! I look forward to working with you all!



"Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious... and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. - Walt Disney"

Class Expectations

Expectations
1. Always greet me with good morning/good afternoon. Also, make eye contact.
2. Be on time. This habit is good for life, not just the classroom.
3. Put your cell phone down and smell the roses (learn science). Life is going on around you. Enjoy it!
4. Call me by my last name. I learn your name (and 150+ others). You can do it.
5. Under no circumstances is cussing allowed. I won't do it and neither will you. This includes racist/sexist remarks.
6. Do not sharpen your pencil while I am talking, it's rude.
7. If you are absent, do not ask me what you missed, check the calendar or ask your classmates.
8. If I ask "does anyone have a question?" It is implied I am referring to the lecture. Do not raise your hand and ask, "can I go to the restroom?" The answer will be no.
9. When a substitute teacher is present all class rules/expectations still apply. They deserve the same respect that you would give me.
10. The trash can is not a basketball net. Get up and throw your trash away. Do not toss.
11. Please do not spray perfume/cologne in the classroom.
12. During a fire drill, come back immediately. This is not the time for a restroom break.
13. Think before you speak & act.
14. If I choose a consequence for your action, do not argue with me. You may speak to me after class.
15. Be open to learning and always try your best.

EDMODO

We will be using Edmodo this year. You will be required to set up an account. We will be taking quizzes on this platform (daily grades) and you will have access to powerpoints and other assignments on here as well. When setting up account use the following format for login information:


  • Username: Last Name First Name , all in lower case ex: smithmike
  • Password: School Student ID number


It is not required that you put an email address, but if you would like to get emails when page is updated you may put an email address you check often.

Using Remind

Remind is a FREE APP service. It allows you to receive text messages from me about upcoming due dates, assignments, tests etc. It also allows you to message back if you have any questions on assignments. I am available to answer questions through the service Monday through Friday from 4:10-8:00 p.m. I have attached the directions for the service below.
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Wednesday August 3, 2016

Forensic Poster


EQ: What is Forensic Science and what are the necessary skills?

Objective: We will answer questions to create a poster.

Closing Task: I will explain the importance of making observations in FS. (on back of poster)


You can find the PowerPoint for the poster we made in class today right here: https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=KBGqmlIVkUJr9zZmHuhGbERBRVQZOpsaOB4XiWPd3KA%3d&docid=03b4533df9564424ab8d7283085adcbcc&rev=1


Let me know if you have any questions!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Making Observations


EQ: What is Forensic Science and what are the necessary skills?

Objective: We will practice making observations

Closing Task: I will participate in discussion on Edmodo.


You can find the PowerPoint we used in class today right here:

https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=DdhucnPJEUZhb50y%2bsSCaWw0LxQoFXTc8Px0fas3Ot0%3d&docid=0ea7c6d3485974219b2b34fa517bdc75d&rev=1


Let me know if you have any questions!

Friday August 5, 2016

Making an Identification Kit


EQ: What is Forensic Science and what are the necessary skills?

Objective: We will compile a personal identification kit.

Closing Task: I will explain the importance of an ID kit.


****We have an EDMODO QUIZ TODAY.****


You can find the PowerPoint we used in class today right here:

https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=BYKj5fxVf8SGGiLCJgdpKxakUgXSgFq%2f7YYB6XTX%2bgU%3d&docid=021cecdcb19604774952b576e7f0212bc&rev=1


Let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Unit 1: Intro to Crime Scenes Part 1


EQ: What is a crime scene? What are the objectives of a search? What legal considerations need to be made?

Objective: - define vocab terms

- organize information through notes.

Closing Task: I will answer: What is reasonable?


You can find the PowerPoint we used in class today right here:

https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=l%2f3nApYx6AhfydP5%2fBkt7t3Y6Az6qiNJnWigI0Z5pI4%3d&docid=0a52fb88224a94ddea441f86f67c56ee6&rev=1

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Unit 1: Intro to Crime Scenes Part 2

EQ: What is a crime scene? What are the objectives of a search? What legal considerations need to be made?

Objective: We will -listen to a short lecture.

-organize information through notes.

Closing Task: I will summarize notes Unit 1 notes.


You can find the PowerPoint we used in class today right here:

https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=l%2f3nApYx6AhfydP5%2fBkt7t3Y6Az6qiNJnWigI0Z5pI4%3d&docid=0a52fb88224a94ddea441f86f67c56ee6&rev=1

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Unit 1: Intro to Crime Scenes Part 2

EQ: What is a crime scene? What are the objectives of a search? What legal considerations need to be made?

Objective: We will


  • --finish notes & summary


  • Read an article and organize info

8/10/16
Use this webpage to complete the graphic organizer on Slide 23. In the center circle you should write "Exceptions to the search warrant requirement". In the 6 boxes write (1 per box): FOR EACH ONE GIVE A DEFINITON AND AN EXAMPLE .
1. Consent​
2. Incident to Lawful Arrest​
3. Stop-and-Frisk​
4. Plain View​
5. Automobile exception​
6. Emergencies, effervescent evidence, hot pursuit

http://nationalparalegal.edu/conLawCrimProc_Public/ProtectionFromSearches&Seizures/ExToWarrantReq.asp



Closing Task: I will memorize Miranda rights for quiz on Friday.


You can find the PowerPoint we used in class today right here:

https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=l%2f3nApYx6AhfydP5%2fBkt7t3Y6Az6qiNJnWigI0Z5pI4%3d&docid=0a52fb88224a94ddea441f86f67c56ee6&rev=1

Thursday August 11, 2016

Unit 2: Crime Scene Professionals

EQ: Who is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the scene? How is this done?

Objective: We will

  • listen to a short lecture.
  • Edmodo Unit 1 (fill in the blank)

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Closing Task: I will complete Unit 1 assignment in Edmodo


You can find the PowerPoint we used in class today right here:

https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=l%2f3nApYx6AhfydP5%2fBkt7t3Y6Az6qiNJnWigI0Z5pI4%3d&docid=0a52fb88224a94ddea441f86f67c56ee6&rev=1

Friday, August 12, 2016

Unit 2: Crime Scene Professionals

EQ: Who is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the scene? How is this done?

Objective: We will

  • watch and analyze the JonBenet Ramsey Case.

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Closing Task: I will reflect on case


Here is the link to the video we watched in class today:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fv1SLwe9oY

Monday, August 15, 2016

Unit 2: Crime Scene Professionals

EQ: Who is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the scene? How is this done?

Objective: We will

  • take notes on CS professionals

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Closing Task: I will summarize notes and answer Unit 2 essential questions.


You can find the PowerPoint we used in class today right here:

https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=l%2f3nApYx6AhfydP5%2fBkt7t3Y6Az6qiNJnWigI0Z5pI4%3d&docid=0a52fb88224a94ddea441f86f67c56ee6&rev=1

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Unit 3: Types of Evidence

EQ: What types of evidence exist and what are their implications? How is the scientific method applied in forensics?

Objective: We will

  • create a foldable on Types of Evidence. (slides 39-47)

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Closing Task: I will answer two scenarios related to types of evidence.


You can find the PowerPoint we used in class today right here:

https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=l%2f3nApYx6AhfydP5%2fBkt7t3Y6Az6qiNJnWigI0Z5pI4%3d&docid=0a52fb88224a94ddea441f86f67c56ee6&rev=1

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Unit 3: Types of Evidence (Day 2)

EQ: What types of evidence exist and what are their implications? How is the scientific method applied in forensics?

Objective: We will

  • organize information through notes (Scientific method). (slides 49-55)


Closing Task: I will summarize Unit 3 notes/answer EQs.


You can find the PowerPoint we used in class today right here:

https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=l%2f3nApYx6AhfydP5%2fBkt7t3Y6Az6qiNJnWigI0Z5pI4%3d&docid=0a52fb88224a94ddea441f86f67c56ee6&rev=1

Thursday August, 18, 2016

3 Weeks Review

EQ: What types of evidence exist and what are their implications? How is the scientific method applied in forensics?

Objective: We will

  • review for 3 weeks test.


Closing Task: I will use quizizz to help me study for my test.

Friday, August 19, 2016

3 Weeks Test

EQ: What types of evidence exist and what are their implications? How is the scientific method applied in forensics?

Objective: We will

  • take our 3 weeks test.


Closing Task: I will do great! :).

Monday, August 22, 2016

Unit 4: Six Basic Processes

EQ: How is a scene processed in order to maintain its integrity?

Objective: We will

  • organize information through notes.


Closing Task: I will create a quiz question over today's notes.


Here is the PPT (slides 57-67) we used in class today:

https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=l%2f3nApYx6AhfydP5%2fBkt7t3Y6Az6qiNJnWigI0Z5pI4%3d&docid=0a52fb88224a94ddea441f86f67c56ee6&rev=1

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Unit 4: Six Basic Processes

EQ: How is a scene processed in order to maintain its integrity?

Objective: We will

  • organize information through notes.


Closing Task: I will respond to edmodo post.


Here is the PPT (slides 68-70) we used in class today:

https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=l%2f3nApYx6AhfydP5%2fBkt7t3Y6Az6qiNJnWigI0Z5pI4%3d&docid=0a52fb88224a94ddea441f86f67c56ee6&rev=1

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Unit 4: Six Basic Processes

EQ: How is a scene processed in order to maintain its integrity?

Objective: We will

  • participate in an olweus lesson


Closing Task: I will create a 1-pager on the student expectations.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Unit 4: Six Basic Processes

EQ: How is a scene processed in order to maintain its integrity?

Objective: We will

  • complete review.

Answer all questions on a sheet of paper and turn in to substitute at the end of the period finished or not. You may use your notebook and can use your phones to pull up the ppt as well. If you have any questions you can reach me on remind.


Closing Task: I will turn in my work.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Unit 4: Six Basic Processes

EQ: How is a scene processed in order to maintain its integrity?

Objective: We will

  • Read article on Locard's exchange principle.

Answer all questions on a sheet of paper and turn in to substitute at the end of the period finished or not. If you have any questions you can reach me on remind.


Closing Task: I will answer the questions on Locard's exchange principle and turn in work to the substitute.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Unit 4: Six Basic Processes

EQ: How is a scene processed in order to maintain its integrity?

Objective: We will

  • review 3 weeks test
  • practice taking notes of a CS


Closing Task: I will answer question prompt: What are the challenges of taking notes

at a CS?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Unit 4: Six Basic Processes

EQ: How is a scene processed in order to maintain its integrity?

Objective: We will

  • organize info through notes (photograph notes) (slides73-80)
  • create a video on how to properly photograph a CS.

**Videos are due Thursday by 6 pm emailed to mporti01@sisd.net**

video directions can be found on slide 81

Closing Task: I will turn in video synopsis.

Here is the ppt we used in class today:

https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=l%2f3nApYx6AhfydP5%2fBkt7t3Y6Az6qiNJnWigI0Z5pI4%3d&docid=0a52fb88224a94ddea441f86f67c56ee6&rev=1

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Unit 4: Six Basic Processes

EQ: How is a scene processed in order to maintain its integrity?

Objective: We will

  • practice taking photos from different vantage points.


Closing Task: I will upload my photos to edmodo under assignment photo vantage points.



Make sure to be using class time wisely, you will turn in assignment to edmodo. This will be turned in for a grade.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Unit 4: Six Basic Processes

EQ: How is a scene processed in order to maintain its integrity?

Objective: We will

  • organize information through notes (Sketch notes slides 87-96)

Take notes on the next available page on the slides above in your ISN.


Closing Task: I will create a rough sketch.


Here is the PPT:

https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=l%2f3nApYx6AhfydP5%2fBkt7t3Y6Az6qiNJnWigI0Z5pI4%3d&docid=0a52fb88224a94ddea441f86f67c56ee6&rev=1

Friday September 2, 2016

Unit 4: Six Basic Processes

EQ: How is a scene processed in order to maintain its integrity?

Objective: We will

  • practice drawing a rough sketch of a CS.


Closing Task: I will take measurements of CS.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Unit 4: Six Basic Processes

EQ: How is a scene processed in order to maintain its integrity?

Objective: We will

  • take notes on the process: search. (slides 100-108)


Closing Task: I will create a question from Unit 4 notes.


Here is the PPT:

https://livesisd-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jvelar02_sisd_net/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=l%2f3nApYx6AhfydP5%2fBkt7t3Y6Az6qiNJnWigI0Z5pI4%3d&docid=0a52fb88224a94ddea441f86f67c56ee6&rev=1

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Unit 4: Six Basic Processes

EQ: How is a scene processed in order to maintain its integrity?


-You will glue the notes into your notebook onto a right page. On the left side of the page summarize what each slide is about in 2-3 bullet points.


-Once you are done with your notes, go to the following website and read the article on JonBenét Ramsey: http://www.crimemuseum.org/crime-library/jonbenet-ramsey/


-Go to quiz labeled JonBenét Ramsey and answer questions on the article. All work needs to be completed today. Make sure to use time wisely.


Don't hesitate to contact me via Remind, email, and here if you have any questions.