Life Science 2014-2015

Mr. Bowers!

Phone: (407) 249-6440 ex.2316



Welcome to Liberty Middle School, sixth grade, and to my class! I look forward to working with you throughout this sure-to-be-exhilarating school year!

Course Description

This course will provide many opportunities for the study of general concepts, exploratory experiences, applications and activities relating to the life sciences. The content will include, but is not limited to: the nature of science; cell biology and the chemical basis of life; plants, animals, and microorganisms; general organization of the living world; genetics, heredity, and diversity; systems of the human body; human sexuality education; ecology and human impact; biological change through time and careers and technology in the life sciences. For a complete list of standards for Advanced Life Science you can visit the Florida Sunshine State Standards

This course includes laboratory investigations of life science concepts, which incorporate the use of measurement, laboratory equipment, safety procedures, experimental procedures, field work, problem solving, and the design process (e.g., planning, designing, recording and communicating). Some projects that will be assigned may require additional time outside of regular class time in order to be completed.


The academic pace and rigor of this course is greatly increased from an elemetary course. I set my expectations high for you, as I know you are capable of the best of the best in terms of academics (well most of you). I also require that you cheer on your fellow classmates, especially as we explore the new digital curriculum idea. It is important that you not only help yourself with this class, but also help others.


Required Materials

Daily Required Materials for this class: (any student who brings 2-5 on the second day will start the year with 10 bonus points!!)

  1. Charged Chromebook
  2. One 200 page Composition Notebook (for this class only)
  3. Sharpened Pencils
  4. At least 6 glue sticks per student (for this class only, we use them almost every day)
  5. $5.00 lab fee for consumable lab supplies used throughout the school year

In addition our classroom stock of consumable materials and supplies needs replenishing. To reduce the burden on your finances I have assigned each of the following items to a class period. You only need to purchase the item for your child's class period to be donated to the classroom supplies. This will allow for all children to have access to all of these items throughout the school year.

Period 1: A box of tissues

Period 2: Lysol or Clorox disinfecting wipes

Period 3: One ream of white printer paper

Period 4: One pack of washable markers

Period 5: One pack of assorted highlighters

Period 7: One pack of colored pencils

Lab Fee

This year we are asking for a $5.00 lab fee per student. This lab fee will be used to purchase consumable lab materials that will be used throughout the school year to enhance learning through hands on activities, labs and inquiry based projects.

Wish List

Wish List

We will be doing many fun activities this year and I have come up with a wish list. Need extra credit, bring in any of these supplies and you'll get 5 extra credit point per item! This is NOT a supply list; just a few things that I think will greatly benefit our class and these items can be donated at any time during the school year.

  • Paper Towels
  • Copy Paper
  • Tissues
  • Hand soap
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Bandages
  • Ziplock bags (assorted sizes)
  • Envelopes
  • Old newspapers
  • Old children friendly magazines
  • Colored construction paper
  • Arts and Crafts supplies (pipe cleaners, fabric scraps, ribbon, yarn, string...)
  • Clear plastic 2 liter soda bottles (for an end of the year project)
  • Anything else, just ask, you never know!


Electronic Devices

This class will follow the guidelines set by Liberty Middle School. This means that as your teacher I retain the right to obtain your electronic device at any time with our without provocation and especially if you are not using the device properly.

Academic Honesty

Academic dishonesty of any form will not be tolerated. You will be expected to give credit for the intellectual property of others. Cheating on an assignment, test, or quiz will result in an automatic zero and a phone call home. Talking during a test or quiz is considered cheating.

Food and Drink

Since this is a science classroom food and drinks are not permitted. You must keep any food and drinks in sealed containers inside their personal belongings at all times. You may take out a drink container for a quick drink but it goes straight back into your backpack (on the floor is not a backpack). You are expected to thoroughly clean up after yourself at all times. You are encouraged to wash and/or disinfect their hands upon leaving the science classroom.

Grading Policy

The following grading scale is used to determine grades:

  • A - 89.50 to 100%
  • B - 79.50 to 89.49%
  • C - 69.50 to 79.49%
  • D - 59.50 to 69.49%
  • F - below 59.50%

Late Work

If a student has an excused absence, he or she will be able to make up the missing assignments without a grade reduction. The time allowed for make-ups without a grade reduction is equal to the number of days absent, plus one.

If a student has an unexcused absence or does not turn in the missing work in the allowed time frame, he or she will still be able to make up the missing assignment but will face a 10% grade reduction for each day late (up to 50%) as a consequence for not turning in the assignment in a timely manner.

It is the Student's responsibility to obtain missed assignments. A log of daily assignments and activities is kept on the class website.


Christopher Bowers was born on a runaway train one cold February morning in 1982. He was saved from certain death by 2 spies who at the time were deep undercover. Though he wasn't technically their son he was raised with surprising care and also taught the rules of international espionage. At the age of 13 his foster parents were sent to a country of unknown location and Chris was sent to work and live with the Flying Tralinkski Brothers 3 Ring Traveling Circus. Life on the circus was hard, but his quick wit won the friendship of all 7 Tralinski brothers who taught him trapeze flying, human canon balling and the secrets of how to talk to the animals. At 18 he left the circus and enrolled as a full time student at the University of Central Florida. He now teaches 6th graders about science and likes to sing in the hallway. He is also a full time spy (but don't tell anybody).