Phone: 951-695-4200 ext 343
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Joy Cruz
Perseverance is the key to success!
DO YOU HAVE ALL OF YOUR REQUIRED DAILY MATERIALS? Pen, pencil, metric ruler, calculator, and notebook paper. Basic set of colored pencils (not pens or crayons) only when told to bring to class.
DID YOU CHECK OUT YOUR BIOLOGY TEXTBOOK FROM THE LIBRARY (before school, lunch, or after school)? You can't do your homework if you don't have your textbook!
Some things to remember if you want to be successful in this class: always come to class prepared with your printouts from my website and add additional notes to the printouts during lectures, read the textbook for comprehension, complete and turn in ALL work on time (by the tardy bell), do the study guides/test previews AND study, study, study! Make flashcards of the vocabulary and have someone verbally test you on them daily. Form study groups. Don't procrastinate. Take advantage of any extra credit (especially the Bonus points for participation). And lastly, ask for help as soon as you don't understand something. You can see me at the end of the period, during CAT 30, or after school by appointment. If you need a Peer Tutor for Biology or any other subject, please get a tutoring slip in Mrs. Shea's room (464), Mrs. Ruiz's room (415) or the counseling office. Lastly, refer to the Performance Checklist (on the course syllabus) for additional things you can do to improve your grade.
Please check your grades on Infinite Campus weekly and let me know if there are any discrepancies ASAP! Grades are usually updated by 5 pm every other Friday. Remember, I do not accept late work unless it is due to an absence or prior arrangements have been made with me to turn it in on an alternate date. Please note the comment codes for assignments. A blank (no score) means that the assignment needs to be made up ASAP. If the assignment was worth only 2 points, then it was only graded for completion. Since Infinite Campus does not have a "check, check minus, minus" scoring, a check = 2 points, a check minus = 1 point, and a minus = 0 points. If the assignment was worth 0 points, then it was counted as extra credit.
If you are absent, please check the calendar to see whether or not you need to bring anything to class on the day you return (materials, textbook, proper footwear/attire for labs, etc.). On the day you return, make sure to check the Bellwork at the beginning of the period and let me know what specific assignments you need. You must also turn in at the beginning of the period any work that was due during your absence and make arrangements to make up any labs, tests, or quizzes ASAP.