Mrs. Jessie Hamilton's Science Class

Hello! My name is Jessie Hamilton and I am one of the Science teachers here at West Stanly High School. I have been teaching at WSHS since the fall of 2012. I have a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Wingate University and I am certified to teach all Secondary Science courses. The classes I usually teach here at WSHS are Biology I, Biology II/AP and Chemistry I. 
 
Fall 2020 Teaching Schedule:
Biology II (Companion Course to AP Biology)
Chemistry I Honors
 
Spring 2021 Teaching Schedule:
AP Biology
Chemistry I Honors
 
Here is a brief overview of  the courses that I teach and what students can expect during the course of the semester. Specific course information can be found in the Canvas courses that are associated with your class or in the syllabus you were given on the first day of class. If you have a question about your grade please check powerschool. If you have a specific question or concern feel free to send me an email at jessie.hamilton@stanlycountyschools.org.
 
 
Biology I is a one semester course with no prerequisites. The curriculum includes inquiry into the following areas: the structure and function of living organisms, the interdependence of living organisms within their environments, how traits are determined by the structure and function of DNA, and how Biological molecules are essential to the survival of living things. This course is a graduation requirement for all students. 
 
Biology II/AP is a rigorous, advanced course designed to be the equivalent of a two semester college introductory biology course. Prerequisites for Biology II/AP are Biology I and Chemistry I. Taking both Biology II and AP Biology will prepare the student to take the AP biology Exam in May . Depending on a student’s score on the exam and each individual university’s standards, a student may earn up to 8 hours of college Biology credit. This class includes quite a few labs in which students are expected to use the data collected to solve biological problems. This course conforms to the standards instituted by the College Board for all AP courses. The AP Biology Curriculum Framework includes four “Big Ideas”.  The “Big Ideas” are as follows:
  • Big Idea I: The Process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
  • Big Idea II: Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
  • Big Idea III: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.
  • Big Idea IV: Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties. 
 
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Chemistry 1  is a one semester course with no prerequisites. During the semester we will study the structure and properties of matter and energy. Most of the concepts in Chemistry are expressed quantitatively; therefore strong math skills are necessary. Laboratory investigations are used to explore Chemical principles in depth.
 
Student's can expect a rigorous lab based experience when taking Biology I, Chemistry I, or Biology II/AP. 
 
Specific course information can be found in the Canvas courses that are associated with your class or in the syllabus you were given on the first day of class. If you have a question about your grade please check powerschool. If you have a specific question or concern feel free to send me an email at jessie.hamilton@stanlycountyschools.org.
 
I hope you are ready to dive into the wonderful world of Science!