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Back To School

Parents and Students:


Welcome to J.O. Combs Science!  I’m excited about the opportunity to get to know you, and I’m looking forward to a happy and productive school year.  The purpose of this letter is to acquaint you with some of the policies and procedures that are a part of this course.  Below I have answered some of the most common questions that come up as students prepare for their first day of school.  Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have additional questions or simply want to say hello!


1.  Am I in the right room?


Yes you are!  If you are reading this then you made it to Mr. Griego’s room #380.  Now that you know where it is, please be sure to be on time each day by being in your seat when the bell rings to start class.


2.  Where am I supposed to sit on the first day?


I allow open seating in my class so you will choose where you’ll sit on the first day.  Just make sure you choose a location that will best serve your needs with regards to hearing, vision and distractions.  We will often use specialized seating arrangements to facilitate cooperative, experiential and investigative lessons.  Seating instructions for those lessons will be given the day the lesson takes place.


3.  What are the rules in this classroom?


All rules stated in the student handbook and the student code of conduct will be enforced in this classroom.  Simply put, you are experienced students who know how to conduct yourself in a high school classroom.  Know that I will hold you to the highest standard of behavior.


4.  What will I be doing this year?


This will be a very exciting year here in the classroom.  I will use direct instruction, an interactive notebook, discussions, cooperative learning, writing activities and opportunities to get up and perform to teach this course.  Anticipate this to be a very active class so bring an open mind and be ready for anything!


5.  How will I be graded?


Quarter Grades in this course are computed on the basis of weighted scores entered in the following categories:


                                  Anatomy                Honors Chemistry       

Tests/Quizzes                 50%                             50%                 

Interactive Notebook       25%                             25%                 

Class Work/Lab               25%                             25%                 



Grades are then calculated on the standard scale:


90% - 100%    A

80% - 89%      B

70% - 79%      C

60% - 69%      D

59% - below    F


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I highly recommend that you bring the following to class each day.


A large 5 section spiral notebook for classroom notes.




A Science Tool Kit (should include):

  • Pencil Bag

  • Pencils

  • Black or Blue Ink Pens

  • Scissors

  • Colored Pencils

  • Pencil Erasers

  • Metric Ruler

  • Pencil Sharpener

  • Tape

  • Stapler

  • Glue

  • Dry Erase Marker