Friday Sep. 19th

I won’t be in this morning, but I will be back for 5th & 6th period if you need any help. Here is the plan for SEHS & XBio this morning.


    1. Pick up your worksheet from the table. Do the “Prokaryote Reading” first. Read the passage and highlight any information you think is important.
    2. After racing, answer the questions, label the picture, and color the picture on the backside.
    3. If there is time leftover, you can start your cell part chart which we’ll be going through next week. Below is the YouTube video that will help with your chart.


Your IAs are due Monday! Use the example papers to write your papers. Here are a few tips and reminders:

  • Data – Your data collection section will have two parts: Raw Data & Processed Data. The processed Data includes a table with mean, standard deviation, 2 standard deviations, upper range, lower range, and Ttest. It also would include all of your graphs.
  • Conclusion – Is a description of what your processed data says
  • Evaluation – Is a description of what may have influenced your data or not done quite right. For each limitation, write a way to improve it in the future.
  • Bibliography – MLA format
  • Visual Aide – Search “infographic” on google and use an example as a guide. Think of it as a colorful illustration of your data.

I’ll be back to help this afternoon and will be available after school to help. Have a great day & BEAT ST. X!

Running a T-Test

Alright SEHS students, I went ahead and did you a favor and set up a spreadsheet for you to learn and do 6.1.6. Luckily, you should be able to over a version of this spreadsheet in the Apps Google Sheets or Numbers.

A T-test is how researchers determine if there is a Significant Difference between two sets of data. Take a look at the three graphs below…

In the first two graphs, there is a large amount of cross-over of the two graphs. What this tells us is that the test creates similar results despite the changed variable. This means that there is NO significant differences.

But in the third graph, less than 5% of the graphs cross over. If this happens then we can say that the two sets of data are Significantly Different, which is the opposite claim of a Null Hypothesis (H0), which says there is no significant difference.

So, when you run a TTest, you are calculating Probability, or P.

  • If your P value is > .05, we accept the null hypothesis
  • If your P value is < .o5, we reject the null hypothesis (which means there IS a Significant Difference!)

Download the Spreadsheet and follow the directions on how to do the calculation. You will use the result of the test in your quiz as well! If you have further questions, ask me in class or email me at

Download Excel File – 6.1.6

Plans for Thursday 8-28

Sorry I can’t be there 1st or 2nd period. To the left is a picture of what I’ll be doing today…

below are the directions on what you’ll be doing today:


  1. Take notes on the first section of Unit 2, Basic Chemistry. Their is a YouTube video to watch or the PPT slides. Either way please take the notes and have them ready for class tomorrow.
  2. When you finish the notes, complete the worksheet on the back of the notes. It is NOT homework, but it is a good review. If you get stumped on a blank, read a sentence ahead and see if you can figure it out. You can always ask a person nearby for help too.
  3. I’ll be back later today and have your tests graded and posted
  4. See you on Friday. If you need anything else email me


  1. Your goal should be to try to have all 6 of the assessment statements for 6.1 done today. Lets try to get back into the routine of working and start to get ourselves back on track.

This week in…

Lots of great stuff happening this week in Science and at Cathedral High School. Here’s a recap..


Students are practicing using the Scientific Method by devising experiments to test the strength of toilet paper -or- the absorbency of paper towels, they’ve come up with some pretty creative ideas.
We’ll also start covering what it means to be “Alive” this week and will soon be moving on to Unit 2… Biochem!


We’re working on 6.4 on our websites which is all about good training regimens and the principles that dictate what a good training program is.

Meet The Teacher Night!

We’ll be welcoming our students’ parents into our classrooms this Thursday so they can meet the teachers and see what their student is in for this school year!

Beat Ben Davis!

Our fall sports are off and running with Soccer and Tennis already starting matches. Volleyball kicks off this week as well as our Cathedral Fighting Irish Football team who looks to topple nationally ranked Ben Davis on Friday night!


Agenda 8/15/14

 You know that’s funny. Anyway… I’m sorry I cannot be wit you today because of a Doctor visit. Please find your directions on what to complete in the short time we have together today below.

Honors Biology:

Turn in your worksheets from yesterday. Then you can work on the “What is Alive” activity with your table mates. Create a concept map of what you think the characteristics of living things are. lease think and share freely and openly. If you have disagreements, think logically and talk out your differences before the group comes to a conclusion. There is paper on the back table and colored pencils in the back of the room. Good Luck!


6.3 is due today. Please make sure all of your documents and presentations are “shared” with me and complete your quiz. Take time for comments if necessary. Then, start on 6.4!

One week to go!!!

I know, I know! Only one week to go! Might as well start the posting now to give you a little bit of what you’ve been missing.

In case you were not aware, this year I’ll be teaching Honors Biology again and…

No More Chemistry!

But fear not,I’ll still leave up all of my documents, keys, and notes for my former academic chemistry class (just for you XBio 13-14).

Instead of chemistry however, this year we are embarking on a new frontier of education here at Cathedral High School with the very first course of

Sports, Exercise, & Health Science!

If you have the privilege of partaking in this standard level IB course with me I guarantee it’ll be like no class you’ve had before. I have worked tirelessly this summer to prepare the course content for you. I will be incorporating best practices from IB, STEM, Tim Elmore, and my own masters program in the same course work. It will be a class based on experiential learning, problem solving, and research. We’ll talk more on that as the day draws near, but if you’re interested in learning more about this course, use the tab on top of this page of click here. In the meantime, enjoy your last week of freedom.