Mrs. Sara Griffin » Mrs. Griffin

Mrs. Griffin

I am so excited to be here at ASK Academy for another school year! Below, I have included some information about me and about my classes. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
About Me: I have a Bachelor's in Microbiology from Eastern New Mexico University and I taught in Colorado for 4 years before moving back to New Mexico and starting at The ASK Academy in 2020. I am a native New Mexican though, and very happy to be back.
I tend to have high expectations for my students, because I know that my students are capable of achieving those expectations. That being said, I am very approachable and more than happy to give as much support as I can. Please reach out!
I am married with a son, 3 cats, and a dog. When I'm not teaching, I love to create things, spend time outside enjoying the great New Mexico weather, or read great books!
Integrated Science:
This course is designed to give a brief overview of a wide variety of topics in different areas of scientific study. While some subjects may be familiar to students already, the course seeks to provide a refresher and to get students ready for their upper level science courses. See curriculum map for topic guide by month.
Principles of Biomedical Science:
Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science ( students are taking on these same real-world challenges – and they’re doing it before they even graduate from high school. Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. Please see course map for topic guideline by month.
Expectation for Class: 
  • Respect yourself, the manager, and your classmates
  • Be prepared - complete all necessary assignments, readings, or tasks before class starts
  • Be on time - we have a limited number of minutes together, so let's be productive and efficient
  • Phones should be put away during class except when specified by the project manager in the room.
  • Participate fully!  This is your education, take it seriously and value it
Late Work Policy: All work is due on the due date. Late work will lose 10% per each class period that it is late. (Feedback may not be available for late work.) Please remember that very little work is completed outside of the classroom, and as such, work is expected to be turned in on time. Work that is turned in late may receive a delay in grading. 

Attendance Grades: Grades will be given for attendance and weighted at 10%. Come to class prepared, ready to learn, and follow the Norms for Scholars using Google Meet and you will receive all the points!

Grading:  My grades are set-up using weighted categories. Tests/Projects = 40%; Labs = 40%, Classwork/notes/quizzes = 20%. Classwork includes work to be completed at home. 

Absences: All assignments will be posted in Google Classroom as materials for reference, but work should be turned in physically to the designated area in the classroom. Scholars who miss assignments may print them off of Google Classroom or may pick up their physical copies from Mrs. Griffin. Scholars who are absent will have the opportunity to make up work without penalty, based on the number of consecutive days that they were absent. (1 day absent=1 extra day to turn in work. 

**Please note that work missing due to absence may still be marked as a 0 until it is turned in, as this makes managing work and grading easier and more efficient. 

Quarter Grades

Scholars will be evaluated on the following criteria within each quarter:

Tests/Projects -  40%

Lab Activities - 40%

Classwork/notes/quizzes - 20%

Semester Grades

Scholar’s semester grades will be calculated as follows:

Quarter 1(3) – 40%

Quarter 2(4) – 40%

Semester Final – 20%

Google Classroom:
All Scholars need to ensure that they have joined Google Classroom for their correct period. You can find those links to the right.
Google Classroom has an option for parents to receive communication about work that students are assigned in Google Classroom. This will include information on missing assignments and assignments that have been graded. 
If you would like to receive this communication, please send me an email, and I will do my best to ensure that you receive that information.
I will follow the ASK scholar handbook regulation regarding tardiness and absences.
It is essential that all scholars be present and on time for class and stay for the duration of the class when at all possible. Classes will consistently be taking new notes or working on their projects, and missed information will be hard to make up.
If students have planned absences, please communicate these with the school and I if at all possible so students can be kept up to date.
Support Time:
All scholars will be able to come for additional support on Fridays from 8-10. I strongly encourage students to attend these sessions if they are struggling with a concept or find themselves falling behind in class. 
I am also available at lunch time or after school for support if scholars reach out to me in advance to meet during these times.
I want to support all scholars in their learning, and will do my best to be available whenever they need me as long as they are communicating these needs. 
This information is accurate to the best of my current knowledge of ASK academy. I will do my best to make as few alterations as possible, but I will make sure to keep this page updated with any changes.