WELCOME!  This website is designed to help Mrs. Averett's students be successful.  Here you will find course information, online resources, class notes, assignments and worksheets for your Biology, Honors Biology or Advanced Topics in Science class.  General Information for all classes can be found here. 

Mrs. Averett

It is my passion to ensure that all students have some appreciation of the beauty and  wonder of science; possess sufficient knowledge of
science and engineering to
engage in public discussions on related issues; are careful consumers of scientific and technological information related to their everyday lives; are able to continue to learn about science outside school, and have the skills to enter careers of their choice, including (but not limited to) careers in science, engineering, and technology.  (National Research Council)
     To accomplish this goal it is my desire to help students become aware of seven crosscutting concepts that span the various disciplines of science, to learn how to participate in eight fundamental scientific practices  and to learn about the core ideas in the life sciences.

The above picture was taken at the Diamond
Botanical Gardens in a rain forest on the island of St. Lucia  (December, 2008)


Do more than exist, live.

Do more than touch, feel.

Do more than look, observe.

Do more than read, absorb.

Do more than hear, listen.

Do more than listen, understand.

Do more than think, ponder.

Do more than talk, say something.

-John. H. Rhoades

Extended  Deadlines: 

The deadline for all late, missing and absent work assigned between November 28th and December 9th  is December 16th.  You will need to make up all assessments in Voluntary Tutoring during JAM no later than December 16th.   Please sign up for Voluntary Tutoring in a timely fashion to ensure all items will be completed on time.  All work from these dates must be made up and submitted by this deadline to receive credit.
  • You will need to make up all assessments in Voluntary Tutoring during JAM no later than given date. 
  • Please sign up for Voluntary Tutoring in a timely fashion to ensure all items will be completed on time.  Remember, Voluntary Tutoring is only available for Freshmen on Mondays and Thursdays.  Plan accordingly. 
  • If you are enrolled in RTI during JAM or are an FMP it is your responsibility to discuss this with Mrs. Averett and schedule an alternative time to complete missing assessments. 
  • All work from these dates must be made up and submitted by this deadline to receive credit.

Class Materials:

Due Monday August 22

Students will need to have all materials by Monday 22 August 2016.  Students are encouraged to bring all items the first day of school if at all possible.

Materials include:

  • Three inch 3-ring binder.  Suggestion: Office Impressions Economy Round Ring View Binder, 3" Capacity, Black  $4.50 at Walmart
  • Loose notebook paper to be kept in the binder.  Approximately $2.50
  • 15 Tab dividers - Suggestion:  Wilson Jones Insertable Tab Dividers, 5-Tab Set $0.65 at Walmart
  • Writing utensil(s)  - one pack of pencils and one pack of pens.  (Please write your name and period in ink on each package)
    Suggestion:  BIC Cristal Ball Pen, Medium, Blue, 10-Pack $1.32 at Walmart and Wood Pencils No.2, 10pk, Yellow $1.89 at Walmart
  • Colored pencils - pack of 24 different colors.  (Please write your name and period in ink on each package)  Suggestion:  Crayola Long Barrel Colored Woodcase Pencils, 24 Count $2.97 at Walmart 
Students are encouraged to bring all class materials beginning the first day of school if at all possible.  Students will need to have all materials by Monday August 18, 2014 at the latest.    ***Starting a new school year can be expensive.  If these materials prove to be a financial burden please let me know!  By working together we will make sure every student is prepared and ready to succeed this year!
Its About Time   From the desk of Principle Wilson
Each student starts the day with the same number of hours. But some get more done than others. What’s their secret? They manage time well!

Suggest these strategies.

Look aheadUse a monthly calendar to fill in test dates, project due dates, practices, events, and work schedule. By glancing over it as you add items, you can see how your weeks are filling up and plan accordingly. For instance, if you have a lot going on the same week a project is due, you might aim to finish a week sooner or find someone to take a work shift for you.

Eliminate time-wastersPay attention to what you tends to do to avoid studying, such as playing video games, texting or watching TV. Then, you can identify if an activity is a “must do” or a “want to do”—and use the “want to” activities as rewards for finishing the “musts.” For example, you might tell yourself that you can check your phone/twitter or play a game after you have completed your work. This will help you stick to the task at hand.  If you are constantly checking your phone you are not really studying!!!!  Put your phone away and promise yourself you will not check it until you have completed a task or studied UNINTERRUPTED for at least 20 minutes. 

Be realisticHigh school homework and studying should generally take a couple of hours each day. So if you have soccer practice until dinnertime, you probably can’t also meet a friend for smoothies or go to a movie. If you finds yourself routinely squeezed for time, you should reevaluate your commitments and cut back.  

Contact Information

Natasha Yust Averett
National Board Certified Teacher
Science Department Chair
Randall K Cooper High School
2855 Longbranch Road
Union, Kentucky 41091
Phone:  (859) 384-5040  Ext:  15203
Fax:  (859) 384 - 5049
Twitter:  @averettbiology
Twitter:  @naverett

I am available from 2:40 - 3:30 on:  

Friday August 19th
Friday August 26th
Friday September 2nd
Friday September 9th
Friday September 16th
Friday September 23rd. CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

Content and study skill tutoring is available weekly after school with Mrs. Averett beginning at 2:40pm.  You do not need to sign up for these tutoring sessions - they are open to all of my students. 

Quick Quizzes, Quests and Tests must be made up during Voluntary In School Tutoring during JAM everyday except Wednesdays.  Freshman are only eligible for this service on Mondays and Thursdays. 

Media Center Availability

The school Media Center (library) is open daily from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m daily.  Students can access computers, printers, email, internet and additional resources before and after school.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. 

-Martin Luther King Jr.

What does "study" mean???
When homework says to "study" a topic or process the expectation is that you will critically read, understand and learn the material.  This included learning how to define and correctly spell vocabulary terms. 

What does "review" mean?
When homework says to "review" a topic or process the expectation is that you have all ready begun "studying" this material and you should make sure you really KNOW the material at hand.  If you do not yet know the material you should go back over it, critically read the information provided, understand and then learn the material. 

Homework 101

High school means more classes to juggle--and more homework assignments to manage.  Be successful in school by getting into a good homework routine and sticking with it.  The result will be better grades and strong time-management skills and organizational skills to carry throughout life.  To find more suggestions, click here.
Each night students should spend 20-40 minutes critically reading, understanding, and learning the material we covered today, as well as reviewing material previously covered this year.  I highly recommend progressive studying.  This is studying past and current material together to increase your chances of remembering and being able to use the course content on unit tests and exams.  For example, on Monday you study Monday's notes.  On Tuesday, you review Monday's notes and study Tuesday's notes.  On Wednesday, you review Monday and Tuesday's notes and study Wednesday's new material....etc.  If you follow this method of studying, by the time we get to a unit test, you won't have to "cram" the night before and you will perform better on the assessment. 
Have a homework plan     From the desk of Principle Wilson
Homework is a big part of your job as a student. Follow these tips to do your best:
■ Ask questions before leaving school. That way, you can get started more quickly at home. If you realize later you’re missing information, contact a classmate—and move on to another assignment while waiting for a response.
■ Chip away at work. Shorten your to-do list by taking advantage of in-class work time and study halls. Or read textbook chapters, review notes, and do math problems while waiting for after-school meetings to begin.
■ Tackle assignments in an order that suits you. You might start with the toughest one so your mind is alert. Or begin with a favorite subject to get yourself going.