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Medical Detectives Syllabus

Welcome to Medical Detectives!

Mr. Fox                                                                    316-218-4610

Medical Detectives is a Project Lead The Way course (PLTW). This course provides students the opportunity to play the role of real-life medical detectives through hands-on projects and labs. Students will learn how to measure and interpret vital signs. They will also learn how the systems of the body work together to maintain health. Students will explore the role of genetics in disease. Finally students will see how crime scene investigators, medical examiners, and pathologists work as medical detectives through a simulated crime scene!

Daily Expectations:

  • Follow all school and safety rules during class! If a student does not follow the safety rules or intentionally harms, harasses, or continually disrupts the teacher/students, the student will be removed from that day’s activity. In addition, the student will be given a zero on the assignment/lab and his/her parent will be notified by email or phone call.
  • Be prepared by bringing required materials to class and be in your seat when the bell rings.
  • Be responsible and fill out your agenda daily (assignment log).
  • Be respectful of others and their property:
    • No teasing or making fun of others. Be mindful of others feelings.
    • Do not steal or damage others property.
  • Actively participate in the classroom activities, complete all assignments, and ask for help when you are struggling.
  • Always use technology responsibly! Misuse of technology will be a conduct point and possible loss of privilege!
  • Clean up your area before you leave the classroom.
  • The teacher ends class! Students are required to remain in the classroom until the teacher has dismissed them.
  • No slackers! Give your best effort each day!

Materials Needed:

Pen, Pencil, Highlighter, and Calculator

Lab Notebook – Spiral composition notebook (Will be left in classroom)

Binder or Pocket Folder – organize handouts not glued into notebook

Ear buds – for online virtual activites and labs

Grading Policy:

40% = MINOR Grades (practice)

     Class Activities, Labs Lab Notebook, and Daily Assignments                 

60% = MAJOR Grades (assessments)

            Projects, Quizzes and Tests

Students are expected to complete all assignments. Assignments allow students to practice essential skills and concepts. Practice is important to achieve to the best of your ability! If you need extra help with understanding a concept or homework, please talk with the teacher to set up a time for after school or before school the next day. Make sure you have let your parents know if you are planning on me helping you before or after school.

Daily assignments are due the day after it was assigned, unless previously stated by the teacher. Late daily assignments are docked 20%. Late projects are docked 5% for each day past the due date.

If you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to find out what you missed (before school, after school, or at an appropriate time during class). You can also go to my teacher page at to see the lesson plans.



It is very important that students and parents use PowerSchool to monitor grades regularly. I recommend selecting one day a week to log in and check grades. I update grades at least once a week. If you need information about accessing PowerSchool, please contact the AMS front office.

A = 90 – 100   B = 80 – 89     C = 70 – 79    

D = 60 – 69     F = Below 60


*Students please email if you have any questions. I will do whatever I can to help.