Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science Tarleton State University Masters of Education Curriculum and Instruction University of Texas at Arlington 8-12 Life Science All Level Physical Education

Mr. John Epps Jr.

I am excited about working with you and your child during the 2020-2021 School year in Honors Biology. I know that we are going through a trying and difficult time period in our lives, country, and the world right now, but I am confident and positive that we can work together to ensure high levels of learning and engagement in class while being safe all at the same time. I earned my bachelor's degree of science from Tarleton State University and have a teaching certificate in 8-12 Life Science. I also received my master's degree in education from the University of Texas in Arlington. This will be my 13th year in education teaching biology. I am looking forward to being here at Azle and having the opportunity to work with you and your child while diving into the living world of biology around us, and all the processes that make them function and work together. We will use a lot of scientific reasoning and problem solving while learning and coming up with personal beliefs and ideas during this year's coursework. I look forward to meeting you and your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact me.

Azle High School Expectations for Attendance

    School systems are required to provide parents notice of their public education
    enrollment and attendance rights and responsibilities during the COVID-19
    pandemic. The following is information published by TEA.
    ● Per Texas Education Code (TEC), §25.092, students must attend 90% of the days a
    course is offered (with some exceptions) in order to be awarded credit for the
    course and/or to be promoted to the next grade. This requirement remains in force
    during the 2020-21 school year.
    ● Given the public health situation, student attendance may be earned through the
    delivery of virtual instruction.
    ● Any parent may request that their student be offered virtual instruction from any
    school system that offers such instruction. If a parent who chooses virtual instruction
    wants their child to switch to an on-campus instructional setting, they can do so, but
    school systems are permitted to limit these transitions to occur only at the end of a
    grading period if it will be beneficial to the instructional quality. If a parent requests
    virtual instruction and the school doesn't offer it, the parent may enroll in another
    school that does offer it for transfer students.
    ● School systems must provide on-campus attendance as an option for students
    otherwise entitled to attend school who follow this document’s required public
    health procedures and whose parents wish them to attend on-campus, subject to

    Daily Grades 60% - minimum 10 grades
    Major Grades/Assessments 30% - minimum 2 grades
    CBA/Six Weeks/Semester Tests 10% - minimum 1 grades

    In accordance with grading guidelines, a student shall be permitted one (1) opportunity to
    retake a test for which the student received a failing grade. The maximum grade for a
    retest is 70. There will be no retakes on six weeks or semester tests.

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