King, Merritt » Welcome!


Hello and welcome to BCHS Biology Fall 2021 
1st block = Biology
2nd block = Planning
3rd block = Physics
4th block = Honors and Gifted Honors Biology
Personal Introduction
My name is Merritt King and I teach Biology I, Honors Biology, Gifted Honors Biology, AP Biology and AP Chemistry at BCHS. This is my 20th year of service and in that time I've taught Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Physics and Biology.  
I have my Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Management from Texas Tech University in 2001. In 2007 I received my Masters in Education degree from Southern Wesleyan University.  I love all things Texas Tech, Manchester City football, reading, elephants and my dog, Teagan. 
Personal Contact Information
Google Voice for texts = 706-352-9317
Room number = 308 at BCHS
School Mission and Vision 

Mission:  The mission of the Burke County Public School System is to ignite a passion for learning that leads to excellence.

Vision:  Our vision is that each student leaves equipped for a world of possibilities.

School Contact Information
Phone = 706-554-6691
Address = 1057 Burke Veterans Pkwy, Waynesboro GA 30830
Fax = 706-554-8070
Hours of Operation
Daily work hours = 7:15 am to 3:15 pm, Monday through Friday
Tutoring = Monday and Wednesday after school from 3pm to 3:30 pm (students MUST arrange for transportation home and be picked up by 3:45 at the latest)
Required Supplies
An open, willing and cooperative spirit
A folder or notebook to keep handouts, notes, reviews, etc organized
Writing utensil (no red, yellow or green ink, please!)
Helpful Supplies
Colored pencils

Cell Phones

My classroom is a default red zone.  Students may ONLY have their phones out during the first 2 minutes of class.  After that, phones should be silenced and put away.  Phones will be confiscated for the rest of the class period if they are taken back out without EXPLICIT permission from the teacher.  Confiscated phones will be returned at the end of the class period.  Students who habitually have their phones out during class will face the consequences outlined in the Code of Conduct. 


Classroom Expectations:

  1. Students are expected to be in the classroom when the tardy bell rings.  When the bell rings conversations should end and you should begin the process of getting out what’s needed for the day.  The class itinerary is written on the board each morning so that’s the first thing you should look at when you enter the classroom.  If it says we’re grading homework then take out your homework.  If it says we’re taking notes, then take out your notebook, etc.
  2. Listen to and follow instructions.
  3. Be honest.
  4. Bring your materials with you to class every day.  It’s pretty hard to be good at anything if you don’t have the tools of the trade. 
  5. Be considerate and respectful of others in the class.  Everyone learns in a different way, at a different pace.  Don’t judge your classmates or laugh at their questions; learning is not a competitive sport!
Helpful Links
Topics covered in Biology I:

Characteristics of Scientific Thinking and Methodology

Prokaryote vs. Eukaryote organisms

Energy Cycling


Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration



Cell Transport

6 Kingdoms



Mendelian Genetics

Nutrient Cycling

Protein Synthesis

Ecological Relationships

Punnett squares


Population Genetics

Human Impact on the Environment


History of and Evidence for Evolution                

Evolution and Natural Selection

Biological Resistance