DESCRIPTION OF SITE AND LEARNERS
I teach at Jeff Davis High School, the only school in the Jeff Davis County Schools system. Inaddition to the high school, the county also has a primary school, elementary school, and a middleschool. This is a very rural county and it is surrounded entirely by other rural counties. The school has atotal of about 750 students enrolled and there are slightly over 200 students in the 10
grade class,which is the target for my development plan. In demographics, the school is 76 percent white, 16percent black, and six percent Hispanic. Two percent is unknown according to PublicSchoolReview.com.The county has a high level of unemployment and poverty and this is reflected in the student body.Forty-one percent of the student body is eligible for free lunches and another nine percent are eligiblefor reduced lunches.The faculty to student ratio beats the state average with one teacher for every 15 students.There are 51 certified teachers, one principal and one assistant principal. Other administrators includeour school improvement specialist, graduation coach and one and half counselors. That means we haveone full-time counselor and one that we share with another school. In addition to the certified teachers,the school also has several parapros. In fact, each of the academic areas has one parapro that theteachers share. This parapro is usually assigned to classes with inclusion special education students or acertain percentage of at-risk students. There are several parapros in the special education departmentincluding one who works with regular education teachers when they have inclusion special educationstudents.This inventory, weeding, and purchase of new materials focuses on the science referencesection of the high school. With the exception of the AP materials, these resources will apply to everystudent in the school as these are required courses.The media center is at the front of the building separated from the class rooms, but next to oneof the schools two computer labs. In fact, there are enough computers in the media center to make it athird computer lab for smaller classes.
I am not including the entire list of standards for the four classes this collection focuses on. Instead, I amfocusing on books that fit the general topics listed in the Science standards and trying to get booksspecifically requested by the science teachers who know those standards better than anyone else. Thegeneral topics listed in the Georgia Science GPS for the courses we offer follow.
Classification to the Six Kingdom level
Cellular Function and Structure