Course Syllabus



Contact Information



Jessica Zalewski, LAT


Phone: 832-223-4200


Schedule Information


Conference Time: 5th Period

Enter Conference Time: 1:15-2:00pm

Tutorial Times (Department Schedule):  Tuesday & Thursday Mornings

Enter Tutorial Times: 7:30am-8:05am



About Me


Teacher Bio: Hello Everyone! My name is Ms. Zalewski, most people call me Ms. Z. I am a Health Science Tech teacher here at the Ranch. This is my 5th year teaching at George Ranch High School and my 5th year teaching Principles of Health Science. I am a Licensed Athletic Trainer and graduated from Texas Sate University. I am looking forward to this year and all the awesome healthcare information we are going to learn, including Laws and Careers.




Course Overview

Health Sciences are the group of disciplines of applied science dealing with human and animal health. There are two parts to Health Sciences: the study and research knowledge of health and the application of that knowledge to improve health, prevent and cure diseases, and understand how humans and animals function. Research builds primarily on the basic sciences of biology, chemistry, and physics as well as a variety of multidisciplinary fields (for example medical sociology).

Other fields that have made an exceptionally significant contribution to the health sciences include biochemistry, biotechnology, engineering, epidemiology, genetics, nursing, pharmacology, pharmacy, public health, psychology, physical therapy, and medicine.

The health sciences industry, a multi-billion dollar business, is a subset of the life sciences, medical care, and diagnosis industries.

We will study these “Health Science Career Pathways” for approximately 6 weeks each.

  • Health Informatics Services
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Support Services
  • Biotechnology Research and Development


  • 1in Binder (Only to be used for this course)
  • Tab Dividers for binder
  • Pencils and Pens: Blue or Black Ink only
  • 3X5 Note cards
  • Poster Supplies
    • Markers, Crayons, Color pencils
    • Poster board (for projects throughout year)
  • Tissue Box
    • For a project, will be notified 2 weeks in advance

WHAT TO EXPECT? Principles of Health Science is the introductory course into the Health Science Classes, because of the large domain that is Health Science we explore many different pathways of the medical field. We have hands-on labs, medical knowledge-based projects, and guest speakers in various positions in the Health Science Career Pathways. Classes in the Health Science track have officers in every class, there are various positions with different responsibilities that will help your class succeed in their exploration of the Health Science field. Please consider taking a leadership position and start taking ownership of your education and environment!!

WHAT TO BRING EVERY DAY? Binder, Paper, Pen/Pencil, and a Positive Attitude!

CONTACTING YOUR TEACHER VIA EMAIL? Email/Canvas Instructions: Please when sending an email or when utilizing the messenger feature on canvas have your name and class period be in the title of the message. All messages will be responded to within 1 business day.

TUTORIALS: Tutorials are Tuesdays and Thursdays before school starting at 7:30 AM, you may also make appointments via email or verbal confirmation if other tutorial times are needed.

PHS BINDER: We have an ongoing major grade assignment throughout the year, our Binders. This Binder will contain most of your assignments and schedules. PHS Binders are a way of practicing documentation, which is an integral part of the Health Science field. This binder will be your aid to keeping up with the weekly schedule and important dates in class.

GRADING PROCEDURE: PHS is a non-weighted course: MAJOR 60%:  Tests, Major Projects, Classroom Spiral & DAILY 40%:  Activities, Quizzes, Worksheets, etc.

LATE WORK POLICY: If you need help ASK!! Work is due at the beginning of class, unless informed otherwise. We will follow the late work policy of Lamar Consolidated ISD. Late Grades: 1 day -20%, 2 days -50%, & 3 days -100%

MAJOR GRADE REASSESSMENTS: To reassess a major grade a student will have to write mini essays from prompts based off the topics covered of the missed major grade. Students will receive a due date when given the reassessment prompts. If the reassessment is for a missed major grade, student is eligible for up to full credit on the assignment. If the reassessment is for a major grade, that at the first attempt received under a 70%, as per district policy, student will be able to reassess for up to a 70%.

EXTRA CREDIT: Students are given the opportunity to earn extra credit points throughout the year. The points can be saved for throughout the year in their extra credit bank.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Per district policy, students involved in cheating, plagiarism and/or breaking campus, district or state assessment procedures will receive a “0” for the assignment and NO MAKEUP ASSIGNMENT WILL BE GIVEN.  Please refer to the George Ranch High School Academic Integrity Contract (given in Advisory class to all students) for full definitions and consequences. 

DISTRICT AND CLASS COMPUTER POLICY: District policy will be followed.

CELL PHONES & other M.L.D.’s: Students will keep cell phones on silent mode and invisible during class time (RED sign) and may ONLY use them per teacher instructions for LEARNING purposes (GREEN sign). Students will be informed when it is appropriate to use cell phones in this course.