Mr. Jenks Class Blog

Dearborn High School

   Apr 14

April 14 Updates


I hope everybody had a restful “spring break” and that you and your family are healthy. This is going to be a pretty easy week until we get some more guidance from the district in how to proceed. So far we haven’t gotten much information.

For today, please complete the survey below about how you think things are progressing while we are remote learning. Please take the survey and be honest about each question. The more information we get from you the better. I also sent the link via Remind. There is no reason to take the survey twice!

Biology Survey

Forensics Survey

Please email or text me on Remind if you have questions!

Mr. Jenks

   Apr 03

April 3 Updates

Good morning!

We have a little bit more information now that Governor Whitmer has closed schools for the rest of the year, but we still don’t know what that means for the district and our class. There will be no work next week and I’ll only check emails periodically. Please take this time to rest and spend time with your family and always practice social distancing. We’ll get through this. 

Biology – Continue to finish working on the assignments for this week that are on iLearn. If you have not taken the Punnett Square and Mendel Standard test, please make sure that you complete that by tonight. There is 1 hour time limit on the assessment and you get 2 attempts.

Forensics – Today is another Forensic Files Friday. It’s an episode that focuses on tire and shoe impressions but also looks at blood and blood spatter. I hope you enjoy!

Remember all assignments from the week are due by midnight tonight! Email or text me if you have questions!

Mr. Jenks

   Apr 02

April 2 Updates

Good morning!

Make sure to continue working on the assignments for this week – nothing that has been updated since my last email. Stay safe!

Mr. Jenks

   Mar 30

March 30 Updates

Good morning!

Week 3 of remote learning and social distancing is here and it seems we’ll be doing this for a while. Hopefully the Michigan Department of Education gives us some guidance on what the rest of the school year is going to look like sometime soon. In the meantime we are going to continue with tires this week. 

Biology – You may now start to work on the week 3 assignments. There is a lot of good review resources here that you can use to help prepare for your test which is the last assignment before spring break.

Forensics – I’ve uploaded 3 different things on iLearn. The first is just the reading of the Forensic for Dummies section on tires. Please read the 3 short pages about tires as it relates to forensic investigations – some of it should be review from last week. Then there’s 11 questions that you need to answer about the reading. These questions can be done on iLearn and submitted there. Or if you prefer to print out a copy of the questions and answer them on paper you may, just make sure that you email me your completed work.

 PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO COMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS THIS WEEK! A lot of you did this weren’t able to complete all the assignments last week. Learn from your mistakes.

As always, continue to email or text me on Remind if you have any questions!

Mr. Jenks

   Mar 27

March 27th Updates

Good morning!

Biology – All the work from this week is due tonight (Friday, March 27) by midnight! I know a lot of you have completed all the work and are ready for week 3, but some of you need to finish some of the assignments. Don’t wait until tonight to finish it!

Forensics – Today you will be watching a Forensic Files that uses tire tracks to catch the criminal. It’s a pretty fascinating Forensic Files to watch since the “lead detective” in the case is the victim’s mother. As always, make sure to focus on the evidence collected section of the listening guide. Some of you are getting pretty lazy when it comes to filling out the listening guide to the best of your ability. 

Please understand that I am expecting all of you to complete the work. If you’re on the edge of a grade at the end of the semester (i.e. if you are sitting at a 79.3% in June) and completed all the work during this remote learning time then I’ll consider upping your grade. However, if you aren’t turning in any of the work and aren’t asking questions then I will not even think about moving your grade up. 

Email or text me if you have any questions!

Mr. Jenks

   Mar 25

March 25 Updates

Good morning!

Biology – Continue working on the assignments for the week.

Forensics – I hope you enjoyed a little break from the work yesterday. Today you will be going outside to do some measurements of one of your cars. You’ll be measuring the track width (Middle of left tire to middle of right tire), tire width (how wide is the individual tire), and wheel base (middle of front tire to middle of back tire) of one of your cars, as well as looking for any unusual tire features.

It is suppose to be very nice the next 3 days so it would be good to get out and get some fresh air during this shelter in place the governor has put forth. You are going to need a measuring device of some sort. Some things you can use:

1) Measuring tape

2) Long string and a ruler

3) Yarn and a ruler

4) Anything else you can think of that you would be able to use.

Somebody in your house should have a ruler or measuring device that you can borrow for this lab. If not, please email me and we’ll try to think of something together. If you can’t print out the data table, I’d suggest that you copy the data table down on a separate sheet and then upload that data table to iLearn. Don’t forget to complete the post lab questions, too!

Email or text me on Remind if you have questions!

Mr. Jenks

   Mar 24

March 24 Updates

Good morning!

Biology – Continue to work on the iLearn assignments. All of them are due by Friday, March 27!

Forensics – There is no new work today. Continue working on your crossword puzzle from yesterday.

Email or text me if you have any questions!

Mr. Jenks

   Mar 23

March 23 Updates

Good morning!

I hope everybody had a restful weekend and that everybody is healthy and social distancing. Those of you that completed the assignments from last week, I will be getting those into the gradebook either today or tomorrow so you know you completed them. Yes, I know that the Michigan Department of Education and the district said that these assignments don’t count towards your grade, but I will still be putting them in to see who has completed them and who hasn’t. 

Biology – This week we will continue with Genetics and get some practice with Punnett Squares. All of the assignments are on iLearn under the Week 3/23 – 3/27 heading.

Forensics – This week we start our tires unit. I put up some notes on iLearn and there’s a crossword puzzle that goes with the notes. There’s two ways to turn in the crossword puzzle:

1) Print out the CWP and then complete it how we normally would. Take a picture and upload that as your response (there’s a PDF that is below the picture of the CWP).

2) When you click add submission you can put your answers in the text box for example:


1 – Turning Radius


1 – Track Width

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to email or text me on Remind! Stay safe out there!

Mr. Jenks

   Mar 20

March 20 Updates

Good morning!

You made it through the first week! I hope that you are still doing well and are making the best out of the situation. 

Biology Updates – Continue with the work that is on iLearn. Nothing new has been posted.

Forensics Updates – Today’s assignment is the last of the week and it’s a good one – Forensic Files Friday! The assignment is on iLearn here and you need to scroll down to where it says “add submission” in order to begin the assignment.

All work for the week is due by midnight tonight (March 20). Email or text on Remind if you have any questions!

Mr. Jenks

   Mar 19

March 19 Updates

Good morning!

It’s good to see most of you getting your work done early. If you haven’t started yet, you’re going to want to soon – don’t wait until the last minute.

Biology Updates – Continue with the assignments for this week.

Forensics Updates – I had a lot of questions yesterday about where to do the listening guide for the Forensic Files. You have to scroll down to where it says “Add Submission” once you click on that a text box will show up that will allow you to type your answers.

Today’s assignment has you comparing 2 different shoe prints side by side and locating the differences between them. For your answers, please make sure that you put the coordinates (i.e. E4 or F6) of where the difference is. 

As always, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m available via email and Remind so come say hi!

Mr. Jenks

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