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April County Meeting Update

Year End Meetings for REY1 & REY2 are April 2, 2014 at 4 p.m. The location is changed to DiVieste Banquet Hall.

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NFTPP is work has begun…

This year is an exciting year for the NFTPP. We have acquired a sea turtle mascot costume! Our mascot name is “Belle” after our first adopted sea turtle “Belle O’Brevard” that we adopted in 2008 when the NFTPP began. We are all very excited about her acquisition and we are looking into some events that we can include her in this year.

We have also adopted 4 sea turtles that are swimming in the Tour de Turtles race this year (Carrie, Claire, Panama Jackie, and Mora.) We will be posting more information on each of them as time progresses.

We have also chosen our NFTPP signature cards and t-shirt designs. They will be presented soon after they are digitized. The shirt color they have chosen this year is a black shirt with bright blue ink. Sales for the t-shirts will be upcoming.

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Genetic Code HW


Using the correct DNA Strand for your class, identify the DNA compliment, the mRNA, and the Amino Acid Chain.

Then answer the question: Is this a complete message? Explain.

General Biology Sequence: CTACACGTGTAG

Academic Biology Sequence: CATCCTGACGTCAGGATG

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Dihybrid Practice Problem

Dihybrid Cross Problem:

Some of the most commonly used traits used for studying corn genetics are given below.

Make Punnett Squares and answer the questions on a separate piece of paper.

kernel shape (when dried)

smooth (starch present in kernel)

wrinkled (sugar present in kernal)


leaf color

green (normal photosynthetic pigment)

white (absence of photosynthetic pigments –lethal as plants get older)

The symbols we will use for the alleles of each of these genes are given in the table below.

Leaf Color


Kernel Shape













Two parents, with two different traits: kernel shape and leaf color are mated. One parent is homozygous dominant for both traits, the other parent is heterozygous for kernel shape and homozygous recessive for leaf color. The parent who is homozygous dominant for both traits is the female.

a.       Construct a Punnett square to represent this cross.

b.       What are the possible genotypes and genotypic ratio is expected from this cross?

c.       What are the possible phenotypes and phenotypic ratio is expected from this cross?

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2012-13 NFTPP T-Shirts On Sale Now!

This year’s NFTPP t-shirts are on sale now! As usual, any staff member can purchase them from NFTPP members, including Mrs. Donley (the only students permitted to have them are NFTPP members.) if you want one, please see one of this year’s NFTPP members or contact Mrs. Donley!

This year’s shirt will be maroon featuring the 5th Anniversary NFTPP logo in white.

Sizes available are S-5XL.

The shirt sales will be used to raise money in order to purchase shirts for the NFTPP members to wear when at group presentations. Any additional profits from the shirt sale will once again be donated to the Sea Turtle Conservancy for continued sea turtle conservation/research.

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Sea Turtle Tracking Maps Delay…

Sorry for the delay in our tracking maps being displayed in each of our buildings.

We have had a few issues with geography…. We are currently fixing these issues and items are being put up this week.

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2012 Sea Turtles Adopted

Based upon the class count for the year, I adopted two sea turtles from the Sea Turtle Conservancy for our 2012-13 school year.

The two adoptees are both Loggerhead sea turtles and are named Pearl and Lady Marmalade. You can watch their journey’s on the Tour de Turtles website for now. In the next day or so, direct links to their WebPages will be made available on my website’s NFTPP page as well.

Also adopted this year is a Loggerhead sea turtle nest from It was laid on August 4, 2012 and is located on Caswell Beach, North Carolina. Information about the nest will periodically be updated with new details about the nest. Our adopted nest information can be found at the following link: Adopted Nest Link.

I can’t wait to get this year’s NFTPP group in motion and I can’t wait to hear how many baby loggerheads we had in our nest!

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Update: NFTPP in Velador

For those of you who did not get to see the article on the NFTPP in the STC’s Velador earlier this year, that complete issue is now available on-line.

Here is a link to that issue…see page 4 for the NFTPP information.

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ACT Photo ID Requirements

Update News from the ACT webpage:

ACT Photo Requirements

If you register for the October 2012 national test date, or a later test date, you are required to submit a photo of yourself for identification purposes. The photo will be printed on your ticket and on the score report ACT sends to your high school. Your photo will be valid for two years from the date it is added to your ACT record.

The photo must meet the following requirements:

  • Your photo must be a clear image of you—and only you—against a plain background.
  • You must be facing the camera.
  • You cannot wear dark glasses.
  • If you wear a head covering daily for religious reasons, adjust it to provide a full-face view.

Examples of Acceptable Photos


Examples of Unacceptable Photos

Face is in profile

Group photo

Full-length photo

Background not plain

Photo Upload Deadlines

Your photo must be added by the Photo Upload Deadline for your test date. The test dates and deadlines are listed below. If you miss the deadline, your registration will be cancelled and you will NOT be admitted to test. You will then need to request a test date change and pay the fee for the test date change.

ACT Test Date

Photo Upload Deadline
(by 12:00 noon central time)

September 8, 2012

September 4, 2012

October 27, 2012

October 23, 2012

December 8, 2012

December 4, 2012

February 9, 2013

February 5, 2013

April 13, 2013

April 9, 2013

June 8, 2013

June 4, 2013

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ACT Test Increases Security Measures for 2012-13

The ACT Testing for the 2012-13 school year has new increased security measures that all participants must be aware of or admittance to the testing center will be denied.

Beginning this year, students will be required to submit and head and shoulders recognizable photograph to ACT upon registration. (This will be optional for the September test as this was not required until after registration opened for the September test, but will be a requirement for all other test dates after this September’s test.)

This post includes important information for all students including students who the testing staff recognizes—no longer will we be allowed to “Recognize you” for admittance! You must have your ID (Acceptable ID forms are listed in this post.)

Here is a list of new requirements/rules:

  • Students will upload or otherwise submit (via ACT website, mobile device, or mail) a recognizable head-and-shoulders photo of themselves when registering for the ACT. (ACT test center staff will be making sure your photo looks like you…so make sure your photo ID is not out of date…your appearance must be the same in the photo and in real life! If you make any significant changes to your appearance from what you send to ACT you can be denied admittance!)
  • The photo will be printed on the student’s ticket, which the student will be required to bring to the test center in order to be admitted.
  • The student’s photo will also be printed on the examinee roster that testing staff use to check in students on test day.
  • Students MUST bring BOTH and acceptable photo ID and a paper copy of their admission ticket on test day. (In the past if you forgot your admission ticket it was ok so long as you had a photo ID and were on our roster—this is no longer acceptable. You MUST have both with you!)
  • On test day, test center staff will match the name and photo on the student’s ticket, the test center roster, and the student’s photo ID to the student who arrives to take the test before granting the student admission. The names and information on the ID, Admission Ticket, and Roster must match! (Be sure your ACT info and ID info match: ie: if you move or have put one parent’s address in ACT registration and have a different address on your ID because you live at a different address with a divorced/separated parent. All info must match or you will be denied admittance to the testing center!)
  • The admission ticket presented by the student MUST be for the test center you are at and for the current test date.
  • Students not listed on the test center rosters will not be admitted—NO WALK-INS!
  • Students who miss the late registration deadline will be required to request standby testing online in advance of test day and must print a standby ticket.
  • Students who want to make a Test Center or Test Date Change after the late registration deadline will be required to request the change online in advance of test day and print a standby ticket
  • Standbys, including Test Center/Test Date changes, will be listed on a new Standby Roster.
    • Absolutely No Walk-ins on test day.
    • Students who register to test as standbys are NOT allowed to test with extended time or other accommodations on test day – even if they have had these accommodations in the past.
  • In addition to submitting a photo, students will provide ACT with their gender and identify the name of the high school they attend. ACT will use this information to help match the examinee’s identity throughout the testing process.
  • Both before and after testing, students will provide written affirmation that they are the person whose name appears on the test booklet and answer sheet which they have submitted. They will also acknowledge that assuming anyone else’s identity to take the test may be a violation of law and be subject to legal penalty.
  • ACT will visit test centers to conduct enhanced test security procedures on test day, including collecting images of examinees during check-in and/or other security activities.
  • After tests have been scored, the student’s photo will be printed on the score report that will be automatically sent to the high school attended by the student. Score integrity can then be reinforced by the people who know the students best—the teachers and counselors at their schools.
  • To deter attempts to circumvent these procedures, students (including those who hope to test on a standby basis) will be required to register their intent to test and will not be allowed to make any test center or test date changes on the day of the test.

NEW ID Requirements:

Photo ID Required – Only these forms accepted on test day:

 Government issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license).

 Current School ID card with photo.

 School ID letter with photo.

 Notarized statement with photo.

No longer accepted:

 personal recognition of students by testing staff.

 published photos (e.g., yearbook picture).

 transcripts (even with photo).

Please be sure to heed the above rules. Remember they go into effect this year!

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