Advanced Placement Environmental Science
Instructor: Araceli Anguiano Phone: (951) 736-3211 x2707
CLASS NOTES, ASSIGNMENTS, AND POSTS CAN BE FOUND ON THE EDMODO WEBSITE. SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION.
APES is laboratory science and is the equivalent
of an introductory college course in Environmental Studies. The goal of
this course is to identify natural and man-made environmental problems, study
their effects and evaluate solutions. This course promotes environmental literacy
and analysis so that students are better prepared to make decisions regarding these
issues. Additionally, this course will help build a sense of stewardship
towards the environment. Instruction
consists of lectures, discussions, presentations, case studies and laboratory
work. Approximately one period per week
is devoted to hands-on laboratory experiences.
Topics covered include waste management, toxic risks, ecology,
agriculture, climate change, air pollution, water pollution, energy resources,
population growth, water resources and endangered species. A full outline can be found on the College
Board's® Advanced Placement Program® website. AP Environmental is a laboratory and field-based course and as such
fieldtrips are highly encouraged from the College Board therefore they are a
required part of the class (only 1-2 per year).
· Successful completion of 1 year
of Biology (B or better) and 1 year of Chemistry (C or better) or B or
better Oceanography with teacher recommendation.
minimum GPA of 3.0 and a great attitude with an interest in the environment.
Tyler Miller, Jr. 2007. Living in the Environment, 15th edition.
Supplies & requirements:
Notebook, pencils, blue or black pens,
transparent tape, glue sticks, highlighters, and pencil sharpener.
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class notes and assignments. Go to www.edmodo.com and
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Grades: Student progress and mastery of course content will be measured through
written exams, quizzes, multiple choice tests, performance on laboratory
experiments and field investigations, written lab analysis, article analysis
and discussions, presentations and class participation. Grades are weighted as
follows: Exams and quizzes represent 65%,
Notebooks, Homework, laboratory assignments 35%. Grades will be posted online using
ParentConnect. Students that do not take the AP College Board test are required
to take a final exam in class on the same day of the AP College Board
Exam. Students taking the AP College
board exam have the opportunity to submit a grade change only if they meet the
following criteria: 1. Grade change applies only to one semester. 2. They have achieved a D or better in class
and gave an honest effort (few missing assignments). 3. The score received on the exam is better
than the grade in class (5=A, 4=B, 3=C, 2=D, F = no grade change). Students achieving a 76% or better in class
are highly encouraged to take this test and are expected to pass. The AP Exam will take place Monday, May 1st. If you
would like to receive email updates on grades or other reminders please sign up
to Parent Connect (see Corona High website for
B=80%-89% C=70%-79% D=60%-69% (no college credit) F=59% or less (no credit)
- If the student has an excused
absence it is their
responsibility to contact the teacher for make-up work and the work is
due the day after they return. Unexcused absences will not receive make-up work.
- All work must be handed in on time. Late
work will be deducted points 10% for each day it is late and will not
be accepted after 5 days.
- Tests must be made-up and scheduled
within 5 days of the absence.
- If the student is absent on a lab day or other activity it may not
be available for make-up. Partial
credit can be received for completing the lab analysis but performance
points may be deducted. I will do
my best to offer full credit whenever possible, however, when lab supplies
becomes unavailable it limits the opportunity for points. Failure to participate in fieldtrips may also result in less points as
full participation does not occur.
- Students must be
respectful of themselves, their peers, teachers and other adults at all
- Copying work or cheating is strictly prohibited. Students doing so or allowing others to copy their work will receive zero
credit and parents will be notified.
- Cell phones or any other electronic devices are not
permitted in the classroom during instructional time (lectures/labs). If
a student is using an electronic device it will be confiscated and
parents will need to pick up these items from the administration
office. Phones may be allowed
during “work or study” days with teacher permission and with a grade of
“c” or better. May also be used for
research, participation activities or as a calculator under teacher
supervision and only for the purpose of enhancing the classroom.
- No food, drinks or gum are allowed in the classroom. Doing so will result in minus
participation points. Bottled water
- Lab Safety rules must be followed at all times.
- Consequences include detentions, Saturday School for not serving
detention, minus points, etc.
- Being on time means students are in their assigned seat before
the bell rings. The second
tardy or more the student receives a detention or comparable assignment
such as cleaning after the bells rings.
Excessive tardiness will directly go to detentions and other
consequences listed in the school wide discipline policy.
- Disruptive students (out of seat, excessive talking, and
disrespectful behavior) will receive appropriate consequences.
This syllabus is subject to change.