AP Environmental Science: 2011-2012
This is a very fast-paced course. You will be expected to do reading and note-taking outside of class in order to be prepared for each day’s work. In order for you to master the content required and be prepared to take the AP exam in May, all curricula must be completed by April break. You must be disciplined and committed to keep up with this fast pace.
Absence From Class—Makeup Work is Your Responsibility
1. Unexcused absences receive no credit. Major assignments that are late will receive a 20% late assessment for each day that they are late.
2. Check the Make-up work folder for any important material that you have missed.
3. School Policy is that you have one day for each day absent to complete all missed work for excused absences. This does not include missed days due family vacations or other visits. Missed tests or quizzes must be scheduled with the teacher within 5 of days of your return. Failure to do so will result in a zero. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP THE WORK.
4. If you are present at any time during the school day an assignment is due, the THAT DAY. If you check out or check in and fail to turn in an assignment due on that day, you will receive a zero.
5. If you have an excused absence and an assignment is pre-assigned due on the day you are absent, it must be turned in before the day you are out. Failure to do so will result in a zero.
You are expected to keep a neat, well-organized notebook that contains notes. Als0 have one binder with dividers that you will use as a file to keep copies of all handouts and returned materials. In many incidences, handouts such as copies of powerpoints will become you review guide for exams.
you will also require highlighters, pens and pencils
All questions from the book or labs MUST BE IN COMPLETE SENTENCES in order for you to receive credit for the assignment. All sentences must be grammatically correct and legible.
All labs must be typed and completed the proper format. Drawings must be completed in pencil, and include all required detail.
All assignments are due at the beginning of class. No printing will be allowed in class. If you have issues with either your printer or computer, you must e-mail the teacher a copy of the assignment and present a hard copy the next day. Failure to do so will result in a zero.
3. Lab Expectations
While working in the laboratory, you will have important responsibilities that do not apply to other classrooms. You will be working with materials and apparatus that, if handled carelessly or improperly, have the potential to cause pain serious injury or death. A science laboratory can be a safe place to work, if you are alert, cautious, and follow directions with care. The practices listed below should be followed :
Laboratory Preparation –
than those that have been assigned, unless you have discussed it with me and have the teacher’s permission.
4. TestsTests count 100 points each. Tests will be so constructed as to mirror the format of the AP exam that will be administered in May. Several of the exams this semester will be graded according to AP rubrics to better prepare students for a successful AP exam in May. Example of each type of AP exam questions:
According to the World Bank what is the predicted stabilization number for the worldwide population?
A. 11 billion
B. 9 billion
C. 8 billion
D. 15 billion
E. 30 billion
OR: Answer all parts of the questions
The 1990 United States census revealed that for the first time, a majority of Americans live in suburbs of major cities or in suburban-like communities.
A. List three factors why this trend may not be sustainable from a resource point of view.
B. Explain why each of the three reasons you have listed is not sustainable and the possible consequences of each.
C. What national public policy decisions made the United States into a suburban country as opposed to Europe that is largely urbanized?
D. Many environmentalists think the 21st century as the “Century of the City.” State whether or not you agree or disagree with this statement and include three reasons as support.
5. Final Exam/Project
At the end of the first semester (midterm exam) you will be given a comprehensive exam based upon all of the unit tests for that semester. This test is worth 15% of your final grade for the course. A final project will be assigned after the April break. This will be a required project and cannot be excused.
6. Grading System
Your semester grade will be made up of the following components:
Class work, Homework And Quizzes 15%
Note that labs are weighted 35%. This is because after your successful completion of the
AP exam, it is possible to receive both lecture and lab credits for this course at the university level.
This may vary among universities and may also be dependent upon whether you score 3, 4 or 5 on
the AP exam.
Grades will not be rounded up. There will not be any dropped scores.
7. Late Work: All work is due at the beginning of class on the date it is due. Excused absences will be allowed to turn in work as per school policy (see student handbook). Major assignments that are late will receive a 20% late assessment for each day that they are late.
8. Cheating: Cheating of any nature will not be tolerated. Strict adherence to the school Honor Code Policy in this regard is observed. Please refer to your Student Handbook. It is expected that all work you complete in class is a product of your own effort. It is expected that you do not share information in between classes or electronically concerning gradable experiences.
Honor Code: Cheating is defined as “the giving or receiving, in any form, information relating to a gradable experience.” Violations of the honor code will result in a zero for the assignment, plus an honor code violation form placed in the student’s disciplinary file. Read the handbook carefully to fully understand what constitutes a violation.
Finally, it is my expectation that every student will be successful in this class. I have very high expectations for my students both behaviorally and academically and I’m very confident that you will meet or exceed those expectations.
Students or parents may contact me at any time by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The teacher will be available to help students before and/or after school by appointment only.
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