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									                                                                            Mira Mesa High School
                                                                                      10510 Reagan Road
                                                                                    San Diego, CA 92126
                                                                                    (858) 566-2262 phone
                                                                                       (858) 549-9541 fax

AP/ROP Environmental Science Class Policies                                September 2, 2010
Ms. Yoneda
Course Description
AP/ROP Environmental Science is a two-semester course that explores the science of living things. All
topics are designed to prepare students to pass the AP Environmental Science test given on May 2,
2011, which includes the study of geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science,
chemistry, and geography. The APES course is a rigorous science course that emphasizes scientific
principles and analysis while also touching on the sociological and political perspectives. At the same
time, students will gain entry-level skills necessary to obtain work in the environmental science field.
All students are encouraged to take the AP Environmental Science test, which will cost approximately
$95 this year.

1 year of biology (may be taken concurrently)
Recommended: 1 year of chemistry or earth science

Course Methods
AP Environmental Science will be taught using a number of methods including:

Participating in the regular classroom and online classroom discussions.
Homework, Including writing assignments and reading assignments from class text and outside
Fieldwork is an integral portion of the curriculum and participation will be required
Lecture, class discussion and multimedia presentations related to the reading assignments.
Investigations, group activities, demonstrations and student designed experiments.
A fieldwork notebook in which the student will record all fieldwork data and analyses
These methods and others provide support for literacy.

Textbook: Botkin, Daniel B., Keller, Edward A. Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet (6th
edition: Wiley & Sons, 2007.
Recommended Text: Princeton Review. Cracking the AP Environmental Science Exam (2011
edition). (Approximately $21 at a bookstore or limited supplies of $14 at finance office).

You are expected to bring a binder, lined paper, graph paper, pen, and pencil, to class everyday. Each
paper must have the proper heading. The heading must be placed in the upper right hand corner and
include your last name, first name, date, and class period. Each assignment should be titled, neat, and
legible. Papers not complying with these standards will not be accepted or graded. In addition, a
separate bound notebook will be required.

All assignments will be kept in order in your folder after they are graded and returned. Homework will
be posted online each day. Students are responsible for keeping track of their assignments in a
calendar or planner if internet access is not available at home.

A portion of this class will be conducted online. Students will have access to the classroom computers
during class and after school during tutoring hours. Computers are also available in the library before
school, at lunch, and after school.

An important aspect of Environmental Studies is participation in fieldwork. Fieldwork will be
conducted both on and off campus. As much as possible will be done during class and school hours.
Due to the nature of the environmental studies being conducted, some of the fieldwork will be done
independently after proper training. However, no student is allowed to do any fieldwork without prior
approval of the teacher and/or internship supervisor. All fieldwork will be recorded in a separate
fieldwork notebook that will be a significant part of your graded work.

Tardiness will not be tolerated. You are expected to be in your assigned seat and ready for instruction
when the bell rings. Repeated tardiness will result in detention, parent contact, referral, and a lowered
participation and citizenship grade. Please refer to student handbook for specific details.

During the class period many things happen which cannot be made up. Laboratories, activities, and
discussions that take place during a class are all very important. Students who miss a class period miss
out. If you are really ill, you should obviously not be in school. However, it is important that both the
parent and the student monitor the student’s absences.

Attendance and Late Assignments
A record of all classroom activities and assignments are posted daily in the online classroom Absent
Binder. If you are absent it is your responsibility to get the assignment for the day you were not
present. This missed assignment is due the day following your return, as well as any assignment that
may be given on the day of your return. Other than excused absences late work will not be
accepted. If a student is truant they will not be given additional time to make up work. Tests and
quizzes can only be made up if it is an excused absence. Upon return, makeup exams must be
scheduled for the first available tutoring session. Please refer to student handbook for additional
information on the truancy and attendance policies.

Grading Policy
Grades will be based on test, quizzes, handouts, homework, fieldwork, participation, and
investigations. All course work will be given point values. Letter grades will be based on a percentage
of the point total. Grades may be checked online during the school year on parent connect. Parents
must sign up for parent connect in the main office.

Grading Rubrics
Specific rubrics for assignments may be found on the online classroom website.
Total grade is based on the total number of points accumulated in three separate categories during the

       90% - 100%      A                The three categories and their percentage of the final grade
       80% - 89%       B
                                               45% tests
       70% - 79%       C
                                               45% graded work
       60% - 69%       D
                                               10% participation
       0% - 59%        F

The test category includes tests, quizzes, finals, and major projects. The fieldwork notebook and all
other graded work are included under the graded work category. The participation category includes
asking and answering questions, meeting group and individual work expectations, attendance and
meeting the elements of the student citizenship rubric that may be found in the student handbook. All
students are highly encouraged to take the AP Biology exam. However, those students who do not
take the 2011 AP Environmental Science Exam will be given an alternative assignment or exam that
will be a part of their test grade.

Code of Conduct
You will not be able to eat, drink, or chew gum in the science room.

Since this course is taught in a science classroom, certain behaviors cannot be tolerated to ensure the
safety of everyone. Among these are play fighting, entering the back rooms, and unauthorized use of

All students must adhere to safety guidelines (see safety contracts) in order to participate in laboratory
experiments. Students will be required to pass safety tests with a score of 100% before they may
participate in laboratory or fieldwork. Certain experiments may require specific types of clothing to
be worn, if a student does not adhere to the clothing requirement when adequate forewarning has been
given, or other safety considerations they will lose their laboratory privileges

In addition, I expect all students to participate, be prepared, be organized, be responsible, respect
others, and follow the AP and ROP guidelines. Participation and citizenship grades are based on
following this code of conduct.
         Participation in learning means:
                   Student is active during class discussions.
                   Student is constantly paying attention and working on class assignments.
                   Engagement in group activities, laboratory experiments, and field research

          Follows classroom rules means:
                  Come prepared to class.
                  Follow directions and safety rules
                  Be respectful to self and all others.

          Displays on-task behaviors means:
                  Student is actively completing the assigned task.
                  Student is not working on work from another class.

          Respectful to others means:
                 Student treats others with kindness.
                 Student does not interrupt the teacher or other students.
                 Student waits his/her turn to express opinions.
                 Student refrains from making discouraging or hurtful comments toward others.

Office Hours
My office hours will be as follows unless a scheduled faculty meeting interferes.
       Tuesdays & Thursdays after school from 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm in room 224.
       The day before scheduled tests or by appointment

I may be reached at: 858-566-2262 x 4224
     (class handouts)
     (online classroom & calendar)
My Pledge
I enjoy teaching and getting to know my students. I will make every effort to make this learning
experience enjoyable and interesting for you. I expect you to be actively involved too! If you are
having any problems or just want to talk, please stop by before or after school, leave a note in my
mailbox, or on my voice mail and we will arrange time for us to meet. Together we can make this one
of your best classes!

               Parents and Students: Fill out and print the form below.
  Completed forms are to be turned in to the classroom no later than the end of the 2 nd
                                   week of school.
                             Print and Return this page only (page 5)

I have read, understand, and will abide by the classroom and laboratory safety policies as
outlined in the online syllabus, laboratory safety contract, and fieldwork safety contract for Ms.
Yoneda’s AP/ROP Environmental Science course. I will do my best to fulfill the requirements
for AP/ROP Environmental Science and the expectations of my teacher.

Printed student’s Last Name ______________________ First ________________Per ___

Student’s signature_____________________________________ Date _______________
Laboratory Safety Contract Question Answers: 56._____, 57._____, 58.____, Other ____________
 Field Work Safety Contract Question Answers: 1. ____________________, 2. _________________

I have read, understand, and have discussed with my child the classroom and laboratory safety
policies as outlined in the online syllabus, laboratory safety contract, and fieldwork safety
contract for Ms. Yoneda’s AP/ROP Environmental Science course. I pledge to support my
student to fulfill these requirements and expectations.

Parent’s signature______________________________________ Date _______________

Parent e-mail (please print) _____________________________________________

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