Teacher: Mrs. Jaynes
Course Name: AP Environmental Science (APES)
Grade Level: 11-12 ; Spring 2010
All school procedures and policies from the student code of conduct handbook will be followed.
Conferences may be scheduled upon request.
APES is a college level class and will be taught similar to a college class. I have extremely high
expectations of every student in this class. If you feel that you are not ready for a college level class then
you might want to consider another science. You will have many projects, labs and papers through out
the semester that will require time, thought and hard work.
The following is an explanation of the revision to the 2007-2008 Advanced Placement (AP) Policy. This
revision was approved by the Board on July 15, 2008.
Students enrolled in an AP course are strongly encouraged to take that course’s AP exam. A 1.0 weight
will be added to transcripts if students successfully complete an AP course and take the AP examination.
A 0.5 weight will be added to transcripts if students successfully complete an AP course but choose not to
take the AP examination. This policy must be communicated to students and their parents.
Students who take AP courses during the fall semester must pay for the AP exam by the last school day
in August. Students who take AP courses during the spring semester must pay for the exam by the last
school day in January.
Course Rationale: The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the
scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the
natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to
evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for
resolving or preventing them.
Course Prerequisites: 2 years of laboratory sciences
Proposed Objectives To Be Covered:
- Science is a process
- Energy conversion underlies all ecological processes
- The Earth itself is one interconnected system
- Humans alter natural systems
- Environmental problems have a cultural and social context
- Human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems.
- (A more detailed objective outline will be given to you.)
Textbook: Living In The Environment; 15th edition; G. Tyler Miller
- 3 ring binder with notebook paper
- flash drive
- note-cards/ note-card holder
- other materials will be announced throughout semester
*** Students need to have a computer and printer available for this course. Forms, Power
Point Presentations and other information are posted at daphnehs.com -School Staff – Jennifer Jaynes.
Students will also be required to do many activities that require Internet access and a printer. If students
do not have a computer/printer at home they will need to make arrangements. The school library and
the public library both have computer, internet and printer access. Not having a computer at home is
not an excuse for work not being completed.
Assessments To Be Used:
- Assessments 55%
o Test, projects, labs, notebook, papers,etc.
- Exams 15%
o Midterm, final
- Classwork 15%
- Homework 10%
- Formative assessments 5%
NOTEBOOKS: Notebooks will be organized and checked throughout semester. The following is the
organizational format notebooks will have:
- Notebook (Dividers)
o Unit 1: Ch1-3 Sustainability; Ecosystems
o Unit 2: Ch 4-6 Biodiversity
o Unit 3: Ch 7-9 Ecology
o Unit 4: Ch 10-12 Sustaining Biodiversity
o Unit 5: Ch 13-17 (omit Ch 15) Sustaining Key Resources
o Unit 6: Ch 19, 21,22 Sustaining Environmental Quality
o Unit 7: Ch 20, 23-26 Sustaining Human Societies
o Misc. material
- Questions and Answers, Notes, Vocabulary, Web organizers Case Studies, any other
work pertaining to the chapters in the units.
Make-up Work Procedure: IT IS THE STUDENTS RESPONSIBILITY TO GET MISSED WORK
NOT SOMEBODY ELSES!!
- Tests/ Quizzes: Make up days for tests and quizzes are Monday after school at 3:15 NO
EXEPTIONS. You will have 2 weeks to make up a test. Tests may only be made up if
absence is excused. Make-up test may be in essay form.
- Homework/class work: The student has 3 days to turn in any missed work. After 3 days the
grade is a ZERO! Students are responsible for getting a missed bellringer from another
student. For any group work missed a student’s assignment may be in the form of a paper.
- IT IS THE STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY TO ARRANGE FOR MAKE-UP WORK,
NOT THE TEACHERS!!!!
Late Work Procedures: A student has the ability to turn in late work. Everyday the work is late 20
points will be deducted. This does not pertain to labs, projects, papers.
Passes: You will receive 4 passes for the SEMESTER (all 18 weeks). The passes may be used to leave the
class for restroom, locker, ect. The passes may also be used in place of a tardy (4 tardies = detention). At
the end of the semester any unused passes can be turned in for extra credit (5 points each). Do not lose
passes! You will not receive anymore.
- Field trips will cost money but the amount will be determined later
- Field trips are a privilege. A student with disciplinary problems, excessive
tardies, and excessive late work will not be able to attend.
General Classroom Rules:
- No talking when teacher is addressing the class, when another student is addressing the
class, when announcements are on, when told not to.
- Raise hand to talk unless we are in a discussion mode.
- Do not get out of seat during class unless you have permission
- Throw garbage away at the end of class on your way out.
- Sharpen pencils at the beginning of class.
- Start bell ringer as soon as you enter the class.
- Turn homework in at the beginning of class in appropriate area unless otherwise told.
- Do not ask to leave the room unless it is an emergency.
- Have all class materials in class everyday.
- BE RESPECTFUL!!!
- BE RESPONSIBLE!!!