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Ap Biology

Teacher: Philip A. Hernandez

Room: 1010, Tutorials offered before school by appointment

Telephone: 540.853.2781 (School); (972)277.1126 (Google)

E-mail: phernandez@rcps.info

Class website: http://fleming.rcps.info/teacher_pages/science/phernandez

 

WHAT IS AP BIOLOGY?

Advanced Placement Biology is a course designed to allow high school students to receive college-level instruction in the field of Biology. The course is designed to facilitate critical thinking and inquiry based learning. Student will spend significant time in lab and will be expected to not only understand concepts, but also apply them to new and different material.

 

AP BIOLOGY AT A GLANCE

 

AP Biology can be divided into four big ideas.

 

  • Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis

 

  • The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life

 

  • Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.

 

  • Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties

 

Descriptions for the course can be found at apcentral.collegeboard.com/apbiology.

 

WEBSITE

I maintain a website: http://fleming.rcps.info/teacher_pages/science/phernandez. The content on the website will change weekly, but will allow students to access assignments and websites for further exploration. The website will also contain lessons, so please inform me if you do not have access to the internet.

 

EXPECTATIONS

I believe that all students can be successful.  In order to guarantee an atmosphere conducive to learning for everyone, these are my expectations of you:

  • Respect others and yourself.
  • Turn in all assignments complete and on time.
  • Be prepared.  Have all of your supplies with you.  This means ready to work when the bell rings.
  • Take care of needs during passing periods.
  • Use polite language at all times.
  • Every student is expected to behave in a way that allows the teacher to teach and every student to learn.

 

 GRADING PROCEDURES

Grade Breakdown

Tests/Projects

50%

Labs/Homework

30%

Quizzes/Classwork

20%

District Grading Scale

90-100

= A

80-89

= B

70-79

= C

60-69

= D

>59

= F

In the event of an absence, it is your responsibility to get your assignments on the day you return.  Rather than asking me what you missed, please check the make-up folders for any activities that you need to complete.  For test purposes, you are responsible for all class material, concepts, and assignments whether you were present for class or not.  If you are not comfortable with a concept, come to tutoring. Tutoring is available before school and by appointment.

 

Late work will be penalized 10 points a day and will not be accepted greater than three days late unless the student completes an additional assignment.

 

Student grades will be updated weekly and can be checked through Family Access. Grading will be consistent with the District Grading Policy and include an emphasis on communication, collaboration, and critical thinking- skills essential for safe laboratory practices and progress in science.

 

LABORATORY ACTIVITIES

Due to potential hazards during laboratory activities, there will be no tolerance for any violation of laboratory rules of safety and conduct.  Any violation of laboratory rules, even if it is the first offense, may result in a zero, immediate removal from the lab, office referral, and no opportunity for lab make-up. 

 

 

VIDEOTAPING IN CLASS

In order to facilitate better teaching practices and accountability of students and teachers, classroom instruction and students working may be videotaped. Any concerns about this policy should be noted underneath your signature on the following page.

 

 

 

MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE EVERY DAY 


  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Paper (college ruled preferred)
  • 1 Inch or larger binder
  • Red pen
  • Highlighter
  • Colored Pencils
  • Planner
  • 1 subject notebook (with graph paper)

 

Other materials that would be helpful (students have been assigned a category based on their class period, but more material is always welcome):

  • 2 Dry erase markers (for class use)
  • 1 Box of Kleenex (for class use)
  • 1 Roll of Paper towels (for class use)
  • 1 ream of colored printer paper (for class use)