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    2020 Summer Work for AP Biology

    Welcome to AP Biology!  I am very happy that you have decided to take this course and embark upon what I believe will be a challenging and rewarding educational journey. Below is an outline and brief introduction to the work that is required for this class over the summer. This is not intended to be “busy work.” By completing these relatively small tasks each week (i.e. NOT the week before you return to school), you will perform a lot of review of concepts you learned in earlier science classes, practice skills that we will be using throughout the year, discover resources that will help you throughout the course, and be better prepared and more confident to begin the school year. I want you to understand that I, like you, enjoy summer break, so find a good balance between work and play!


    First Steps for the Summer:

    1. I have invited everyone on my list from Ms. Hunt to our Google Classroom. If you have not found the email invite, please email me.  To help you balance work and play over the summer, there will be periodic announcements on this Google Classroom.
    2. During the first week of summer break: You can print or write this work on your own paper.  Make a schedule to pace yourself so that you finish without stress!
    3. To supplement the textbook (The link to this is posted on Google Classroom & here: AP BIO TEXTBOOK), there are LOTS of AP Biology videos online on every topic. I will post links to a few good series on Google Classroom for you to preview - some are weird, some are funny, some are serious - choose whichever suits your style best and go to those throughout the summer and next year to review or clarify concepts.

    Course Preview:

    AP Biology is a challenging field of study. Unlike some college courses, it is impossible to simply memorize the information or cram in some study the night before an exam – you must have enough mastery of each concept to be able to apply it in completely new and unexpected situations using scientific practices. A good percent of our class time will be spent doing hands-on laboratory investigations. This is a full-year course that is the equivalent of two semesters of an introductory college course in biology. Therefore I expect college level work habits from my students.  The AP Biology exam will be held in early May, therefore class time is very precious. We will use half of April reviewing for the exam. This leaves us with about 6 months, including breaks and holidays, to prepare for the AP Exam. It is imperative that we use our time as efficiently as possible.   

    The major biology topics we will be covering this year are:


    Unit 1: Chemistry of Life  8%–11%
     Unit 2: Cell Structure and Function  10%–13%
     Unit 3: Cellular Energetics  12%–16%
     Unit 4: Cell Communication and Cell Cycle  10%–15%
     Unit 5: Heredity  8%–11%
     Unit 6: Gene Expression and Regulation  12%–16%
     Unit 7: Natural Selection  13%–20%
     Unit 8: Ecology  10%–15%


    In addition, these are the skills that we will practice throughout the year:


    • Explain biological concepts, processes, and models presented in written form.
    • Analyze visual representations of biological concepts and processes.
    • Determine scientific questions and methods.
    • Represent and describe data.
    • Perform statistical tests and mathematical calculations to analyze and interpret data.
    • Develop and justify scientific arguments using evidence. 


    I look forward to our year together!


    Mrs. Church 

  • Supply List 2020-21

    • A basic calculator (graphing calculators are nice, but not required)
    • Writing utensils
    • Loose leaf paper 
    • SEWN composition book, NO spirals *You need this in person & ONLINE
    • Your beautiful brain!
    • 2 boxes of tissue such as Kleenex (any brand) *If learning in person


    Classroom Expectations: 

    1. No Phones on or visible. 
    2. No food or drinks. Water only 
    3. Charge your chrome book at home & use it appropriately
    4. Be respectful and polite to others.
    5. Be prepared with all needed supplies and work.
    6. Be on time and on task. **On time is defined as seated at your desk before the tardy bell rings. If you are not in the classroom by the bell you will need a pass or tardy slip.
    7. Always ask if you do not understand. 
    8. Leave the room the way you found it (Leave No Trace).


    *Any/all of steps 1-4 may be skipped; dependent on the severity of the incident.


    1. Verbal warning.
    2. Personal conference with teacher.
    3. Lunch detention and parent(s) are contacted.
    4. Parent/teacher/student conference.
    5. Referral to Administration.

     Grading Policy:

    Formative 70%

    Summative 30%

    Submitting Work:

    When you submit work you will need to ensure it meets the standards set for AP College Board. These standards are based on cognitive skills that will increase students’ college preparedness. Every assignment should have a complete header, be completed in blue or black ink (unless otherwise instructed).  You must have ALL questions attempted, show ALL work, and have correct spelling and capitalization. I can’t grade what I can’t see and I can’t find where a student has gone off-track if work isn’t shown.  


    All papers turned in must include the following information in the top right corner

                         Full Name (first AND last name without initials or abbreviations)

                         Class and Period (example: Bio P4)

                         Date of submission

     Composition Books &  Notebooks:
    Notebooks are an important tool for organizing information and your thoughts. Composition Notebooks may be graded at least once during the six weeks period, and there will be several spot checks. Your notebook should be organized using the instructions given in class.  You are also responsible for maintaining a folder that contains all of your handouts that do not go in your composition book or interactive notebook.  

     Daily Agendas and Brain Activators:  
    A daily agenda will be posted on the board when you arrive to class. Brain Activators are daily assignment that may be posted on Google Classroom or on paper each day when you enter the room.  When the bell rings, if posted, you should immediately begin working on the Brain Activator activity. Brain Activators that are not answered in a serious manner following guidelines will receive a zero for the day.  

    KISD has transitioned to online textbooks for Biology. Online links & information will be posted in Classroom. 

    Re-take Policy:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Students enrolled in a Pre-AP or AP course will not be allowed to re-take failing assessments or assignments per the KISD Grading Policy. 

    When you are involved in a lab, you MUST act accordingly. Participating in lab is a privilege, one that can be taken away if the proper procedures are not followed. Specific lab rules and guidelines will be handed out separately, and they will be enforced when lab is in session. If you do not follow the rules of the lab then you will not be allowed to participate and will receive a zero for that lab and a zero for your lab skills grade. In order to participate in lab you must make at least an 80% on the safety quiz and turn in a signed safety contract with your syllabus.


    You are expected to attend class every day. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to promptly gather the assignments that you missed. I will not remind you of missed assignments, you must take the initiative to find out what you missed. If you miss a test YOU must schedule a retest, but keep in mind that the format of the retest is at the teacher’s discretion. It is your responsibility to reschedule your missed test in a timely manner. Any assignments not made up from an absence will result in a zero. Please do not disturb the teacher during class to get missed assignments, wait for a quiet time or come by outside of class time. According to KISD policy you have a certain number of days to make up absences.  Anything after that cut off date will be late.  All absent work must have an absent slip attached and filled out. *Google Classroom will list assignments for the day. Please check Google Classroom. 


    Late Work/Missing Assignments:  
    All assignments are expected ON TIME. Late work will be accepted up to three days late and no later.  The highest possible grade on late work is 85%. If you are on campus the day an assignment is due, then you are required to turn it in, even if you miss your biology period. It is your responsibility to come to me to turn in your work even if you leave early or arrive late. Late work must be submitted directly to me with the late work slip attached and filled out. *Google Classroom work requires an Late slip as well. 


    I am available to help you better understand information in a small group or individually. Tutoring is available at lunch if scheduled and after school.  I am also available Tuesday mornings from 6:50-7:15am.  It is highly recommended that if you are having difficulty in this class that you take these opportunities to get help.

    The policy for Pre-AP and AP is that re-takes are not allowed per the 2019-2020 syllabus & Kennedale Guide to Grading. 

    Extra Credit:  
    I do not offer scheduled extra credit opportunities.  Please be aware of this and how you track your grades. 

    Academic Integrity:  
    Cheating, copying, and plagiarizing will not be tolerated in this course. Any student displaying academic dishonesty will be reported and you will be referred to the Principal for administrative sanctions. The student will also receive a zeroon the assignment and there will not be an opportunity to make up the assignment with a phone call home.

    This includes exams and quizzes. Any disruptions, intentional or unintentional, during a test or quiz will be perceived as an attempt to violate academic integrity in the classroom and will be reported to Administration. Phones that are visible during assessmens such as quizzes or tests will result in a 0 for that assessment. 

    Cell Phones: Cell phones are not permitted for use in class unless directed by the teacher. All cell phones should be put away and not visible. Students caught with a cell phone will have their phone taken up and given to the office. A parent must then come to pick up the phone.  Students are to use their Chrome books for technology, KISD is not a bring your own technology district. 


    Conduct grades:

    Conduct grades are a reflection of the students’ positive and negative behavior. To earn an “E” the student must participate on a regular basis and follow class procedures. Participation is necessary for class. Participation should be meaningful and add to discussion, not detract.



    1. Come into class quietly, put away your cell phone, sit in your seat before the tardy bell rings, and prepare for class. 
    2. You may not eat or drink anything but water during class. 
    3. You may use a pencil or pen for your notes section, but all work that is to be turned in must be done in standard blue or black ink. Please try to write neatly and legibly. Work that cannot be read cannot be graded and will be returned as incomplete.
    4. Talking or distracting other students, intentionally or unintentionally, during a class assignment, test, or quiz is not tolerated. You are now in high school and should conduct yourself as such. Disrupting a quiz or test will be considered a violation of academic integrity and will be reported. You will also lose points with a zero possible. 

    Study Techniques:
    Studying for classes involves more than just "cramming the night before a test." The following are suggestions to improve your grade in biology:

    • Write all assignment due dates in your planner.
    • Read over your notes soon after you have written them.
    • Review the vocabulary list as you go.
    • Do all warm-ups, homework, worksheets, study questions, etc.
    • Keep your handouts, lecture summaries, and study questions organized in your notebook and composition notebook.
    • Always read assigned material and make a graphic organizer to help you summarize main ideas.
    • Participate in class.
    • Study frequently and in small doses. 
    • Set up a study group and study with friends.
    • If you are having trouble with the material, get help early.  Do not wait until the end of the grading period.