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  • Summer Assignments are Here! 

    2021 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 

  • Updated for 2021-2022 School year 

    • A basic calculator (graphing calculators are nice, but not required) 
    • Pens/Pencils
    • Loose leaf paper
    • 1 SEWN composition book, NO single subj. spirals please.  *Everyone needs this 
    • 1 Box of facial tissue (Kleenex) 
    • 1 inch binder or pocket folder with brads for LABS. *Everyone needs this 
    • 1 package of latex FREE disposable gloves for lab (50 count pack) 
    • Index Cards
    • Your wonderful brain!


    *Additional supplies may be needed throughout the year.


    AP Biology-College Level Biology


    Mrs. Marissa Church 


    This will be my 17th year to teach and my fifth year as a Kennedale Wildcat! I began my time in college at Texas A&M Corpus Christi working in wild bird rehabilitation and as a rehab assistant at the Texas State Aquarium, I moved back to Fort Worth to intern and accept a position at the Fort Worth Zoo. In 2004 I graduated from Tarleton State University with a degree in Wildlife Management and a minor in Biology.  In 2017 I graduated from WGU with a Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. My husband and I enjoy traveling and spending time with our kids and pets.  



    Teacher Schedule:        On Campus Hours 7:15am-3:30pm 


    Tutoring Opportunities:   Tuesday 7:30am-7:45am


    Course Materials and Resources:

    • Google Classroom (primary resource) 
    • OPEN STAX, RICE University Digital Textbook (primary resource)
    • Clever (universal location to Login) 
    • Khan Academy (Use Clever to Login) 
    • AP College Board Classroom Online Resources (College Board Login, Primary resource) 


    Course Description:

    AP Biology (College Level)


    Course Goals: 

    The AP Biology course is designed to offer students a solid foundation in introductory college-level biology. By structuring the course around the four big ideas, enduring understandings, and science practices I assist students in developing an appreciation for the study of life and help them identify and understand unifying principles within a diversified biological world. What we know today about biology is a result of inquiry. Science is a way of knowing. Therefore, the process of inquiry in science and developing critical thinking skills is the most important part of this course. At the end of the course, students will have an awareness of the integration of other sciences in the study of biology, understand how the species to which we belong is similar to, yet different from, other species, and be knowledgeable and responsible citizens in understanding biological issues that could potentially impact their lives. Please remember this is a College Level course. 

    Kennedale Grading Guidelines:

    High School (Grades 9 – 12) (All classes including electives)

    • Teachers will have a minimum of fifteen (15) grades per grading period.
    • At least three (3) of the fifteen (15) grades will be summative grades. 


    All grading policies and expectations will be consistent with the KISD Grading Guidelines & Student Code of Conduct. 


    Assignment/Assessment Protocols:

    AP Biology will have multiple opportunities for students to complete assignments such as tests, quizzes, case studies, note evaluations, daily assignments, Free Response Questions, AP test prep, daily questions and virtual labs. 


    We will be using our Google classroom for assignments and items that will be posted will go there. We will also be using outside resources, these will also be posted in Google Classroom and on Clever when it is time for them to be used. 

    Summative Assessments: 


    Weekly Assessments 

    Unit Tests 

    Lab Reports 

    Case Study finals

    *Other items will be utilized 

    Formative Assessments:

    Daily check in question *Brain Activators 

    Free Response Questions 

    AP Question Practice 

    Virtual Pre-Labs 

    Case Study Overviews 

    Note Evaluations 

    Note Summaries 

    *Other items will be utilized


    All assignments will be posted and will have due dates provided. Please keep track of your due dates.  Late points will be deducted. 


    Attendance Requirements/Tardy Policy/Make-Up Work:

    Attendance will be taken per district guidelines. All students shall be allowed to make-up work when they are absent from class. They shall have a time equal to days absent from class to complete all missed assignments. Under extenuating circumstances such as long-term illness or family emergencies, teachers may choose to give students more than one day for each day missed to make-up assignments. In situations where the assignment is given prior to the absence and the assignment is due while the student is absent, the assignments will be due the day the student returns from the absence. For example, a teacher gives an assignment on Monday with a due date of Wednesday. The student is absent Wednesday and returns to school Thursday. The assignment would be due on Thursday for that student.


    One exception to this policy pertains to long-term projects, papers, and other assignments. That is, projects, papers, and other assignments that are considered summative and not submitted by the assigned due date will receive a grade of zero and are subject to the requirement of reassessment. To qualify for this policy exception, teachers must provide written communication of these summative assignment deadlines in advance to both students and their families. The format of a reassessment may be modified, but will cover the same information.


    Per the guidelines for grading, AP and OnRamps classes are not subject to the reassessment guidelines. 


    Any student absent because of suspension shall request all work upon his/her return. A student is allowed the same number of days to complete the make-up work as the actual suspension.


    Late Work

    • In grades 7-12, when an assignment is submitted after a deadline, a penalty of fifteen (15) points per class meeting may be deducted from the grade, with a maximum of three days allowed.
    • Teachers will use professional discretion in determining when such a deduction is inappropriate, due to extenuating circumstances.
    • Teachers will enter an “M” (missing) in the gradebook when assignments or assessments are not turned in.  An “M” results in a score of zero for that assignment or assessment. If the assignment is turned in for credit, the gradebook will be updated with the earned grade.  
    • Reteach/retake is not applicable for assignments not turned in or turned in late.
    • All assignments, including late work, re-takes, and make-up work are due no later than two days before the end of the grading period.  Teachers may make exceptions due to extenuating circumstances. 


    Absent Work:

    If you are absent, you still have to do the warm-up, notes, labs, and assignments from that day.  Absence doesn’t mean a free day off for you!  Find a classmate that you can rely on for this information.  All assignments for the day can be found listed in Google Classroom.   It is YOUR responsibility to collect and complete the missing work and SUBMIT it on time according to the Guide to Grades. 


    Summer Assignment: 

    Summer assignments are due the first day of school.  If you did not complete the assignment you have two weeks to complete and submit it for late work.  After the two weeks have passed this assignment will not be accepted.  *If you were not added to the Google Classroom or your schedule changed at the last minute, you will not lose late points until after the two week period has passed. 


    Supply List: 

    Updated for 2021-2022 School year 

    • A basic calculator (graphing calculators are nice, but not required) 
    • Pens/Pencils
    • Loose leaf paper
    • 1 SEWN composition book, NO spirals please.  *Everyone needs this 
    • 1 Box of facial tissue (Kleenex) 
    • 1 inch binder or pocket folder with brads for LABS. *Everyone needs this 
    • 1 package of latex FREE disposable gloves for lab (50 count pack) 
    • Index Cards
    • Your wonderful brain!

     *Additional supplies may be needed throughout the year.

    Classroom Expectations: 


    • No Phones/earbuds on or visible. 
    • No food or drinks. Water only 
    • Charge your chrome book at home & use it appropriately
    • Be respectful and polite to others.
    • Be prepared with all needed supplies and work.
    • 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.
    • Always ask if you do not understand. 
    • Leave the room the way you found it (Leave No Trace).


    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 zero on 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 assessments 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. 


    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.