Welcome to AP Biology for 2020-2021!
(This information is only for high school Advanced Placement Biology with Ms. Wittke. Please contact Ms. Wittke with any questions about this work. For information on Honors Biology, please see Ms. Mannix's website. For information about 7th Grade Science, please see that webpage.)
Below is the link to the summer letter and the general outline for the summer work.
Also, view the Graphing/Analysis Reference packet and the Graphing Practice Packet.
Scoring for the Summer Work: Email 5%, Edgenuity 15 %, Scavenger Hunt Photos/Presentation 50%, Graphing/Analysis Packet 30%.
Edgenuity will be for completion, but the Scavenger Hunt and Graphing Packet will be graded.
We will be using Remind at the beginning of the school year. Please follow the instructions below. Thanks!
Some thoughts about returning to school:
At this point, (as of July 11) students are going to be encouraged to wear masks. Start now practicing wearing them for a few minutes at a time. (I started out really uncomfortable wearing a mask, but now sometimes I forget that I have it on.) It's not fun, but it protects everyone.
Think about materials that we won't be able to share. In my class, I usually have items for sharing, such as markers, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, calculators, rulers, etc. These are things you probably want to have for your own personal use. For my class, you don't need markers AND colored pencils AND crayons-- pick your favorite. We need colors mostly for graphing, so colored pencils or thin markers might be the best choice. You don't need an expensive calculator-- a dollar store one will do. You might feel better prepared if you have these things for yourself. We will be prohibited from sharing materials.
If you have a device, such as a tablet or laptop, you might want to bring it with you. We will probably be trying a lot of online things, like using digital copies, etc. Also, some of the normal group work we do may have to be done on virtual collaboration. I think we will have use of laptop carts, which will have to be sanitized after each use. You might feel more comfortable if you have your own device. (However, I am in no way saying that you need to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a new device. We do have devices and we will sanitize them and all students will have access.)
Be prepared to not be able to hang out around each other, gather in groups, huddle together. We will probably be asking students to keep away from each other. It's not going to be easy, but hopefully it will be temporary.
That's an important thing to keep in mind...hopefully this will ALL be temporary. I also think that the better we do at distancing now, the quicker the restrictions will ease. If we do it halfway, it may last longer.
Also, these are just my thoughts based on current information. If the county comes out with more or less restrictive guidelines, I will be prepared to follow whatever they mandate.
See you on August 3rd! Feel free to email me if you have any questions!