APES homework

weeks of May...

posted May 7, 2012, 1:23 PM by Erik Schmitz

Congratulations, young APES! I look forward to all the good news when scores come in July, but know that you have already met the major mark of taking the test, and I am proud of you.

For the remainder of the year, you will be working on a project to improve the sustainability of the MC community. This is the second half of your final exam grade. You'll present it to an audience of administrators and teachers on the two days before final exams, and will therefore not need to be here for the scheduled C block final exam.

Your other task to finish out the year is to complete your Environmental Community Involvement hours and accompanying assignment. Remember, too, that many of you deferred your first semester obligation. That debt is now payable in full.

Details for both of these are on their way, so begin already.

week of April 30

posted Apr 27, 2012, 11:30 PM by Erik Schmitz   [ updated Apr 30, 2012, 11:28 AM ]

first class: current events (Tyler & Will); reviewing the final; practicing FRQs;
hw: study for the APES Exam. A REALLY good idea would be to go through the textbook and DO/PRACTICE each of the 'do the math' sections in the chapters.

second class: current events (Will & Olivia); practicing FRQs; reviewing test taking skills;
hw: study for the APES Exam

third class: current events (Spencer & Carlyn); practicing FRQs; reviewing test taking skills;
hw: study for the APES Exam

fourth class: current events (Tiffany); practicing FRQ's, last Q&A;
hw: study for the APES Exam (make your teacher proud, get good rest, eat good food, breathe...)

the Exam is Monday Morning May 7 at 8:00 am. I'll have bagels and orange juice in my room for you before the exam.

week of April 23

posted Apr 23, 2012, 11:45 AM by Erik Schmitz   [ updated Apr 26, 2012, 2:22 PM ]

first three classes are all review, folks! Last day this week is the final exam. It is a small percentage of your final grade, but is very important in preparing you and focusing you. We'll start in class, and expect to be over about 5:00 pm. Next week, we'll be finishing up our current events (Tyler and Will, you're on Monday...), and practicing FRQs. Come with calculators, and two different colored pens (one for writing, one for grading). Your homework next week, of course, is to study exactly the way you need to study.

week of April 16

posted Apr 16, 2012, 11:41 AM by Erik Schmitz   [ updated Apr 17, 2012, 1:16 PM ]

first class: review the last unit exam, and discuss final exam    
second class: prepare for final
third class: prepare for final
fourth class: prepare for (or begin?... see below) final

The national APES Exam is the morning of Monday, May 7, here at MC.
Before that, however, we need to take the class final exam, which serves as a practice and a dry run. That has been scheduled for
Thursday, April 26: 2-5pm (starting in class), with the help and support of everyone's schedule! Thanks, all!

Week of April 2

posted Apr 9, 2012, 4:33 PM by Erik Schmitz

first class: current event (Johnny), review for test; hw: quiz corrections and study
second class: current event (Joe), review for test (Q & A); hw: study
third class: Unit Exam on Global Change (ch 18-20).

Happy Easter!

over break, carve out some time to prepare for THE exam. Buy and use a review book, check out the new APES Crash Course app, buy and use the box set of vocabulary, redo all your quizzes (those in second semester can be corrected for a grade change, but the exam covers the entire year and the entire book, so think big!).
The week we return will be a review for the entire year, so come ready! Beep, you're doing the current event Monday on unit 1. Isabelle, you've got current event for Unit 2 on Tuesday. Dominique, you're Unit 3 on Wednesday, and Tyler, you're unit 4 on Thursday. The final is a three hour affair, which will happen immediately after this week of review, so get yourselves moving in preparation!

week of March 26

posted Mar 26, 2012, 3:12 PM by Erik Schmitz   [ updated Mar 26, 2012, 9:38 PM ]

first class: current event (Caroline). Introduction to Economics and Equity in Sustainability; hw: read 2nd half of ch. 20, and prepare for field day    
second class: ((((field day all day see below.... be ready to be that leader and motivator. Tap in to that best part of yourself in what may be challenging circumstances!))))))
third class: current event (Ryan). Economics in Environmental Science discussion; hw: study for chapter 20 quiz (last one!)
fourth class: current event (Linda). Chapter 20 quiz; hw: begin studying for unit exam (ch 18-20) next Wednesday (before Easter break)

next week: Johnny and Joe on current events, and preparing for Wednesday's unit test (the last one!). Over Easter, you'll have opportunity to begin preparing for the big Exam, as well as the final exam... woohoo! speaking of which.... there's a new APES CRASH COURSE for iPhone available, written by one of the people connected to our text as well as the AP exam (so she knows of what she APPs!). Check it out!

Field Day: folks, try to get there early if possible. It'll really help.
One of the things needed will be flexibility. Depending on how bad the rain hits us, we may be modifying the schedule a bit. I've attached (below) the schedule for the day as well as the groups. Take a look, so you know what's coming. Also, you may need to be creative with some down time in your group, so come up with a game ahead of time (duck-duck-goose, mother-may-I, etc...) to fill time and keep things going if need be.
Help me to spread the word, too, will you? Thanks!

week of March 19

posted Mar 15, 2012, 7:06 PM by Erik Schmitz   [ updated Mar 16, 2012, 6:39 AM ]

first class: Global change current event (Anna), climate change. hw: second half of ch 19    
second class: Global change current event (Gavin), climate change. hw: study for quiz
third class: Global change current event (Megan), ch 19 quiz. hw: read first half of ch 20

folks, for current events, you really should look at the website I gave you in class at the beginning of our current events assignment. DailyClimate.org

also, remember that Tuesday, March 27 is our field day with the freshmen! Prepare to be the awesome leaders I know you can be (rain or shine, of course!)

week of March 12

posted Mar 13, 2012, 6:29 PM by Erik Schmitz

class 1: test (ch 16&17). hw: read first half of ch 18 (biodiversity)
class 2: ch18 current event (Jonathan), and review test. hw: read second half of ch 18
class 3: ch18 current event (Thomas), and discuss ch 18. hw: study for ch18 quiz    
class 4: ch18 current event (Carlie), and ch18 quiz. hw: read first half of ch19

week of March 5

posted Mar 5, 2012, 11:59 AM by Erik Schmitz   [ updated Mar 6, 2012, 3:18 PM ]

first class: risk and human health. homework: study for chapter 17 quiz, including checkpoints (like last time!). Lizzie, you present current event tomorrow.
second class: Current event (Lizzie), chapter 17 quiz and homework quiz (checkpoints). homework, begin studying for chapter 16&17 test. Konrad, you present your current event tomorrow.
third class: Current event (Konrad). review for Monday's test. Auggie, you present your current event tomorrow.
fourth class: Current event (Auggie). We're preparing for Friday's field day. For homework, study chapters 16 & 17 for Monday's test.

Friday Flex Day: field day! Class meets in JP2 at 8am, by the bell, with walking shoes and attire appropriate for a hike and a day in the field.

week of February 27

posted Feb 27, 2012, 7:23 AM by Erik Schmitz   [ updated Mar 1, 2012, 9:07 PM ]

first class: We'll be studying solid waste this week. You'll watch Trash Inc. the Secret Life of Garbage as a class, which should generate discussion and context for a number of issues related to this topic. For homework, finish your weekend homework of answering all the checkpoint questions from chapter 16. You will be quizzed on these.

second class: finish with Trash Inc. viewing and discussion, then lecture presentation (attached, below).

third class: continue solid waste discussion/presentation. homework: study, and get signatures for field trips permission slip

fourth class: chapter 16 quiz, new and improved two-part version!. Homework: read ch. 17. Quiz will be Tuesday. Also, please get permission slip signature!

note: next Friday March 9, a flex day, APES will be taking a walking field trip to prepare for our role as peer leaders in the freshman knowledge immersion retreat at the end of the month. Talk to your other teachers (DEFG blocks) to take care of business ahead of time!

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