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Mrs. Hill, Room 101



Course Overview

In this course we’ll examine the relationships among organisms as they interact with their environment.  We will study many human impacts on the environment with a special emphasis on our own state and local situation.  There will be many activities, guest speakers, and projects (many power point) designed to emphasize and clarify concepts that we discuss during instructional periods.  Good use of scientific inquiry and proper lab techniques will be highly emphasized.  Students will be given numerous opportunities to excel!  Feel free to ask lots of questions!!

 Grading Policy 

          Six weeks grades

                   40% Tests

                   30% Quizzes

                   20% Lab Activities

                   10% Daily work: Homework/Class work/Participation

Final Exam (1/7 of semester grade)

          Written exam on the last day of the semester.

Late Work

All assignments will be given a due date and are expected to be turned in on time!  Grades on overdue assignments will be cut by 20% for each day they are late.

          Make-up Work

When absent from class, it is the student’s responsibility to find out from the instructor what assignments have been missed.  Make-up work should be turned in as soon as possible. 

Classroom Expectations

Respect, courtesy, and common sense!

Students are required to follow all school rules as written in the “Parent-Student Handbook” and “The Code of Conduct Booklet”.  Safety will be stressed and observed at all times.  Unsafe or disrespectful behavior of any kind will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action.

 Getting Organized  

Materials for class EACH DAY:

3-ring binder

paper, pencils, pens

          All work is to be kept in your binder!       

 Course Content 

  • Science and the Environment (Ch.1)
  • Aquatic Ecosystems and Water pollution (Ch.11)
  • Tools of Environmental Science (Ch.2)
  • Population Dynamics (Ch.8 and 9)
  • Air pollution and climate change (Ch.12 and 13)
  • Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy (Ch.17 an18)
  • Food and Agriculture (Ch.15)
  • Environment and Human Health (Ch.20)
  • Economics, Policy, and the Future (Ch.21)


A Note to Parents

I hope to see each student learn and succeed in Ecology this semester!    Please contact me with any questions or concerns so that we can work together for your student’s success.  Please feel free to come by the school, call, or e-mail me.  E-mail is the most efficient means of contact.