AP Environmental Science SV Cyber Program Welcome to AP Environmental Science! My name is Mrs. Palaski and I am responsible for grading your work and assisting you through the cyber process. Below you will find information relevant to the course. I encourage you to read through this information so that you are fully aware of the requirements and grading procedures for this course. This course is challenging, yet I hope that you find the material interesting and your time spent worthwhile. Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to a great year! Contact information for Mrs. Palaski: email through Edgenuity room 324 Senior High School firstname.lastname@example.org 724-452-6041 Ext 1253 I will be working on grading coursework and answering emails within a specified class period each school day. Once I receive my teaching schedule, I will email you to let you know this time. Summer Work The AP Environmental Science course will be available starting on August 1st. Students should login and begin working in the course in lieu of completing a summer assignment. You must complete at least 20% of the first nineweeks of the class prior to the first day of school to continue in the course. Those that do not reach 20% will be rescheduled into a substitute class for the school year. Proctored Exams You are required to obtain a signature of a proctor when completing all Unit Exams, Cumulative Exams, Final Exams and AP Prep Exams during the course of your AP Environmental Science class. You will not be required to obtain a signature for Topic Tests or Quizzes. A proctor should be an employee of the Seneca Valley School District (teacher, guidance counselor, administrator); please consult me should you be in a situation where you do not have access to the Seneca Valley campus or if you do not have a specific time period built into your student schedule for AP Environmental Science. We will need to make alternate arrangements, such as after school proctoring or proctoring during activity periods. Proctors are responsible for assuring that students do not log onto any other site or utilize any notes during the unit, cumulative, mid-term, final, and AP prep assessments. Failure to obtain proctor signatures will result in a 10% grade penalty for each non-proctored assessment. Proctor forms are collected at the end of each nine week grading period. Your assessment scores will change at the end of the nine weeks if proctoring protocol was not followed. Failure to return the proctor form by the assigned deadline will result in a 10% decline for each proctored assessment assigned during that grading period. Proctor forms will be sent to you through the Edgenuity communications system. Should you work beyond the 20% requirement for the summer and require proctoring of an exam to move forward in the course, you are to contact Mr. Conti or a member of the high school administration to arrange an appointment for proctoring. Course Components Your Edgenuity course consists of several key components that factor in to your grade. The following activities will be weighted as follows: Quizzes: Tests: Essays: Assignments (online content, journals, etc): Labs: Collaboration corner: 15% of 9 weeks grade 20% of 9 weeks grade 20% of 9 weeks grade 10% of 9 weeks grade 30% of 9 weeks grade 5% of 9 weeks grade Quizzes and Tests will be scored by the Edgenuity program. Please let me know should you find a discrepancy in the scoring. Journals and Online Content entries are initially graded by the Edgenuity software. The Edgenuity scoring searches for key word matches and may sometimes mark your score as incorrect, even though your answer is appropriate. I will then re-read each entry and adjust the grade accordingly. Please answer all parts of the questions. Occasionally, I will reset a journal entry for you to redo. Resubmit the corrected journal and then move on to the next assignment. Virtual Labs - Lab Gizmos will be used to reinforce lecture content. Be sure to review all lab information before completing your lab assessments. This includes reviewing all “Lesson Material” located in the upper left-handed corner of the Gizmo window. “Wet Labs” – students will be required to be on campus to complete in-school labs each nine weeks. These will be scheduled by the instructor and may be after school. Collaboration Corner: When you arrive at "Collaboration Corner" assignments, you will find this under the "Communications" category. Open the "Corner" and find the title that reflects the question you are on. Since everyone is working at a different pace, post your answer based upon the posts that precede you. If you are the first one to the corner, post your answer. If you are the second, post your answer and respond to the first. If you are the third person, post your answer and respond to the two preceding you. You only need to comment on two other posts. Two Cumulative exams (one after each semester) will be administered for the course. They will count as your Midterm and your Final Exam and together will represent 10% of your final course grade. Grading Following the 'Overall Grade' gives you the best view as to what your current grade is in the class. Listed below is an explanation of the differences. % (Time) - The percent complete weighted by time. % (Count) - The percent complete by number of assignments completed. RG - The Relative Grade assumes that you will receive zeros for any incomplete activities or assessments. OG - The Overall Grade represents the score you have acquired thus far in the course, based on all activities and assessments you have completed. AG - The Actual Grade represents the overall grade in relation to the percentage of coursework completed vs. the percentage of coursework that should have been completed. This grade is lower than the Overall Grade if you are behind in your course (per the progress calendar) and will be the same as the Overall Grade if you are on-time or ahead of schedule in your course work. Progress Reports will indicate the Actual Grade. At the end of each nine weeks grading period, the Relative, Actual and Overall Grades should match. Should you leave material incomplete at the end of the nine weeks, you will receive the Relative Grade. Edgenuity provides you with a course calendar which you should use to help stay on track in order to finish by your target date. Please utilize the suggested timeframes in this calendar. To be successful in the class, you must put in the required hours for working. If you do not log adequate work time, you will be referred for truancy.