URGENT Changes needed NOW!

Please read the following!!! 15,000 Scientists issue warning regarding state of the global environment. This is the second warning (the first was about 25 years ago) regarding the loss of biodiversity and the impact of climate change on the planet.

Washington Post Article 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/11/13/thousands-of-scientists-issue-bleak-second-notice-to-humanity/?utm_term=.e514e34119db

Original Publication Below:

Ripple_et_al_warning_2017

Northern Snakehead Fish

Check out the fact sheet on this invasive species that walks on land

New gene-editing technique may lead to treatment for thousands of diseases

Read this article to learn more about this exciting breakthrough! 

Welcome Back!

Hello! Welcome back to DHS and to our class! I am excited for the new school year and ready to go!  I HOPE that you are feeling the same.  We have SO much to do and SO much to learn! 🙂 For instance, this BREAKING NEWS is exactly the kind of thing we will be discussing in the spring and you will be given a background that will allow you to understand just how absolutely  amazing this breakthrough is: CAR-T Therapy 

AP Biology students: Be prepared to bring in all summer work on the second day of school. We will be having meetings during the first day of school, therefore it is best to put it off for a day. Sunflowers can be brought in starting with the first day of school and MUST be in school by Friday of the first week. Your plant needs to be ALIVE. Be sure that you have updated your plant tracking form as well!

Note: If you are a ‘new’ student and just signed on (I know there are two of you) you do not have to bring your plant in until the third week of September.

Looking forward to seeing all of you very soon! Best wishes for a great last weekend!

In the meantime, this is an interesting read on dogs and their ability to bond with us!

 

Ms. Koziol

AP Biology Summer 2017

HI Everyone!

Challenge #1 – Growing a sunflower!! 

Just a quick note to remind everyone to plant their sunflower seed around July 1st. These are Mammoth sunflowers, which means that can grow 8 feet higher, or more.  I put a video here for you to view, but you can also check out other videos as well if you have any questions! This is your challenge – meaning I am reluctant to answer many questions. Read, seek and FIGURE IT OUT! 🙂 

Please NOTE that this plant needs to be your responsibility and is your project. It should not be cared for by other family members. I will not accept an excuse for a dead plant in general and blaming others (ex:’My grandmother killed it when we went away on vacation”) will only result in a ZERO for this project.

The plant is worth 20 points and the tracking form is worth 20 points. The tracking form should be filled out every time you interact with the plant. If it looks like you just noted everything down at once to hand in, I will not accept it. TRACK your progress! Measure! Describe! This is a simple collection of quantitative and qualitative data!

In addition, there are several varieties of sunflowers – if you plant a different one – I will know! If you run into a serious problem, contact me via email and I will tell you the name and type so that you can purchase new seeds.

In terms of the other work, PACE yourself! Do NOT let it go until the very end of summer. You will have a graphing test and a test on the Chi Square analysis, PLUS 5 chapters of Cornell notes. Be sure to know what you are doing!

Also…have a G-R-E-A-T summer and come back refreshed to have an amazing year in AP Biology!

Ms. Koziol