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Despite it All!

March 23, 2020

Dear AP Biology students,

I am writing this update during a very uncertain time.  Please be certain to check in with the website as directed through my emails so that we can continue our journey towards college preparation. Although the format of the AP test is now different,  you should work hard to take on the challenge of the test! More to come about these changes later!

During this chaos, remember to try to take advantage of the little things that make life so wonderful including spending this time with your family. Although it doesn’t feel like that now, in just a few short months ‘this too, shall pass’ and you will be beginning your college journey! Many of you will live away from home and these last months that you have been given are part of the ‘silver lining’ in our stormy sky!

Thinking of you all,

Ms. Koziol

p.s. I hope that all of you are healthy and practicing appropriate social distancing at this time.

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

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

Read this article to learn more about this exciting breakthrough! 

The Death of Bees Explained??

Honeybees are in serious decline, which is bad news for humans. These bees, as you know,  pollinate many of our crops, allowing us to enjoy a plentiful and varied diet.  The current decline is blamed on a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder.  There are many explanations for CCD; significant research is being done to determine how to offset or stop this serious problem.

Please watch this 6 min video located to the right of this post on the front page of the class website. If the video is not accessible, you can use this link to access it by cutting/pasting the URL.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqA42M4RtxE&feature=youtu.be

If you are interested in earning a 5 point bonus (to be used on a test of your choice) chose one of the reasons given in the video for the decline in honeybees and then research that reason. When you find a source that is interesting to you, read the entire article. Then, write a 100-150 word summary of the reading.  Type the URL (web address) on the bottom of the summary. Submit this to ME by emailing to my school email address no later then 8/23/2015.   I will NOT accept any submission beyond this date and will NOT accept it any other way.

Note: Please be CERTAIN to not share ideas or copy others work. Doing so, will disqualify you from ALL potential bonus assignments this year.

Poaching Rhinos – Is there even a debate?

End of Year Assignment Offer – OPEN to ALL students.

Follow the link regarding the poaching of the rhinoceros! After carefully reading the article, create a chart that describes the roles of the various people involved in this horrible act. Be sure to include people involved in all sides of the controversy. After the chart, write a paragraph stating your answer to the question, “Is the poaching of the rhinoceros EVER justified?” Support your answer with at least two reasons based on what you read in the article, or read in a different source found elsewhere. If you are citing a different source, please make note of it at the bottom of your paper by writing in the last line, (Alternative source found at : ____________ )

Turn this article in by May 14th. If completely successfully, you may opt to drop a quiz grade from the 4th marking period.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32151983