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Environmental Science Syllabus

2014-2015
Campbell High School
Learning Today for Tomorrows World!
Mr. Ruoro
Phone Number: 678-842-6850
Email: Zakayo.ruoro@cobbk12.org
Web Address: http://zruoroclass.weebly.com
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Course Description
Environmental Science is the branch of biology concerned with the relations between
organisms and their environment. This course is designed to help students develop an
awareness of the environment, living and nonliving. This ecology class will help prepare
students with information that may be presented on the high school exit exam. Students,
upon successful completion of this course, should be able to write and speak intelligently
concerning issues in environmental science. It is essential that you keep up with the
material assigned to read and the homework assigned to be turned in throughout the
semester. Attendance is essential since we will l be covering multiple topics daily due to
the block scheduling.
Units of Study and Grading Percentages
Unit 1- Introduction to Environmental Science 10%
Unit 2- Ecology 15%
Unit 3- Biomes 10%
Unit 4- Populations and Biodiversity 15%
Unit 5- Water, Atmosphere and Land 15%
Unit 6- Energy and Waste 15%
Unit 7- Our Health and Future 10%
Standard Learning Objective Test - 10%
Standards
SEV1 Students will investigate the flow of energy and cycling of matter within an
ecosystem and relate these phenomena to human society.
SEV2 Students will demonstrate an understanding that the Earth is one
interconnected system.
SEV3 Students will describe stability and change in ecosystems.
SEV4 Students will understand and describe availability, allocation and
conservation of energy and other resources
SEV5 Students will recognize that human beings are part of the global ecosystem
and will evaluate the effects of human activities and technology on ecosystems.
Texts and Resources
Textbook Holt Environmental Science 2008
o Online Textbook: http://my.hrw.com
o Students will be given a user name password after the first week of school.
Supplies Needed
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3 Ring Binder
Notebook

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Pencil, Blue or Black Pen


Colored Pencils(12 Pack)

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Methodology
This course is taught through a variety of methods including hands-on activities,
lecture, real world application, individual and group presentations and projects, as
well as laboratory experiences that accompany the content material.
Methods of Assessment and Evaluation

Graded work will focus on a variety of activities, giving students many opportunities
to excel. Students are expected to contribute to a positive learning environment on a daily
basis. This includes coming to class prepared with their science notebook, paper,
pen/pencil, and other needed materials. Students will be assessed using a variety of
assessments including, but not limited to, labs, collaborative classroom assignments,
tests, quizzes, projects, and bell work.
Grading Scale
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A 90-100%
B 80-89%
C 74-79%
D 70-73%
F 0-69%

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Students and parents can access Synergy via the CCSD website. Access codes can be
obtained in the front office.
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Homework Policy
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Homework will be assigned at the teachers discretion. Evaluation of homework
may consist of detailed grading, generalized checking, or a combination of both
techniques.
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Make-up Policy
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Students requiring make up work due to absences need to get the materials from
their teacher and turn them in when due or five days after the absence whichever is
appropriate. If students need to make up a test before school they should make an
appointment. Again all work needs to be completed by 5 days after the absence or it can
result in a zero for the assignment. Extenuating circumstances due to extended illness or
absence will be considered on a case by case basis.
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Tutoring
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I am available Thursdays before school. Please feel free to contact me at
zakayo.ruoro@cobbk12.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding any
assignments.
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Classroom Behavior Expectations
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As a member of the Spartan family I have high expectations of you especially in the
classroom. The best method for success in my classroom is to become Spartan SHARP!
Be SMART- Come to class prepared, focused and ready to learn.
Be HONORABLE- Take pride in your own work.
Be ARTICULATE- Use Standard English and appropriate academic vocabulary.
Be RESPECTFUL- Respect yourself, others, and your classroom.
Be PRESENT- Be engaged and focused during instruction and activities.
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Any disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated. I want my students to have an
exceptional year in my class and it takes myself, the students, and parents/guardians
working together to prepare the students to contribute and succeed in a global society.
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Open House Thursday August 27th 7pm Look forward to see you there.
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Course Syllabus Agreement


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Please sign and return for a quiz grade. If it is not returned you are still expected to abide
according to the syllabus, and a zero will be recorded for your first quiz grade. Please be
sure to get this signed and returned by Friday, August 7, 2015. Again, this is a free chance
for every student to get started off with a 100% for their first grade of the semester.
I have read the syllabus and agree to conduct myself in accordance with the rules and
guidelines set forth. I understand that breaking the rules will result in the appropriate
action as stated in the syllabus. The only exceptions are family emergencies or other
types of extreme circumstances which will be dealt with on an individual basis.
I also am aware of how to contact Mr. Ruoro about any aspect of my students course work
and grades.
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Student Signature

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