• AP Environmental Science
    Room 301
    Welcome to APES
    This will be a great year learning about the world we live in and our impact on it.  I look forward to learning from you and hopefully teaching you something along the way.   All you need is a willingness to try and you will find success. Below is a brief overview of the AP Environmental Science (APES) Course from the College Board website.
     APES is the equivalent of a semester of college credit, so students need to be prepared to work as if they were taking a college course.  There will be extensive outside reading and work. As you can see below we will be covering a wide range of topics and using knowledge from many different sciences to analyze information.  Students are expected to have a strong knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Math! 
    "The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the 
    equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in 
    environmental science, through which students engage with the 
    scientiic principles, concepts, and methodologies required to 
    understand the interrelationships of the natural world. The course 
    requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made 
    environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with 
    these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving 
    or preventing them. Environmental Science is interdisciplinary, 
    embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, 
    environmental science, chemistry, and geography."
    College Board website
    I would highly recommend Barron's AP Environmental Science study book.  Either 5th or 6th edition, which can be purchased on Amazon for less than $12 roughly.
    To see more details from the college board website click for a brief 2 page overview and for a much more detailed 27 page description click here. 
    Parents if you want to get text reminders( for notes, tests, projects) from Mr. Pressly through Remind101, please email me for code and password. This is a secure 3rd party system.  I will not have your or your child's phone #, it is saved in the Remind system. 
    Look under the Classroom Document section to the left to see my course information and expectations. 
    Click here for supplies list and wish list for classroom
    Chemistry Reference Table
    For those of you who have taken chemistry you should recognize this reference packet.
    You may want to print a copy when we are discussing chemistry topics.
    A little bit about Mr. Pressly
    This is my 2nd year at Reagan High School teaching APES and 14th year teaching overall.  I look forward to a great year and here at Reagan.   I grew up in Charlotte and graduated from East Mecklenburg HS before my students were born, Yikes!, I  feel old!  I have a BS in Geology from UNC-Chapel Hill and post-graduate work from Wake Forest University.  I finished my Masters in Executive Leadership August 2012.  My wife and I have 3 wonderful children, Cooper (81/2) and Arey (61/2) and Georgia (4 1/2).  I enjoy all outdoor activites including  hunting, fishing, cycling, anything in the water.  But most of my time away from school is spent exploring with my kids and tending  our chickens.
    Paul Pressly
    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.