AP Environmental Science
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.
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.
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.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.