• Name: Zachary Rittner   
    Department: Science
    Courses Taught: 9th Grade Biology (Academic and Accelerated) and AP Environmental Science
    Phone: Extension 3750 (email me for a faster response)
    Email: zrittner@spfk12.org
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    Building on the knowledge acquired in 7th Grade Life Science, Biology I provides a strong foundation in biological concepts with a focus on life processes and structure/function relationships. Teachers use multiple techniques in dealing with selected topics, which include cell studies, genetics, chemistry of life, diversity, ecology, and evolution. Each student will continue the development of an analytical approach to biology using both concrete and abstract thinking skills. Students will use a variety of research skills involving traditional laboratory and library sources, as well as emerging technology. Students in all levels will study the same topics; the depth of study increases with each level.

    AP Environmental Science

    The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.

    Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science. The following themes provide a foundation for the structure of the AP Environmental Science course.