Rock Canyon High School
5810 McArthur Ranch Rd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80124-5207
(303) 387-3000 Fax (303) 387-3001
A Douglas County School
May 12, 2017
To all students enrolled in AP Environmental Science:
I am so happy you are going to be taking APES next year! The purpose of this course is to provide
an in-depth exploration of the connections and interdependence within the natural world. I hope
that you will find the material fun, interesting and challenging.
Your summer assignment is to read the first chapter of your APES book and take notes using the
included reading guide. You will also write a summary of APES in the News for five articles. You
are expected to complete these assignments and bring it with you to class on the first day of the
2017-2018 school year. You may keep them in a science journal or binder (hand written, typed, or
an electronic copy on your device is fine for chapter notes), but be prepared to share what you have
with your classmates. Chapter 2 will be due the second week of class, so you can do it over the
summer or during the first week or school (your choice). First, you will need to buy a copy of the
textbook. There are instructions below to purchase it from the publisher. If you choose not to order
from the publisher, I cannot guarantee you will have online textbook access. You will also need an
AP Exam Review book by April 2018 (Barron’s or Princeton Review - more information will be
provided this fall).
How to purchase the text “Environment: The Science Behind the Stories” by Withgott et al.
FIFTH EDITION (estimated at $141.32 – however, it could be cheaper this year because a new
edition has been released.)
1. Go to www.pearsonprivateschools.com
2. Enter the school’s zip code: 80124
3. Click on Rock Canyon High School
4. Do an ISBN or Title Search for: “Environment: The Science Behind the Stories,” 5th edition
by Withgott et al. © 2014 ISBN: 0133540146
5. Buy one copy for $141.32 using Guest Checkout but read the following first:
6. SUPER IMPORTANT FOR ONLINE ACCESS: The codes for the online book and website
are not sent to you, but to me. If you do not affiliate with RCHS you will not get a code and
will not get online access.
a. After entering your billing and shipping info for your home, scroll to the bottom of
the page and
b. Click YES for school affiliation.
c. Enter CO and 80124
d. Click on Rock Canyon High School
e. Uncheck the products and special offers box if you choose to not get Pearson spam.
I am truly excited to work with you next year and appreciate your interest in APES. Have a great
summer! Please contact me with any questions at email@example.com.
RCHS AP Environmental Science
Summer Assignment #1
Reading Guide for Taking Notes
Here are some tips to help you become more efficient and effective at taking notes to keep in mind
for all chapters. You can take notes online or on paper and will need to access them in class.
1. Pay attention to the case...