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Janice Wagman




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AP Biology & Biology Teacher
Medical Sciences Club Advisor
jwagman@pvsd.org
610-489-1230 ext. 2307


My Classes

The mission of the Perkiomen Valley School District is to provide a rich academic and cultural learning environment that maximizes available resources to assure that all students grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally, attaining the skills necessary to become successful citizens. 

AP Biology

Course Description (as per the College Board):

The AP Biology course is designed to be taken by students after the successful completion of a first course in high school biology and high school chemistry.  It aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. 

 The two main goals of AP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and an appreciation of science as a process.  The ongoing knowledge explosion in biology makes these goals even more challenging.  The primary emphasis in AP Biology is to develop an understanding of concepts, rather than on memorizing terms and technical details.  Essential to conceptual understanding is a grasp of science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts; personal experience in scientific inquiry; recognition of unifying themes that integrate major topics of biology; and application of biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns.

All coursework and course information will be located on Google Classroom, with the exception of grades. Grades will be updated bi-weekly and are available on HAC.  


Biology (all levels)

Biology is designed to provide the student with critical thinking opportunities to evaluate and understand science as inquiry. Themes carried throughout the year are the history and nature of science and the integration of science and technology. Living organisms are studied in reference to their structure and function at the cellular level which encompasses matter, energy, organization, biochemistry, cell processes, and the molecular basis of heredity. Organisms are studied at the macroscopic level through the following: life cycles, reproduction, diversity, adaptation, life origins, interdependence and behavior in the environment. The integration of living phyla, comparative morphology, homeostasis, population ecology, and nonrenewable resources support the themes throughout the course.

In Biology the emphasis is on scientific inquiry, the scientific process, and laboratory skills. During the year you will learn scientific writing skills, examine current biological issues, and make connections between biology and the world around you. Keen observation, good scientific technique, and a willingness to learn are essential to your success.

You will find that biology is challenging, but it can also be fun. If you come to class with a positive attitude, an open mind, and a willingness to work hard you will be successful. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, that is how you learn. Remember “Even Einstein asked questions”.  


CLUB ADVISOR

Medical Sciences Club
Club Purpose: 
• The purpose of the medical sciences club is to provide students at PVHS with opportunities to explore and gain more knowledge about different careers in the medical sciences. Students will use this knowledge to help guide them in course selection during their high school career, to provide them with information to allow them to make a decision regarding their choice of future career paths and to help them make informed choices about their post high school education. 

Club goals:
• Students will explore careers in the medical sciences by bringing in guest speakers or going on site visits.
• Students will explore and discuss current topics in medicine, medical innovations, and other medical related issues.
• Students will explore and discuss science related courses and opportunities at and through PVHS and will be given guidance in course selection.
• Students will explore post high school educational opportunities in the medical sciences, research colleges and universities to help them choose a post high school educational location that is best for them, including exploring the requirements and admission process for these educational institutes.
• Students will explore volunteer opportunities in the medical sciences, such as at a local hospital or physician’s office.