By recognizing these students and teachers, the B.O.E is hoping others will be encouraged to join AP classes in the upcoming school year after learning about the benefits of a harder, more fast paced and rigorous course. If this is a success, the board hopes to make this an annual event.
Some of the suggestions for AP Day have been special announcements about AP classes, a celebrity reception for AP teachers, or speech about the benefits of AP classes opposed to regular classes either in the newspaper or on the news.
“A lot more is expected of you, and you have a lot more projects; to be an AP kid, you have to be dedicated. Be prepared to work because the work can be very challenging,” says Haley Powell, AP Chemistry and AP Language student.
The Southern Regional of the College Board is very excited about the upcoming events and is willing to help.
Here at Harris County High School, AP students were recognized in several ways. The main recognition came from newspaper articles. AP classes were spotlighted and photoed to let other students see these dedicated individuals hard at work.
AP Statistics is a college level math class taught by Mrs. Brooks. The class brings joys amongst some, sorrows amongst others.
Statistics is an acquired subject—just like squid may be an acquired taste. Some love the challenge of numbers; others want to throw calculators across the room.
One thing that makes AP Stats a challenging math class is that it is different than any other math students have had before. There are tricky graphs to plug into the calculator, and almost every problem is a hard problem.
Junior Justin Wright said, “The class is fantastic.” A hint of sarcasm could not help but be noticed as his head was down and his calculator was lying face down upon the ground.
Grades in the class range from a 30% average to a 99% average. Quite the disappointing range, but this doesn’t stop the class from performing statistics on those numbers and finding the quartiles and medians of grades to see where they fall.
Junior Will Ward blatantly stated, “It’s hard, but I wish I could pay attention more.”
Based on the new graduation requirements, students who take accelerated math throughout high school must take AP Statistics, AP Calculus, or Calculus to graduate.
Students who take the challenge seriously and excel on the AP test in May will end up a math ahead of other entering freshman when they start college.
Statistics is invaluable even for those students who do not plan to exempt the test. All educated adults need to understand where statistical evidence actually comes from and has to analyze the validity of statistical evidence.
AP Literature and Composition is a college-level course available to seniors. It encompasses British Literature, so a student receives his or her 12th grade literature credit as well as an exemption from English 1101 if he or she makes a 3 or higher on the exam.
The class is taught by Mrs. Mary Burdette who is also the English Department Head at HCHS. The class focuses on analyzing the subtext and symbolism in literature and looking beyond the surface value of an author's or poet's choice in words.
Every Wednesday in AP Lit, the students have a timed writing in which they spend 40 minutes writing an essay about a selected piece of poetry or prose. Sometimes, there is an "open question" in which the students have to write about literature from memory instead of being given the prompt.
Kim Traylor remarked, "Timed writings are tedious, but the only way to get better is to practice. We've got a long way to go before the exam in May."
So far, the class has read 1984, Frankenstein, A Lesson Before Dying, Wuthering Heights, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Heart of Darkness. They will soon begin Things Fall Apart, which is a response to Heart of Darkness.
Right now, the class is studying poetry in what Mrs. Burdette has dubbed "Poetry Bootcamp." The students do "TIPCASTT" analyses which are basically very detailed dissections of a poem.
Caitlyn Christain said, "After a while, you begin to look at everything you read in a critical way. It makes pleasure reading really difficult."
Hopefully all this practice will aid the students in making fives on their exams.
Between the Lines of AP Language
At Harris County High School, there are several core class options; however, when choosing classes that will benefit your future, you might be signing up for a time consuming class that requires pure dedication.
Mrs. Lane Tyus is a teacher “full of excitement” and “enjoys helping her students with whatever needs they may have,” says Mollie Burt.
Burt decided to take this AP Language class because of the positive effect it will have on her college applications. She also admits to having Mrs. Tyus for previous semester and feels as though she learned an enormous amount in just eighteen weeks.
The students of first and second block in this English course can be found playing sports for the school, creating community service projects for clubs, and/or preparing themselves for the future outside of school. With numerous responsibilities outside of this classroom, their minds quickly change gears as they dive into focused, hardworking, tedious assignments.
These young adults cover loads of content in just a short amount of time. Perhaps their main goal in the end is to pass the AP Test in order to exempt the first English course of college. Timed writings, notes, and outlines cause this course to become rigorous but worth it in the end if this goal is made.
Burt states, “I’m so happy with my decision of taking this class even though I have less free-time. It’s going to be to my best benefit.”
AP Chemistry is No Joke
There’s a reason why you may see AP Chemistry students pulling their hair out; AP Chemistry is so stressful!
AP Chemistry is a college level course being taken by a mixture of twenty-four brave juniors and seniors trying to beat the odds.
“The main reason the students stay in the class is because of the challenge,” says one student.
With tests and labs every week, there’s no reason why these students shouldn’t be considered brainiacs. Ms. Lumsden, the AP Chemistry teacher, has set a goal for her students, and that is to pass the AP Exam. She gets them ready by having intense study sessions and sometimes making them come up to the school on the weekends to have more class time on certain chapters.
When asked about the AP Chemistry test, Ms. Lumsden said, “I’ll do whatever it takes to get these students ready to ace that test with a five, even if that means taking their time from other activities. The ones who are serious about the test know they have to make sacrifices if they want to pass it, and I’m willing to help them any way I can.”
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