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Summer of 2015 :  ALL STUDENTS

For the Summer of 2015, you are required to read at least three books or packets of readings.  Students in AP English classes are required to read more. 

At each grade level, you will be assigned 2 readings for sepcific classes. For rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, the 3rd reading is your selection from your summer reading mentor. The reading assignments are listed by Class Year and Subject Area. The readings of choice with a faculty mentor are also listed below (readings posted, selected and assigned during May, 2015).

Students entering Algebra IIMath Analysis and Math Analysis Honors  are required to do summer work which should help you refresh your algebra skills. Students must complete the packet for their specific class. The student should show all work for the exercises in a copybook. Students will be assessed on this material during the second week of school.

An Algebra Review is included for student reference. Should the student need further review it is recommended that he look online for resources that might help explain the topic. Khan Academy is one resource that the student could access.

Please also note that the assessments that are done within specific classes will be counted as a graded assignment for that class.  The assessment that is completed with your chosen mentor will be recorded on your report card as a S(atisfactory) or U(nsatisfactory).  Do the reading!

  • Assessments for Reading #1 will be done during the first week of school in English classes. 
  • Assessments for Reading #2 will be done during the second week of school in appropriate classes. 
  • Assessments for Reading #3 will be done during the third week of school during a special Assessment/Assembly period.  Be prepared!

List of Readings by Class Year
 

Incoming Ninth Graders (Class of 2019): 

  • Principal's Letter on Summer Reading June 2015 
  • Spiritan History and Mission   (Assessment during Orientation Day: Thursday, August 27; please make sure you have answered all of the questions in the packet and have them with you)
  • Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist (all 9th grade English Classes):  Assessment during week of August 31-September 3. Bring novel with you to English Class during first week of school and complete this study guide.
  • Science Readings: Assessment during week of September 8-11. Bring reading journal with you to announced assessment: 9th Grade Packet of Science Readings Reading#1Reading#2. Please complete the following study guide.
  • Religion Readings: Use the following document to find answers about the World Meeting of Families. Print this sheet and write your answers on it.  You will need to bring answers to your religion class during the second week of school.

Sophomores (Class of 2018):

  • August Wilson, Fences (10th grade English classes):  Assessment during week of August 31-September 3. Bring novel with you to English Class during first week of school and complete this study guide.
  • Victor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning (All Religion Classes):  Assessment during week of September 8-11. Please complete the following study guide
  • Reading Packet in Social Studies, Language and Science (10th  grade—various) :  Assessments during week of September 8-11.
  • Religion Readings: Use the following document to find answers about the World Meeting of Families. Print this sheet and write your answers on it.  You will need to bring answers to your religion class during the second week of school.

  • Reading with Faculty Mentor from List Below (assigned during May); Assessment September 15.

Juniors (Class of 2017):

  • Kent Haruf, Plainsong  (11th grade, all non-AP English Classes):  Assessment during week of August 31-September 3. Please complete the following study guide.
  • Using the following links, read the primary source documents prior to the start of classes in August 2015. Prepare answers in a new document and "save" them, ready for upload to your specific teacher's Schoology class and as per his instructions. In addition to the questions relating to each document, there is a thematic analysis that you must answer that corresponds to all the documents. (Primary sources and study guide) Assessments during week of September 8-11. 
  • Religion Readings: Use the following document to find answers about the World Meeting of Families. Print this sheet and write your answers on it.  You will need to bring answers to your religion class during the second week of school.
  • Reading with Faculty Mentor from List Below (assigned during May; note special reading for AP English Language Classes);  AP English Classes, please note your reading is September 15.

Seniors (Class of 2016):

  • Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis (12th grade, English Classes):   Assessment during week of August 31-September 3. (All senior English classes, including AP Lit).
  • Immaculee IlibagizaLeft to Tell (12th grade, Religion Classes): Assessment,  week of September 8-11.
     
  • Religion Readings: Use the following document to find answers about the World Meeting of Families. Print this sheet and write your answers on it.  You will need to bring answers to your religion class during the second week of school.

  • Reading with Faculty Mentor from List Below (Assigned during May; note special reading for AP English Literature Classes);  AP English Classes, please note your reading is September 15.
 

All students will be responsible for reading the summer reading the books associated with your mentor. For your reference here is the list of the summer reading mentors:

     
  • Mr. Abramson - Keep It Pithy by Bill O'Reilly
  • Fr. Philip Agber - Dignity: Its History and Meaning By Michael Rosen
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  • Mrs. Bliss - Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
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  • Mrs. Bruno - Your Inner Fish, Dr. Tatianna's Sex Advice for All Creation required for all AP Biology students
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  • Mr. Chapman - Don't Put me in Coach by Mark Titus OR Masters of the Games by Joseph Epstein
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  • Mr. Colapinto - Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
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  • Ms. Coopersmith - The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean required reading by AP Chemistry
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  • Mr. Croskey - Watership Down by Richard Adams
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  • Mr. Crouse - Entertaining an Elephant by William McBride
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  • Mr. Danilak - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Gulliver's Travels, Dubliners
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  • Mr. Eckerle - Pompeii by Robert Harris
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  • Mr. Figliola - forensics summer reading
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  • Mr. Fisher - Everyday Greateness by Steven R Covey
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  • Mr. Fitzpatrick - The Bridge at Remagen by Ken Hechler
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  • Mrs.Flynn - Flatland by Edwin Abbott, required reading for Honors geometry
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  • Mr. Goulet - Nine Inches, Stories by Tom Perrotta
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  • Mr. Hoelzle - Paper Towns by John Green
  • Mr. Jordan - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Gulliver's Travels, Dubliners
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  • Ms. Kerr - A long way gone by Ishmael Beah
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  • Fr. McDermott - The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
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  • Ms. McKelvie - Outliers- Malcolm Gladwell
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  • Mr. Murtaugh - The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer
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  • Mrs. Nicolay - The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
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  • Mr. Nolan - Memorial Day by Vince Flynn
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  • Dr. P. O’Connor - AP English Language and Composition
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  • Mr. Pappadakis - The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
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  • Dr. Ramírez - My Invented Country by Isabel Allende required for AP Spanish
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  • Mr. Ryan - The Travels of Marco Polo
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  • Dr. Scanlon - Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
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  • Mr. Seminack - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
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  • Mrs. Smallen - Senior Portfolio - Readings/Photography/Museum Visit/Paper/Intaglio Print
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  • Mr. Stewart - Playing Beyond the Scoreboard by Craig Hillier
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  • Mr. Stunder - The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
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  • Dr. Tomshaw - The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
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  • Mr. Vierlinck - The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sacks
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  • Mrs. Vilsmeier - Preparation for All Catholic Ensembles, AP Music Theory 6 Online Chapters
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  • Mr. Whartenby - On The Run Fugitive Life in an American City Alice Goffman

 

 

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