Students registered for some honors or Advanced Placement courses in 2017-18 are required to complete coursework before the new school year begins on Monday, August 21. The following courses require some type of summer work. Click the course to see the required summer work:
In this book, the author, Minnesota native Nerburn, tells the story of a Native American Lakota elder known only as “Dan.” The book is filled with both humor and sadness, but also much insight into the heart of the Native American experience. Dan speaks eloquently on topics such as the difference between land and property, the power of silence and the subject of “history.” Intertwined throughout the book is the story of two men struggling to find a common voice in a world that presents contradicting views of the past and present.
This book will provide a basis for not only understanding the importance of Native American history as interwoven with US history, but also give you the opportunity to understand history from different, if not competing, points of view.
During the first week of the school year as well as at several times throughout the year reference will be made to information gained from the book as well as application to current US history studies. Make sure you have the book read by the first day of school!
The reading material is baseline review information on biology and chemistry concepts. Chapter tests and activities are assigned through the “Mastering Biology” website and calendar. Students take a test the first week of school to make sure they are competent and understand the baseline concepts.
Communication with students is through the Mastering Biology course website and school email.
For more information, contact Ms. Coughlan.
I hope that you are not reading this in August and planning to “cram” your summer work in before school starts!
You are expected to work on 12 Free Response Questions, from the 2016 AP Calculus AB and 2017 AP Calculus AB Exams. Please print out the questions and do your work on paper. I will collect your work on the first day of school. You will be tested on up to 4 of the questions some time during the first week of school.
Please do not memorize the answers. It is essential that you understand how to solve each problem.
Don’t forget that AP Calculus AB test scores will be available to you on July 6.
I look forward to teaching you next school year!
For more information, contact Ms. Kocourek
- PP1 – Summer Work #1
- Significant Digits, Unit Conversions, Classification of Matter
- PP2 – Summer Work #2
- Periodic Table, Molecules & Ions, Naming Compounds
- PP3 – Summer Work #3
- Chemical Equations & The Mole
- PP4 – Summer Work #4
Each of these assignments will incorporate information from websites, virtual textbooks, laboratory applets, and of course, some follow-up questions. While I will not be grading these assignments immediately, students who complete the given assignments before the first day of school will receive credit for their work, but no penalty will occur for students who do not.
The goal of this is to make sure all the students in class are comfortable with the “easy” topics that occur at the beginning of just about every science class as well as some materials that should be a review from crucial Honors Chemistry topics. Again, you will not be graded on this work as it occurs during the summer months, but you will be expected to answer questions from this material at the beginning of class next fall.
There is also a file of Honors Chemistry quizzes that will refresh your skills and get you ready for AP Chemistry. Take a look at them! Try some of them! Do what you can. Check with Khan Academy for help on solving some of them. Again, it is not required for you to do them, however, they will give great insight to what to expect.
As will be the case now, and through the summer, please feel free to e-mail throughout the summer with any questions you may have. I will check my e-mail often during summer vacation. -Dr. Dirlam
- “On Truth and Lying” (Nietzsche)
- “Return to Philology” (de Man)
- “Art as Technique” (Shklovsky)
- Poetry1pdfs (read all of the poem in the packet)
Be prepared to be examined when we return in August. Happy reading!
For more information, contact Dr. Kay
As you read, take notes/annotate passages, phrases, words that speak to you and raise questions for you. If you highlight passages, phrases, and words please make a little notation about why you are singling out that section. It will help you later on.
There will also be a personal narrative essay that you will need to bring to class with you on the second day of school (Aug. 22), typed up and printed out. Click here for instructions about the narrative essay.
- The Eternal Village (from After the Black Death 2nd ed. by George Huppert)
- The Psychology of Limited Wealth (from The Age of Religious Wars 2nd ed. By Richard Dunn)
- France on the Eve of 1789 (from Liberty, Equality, Fraternity by Jack Censer and Lynn Hunt)
Extra Credit Reading
- The Political Economy of Art (from Pleasure Wars by Peter Gay)
For each reading, take appropriate notes as you did in APUSH. After you are finished, use the notes and respond to the appropriate essay prompt (prompt 1 for reading 1, etc.), composing a five paragraph essay that incorporates specific evidence from the reading (or other credible sources). These essay prompts are constructed in a similar fashion to what you will see on the AP exam a little less than a year from now.
- Compare and contrast the experience of the peasants of Sennely to that of the homesteaders of the Great Plains in the 1800s.
- Analyze the factors that caused dramatic population fluctuation in Europe between the 1559 and 1715.
- Was the French Revolution primarily an ideological and political conflict with social overtones or primarily a social conflict with ideological and political overtones? Defend your answer with evidence from the reading.
Extra Credit Essay Prompt:
- Compare and contrast the historical bourgeoisie experience related in the Political Economy of Art with that of the modern middle class family in the western world.
Click here for more detailed instructions.
For more information, contact Mr. Zavitz
Assessment: You will be expected to know this information when you start class. There will be a test on the information the first week of school so be prepared.
Required Supplies for class:
- Note Cards for vocabulary (approximately 300 cards are needed)
- 3-ring binder with separators for Cornell notes and daily notes
- Loose leaf paper for notes
For more information, contact Mrs. Post
The first chapters of the APUSH textbook are included here, along with their relevant objectives:
For more information, contact Mr. Marrin (please put Summer APUSH in the subject line)