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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:

To help prepare for your US History or American Studies class, over the summer you will need to read the book Neither Wolf Nor Dog:  On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn. Several copies of this book are available in local libraries; in addition, you can purchase used versions on Amazon.com for as little as $6.00.

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!

Students should read and complete the chapter reviews the first six chapters of the online textbook from the “Mastering Biology” website. Ms. Williams-Freier will email students by May 31 granting them access to the book.

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. Williams-Freier

Students will take a non-calculator test on this packet in the first week of school. Students may reference this answer key for pages 1-10 and this answer key for pages 11-20.

For more information, contact Mr. John

Happy Summer everyone!

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

It’s exciting to be offering our AP Chemistry class next year, but as you well know, there is always some preparation leading up to the first day of any AP class in the fall. While other AP classes assign summer “reading”, we’ll simply be keeping some of our chemistry skills sharp through our summer vacation using assignments that should take on average 3-4 hours. The material that is covered will be split into the following segments in a Canvas course that you will be enrolled in and can access throughout the summer:

  • 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
    • Stoichiometry

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

Students must read and take notes on four texts (students should download the PDFs of these texts to their computer or device – look for and click on the “Download” arrow in the upper right)

Be prepared to be examined when we return in August. Happy reading!

For more information, contact Dr. Kay

Students are to read the book On Writing by Stephen King.  We recommend you get your own copy so you can annotate directly on the pages.  Half-Price books or Amazon Marketplace are good places to look.  Otherwise, annotating on an electronic copy would work or using sticky-notes in a copy from the library work, too.

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 first day of school, typed up and printed out.  Click here for instructions about the narrative essay.

For more information, contact Ms. Westphal or Ms. Reed

Students should select and read two of the following texts:

Extra Credit Reading

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.

Essay Prompts:

  • 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

Directions: Print out this document and complete the CHART parts in the chart complete the QUESTIONS on the back of the sheet making sure that you number each answer correctly. If you need more paper then start a new piece of paper but place it in the correct order when you turn in the assignment. The work will be collected Monday, August 21.

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

Students should view this document for instructions about a practice persuasive essay. The audio source for the persuasive essay is available here.

For more information, contact Señor Duea

Students must complete coursework in three parts. Please refer to this document for specific instructions:

The first chapters of the APUSH textbook are included here, along with their relevant objectives:


Chapter Reading Objectives
1 Reading Objectives
2 Reading Objectives
3 Reading Objectives
4 Reading Objectives

For more information, contact Mr. Marrin (please put Summer APUSH in the subject line)

Students should select and read one of three possible texts and follow these detailed instructions.

For more information, contact Ms. Wagner

Students must read Until They Bring the Streetcars Back by Stanley Gordon West and complete a reading journal. Click here for more detailed instructions.

For more information, contact Ms. Arens