As an educational institution, we feel strongly that students should consistently read a variety of printed materials beyond their textbooks, magazines, the newspaper and the computer screen. Students who read regularly perform better in school, have a broader range of general knowledge upon which to draw, score better on standardized tests including the SAT, become better writers, develop more refined language skills, become better spellers, expand their vocabularies, and learn to make inferences and evaluations. Silent reading is a developmental process that needs to be nurtured and sustained. Our reading program is one way that we hope to encourage our students to read for recreation and enjoyment.
We strongly advise our students to read actively and critically (making margin notes, outlining or paraphrasing each chapter) and to avoid simply underlining or highlighting every other sentence. Students will be given a reading assessment on the first full week of the semester. Their score on these reading tests will be added into their 1st quarter grades. Summer assignments can be found by clicking on the title of the book.
Second semester reading only applies to the Social Studies Department. Those classes affected are 2nd semester senior electives as well as any sophomore taking Western Cultures during the second semester. If you have any questions, please contact your current social studies teacher or Mr. Kelly.
PLEASE NOTE: Summer reading novels are not available from www.myschoolbookstore.com and can be purchased at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or any other book retailer of your choice. All English Department required novels can be purchased in either paperback or ebook format.
Summer reading assignments for other departments may include chapters from the current traditional textbook and we have provided the correct ISBN to purchase the book. These books will be used in the classroom during the school year. Until there are more ebooks available that fit our needs, we will be using a combination of ebooks and traditional books for our classes.
When purchasing ibooks for summer reading, please be very sure that the book you are selecting is the novel and not just a study guide. There are many study guides in ibooks that are not complete novels.
In preparation for the Algebra 2 and Honors Algebra 2 course, all Geometry students are encouraged to complete a review packet of Algebra 1 material. This is recommended but not required. Incoming freshmen advancing to Algebra 2H are required to complete the Trig review lessons and worksheets contained in the link below under Pre-Calculus Honors.
Please click on the class name for the assignment.
Students enrolled in Social Justice must complete the following assignment during the summer. Students enrolled in semester 1 will turn in their assignments to their Social Justice teacher on the second class meeting of the semester. Students enrolled in Social Justice during the 2nd semester must place the assignment in the designated box in the Main Office by Friday, August 30.
Please click on the title of the book for the assignment.
Students are required to complete the appropriate summer assignment prior to the first week of school. There is no assignment required for Pre-AP Biology or B2: Anatomy/Physiology. Select the link for other assignments below.
Please click on the book title below for the assignment.
The books say well, my Brothers! each man’s life
The outcome of his former living is;
The bygone wrongs bring forth sorrows and woes,
The bygone right breeds bliss.
From “The Light of Asia”
Sir Edwin Arnold (1832–1904)
Reading is essential for the modern student’s understanding of the human experience, and reading assignments play an important part in the Jesuit student’s mastery of the social sciences. Social Science students are expected to complete summer reading assignments to prepare them for their course of study during the school year. All course have one or more required textbook or readers. Although specific titles may change from time, the following are typical of the summer and school-year readings.
NOTE: Seniors should read the book and complete the assignment for their first semester elective. Winter reading assignments will be given in December.
Please select the book title to see the assignment.
All English students are expected to complete the appropriate assignments over the summer. Select “read more” for more information.
Students in English 1, English 1A and English 1B are required to keep a reading log as part of their summer reading assignment. Although you are welcome to hand-write each entry initially, the final reading log that you turn in must be typed.