Summer Assignments

Students in all four grade levels are required to complete English department reading assignments before the first day of school.

In addition, if you are enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year in any of the other classes listed below, you are required to complete specific summer work in this area. Please check each subject area below for links to download instructions and worksheets.


English Department - Summer Reading

Students in all four grade levels are required to complete reading assignments before the first day of school. The purpose of summer reading is to help establish a common literary experience for discussion to set the stage for the year’s guiding principle. To that end, students are asked to read and annotate a series of texts throughout their time away from school, and they should be prepared to return to school and use these annotated texts for in-class discussions and written assessments.

Read more about SUMMER READING from the English Department.


Math Department

AP Calculus AB and BC

This purpose of the assignment is to ensure that lessons learned in PreCalculus can be applied in a way that will become important when learning Calculus. Due to the intensive pace of these AP Calculus classes, it is important that we maximize our time on the new material.


AP Statistics


Science Department

AP Biology

The purpose of this summer assignment is establish a ground floor understanding of basic concepts so that we can hit the ground running in the fall. AP Biology is a very fast paced class and we will be moving through a lot of material at a rapid pace. Use this assignment as an honest self-reflection to help you prepare for the upcoming school year. If you don’t know an answer to a particular question or how to solve a specific equation, refer to the corresponding pages/chapter in your Biology in Focus textbook to see where you’re getting stuck.



AP Chemistry

AP Environmental Science

Students will familiarize themselves with most of the chemicals (elements, ions, and compounds) that will be studied in AP Environmental Science. These chemicals will all be discussed in the very first unit on Biogeochemical Cycles and Energy Flow and any pollutants will also be discussed at many points of the year. The largest component of the AP Environmental Science exam is pollution.

Students will also learn differences between developed and developing countries and issues most likely to be faced by people living in those countries and the organisms that inhabit environments of those countries. This information will provide the background for students to understand conservation issues in more depth and how the world is changing in the 21st Century.

Students are also encouraged to make a study guide for the test. This skill will be important throughout the APES class and in other college-level courses as students have more success when they organize and personalize their studying.


AP Physics 1

AP Physics C

Social Studies

Social Studies Department

AP Economics

AP Psychology

The summer assignment is designed as a pre-learning activity to help establish a common starting point for the history, approaches, and research methods of psychology. The goal of this self-guided reading works almost like a “speed round” through the course introductory materials, which allows us to establish a common starting point for our discussion, and maximize the time that we spend on more advanced concepts throughout our year of study in closer detail.


AP U.S. Government and Politics

AP U.S. History

World History Honors

Technology & Business

World Languages

World Languages Department

AP French Language & Culture

AP Latin

AP Spanish Language & Culture

AP Spanish Literature & Culture

1. Study the Glossary of Literary Terms for the AP Spanish and Culture Course. Go over the Literary History and Literary vocabulary.

2. Review the slide presentation on how to read and analyze a literary essay. This is to help you on how to write your analysis.

3. Read The Origins of our Language: Castilian and its literature in the middle ages and analyze it. Use MLA format.

4. Read Count Lucanor: The Infant Don Manuel and analyze it. Use MLA fromat

5. Required reading list. There are 38 readings form different Spanish authors. Get familiar with the names and authors. Use Quizlet.

Have a happy summer with your family. I hope you like these readings and start enjoying the literature in Spanish. You can contact me at if you have any questions at I will be at the University of Salamanca from July 1 through July 15, 2017.


Summer Assignment Instructions
Glossary of Literary Terms
Slide Presentation
Marco histórico y cultural
El conde Lucanor
Required Reading List


Grade 12 - Witness to the Gospels

From Mr. David Owens:

I would like to officially welcome you to our class, “Witness to the Gospels.” The following summary is from the DJO Program of Study Guide on the school website.

The purpose of this course is to identify how students can discover and articulate truth centered on the person of Jesus Christ and the central doctrines of the Creed. Love, responsibility, truth, theology of the body, and family life are key elements to this course. This course includes an in-depth focus on philosophical and theological readings with an emphasis on developing critical thinking skills. Students develop a spirituality deeply centered in the mystery of God’s grace and the universal call to holiness. Efforts are made to build a foundation of faith, virtue and knowledge for an adult practice of moral and ethical behavior in today’s secular society. Emphasis is placed on being active members of parish communities; students may use this course to earn a preliminary Catholic catechist certificate.

With this as the core of our course this year, I want an opportunity to give you the rest of the story. Beyond the fact that this is a course you have to take. I want it to be a class you will love taking!

The fundamental buzzword of this class is “service”—service to the community, family, world, and self. Being of service is one of the greatest callings you will ever have as an individual and a member of the Church. Whether you are Catholic, Christian, another religion or none at all you will readily find your place in the class, the world and God’s plan for you. We all have a calling! That’s right, we all have a calling!

This year we want to help you to discover what this calling is and to help you realize all of your dreams. Will we have fun? Yes! Will we learn more about ourselves? Yes! Will we work hard? Yes! But, I guarantee you that at the end of the day you will feel good about the job you have done and feel prepared to “go forth and make disciples of all nations.”(Mt.28:19)

To that end we must start at the beginning. I want to hit the ground running the first day of class. That means that you must come to class ready to dive right in.

Therefore, I have a summer reading assignment for you. That’s right you have to read something. Since I have already read it twice, I feel this short book truly sums up our year in studies we are about to embark upon. Do you have to go out and buy this book, NO! Here is the link for the text I want you to read.

Now, here is how I would like this done: First, go to the Vatican website and print out a copy of this encyclical by Pope Francis, there are 84 pages. After reading this text you are to write a reflection in your own words on what you were able to glean from this encyclical. This reflection will be a minimum of a 3x5 to a 5x5 essay.

THIS ESSAY IS NOT DUE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 18, 2017. When you come to class on the first full day of classes you are to bring a copy of the encyclical. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST GRADE IN MY CLASS. You will have eight weeks to get this done. This will truly help both of us to prepare you for a year you will never forget!

Be prepared to come out of your comfort zone, and be willing to open your heart, mind, and soul to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This will be a hands on experience! We will be working in the classroom and in the community. Sr. Catherine very eloquently puts it this way, “We will be taking your faith, time, talent and treasures into the world…The Parish is the place, heart of the Church community where the work is done.”

For the record, this program/class is the first of its kind in the United States and I would guess the world. This capstone program is designed to help foster the spirit of Church in all of your communities, where you live and the world. We are preparing you the “Young Church” to be the future leaders of the faith.

For those of you that are willing and want to take it a step further we will with the blessing of the Diocese of Arlington be offering an opportunity for you to receive a “Preliminary Catechist Certificate” at the end of the course. No other high school in the country has a program like this!