Summer Assignments

All incoming 9th graders complete a comprehensive summer assignment that covers literature, religion and history.

Freshman summer assignment

Summer Assignments for All Grade Levels

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

In addition, if you are enrolled for the 2019-2020 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

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

Math Department

AP Calculus AB

Summer Assignment for AP AB Calculus

This purpose of the assignment is to help students gauge their PreCalculus skills on problems 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. The summer material will be assessed on the correctness of the solutions including the steps needed to solve the problems. Any noticeable gaps in knowledge will be addressed during the year as we learn material that relies on that specific prerequisite knowledge. Students should start this assignment no later than two weeks before the beginning of the school year to allow sufficient time to become reacquainted with the material. Students may reach out to Mr. Bernhard at mbernhard@bishopoconnell.org over the summer from Aug 1st to Aug 14th for feedback on their work. I estimate it will take approximately two hours to solve these 35 problems. Work will be due on the first day of class.

From the course textbook, complete the following exercises. Show the work necessary to solve the problem. For true or false questions, offer an explanation for your answer.

  • Pages 8,9 #1-4, 52, 64, 77-80
  • Pages 17,18 #64, 68, 74, 93-96
  • Page 27 #16-32 (even), 64, 66, 68, 105-110

AP Calculus BC

Summer Assignment for AP BC Calculus

This purpose of the assignment is to help students gauge their PreCalculus skills on problems 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. The summer material will be assessed on the correctness of the solutions including the steps needed to solve the problems. Any noticeable gaps in knowledge will be addressed during the year as we learn material that relies on that specific prerequisite knowledge. Students should start this assignment no later than two weeks before the beginning of the school year to allow sufficient time to become reacquainted with the material. Students may reach out to Mr. Bernhard at mbernhard@bishopoconnell.org over the summer from Aug 1st to Aug 14th for feedback on their work. I estimate it will take approximately two hours to solve these 35 problems. Work will be due on the first day of class.

From the course textbook, complete the following exercises. Show the work necessary to solve the problem. For true or false questions, offer an explanation for your answer.

  • Pages 8,9 #1-4, 52, 64, 77-80
  • Pages 17,18 #64, 68, 74, 93-96
  • Page 27 #16-32 (even), 64, 66, 68, 105-110

AP Statistics

Science

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.

DOWNLOADS:

AP BIOLOGY SUMMER ASSIGNMENT
AP BIOLOGY KEY

AP Chemistry

AP Environmental Science

AP Physics 1

Please select the sections below to view and download the AP Physics 1 Summer Assignment:

INSTRUCTIONS
SAMPLE PROBLEMS
SUMMER ASSIGNMENT #1

SUMMER ASSIGNMENT #2
SUMMER ASSIGNMENT #3

AP Physics C

Social Studies

World Languages