The purpose of the summer work is to keep your mind engaged and to have you ready to hit the ground running in the fall. On the first day of classes we will divide up into reading groups for what will be the first English assignments of the new school year. The reading response, math and writing assignments will be turned in at that time, and all will be counted as assignments (so be sure your name is on them).
Below are the Summer 2016 reading selections. Please choose the book group based on what you’d like to read. The groups will meet the first day of classes, and it is fine if the faculty group leader may or may not be one of your assigned teachers for the fall.
Chris: The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
Scott: The Girls by Emma Cline
Hedy: The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
Nisaa: What to Say When you Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter
Yevgen: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
Dave: How To Live Well With Chronic Pain and Illness by Toni Bernhard
Norman: The Tell Tale Soul by Christpher Conlon
Marcia: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Allison (also see NHS note below): The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Will: The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
Avé: The Lathe of a Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin
Christina: The Circle by Dave Eggers
Like to Read? The list for this and past summers can be found here.
The Reading response can be found here.
The summer writing assignment can be found here.
Typing proficiency must be demonstrated through this free online course. Your six character login and password are the first five letters of your last name followed by your first initial. If you only have four letters in your last name then repeat the last letter or repeat your first initial. To check your speed, go to the “Timed Tests” on the left of the screen under “Assessments.” If you can do a 5:00 test at a rate of 32 words-per-minute you need not complete all the exercises. These proficiency tests will advise you when you have accomplished over 32 words per minute. This is the minimum score you need for the summer work to be completed. If you pass the typing test at a high level, you do not have to do the entire workload. However, we recommend continued practice to keep your speed and efficiency at its best.
Instructions for the summer math assignments are available as a Google Doc here.
All summer assignments, including typing, will count toward your classes and are due on the first day of classes.
HOMEWORK FOR PARENTS
Every Fall, ALL families – new and returning – need to fill out the annual enrollment, health, and permission forms. They are due on the first day of classes each year. These forms can be found at: www.nora-school.org/admin-forms/enrollment.pdf (note: These forms are due for all students every year, returning and new.) While returning students do not need the Immunization Certificate filled out again, all new students must provide the Immunization Certificate to legally enroll).
PLEASE NOTE: Effective as of the 2013-14 School Year, Montgomery County has revised its immunization requirements. All students are now required to have two doses of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccination since 1989. Please check your records to ensure we have the most current immunization record for your student in our files.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! From school holidays to the annual hike, to PhotoFests and Parent nights, a printable PDF 2016-2017 calendar can be found here. Please note that updates will ONLY be made on the website and on our Google Calendar.