Summer BrainWork

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). You can click on individual links on this page, or download a PDF of the whole kit-and-kaboodle at this link.

Below are the Summer 2017 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.

Optional, but good For Everyone… Mindset, by Carol Dweck  How intelligence is developed.
Good for Parents… The Blessing of a B Minus, Wendy Mogel and How To Raise An Adult, Julie  Lythcott-Haims

Book Groups:
Marcia: The Last Cherry Blossom, Kathleen Burkinshaw
Chris: New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson
Hedy: The Other Einstein, Marie Benedict
Avé: Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, Charles Seife
Dave: The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
Norman: Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Scott: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, by Lawrence Wright
Yevgen: City, Clifford D. Simak
Allison: Unwind, Neal Shusterman
Will: Blood Done Sign My Name, Timothy Tyson
Chrissy: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
Brennan: The Divine Within, Aldous Huxley
Nisaa: The Nordic Theory of Everything, Anu Partanen
Christina: Homegoing: A Novel, Yaa Gyasi
Prose: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig

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, in either all lowercase or ALLCAPS.  The license name is “noraschool”. If you only have four letters in your last name then 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.

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 here. (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 calendar can be found here. Please note that updates will ONLY be made on the website and on our Google Calendar.

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