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All English classes have summer reading assignments.


Only some AP or AS Classes require summer assignments, if you do not see a tab for your AP or AS class below, then that class does not have a summer assignment.
Summer Assignments for ALL CLASSES 2020-21 School Year

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English Summer Reading

Every Student is expected to have a Summer Reading Assignment in their English Class.
Refer to the chart below to help determine which book you need to read.


(9th Grade)


(10th Grade)


(11th Grade)


(12th Grade)

English I:


Literature & Voice

English II

English III

English IV

Choose ONE book
from the list in


by MT Anderson

Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson

Choose your own book,

over 150 pages,

that you have

not read before.


AS English II

AS English III

AP Literature


Choose ONE text

The Martian

by Andy Weir


The Night Tiger

by Yangsze Choo

Salvage the Bones

by Jessmyn Ward

The Namesake

by Jhumpa Lahiri


As I Lay Dying

by William Faulkner


Book of Delights

by Ross Gay


AP Language

English IV:

Creative Writing



by Tara Westover

Flash Fiction Forward
Edited by James Thomas
and Robert Shapard

AP European History

In order to complete the Summer Assignment students will need access to the AP Euro Summer Assignment Packet and a textbook. (click here for a handout of all the text below)
Textbook. New textbooks have been ordered for the coming school year. Check your email or the M-A Library webpage for updates regarding how to pick up at textbook OR access the textbook digitally.
There are 4 parts to the AP European History Summer Assignment. You must complete ALL of them by the start of school in August.
Details on each task can be found in the Assignment Packet. Please read all of the instructions carefully and familiarize yourself with the guidelines in the Assignment Packet.
  1. Read and Take Notes on Chapters 11 & 12 of the textbook.
  2. Complete DBQ #1 Essay Assignment from the textbook.
  3. Reading & Annotate supplemental readings on the Middle Ages & Renaissance.
  4. Create & Study a Political and a Physical Map of Europe.
Supplemental Readings (Click on each for the PDF)

Mrs. Aitoro |

I check my email only periodically during the summer. Students hoping for a response will need to be patient. Please refer to the materials provided for guidelines.

AP US History

Please pick up the textbook form the Library, hours are posted on our website
American History, a Survey.
All necessary files and instructions are posted at the link above.
For any concerns, or questions, contact Ms. Olson at:

AP Biology

Please pick up the textbook: Campbell's Biology
Download both Instructions and Example.
If you have any questions, contact Mr. Roisen at

AP Chemistry

AP Chemistry Summer Assignment
Please pick up a copy of the Zumdahl textbook in the library.  Your summer assignment is shown below and is due on the first day of school.
Please use significant figures for all of your calculations and show units.



Problem sets:

Please do the following problems from the textbook


Read Ch.1 and complete the problem set – you should spend 1-2 hrs. 

#18, 20, 26, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 72, 79, 81, 83, 87, 88, 111


Read Ch.2 and complete the problem set – spend about 2 hrs

#17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 36, 42, 56, 58, 62, 68, 72, 78, 80, 84, 86, 94


Read Ch.3 and complete the problem set- spend 1-2 hrs

#37, 43, 66, 70, 76


Please email with questions.


AP Environmental Science

Details of what to do are provided here on this Google Doc

AP Computer Science

Students who have taken APCSP do not need to do the summer assignment.
It's important to have a working knowledge of the basics of programming, so we're going to do a self-paced lesson from the Khan Academy. Please attempt all of the lessons in the link below. I will ask you to email me a screenshot showing the completed lessons during the first week of school. If you get stuck, you can ask me questions during that first week. Or you can email me over the summer at:

Finish all lessons in Khan Academy's "Intro to JS: Drawing and Animation:"
The goal of the summer assignment is to make sure students have been introduced to basic programming concepts. We will hit the ground running in August!
Students who have taken APCSP DO NOT need to to the summer assignment.
Students who have taken a formal class or camp in one of the following languages can bring an official transcript in place of the summer assignment:  Python, Java, Javascript, Ruby, C, C++"

AP Computer Science Principles
There is NO required summer assignment for APCSP.   If you would like some practice before school, you can try out the Khan Academy Javascript Intro to Programming.  It would be helpful to try a few lessons but it is optional. See the link under APCS  A - Java.

AP Latin

Before the beginning of  the 2020-21 school year, please, do the following at your best.
Please read in English translation the following books 1, 2, 4, 6,  8, 12
Any other translation in English or Latin-English edition would be fine. If you prefer, this link will direct you to a simple online (but not completely literal) translation. While reading, make notes on significant themes, central characters, and key ideas in the passages. This will help us to reconstruct the plots and remember the main events of each moment of the story. Feel free to us this or another simple reading log.
2. Caesar, De bello Gallico a) Translation. Please Translate as literal as possible the following sections: BG (De Bello Gallico), 1, 1-7. The text is available here
3. Please, review the following grammar topics and let me know if you need any help with tutorials. 
Jussive and hortatory subjunctive
Used to expresses a command or an extortion
Jussive is in the third person
Hortatory is in the first person
Ex. Jussive: Let him come
Ex. Hortatory: Let’s come
Potential subjunctive
Express an action that may occur
Ut + subjunctive
Relative pronoun + subjunctive
Future active participle
Ad + accusative of gerundive/gerund
Genitive of the gerundive/gerund
Typically has an introductory word such as totius, tam, tanta, sic, ita
Introduced with cum (meaning when, since, although)
Indirect question
Verbs of asking, thinking, perceiving, knowing, and saying
Will contain an interrogative word such as quis, quid, cur, unde, num, utrum
Indirect command
Introduced by verbs of saying, knowing, thinking, or perceiving
Infinitive in present, perfect, or future
Subject in the accusative
Verbs with passive endings with active meanings
Ex. hortor, fateor, patior, sequor, experior
Special form of imperatives
Ex. hortor turns into Hortere and hortamini
Present stem + ns or -nt-
4th pp
4th pp + urus
Expect a reading and translation review within the first month of school. 
Memento: keep it positive, omnia vicit amor.  VALETE
Please email me with questions, comments, and concerns:

AP Studio Art

AP Studio Art Summer Assignment for 2020
The Summer Assignment is all contained in the Links below. The assignment consists of 3 artworks, each of which should take a minimum of 5 hours to create and complete by the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, as well as a collection of 50 or more photographs (printed and contained in a physical folder) to be used as references for artworks to be made throughout the year in class.
The links also include examples and "handouts" to be used to build understanding of the instructions and my expectations of the work to be done in the artworks. Also included in the links are Project Grade Forms to be filled out for each of the 3 artworks separately and a grade form for the photo file. All work and the forms will be turned in the first week of school in 2020-21.


Determine any areas of weakness that we should focus on at some time during the school year.

Establish a routine and pacing for making art during the school year.

Create artworks that might work within your Portfolio for submission as your AP Studio Art Exam.


Materials needed:

Each of the 3 artworks have materials that students will have to acquire for themselves this year, as we are still engaged in "Remote Learning" due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically the school provides these materials before the end of the previous school year, but that will not be possible this year. Students can easily acquire the art materials online or "pick-up" at retailers such as Michaels Arts & Crafts. The materials for the 3 artworks are:

Paper - art drawing paper (for all 3 drawings), with a smooth surface, size 18-inches by 12-inches
Medium - your choice(s) of art drawing pencils, graphite sticks and/or charcoal
Follow the links and download the docs to your own PC or laptop computer. Use the information in the links to read and follow directions, see examples for what I'm expecting in your work, and fill out project grade forms once the assignment parts are completed for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.


Directions AP Studio Art Summer Assignment 

Part 1 Example AP Studio Art Summer Assignment 

Part 2 Example AP Studio Art Summer Assignment

Part 3 Example AP Studio Art Summer Assignment

Parts 1, 2 & 3 Project Grade Form AP Studio Art Summer Assignment

Part 4 Grade AP Studio Art Summer Assignment  Form

Please reach out if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Le Claire


AVID students (Grades 10-12) will write an argumentative paragraph based on what message the author of their summer reading book was trying to convey to their audience. 
After students have finished reading their assigned book for next year’s English class, this assignment should take between one and two hours. Any questions should be directed to your AVID teacher!

AP Art History

AP Art History Summer Assignment

Welcome to AP Art History! (click here for a handout version of the text below)

By way of introduction to an entirely new and unfamiliar discipline, please familiarize yourself with the following brief but thought-provoking primers. The first is a video by Dana Arnold that offers 10 things you should know about art history as an academic exercise. The second is an article by Peter Schjeldahl from the June 4, 2016 issue of The New Yorker magazine. Time commitment for this part of the exercise = 15 minutes, max!

Dana Arnold “Art History: A Very Short Introduction”

Peter Schjeldahl “The Spectacle of the Spectacles”

Now comes the actual work: select an art work (truly, any art work!) that appeals to you. Write a brief description of the work, focusing on what you can observe simply by looking at it closely. Then, interpret the meaning of the work, as you understand it. Please don’t research to “discover” the “true” meaning. Don’t even worry about the artist’s intent. Just explain what the work communicates to you, and why you consider the work to be “art.” Please include a link to an image of the work online so I can share in your discovery. Time commitment = 30 minutes, at most.

Happy summer! See you in August.

Ms. Strub

AS Algebra II

Please read and complete this google doc.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact