Summer Assignments

Dear Students,

I hope you are each well.

In order for you to be well-prepared for your upcoming courses, summer assignments are being provided.

Please note the following:

Math:

Every student will complete a math summer assignment for the course that they will take during the 2020-21 school year. So, for instance if a student will take Geometry during the 2020-21 school year – then he will complete the Geometry assignment and if a student will take Pre-Calculus during the 2020-21 school year – then he will complete the Pre-Calculus assignment.

  • If does not matter what level of a math course you are enrolled in (CP, Honors or High Honors) you will complete the same assignment. So, for instance all students enrolled in a Geometry course will complete the Geometry assignment.
  • AP math students will only complete the appropriate AP math assignment.

To determine which math assignment to complete, please review the table below:

If in 2019-20, you took… Then in 2020-21, you will take…
Algebra I Geometry
Geometry Algebra II
Algebra II Pre-Calculus
Pre-Calculus Calculus or AP Calculus

Freshmen:

  • Freshmen who took Pre-Algebra in 8th grade will complete the Algebra I assignment
  • Freshmen who took Algebra I in the 8th grade will complete the Geometry assignment

Science:

Every freshman, sophomore and junior will complete a summer science assignment for the course that they will take during the 2020-21 school year. So, for instance if a student will take Chemistry during the 2020-21 school year – the student will complete the Chemistry assignment and if a student will take Physics during the 2020-21 school year – the student will complete the Physics assignment.

  • If does not matter what level of a science course you are enrolled in (CP or Honors) you will complete the same assignment. So, for instance all students enrolled in a Physics course will complete the Physics assignment.
  • AP science students will only complete the appropriate AP science assignment.

To determine which science assignment to complete, please review the table below:

If in 2019-20, you took… Then in 2020-21, you will take… 
Biology Chemistry
Chemistry Physics

Freshmen:

  • All freshmen will complete the Biology assignment.

Reading/Writing Assignment:

Every student (freshmen-seniors) will read one assigned book and respond to a specific writing assignment.

  • AP English and AP History students will complete the appropriate AP summer assignments and are not required to complete the Reading/Writing Assignment.

Books by Grade Level:

  • Freshmen: Night by Elie Weisel
    – Weisel, Elie. Night. Hill & Wang, 2006. (ISBN-10: 9780374500016)
  • Sophomores: How Languages Changed My Life Edited by Heather Martin & Wendy Ayers-Bennett
    How Languages Changed My Life. Archway, 2019 (ISBN –13: 9781480884588)
  • Juniors: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
    – Shaara, Michael. The Killer Angels. New York: Ballantine Books, 1996. (ISBN – 10: 0345348109)
  • Seniors: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
    – Coelho, Paulo. The Alchemist. HarperOne: 1991 (ISBN – 10: 9780061122415)

AP Courses:

AP students will have a summer assignment for each AP course in which they are enrolled. The AP assignments will be emailed to students in addition to being housed under the Summer Assignments heading on the school’s website.

Grading:

All summer assignments will be graded Pass/Fail and must be submitted by Thursday, September 3, 2020. Students who do not submit an assignment by the due date, the assignment is poorly done or the work of others is presented as their own will receive a zero for the assignment. For example, if a student receives a zero for his Physics summer assignment that grade of zero will be inputted as a first quarter test grade in the student’s Physics class.

Submission:

Assignments will be submitted on Blackboard. Classes will appear on Blackboard based on the assignments. You will see these classes under “My Classes.” Once you open the appropriate class, click “Content” to view the appropriate drop down for your assignment. AP course assignments will be submitted to the appropriate course page once they are created over the summer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

I can be reached at tmcelhinney@bergencatholic.org.

Sincerely,

Mr. Timothy J. McElhinney
Principal