Academics

Summer Assignments 2021

Happy Summer, Prep Readers! It's time for some SSR--Sustained Summer Reading. Whether for pleasure or leisure, reading reinforces our Ignatian mission by promoting the ideals of a lifelong learner who is “open to growth” and “intellectually competent.” Summer reading also cultivates a community of learners by having a large and diverse group with disparate experiences and ideas share the same text. What learning comes from shared experience, and insightful, reflective conversation about that experience!

The History, English and Religious Studies Departments have issued required summer reading for you. The departments have assigned a book per grade level. Go to each department’s summer reading tab to learn the specifics of each department’s requirements.

Also note that each department encourages you to “read beyond” the required readings. It is through reading that we learn more about ourselves and the human condition, often through characters whose journeys seem so different from ours. As you know, often it’s through embarking on a character’s intrepid, serpentine, magical, painful and self-fulfilling quest that we find common ground, a shared humanity. So, seek to discover more about yourself and the world around you through your reading this summer. In this quest for the magis, you are bound to have a great summer full of great books.

Also, the Math Department and Science Department require summer packets to be completed based on your 2021-22 course.

Be in touch with us if you have any questions.

AMDG,

Mr. Whelan, English Department Chair
Mr. Fortin, History Department Chair
Mr. Andrew Fabry, Math Department Chair
Mr. Brian Martin, Science Department Chair

One Book, One Prep

All students are required to read Tattoos on the Heart, by Rev. Gregory Boyle, SJ. All adult members of the community are encouraged and invited to read this text as well. Students and Prep faculty and staff will engage in conversations regarding this book in the fall.
 
 

English Assignments

All students must read the "One Book, One Prep" assigned reading.
 
For those seniors accepted into AP Literature and Composition, they must read the "One Book, One Prep" selection AND The Awakening by Kate Chopin.
 
Those seniors will need to purchase either a paperback or hardbound copy of your assigned book and annotate that book using the Annotation Guide as a resource. This guide will serve as your instruction sheet for how to read your book actively and critically. Be sure to bring your annotated copy of the book with you to the first day of classes in September. Your English teacher will grade your annotations. These annotations will serve as a great aid to you during class discussions of the novel in the first week of school.

History Assignments

The History Department supports the idea of summer reading. Reading – whether for pleasure or for information – reinforces our Ignatian mission by promoting the ideals of a lifelong learner who is “open to growth” and “intellectually competent.” Summer reading also cultivates a community of learners by having a large and diverse group with disparate experiences and ideas share the same text. The History Department encourages students (and parents) to complement their reading with trips to local museums, battle sites, and places of historic value, as well as explorations of integrated websites and film portrayals.

REQUIRED READING
  • Freshmen
    World History & AP Human Geography
    Admiral James Stavridis, Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans (Penguin, 2017).
    ISBN: 978-0-7352-2061-4
    Study Guide >>
  • Sophomores
    US History and American Studies:
    Cather, Willa. My Ántonia. (Dover Thrift Editions, 1994). 
    ISBN: 978-0-486-28240-4
    Study Guide >>

    AP US History:
    Marsh, Dawn G.  A Lenape among the Quakers: The Life of Hannah Freeman (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). 
    ISBN: 978-0-8032-7520-1
  • Juniors
    Both AP Government and US Government:
    Rothstein, Richard.  The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.  (W.W. Norton & Co., 2017).  ISBN: 978-1-63149-453-6.
    Study Guide >>
  • Seniors
    AP Psychology:
    Sacks, Oliver. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales (Vintage Press, 2021). 
    ISBN: 978-0593466674
    (No study guide-students will be given an assessment in the first week of class)

Math Assignments

Below please find Review Packets for the following courses. Attention all freshmen (class of 2024): Please wait to receive your course approval before completing your math packet; approvals will be sent later this summer.
 
The following classes do NOT have Review Packets:
  • MAT 408 - AP Statistics
  • MAT 412 - Finite Mathematics with Application
  • MAT 414 - Algebraic & Financial Applications
  • MAT 416 - Introduction to Statistics

Religious Studies Assignments

The Religious Studies Department continues its tradition of assigning summer reading for students at all grade levels. 
All students at a given grade level will read the same book. The books assigned for this summer are:
  • Freshmen:
    Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo

  • Sophomores:
    Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship by Gregory Boyle, SJ

  • Juniors:
    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

  • Seniors:
    When Bad Things Happen To Good People by Harold Kushner 
You will need to purchase either a paperback or hardbound copy of your assigned book and annotate that book using the Annotation Guide created by the Prep’s English Department as a resource. Bring your annotated copy of the book with you to the first day of classes in September. 

Your Religious Studies teacher may opt to grade your annotations. He/she may also choose to assess your knowledge and understanding of the readings through class discussion, a quiz, test and/or essay. 
If you have any questions please contact the Department Chair at pcallaghan@sjprep.org.

We hope you enjoy your summer and your summer reading!

Sincerely,
The Religious Studies Department

Science Summer Assignment

AP Chemistry Summer Assignment
Text: Chemistry the central science, 12th ed. Brown, LeMay et al (pick up this book from Mr. Kelly at the Prep)

  • Read Chapter 1, Pages 4-31. Do P31 Q1,4,6,8,11,19,21,24,36,37,40,48.

  • Read Chapter 2, Pages 39-68. Do P69 Q1, 6, 14, 18, 22, 26, 34, 56, 66, 67, 68.

  • Read Chapter 3, Pages 77-103; Do Questions P105 #3, 9, 12, 16, 18, 20, 23, 26, 29, 30, 44, 61, 76 and 83.