Resources


ACCELERATED READING (AR) PROGRAM

AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.


LIBRARY BOOK LIST BY SCHOOL – Find out which books are available at a particular school library.

AR BOOKFINDER – See if a particular book has an Accelerated Reader (AR) test available.

AR LOG-IN FOR STUDENTS – While at school, students may log-in to take an AR test here.

AR LOG-IN FOR PARENTS – Renaissance Home Connect provides access to view a student’s Accelerated Reader (AR) activity.  The site shows Overall Progress with the average percent correct, points, and average book level on all quizzes taken by either current marking period or by school year.  It will not show all quizzes taken over multiple school years. Home Connect also shows the result of the last quiz taken.  Parents and students can view “My Bookshelf” which displays the book covers of the quizzes taken as well as find more AR quizzes with AR BookFinder. Home Connect also allows parents to specify up to six email addresses to receive automatic updates on reading progress. To access:  Log in use your student’s AR user name and password.

AR Prize Dates
November 17, 2016
February 9, 2017
April 27, 2017

AR Prize List (Immaculate Conception) – updated 11/18/2016


GEOGRAPHY BEE PREPARATION (GEOBEE)

Elementary students can sign up to receive 10 new questions per day at the Geobee website, offered by National Geographic.


SUMMER READING


HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER READING 

Freshmen English and Honors Freshmen English

The goal of our summer reading list is to encourage a love of reading. Students need to read at least TWO BOOKS over break; one needs to be fiction and one needs to be non-fiction. Books chosen should be based on interest and abilities. Parents are strongly encouraged to discuss specific titles with their children to ensure a comfortable level of exposure to certain topics.

So, what should YOU read?

What are you interested in? Choose something that is ability and age appropriate.*

Classic literature is always a great place to start when choosing a book.

Take a trip to the TC Public Library – there you will find a vast array of choices!

Browse bookstores, talk with other students, or simply check out reviews online (www.goodreads.com is a great place to start).

Email Mr. Strong (bstrong@gtacs.org). He is always willing to help – even during summer break!

Choosing what to read is up to you. Don’t feel overwhelmed by this assignment; instead, feel empowered. If you are looking for more direction, the following is a suggested list of titles you may find interesting.

*Amazon.com can be an easy-access place to start research when deciphering interest or ability levels. Refer to book descriptions and editorial reviews on this site.

Sophomore American Literature and Honors Sophomore American Literature

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

British Literature

Animal Farm by George Orwell – please refer to Animal Farm Context page

Honors British Literature

The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton

Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Senior English and Composition

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

They carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrated bibles, each other. And if they made it home alive, they carried unrelenting images of a nightmarish war that history is only beginning to absorb. Since its first publication, The Things They Carried has become an unparalleled Vietnam testament, a classic work of American literature, and a profound study of men at war that illuminates the capacity, and the limits, of the human heart and soul. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. (from Goodreads)

Upon beginning classes in the fall, a unit on Vietnam War writing will start, which includes The Things They Carried.

Advanced Placement (AP) Literature and Composition (12th grade)

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene


SUMMER MATH

Studies show that students experience “summer learning loss” without additional math practice. In order to ensure that all of our students are placed in the proper math course and have the basic skills necessary for success, the math department is encouraging students to practice math skills over the summer.

Students enrolled in algebra 1 in the fall will take the Basic Math Skills evaluation, while students enrolled in either geometry (or honors) or algebra 2 (or honors) will take the Basic Algebra Skills assessment  the first week back to school in the fall. How a student does on this exam might allow the teacher to recommend the student for additional help or a different course.  A change in schedule may be recommended for students in honors geometry or honors algebra 2 who score below 80%. Please see the attached sample tests (with answers) for practice.

Basic Algebra Skills Assessment

Basic Math Skills Evaluation

Khan Academy is a great resource for free online videos to review and learn math concepts.  Additionally, ACT practice is always a good idea to prepare for future standardized tests. We encourage you to purchase “The Official ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017,” published by Wiley. This book can be found on Amazon and at local bookstores, and it includes practice tests with answers and explanations. Please have your student take advantage of these resources over the summer.

It is our hope that the summer math resources and assessment of basic math skills early in the year will assist in your student’s success.  We look forward to working in partnership with you as we educate your child.  Please contact one of us if you have any questions.

Blessings to you and your families,

Jim Hornyak, Molly Klettner, Tyler Sanborn, Greg Vaughan


ACT TEST PREPARATION

You’ll find a variety of great tools here, including an ACT Question of the Day.


ADDITIONAL TOOLS

  • Quizlet is web site that allows teachers and students to make on line flash cards and other on line “games” to help prepare you for a quiz, test or final. There is no cost.