Incoming 9th Grade Summer Assignment

Mandatory Reading Assignment
  • Literature and Personal Development Summer Reading (<-- click the link or see below)
    • Students will read Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, keeping a reading journal, and writing a response to the book so that they can be prepared to discuss it with their mentor groups and in English class in the fall. For more details, click the link above.
Mandatory Math Assignment
  • Everest Summer Math Assignment (<-- click the link)
    • Your brain is a muscle, and you need to exercise it over the summer to keep it healthy and strong! Math muscles are especially important to work out, because nothing bulks you up like practice.This summer, your job is to study and practice as much math as you can. Specifically, you must choose at least four topics to spend time on and create “cheat sheets” to help you remember. For more details, click the link above.
Optional Enrichment Assignments
  • Practice your typing skills! (highly recommended)
    • A big portion of our year will be spent writing essays, letters, and papers. To prepare, please use this summer as an opportunity to work on your typing skills. There are many resources only where you can take lessons or even play games to improve your skills. Try Typing Web or Keybr for lessons and Typing Test or Word Games for games. If you don't have a computer you can use at home, use one at the library or a friend's house.
  • Read a book from NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels(<-- click the link)
  • Explore last year's history projects on the World Studies website. (<-- click the link)
    • Ever wonder how our government became a democracy? Where all the technology around us came from? How a small group of people were able to leave a big impact on this world? How YOU can use YOUR voice to create social change? These are some of the questions we will be exploring in World Studies 1 as we begin to explore the Enlightenment, the French and American Revolutions, The Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, and much more!
College Preparatory Work
  • Make sure your summer plans include some time devoted to activities that support your college goals: academic or extra-curricular enrichment, career exploration, or community involvement.
  • Visit colleges! This will help you get a feel for different campuses and begin the conversation about right fit colleges. 
  • For more information, check the SPS College Readiness Website, the "College Resources" section of your Naviance Family Connection, and read through the SPS College Application Handbook.
Christopher Lewine,
Jul 7, 2014, 4:25 PM