Summer Learning at Holy Cross

The most critical intention of summer learning is not necessarily content acquisition; it is to reinforce the need for genuine interest in reading for our students. There are certainly preparatory motives to prevent ‘summer melt’, but these are ancillary benefits. For there is no skill more important at the secondary level than a student’s ability to read for information from works of fiction or nonfiction, and to be moved to respond thoughtfully and critically with clarity and conviction. As American educators in 2021, we know it is crucial to assess the societal, cultural, and age relevance of texts and the ability for a student to find a personal entry point to make a meaningful connection to topics and themes. With that said, we will prioritize creating engaging, assured, and common experiences over quantity of workload in our three (or four) assignments for our students for the summer of 2021.

Schoolwide Read

The first is a schoolwide read of Range by David Epstein. All students and faculty will be reading this text, and its themes will be part of next year’s advisory groups and extracurricular programming. It is an engaging non-fiction text that provides real life insights that prioritize the values of risk-taking, moving outside one’s comfort zone, and diversifying one’s interests. At a time when our country has encouraged intensive specialization as the route to success, Range seeks to reestablish the value of a Renaissance Man or Woman. Included in the link below is a list of those selected chapters and associated focus questions for you to consider and use as a reflection point while reading each section. In addition, please complete the corresponding journal reflection and be prepared to share it with your advisor on Day 1 of school: Range Summer Journal/Hobby Tracker

English Texts by Grade & Level
  • 9 Honors - Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
  • 9 CP -  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • 10 Honors/CP - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • AP Lang -  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury AND The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • 11 Honors/CP  - The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  • AP Lit -  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald AND Black Boy (only read Part 1: Southern Night) by Richard Wright
  • 12 ECE -  White Noise by Don DeLillo
  • 12 Honors - The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • 12 CP -  Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Math Summer Assignments

The third expectation is to complete math work in preparation for next year’s curriculum. All assignments will be open on My Math Lab for any returning students.  Incoming 9th graders as well as transfer students will be sent their math assignments through their HC email addresses then as well!

  • AP Physics students only, please see your required work through the link below…
  • Honors Chemistry students need to complete the following summer packet
  • CP-A Chemistry students need to complete the following summer packet
  • CP Chemistry students need to complete the following summer packet
AP Physics students only

Please see your required work here.