Summer Work and Supply Lists 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

Thanks to all parents and students of rising freshmen and new students who made it to our Summer Orientation meeting. Because this meeting was about what your child will be doing next year as well as about summer opportunities, I am including the power point presentation given for the meeting for those of you who could not make it.  We will have a reprise next fall once school starts by program level.

Because IB is a program that is always seeking ways to further student learning of the highest quality, aspects of the program are under continual revision. This year, we have revised our concept of “summer work.” In essence, there will be no “summer work” in the traditional sense of a project or assignment that receives a grade in a class.

Instead, summer activities will be programmatic rather than academic or content-driven. 

  • All students should review the “presumed knowledge” packets for each subject below. Students will be tested on this previously mastered material in the first month of school. If any skills or content is new to the student, he/she should attempt to use the resources provided, study, and contact the teacher for assistance as soon as school starts.
  • Rising sophomores will work on the Personal Project.  See the Personal Project page in this blog for all that information. The HHS Personal Project Guide may be found on ManageBac and on the Personal Project page on this blog. Rising sophomores may also get caught up on CAS if they were notified that they risked starting the year on probation for not having fulfilled their requirements.
  • Rising seniors will work on the Extended Essay and prepare college applications.  See the Extended Essay MYP Spring Orientationpage on this blog for more information. A partial draft (at least 2000 words, ExtendedEssayRoughDraftSubmissionRequirement2017on.docx)  was turned in prior to school’s close. A COMPLETE DRAFT OF THE EE IS DUE IN TOK (to AND TO SUPERVISORS (either in hard copy or electronically) ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10.  See this handout for requirements: ExtendedEssay2ndandFinalDraftSubmissionRequirement2017on.docx. They may also work on their CAS project, a group activity which each Diploma Candidate must organize with others to show organization and leadership, in addition to their four yearly goals. Students who were identified as not having completed their CAS requirements for junior year must also get caught up by the start of school in order to avoid probation. 
  • For juniors or seniors who will not be taking DP English 11 or 12, you are responsible for the HHS summer reading assignment:  English/Reading Summer Assignments;AP Summer Assignments
  • For seniors taking AP Physics, here is your summer work: AP Physics 1 Summer Work 2017-18Summer Work Page 2Summer Work Page 3Summer Work Page 4
  • For seniors taking AP Physics C, here is your summer work: AP Physics C Summer Work 2017-18Summer Work Page 2Summer Work Page 3Summer Work Page 4Summer Work Page 5Summer Work Page 6Summer Work Page 7

Because we always encourage students to read — for pleasure as well as enlightenment — please feel free to peruse the lists below of suggested books to read before college.

By genre and with a brief description:

From CollegeBoard, in alpha order:


We also encourage all rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to think about college. Our school website has many resources. If you don’t know where to start, try this or this,,  or this


In order for students’ minds not to go fallow and so that students feel confident entering school in the fall, please find below links to useful review pages prepared by our teachers. It is also important that all students enter the next school year knowing what teachers have expected them to retain from last year. So, while there is no mandatory product, students and their parents should refresh the information and skills students are accountable for from last year to be ready for tests in the first month of school. Subjects are indicated alphabetically.

MYP Algebra 2: MYPAlgebra2PresumedKnowledgeMaterials1617 (remains the same for 17-18)

MYP Art: Art_Knowledge_Supplies IBMYP Level 4 Art (remains the same for 17-18)

DP Biology:   SL Biology Presumed Knowledge 2016HL Biology Presumed Knowledge (MC) (remains the same for  17-18)

(The text you will use is IB Biology Course Book 2014 edition:Oxford IB Diploma Program, ISBN: 978-0-19- 839211-8)

MYP Biology:(Students may use any search engine, book or resource to find this information) MYP Biology Presumed Knowledge 2017

AP Calculus: This is from 2014, but it is still useful as a review2014CalcBCSummerAssignment

MYP Chemistry: Presumed Knowledge for IB MYP Chemistry

DP Chemistry: SL Chemistry Presumed KnowledgeHL Chem Presumed Knowledge

DP Chinese: find the document here: 


MYP and DP Drama: Theatre Presumed knowledge20172018

MYP English 9: 2017-18 IBMYP English 9 Presumed Knowledge

MYP English 10: IB English summer review for rising 10th grade 2017-2018

DP English 11: AP_common_allusionsLiterary TerminologyCopyof2017-2018ExpectedKnowledge

DP English 12: How to Read Literature Like a Professor Study GuideIB English 12 Summer RecommendationsExpected Knowledge for Entering IB English 12

MYP Extended Math: Extended Math Presumed Knowledge 1718

MYP andDP French: Presumed Knowledge_ French for freshmen

MYP Geometry:presumed knowledge_IBMYP Geometry_2017-18

MYP History 10: Individuals and Society Yr 5 presumed knowledge17_18

DP History: History of the Americas (11): IBDP US History Presumed Knowledge

DP History: World Topics (12) :IBDP 20th-century World Topics Presumed Knowledge

DP Math Studies: 2016-17 IBDP Mathematics and Math Studies Calculator lists (remains the same for 2017-18)

DP Mathematics: IB Mathematics SL (remains the same for 2017-18)


DP Psychology: Copy of Presumed Knowledge for Psychology SLPresumed Knowledge for Psychology HL

The text you will use is the IB Psychology: Study Guide for the IB Diploma by Jette Hannibal, ISBN 9781447990659

DP and MYP Spanish: May2016SummerResources_Spanish (remains same for 2017-18)

Spanish MYP 2-4 presumed knowledge

Spanish 5 Course Introduction-Summer Review (2)

DP Spanish VI Presumed knowledge (remains the same for 2017-18)

MYP Standard Math: Standard Math Presumed Knowledge 2016-2017

TOK:   The text is Theory of Knowledge by Alchin and Henly (2014,  Hodder Press. It is available on

World History and Geography 2: Presumed Knowledge WHII 2017

In terms of generic supplies, we suggest erasable pens, highlighting markers, notebooks, hardbound journals, folders, day planner/organizer,  and a good thumb drive.