Summer 2016

summer school classes

St. Pius X High School offers the following summers school class:

Math Credit Recovery

Recover credit for math classes at SPX. Earn ½ credit.

Summer School Credit Recovery Programs

  1. St. Pius X High School (NCAA approved) Math credit recovery only | See more info above.
  2. Lamar High School (NCAA approved)
  3. St. Thomas High School (NCAA approved)
  4. Strake Jesuit High School (NCAA approved)
  5. Houston Community College Adult High School Program (Not NCAA approved)
  6. Memorial Private High School (Not NCAA approved)
  7. Texas Tech Distance Learning K-12 (Not NCAA approved; online courses)

Courses must be completed by August 11.

Summer Reading

9th Grade

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St. Pius X High School requires that all students read during the summer months in order to

  • improve vocabulary
  • increase reading speed and fluency
  • improve performance on college entrance exams
  • promote reading as a life-long activity

Students will be assessed to demonstrate completion of this requirement. Please check below for appropriate titles for the level of English in which the student has been enrolled. English I students will discuss the novel in class and demonstrate their understanding on a quiz in August 2016. Honors English I students will be tested on GILGAMESH: A VERSE NARRATIVE and THE CHOSEN in August 2016.

English I:

THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros

This novella tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in an impoverished Chicago neighborhood. Through short stories called vignettes, Esperanza recalls the stories of her neighbors and family as well as her own experiences and observations. The stories are often told out of order and often are not resolved – allowing the reader to decide what happens next. Despite dealing with serious issues, the novella uses humor to give perspective and lighten the mood.

Honors English I:.

THE CHOSEN by Chaim Potok

The odyssey of two young men from boyhood to manhood against the background of conflicts and traditions of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews

GILGAMESH: A VERSE NARRATIVE by Herbert Mason (Translator)

The Gilgamesh epic tells of the various adventures of a hero-king, including his quest for immortality and an account of a great flood similar to many details to the Old Testament’s story of Noah.

10th Grade

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English II

Choose one of the following books to read over the summer:

  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer,
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak,
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Students will be assigned a writing project when they return.

Honors English II

  • The Color of Water by James McBride.

They will write a dialectical journal on this work.

The “dialectic” was the method Socrates used to teach his students how to be actively engaged in the struggle to derive meaning from an unfamiliar and challenging work. In a dialectical journal, students divide their paper into two columns. One column is labeled TEXT; the other, RESPONSE. As you read, identify certain passages that cause you to stop and respond to what you are reading. Click here for more info on dialectical journals.

AND

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte on which they will have an assigned writing project when they return.

11th Grade

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Welcome to the Summer Reading List for English III (EN210), English III Challenging Americans (EN213) and AP English III (EN211).

English III and English III Challenging Americans students will choose one of the following:

  • THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeanette Walls
  • SCRATCH BEGINNINGS by Adam Shepard
  • BRAIN ON FIRE: MY MONTH OF MADNESS by Susannah Cahalan

*An in-class writing assignment over the book of your choice will count as a double quiz grade.

English III Challenging Americans students will also read:

  • THANK YOU FOR ARGUING by Jay Heinrichs

Assignment for THANK YOU FOR ARGUING:

Compile a typed list of 20 interesting anecdotes/revelations from the book. Include page number. Here is where you recount interesting tidbits or epiphanies. This may be a section that surprised, amused, infuriated, or saddened you. Include parts of the book that provoke an emotional response for you. Beneath the anecdote/revelation, type commentary explaining why you chose each anecdote/revelation. (This assignment is due the first day of school.)

AP English III students will read the following:

  • *BRAIN ON FIRE: MY MONTH OF MADNESS by Susannah Cahalan
  • *HOW STARBUCKS SAVED MY LIFE by Michael Gates Gill

*An in-class writing assignment over each of these books will count as a double quiz grade.

AND

  • THANK YOU FOR ARGUING by Jay Heinrichs

Assignment for THANK YOU FOR ARGUING:

Compile a typed list of 20 interesting anecdotes/revelations from the book. Include page number. Here is where you recount interesting tidbits or epiphanies. This may be a section that surprised, amused, infuriated, or saddened you. Include parts of the book that provoke an emotional response for you. Beneath the anecdote/revelation, type commentary explaining why you chose each anecdote/revelation. (This assignment is due the first day of school.)

Failure to turn in these assignments on the first day of school results in a zero as a test grade!

12th Grade

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Welcome to the Summer Reading List for English IV (EN 215), English IV Shakespeare (EN 221) and English IV Dual Credit (EN 217) at St. Pius X High School.

Students will read their choice of:

Students should prepare to be quizzed on their book selection within the first three days of their return to school in the fall. This quiz will count as a double-quiz grade.

English IV AP (EN 216)

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REQUIRED READING

All students will read the following books:

For information regarding the assignments students are required to complete during the summer, click here.

Academics Calendar

    • SatJan28 SAT 8:00 AM
    • FriFeb03 SPX Middle School Academic Rally Prelims 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • SatFeb04 SPX Middle School Academic Rally 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    • WedFeb08 Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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