Summer Reading and Math Maintenance

Summer Reading

Summer reading is a great way for children to enjoy good books while also preparing them for the upcoming school year.  The books selected for summer reading will be the basis for classroom discussion and activities during the first week of school.  Students should read books for the grade they will be entering.  All of the titles listed are available in paperback through bookstores, online for an e-reader, or through the public library.

Rising Kindergarten through 5th Summer Reading Requirements

No required reading.  However the value of reading to your child daily is priceless and will give them a significant advantage as they begin kindergarten.

1st Grade List
Choose two books from below:
•”Biscuit Goes to School” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
•”Johnny Appleseed” by Jane Kurtz
•”Clifford the Big Red Dog” by Norman Bridwell

For each book read, students should write a one paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Reports should be handwritten and include a sentence for each of the following:

•The title and author of the book.
•What is the plot (what is the book about)?
•What happened first in the book?
•What happened next in the book?
•What happened last in the book?
•Their opinion of the book and why they liked or disliked the book

2nd Grade List
Choose two books from below:

  • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman (1.6 reading level)
  • Any Henry and Mudge book by Cynthia Rylant (low to mid 2nd grade range)
  •  Any Nate the Great book by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (mid to upper 2nd grade range)

For each book read, students should write a one paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Reports should be handwritten and include a sentence for each of the following:

•The title and author of the book.
•What is the plot (what is the book about)?
•What happened first in the book?
•What happened next in the book?
•What happened last in the book?
•Their opinion of the book and why they liked or disliked the book

3rd Grade List
Choose two books from below:

  • “Night of the Full Moon” by Gloria Whelan (4.2 reading level)
  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue” by Kate DiCamillo
  • A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author” by Ron Roy

For each book read, students should write a three paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
•The title and author
•What is the setting of the story (where and when does it take place)?
•Who are the main characters? Describe any including a physical description (what do they look like) and personality traits (are they friendly, shy, mean). Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
•What is the book’s plot (what is it about)?
•Write at least four sentences to explain what the book is about.
•Write about something that surprised you in the story.

Paragraph 3:
•What is your opinion of the book?
•If you liked the book, what was your favorite part?
•If you didn’t like the book, what didn’t you like about it? Be specific.
•If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be? How would you change it?

4th Grade List
Choose two books from below:

  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (3.9 reading level)
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (4.5 reading level)
  • Blood on the River by Lisa Carbone (5.3 reading level)

For each book read, students should write a three paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
•The title and author
•What is the setting of the story (where and when does it take place)?
•Who are the main characters? Describe any including a physical description (what do they look like) and personality traits (are they friendly, shy, mean). Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
•What is the book’s plot (what is it about)?
•Write at least four sentences to explain what the book is about.
•Write about something that surprised you in the story.

Paragraph 3:
•What is your opinion of the book?
•If you liked the book, what was your favorite part?
•If you didn’t like the book, what didn’t you like about it? Be specific.
•If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be? How would you change it?

5th Grade List
Choose two books from below:

  • Fever, 1793″ by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • “Echo” by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • The Wednesday Wars” by Gary D. Schmidt

For each book read, students should write a three paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
•The title and author
•What is the setting of the story (where and when does it take place)?
•Who are the main characters? Describe any including a physical description (what do they look like) and personality traits (are they friendly, shy, mean). Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
•What is the book’s plot (what is it about)?
•Write at least four sentences to explain what the book is about.
•Write about something that surprised you in the story.

Paragraph 3:
•What is your opinion of the book?
•If you liked the book, what was your favorite part?
•If you didn’t like the book, what didn’t you like about it? Be specific.
•If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be? How would you change it?

Middle School Summer Reading Requirements (ALA students see below)

6th Grade List
Choose two books from below:
•”Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred Taylor
•”Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh” by Robert O’Brien
• “The Door in the Wall” by Marguerite De Angeli (6.2 reading level)

For each book, students should write a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits. Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

Paragraph 3:
What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

Paragraph 4:
What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have your read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book or your personal experiences to back up your statements.

Paragraph 5:
What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not?

7th Grade List
Choose two books from below:
Refugee by Alan Gratz (5.3 reading level) 
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (7.6 reading level)

For each book, students should write a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits. Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

Paragraph 3:
What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

Paragraph 4:
What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have your read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book or your personal experiences to back up your statements.

Paragraph 5:
What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not?

8th Grade List
Choose two books from below:
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin
The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero by Patricia McCormick (7.6 reading level)

For each book, students should write a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits. Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

Paragraph 3:
What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

Paragraph 4:
What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have your read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book or your personal experiences to back up your statements.

Paragraph 5:
What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not?

ALA requirements

6th Grade ALA List
Both are Required Reading:
•”The Reluctant Dragon” by Kenneth Grahame (6.5 reading level)
•”Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred Taylor

For each book, students should write a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits. Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

Paragraph 3:
What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

Paragraph 4:
What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have your read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book or your personal experiences to back up your statements.

Paragraph 5:
What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not?

7th Grade ALA List
Both are Required Reading:
•”Peter Pan” (Unabridged) by J.M. Barrie
•”I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai

For each book, students should write a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits. Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

Paragraph 3:
What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

Paragraph 4:
What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have your read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book or your personal experiences to back up your statements.

Paragraph 5:
What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not?

8th Grade ALA List
Both are Required Reading:
•”The Scarlet Pimpernel” (Unabridged) by Emma B. Orczy
•”The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero” by Patricia
McCormick (7.6 reading level)

For each book, students should write a five paragraph report that will be collected on the first day of school and graded. Each paragraph should contain five to seven sentences, be handwritten, and include the following:

Paragraph 1:
Include the title and author of the book. Describe in detail the setting of the book including the time period in which it takes place. If there is more than one setting, be sure to include all and explain how the setting(s) affects the plot of the novel. Include details to back up your statements.

Paragraph 2:
Describe the main character(s). What part do they play in the plot? Be sure to include details about each character (if more than one)—including physical description and personality traits. Did any of the characters change or surprise you during the novel? If so, how?

Paragraph 3:
What is the conflict (main problem) in the book? Is it solved and if so, how is it solved? Be sure to provide details.

Paragraph 4:
What connections can you make between the setting and characters to other books you have read or personal experiences you have had? For example, have your read another book that took place during the same time period or same place? Did you have an experience that was similar to one of the characters in the book? Explain your answers by using specific examples from the book or your personal experiences to back up your statements.

Paragraph 5:
What is your opinion of the book? Did you find it interesting or boring? Would you recommend it to someone else? Why or why not?

Math Maintenance

We are asking each parent to log the number of minutes their child spends working on either timed math facts or math maintenance.  Just 10-20 minutes a day will help your student keep their skills sharp and make the return to school in the fall much easier.  A simple log that includes the student’s name, dates, and minutes is acceptable. This log should be turned in to their 2017-2018 teacher during the first week of school for documentation. NO grade will be given but, if your child does not turn in a log of his/her math minutes, it will be recorded as such. Some grades have mandatory summer requirements and that is noted below: otherwise assignments are HIGHLY recommended, but not required.  

Below you will find the teacher recommendations for summer math practice; please select according to the grade your child will be entering.

Math Requirements

No required work

http://www.starfall.com/

http://www.coolmath4kids.com/

https://www.ixl.com/math/kindergarten

http://www.sumdog.com

Hundreds Chart – Have your child practice writing their numbers to 100.

Practice reading and writing number words (one, two, three, four…)

Practice Addition Facts up to 10.  (Examples: 1+1=2, 2+1=3, 3+1=4…)

Practice Subtraction (Examples: 1-1=0, 2-1=1, 3-1=2)

Review time on the hour and on the half hour.

Identifying the penny, nickel, dime and quarter and the value of each coin.

Calendar Skills

Summer Math Reinforcement Packet Students Entering into 3rd Grade

 Have your child complete one page (one side), three times a week of the math packet.  Please return this completed packet  in August to his/her third grade teacher.

 

We recommend the following sites:

www.sumdog.com

www.ixl.com

www.turtlediary.com

www.brainpop.com

CA$H OUT – This site is a wonderful way to give students practice with making change.  The site is designed so students can make it easier or harder depending on their level of comfort with this concept.

PBS 3rd Grade Money Game – Students must determine the correct combination of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and  dollars necessary to purchase food items in this interactive game.

The upcoming 6th grade students are required to login into iXL (https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars) and go to the 5th grade math section.  If your child does not remember their iXL login, they should email Mrs. Mendell over the summer to obtain it. The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills.  To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills.  An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Convert between standard and expanded form”), B.4 (“Fill in the Missing Digits”), or J.1 (“Divide by powers of ten”).

For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80.  The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of 95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%.

The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:

Decimals (G)

Adding and Subtracting Decimals (H)

Multiplying Decimals (I)

Dividing Decimals (J)

Fractions and Mixed Numbers (K)

Adding and Subtracting Fractions (L)

Multiplying Fractions (M)

Dividing Fractions (N)

Ratios (Q)

Percents (R)

The assignment is to be completed by August 14, 2019, at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete.  Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a SmartScore of 80.

Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the coming school year.

Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org with any questions. Thank you!

 

The upcoming pre-algebra students are required to login into iXL (https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars) and go to the 6th grade math section.  If your child does not remember their iXL login, they may email Mrs. Mendell over the summer to obtain it. The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills.  To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills.  An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Prime or composite”), B.4 (“absolute value and opposite integers”), or J.1 (“Understanding Ratios”).

For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80.  The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of 95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%.

The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:

Fractions and Mixed Numbers (F)

Operations with Fractions (G)

Ratios, rates, and proportions (J)

Proportional Relationships (K)

Percents (L)

One Variable Equations (S)

Pythagorean Theorm (Y)

The assignment is to be completed by August 14, 2019 at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete.  Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a SmartScore of 80.

Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the coming school year.

Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org with any questions. Thank you!

The upcoming 7th grade students are required to login into iXL (https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars) and go to the 6th grade math section.  If your child does not remember their iXL login, they may email Mrs. Mendell over the summer to obtain it. The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills.  To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills.  An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Place value in whole numbers”), B.4 (“Multiply numbers ending in zeroes”), or K.1 (“Fractions of whole numbers I”).

For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80.  The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of 95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%.

The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:

Fractions and Mixed Numbers (I)

Adding and Subtracting Fractions (J)

Multiplying Fractions (K)

Dividing Fractions (L)

Operations with Integers (N)

Mixed Operations (O)

Ratios and Rates (R)

Percents (S)

The assignment is to be completed by August 14, 2019 at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete.  Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a SmartScore of 80.

Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the coming school year.

Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org with any questions. Thank you!

The upcoming 7th grade students are required to login into iXL (https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars) and go to the 6th grade math section.  If your child does not remember their iXL login, they may email Mrs. Mendell over the summer to obtain it. The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills.  To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills.  An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Place value in whole numbers”), B.4 (“Multiply numbers ending in zeroes”), or K.1 (“Fractions of whole numbers I”).

For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80.  The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of 95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%.

The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:

Fractions and Mixed Numbers (I)

Adding and Subtracting Fractions (J)

Multiplying Fractions (K)

Dividing Fractions (L)

Operations with Integers (N)

Mixed Operations (O)

Ratios and Rates (R)

Percents (S)

The assignment is to be completed by August 14, 2019 at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete.  Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a SmartScore of 80.

Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the coming school year.

Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org with any questions. Thank you!

The upcoming algebra students are required to login into iXL (https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars) and go to the 8th grade math section.  If your child does not remember their iXL login, they may email Mrs. Mendell over the summer to obtain it.  The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills.  To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills.  An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Factors”), B.4 (“Compare and order integers”), or J.10 (“Percent of change”).

For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80.  The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of 95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%.

The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:

Operations with Integers (C)

Exponents and Square Roots (F)

Scientific Notation (G)

Pythagorean Theorem (R)

One-Variable Equations (W)

One-Variable Inequalities (X)

Linear Equations (Y)

Monomial and Polynomials (BB)

The assignment is to be completed by August 14, 2019 at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete.  Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a SmartScore of 80.

Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the coming school year.

Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org with any questions. Thank you!

 

The upcoming pre-algebra students are required to login into iXL (https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars) and go to the 7th grade math section.  If your child does not remember their iXL login, they may email Mrs. Mendell over the summer to obtain it. The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills.  To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills.  An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Prime or composite”), B.4 (“absolute value and opposite integers”), or J.1 (“Understanding Ratios”).

For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80.  The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of 95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%.

The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:

Fractions and Mixed Numbers (F)

Operations with Fractions (G)

Ratios, rates, and proportions (J)

Proportional Relationships (K)

Percents (L)

One Variable Equations (S)

Pythagorean Theorm (Y)

The assignment is to be completed by August 14, 2019 at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete.  Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a SmartScore of 80.

Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the coming school year.

Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org with any questions. Thank you!

The upcoming algebra students are required to login into iXL (https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars) and go to the 8th grade math section.  If your child does not remember their iXL login, they may email Mrs. Mendell over the summer to obtain it.  The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills.  To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills.  An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Factors”), B.4 (“Compare and order integers”), or J.10 (“Percent of change”).

For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80.  The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of 95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%.

The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:

Operations with Integers (C)

Exponents and Square Roots (F)

Scientific Notation (G)

Pythagorean Theorem (R)

One-Variable Equations (W)

One-Variable Inequalities (X)

Linear Equations (Y)

Monomial and Polynomials (BB)

The assignment is to be completed by August 14, 2019 at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete.  Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a SmartScore of 80.

Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the coming school year.

Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org with any questions. Thank you!

The upcoming geometry students are required to login into iXL (https://www.ixl.com/signin/aquinastars)  and go to the algebra section. If your child does not remember their iXL login, they may email Mrs. Mendell over the summer to obtain it. The students are required to complete a minimum of 15 skills.  To receive a maximum grade in their math class, they must complete at least 30 or more skills.  An example of a skill would be A.1 (“Compare and order rational numbers”), B.4 (“Add and subtract rational numbers”), or J.4 (“Solve two-step linear equations”).

For each skill, they must earn a SmartScore of at least 80.  The grading will be as follows: complete a minimum of 15 skills to receive a test grade of 85% in their math class. If they want to earn a better grade, they may complete 20 skills for a score of 90%, 25 skills for a score of 95%, and at least 30 skills to earn a test grade of 100%.

The students make pick any 15 skills they would like to review but here are a few topics that can always use some work:

Operations (B)

Solve Equations (J)

Single Variable Inequalities (K)

Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities (L)

Linear Functions (S)

Linear Inequalities (T)

System of Linear Equations (U)

Exponents (V)

Factoring (AA)

The assignment is to be completed by August 14, 2019 at which time I will run an analytic report to make sure the assignment is complete.  Each student’s grade will be determined by the percentage of work completed. Students should work within each objective indicated to a SmartScore of 80.

Only work completed over the summer will count toward this assignment’s grade. Please know that IXL assignments are not optional. These assignments will affect your child’s grade in the coming school year.

Please contact Mrs. Mendell at jmendell@aquinastars.org with any questions. Thank you!