Elementary Summer Scholars (recommended)
Please support your child in striving to become an Upper Darby Summer Scholar.
To be honored as a Summer Scholar, your child must complete and return some of the activities for their specified grade level. An adult signature is required on some of the documents and all completed documents are due on or before September 9, 2016.
We are confident that participation in these summer learning activities will help prevent major “vacation regression” and will provide opportunities for individual as well as family fun. Thank you in advance for your support.
For all grade levels:
- Read daily (at least 15 minutes) and log your reading on the Summer Book Log. An adult must initial each recorded book. Use the summer reading list included in the summer scholar packet for good book ideas.
- Select a favorite fiction and non-fiction book and complete the graphic organizer and summary included in the summer material. Be prepared to participate fully in a classroom book group discussion about your two books. You may use your organizer and summary to help you prepare for the discussion, but you must be able to talk about the details of the books in your own words.
- Review both Summer Scholar Activity Boards for the grade level you will be entering. Select at least 20 activities (two for each week of summer vacation) that you will complete. Have a grown-up initial each box you complete on the Activity Board.
- Practice skills needed for math next year by working on mini lessons and additional practice in the back of your Standards Practice textbook titled “Getting Ready”. These math sheets will not be collected in September. They are for additional practice.
- Become fluent (memorize) in your grade level math facts. You can continue to access First in Math using your username and password until August 15, 2016. Students entering grades 2-5 will be required to take a 1.5 timed test when returning in September.
- Students Entering Kindergarten - Summer Scholars Packet
- Students Entering First Grade - Summer Scholar Packet
- Students Entering Second Grade - Summer Scholar Packet
- Students Entering Third Grade - Summer Scholar Packet
- Students Entering Fourth Grade - Summer Scholar Packet
- Students Entering Fifth Grade - Summer Scholar Packet
High School Summer Assignments (required)
Summer work will be required only of students scheduled for certain courses for the 2016-2017 academic year. The work for these classes is expected to be done by the start of the school year, unless you have been told otherwise by the teacher of the course. Please note that you will be held accountable for completing all summer assignments and not completing the work will negatively impact your grade. You will not be permitted to drop the course as a result of not completing the summer assignments.
The courses that require summer work are:
- All 9th grade English courses
- All Honors and Advanced Placement English courses grades 10-12
- Accelerated Algebra 1B
- Honors and Accelerated Geometry
- Honors and Accelerated Algebra II
- Honors and Accelerated Pre Calculus
- Advanced Placement Statistics (coming soon)
- Advanced Placement United States History
- Advanced Placement Biology (coming soon)
- Advanced Placement Chemistry
- Advanced Placement Physics
- Advanced Placement French (coming soon)
- Advanced Placement Spanish (coming soon)
Optional Reading Guide
Middle School Reading (required)
Students entering sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in Upper Darby School District are given an opportunity to choose from a large selection of books for their summer reading enjoyment. This list includes current, classic, and international books. Students should select one book from the International List and one book from the General Reading List. After the students have completed their reading, they should follow the directions listed for each grade level, completing either the Dear New Friend letter for students entering sixth grade or The Plot Thickens! organizer for those students entering seventh or eighth grades.
Students are encouraged to choose wisely. They should try to select books that will interest them and books that will keep them involved with the characters and their lives. Most of the books can be accessed from our local libraries and bookstores. Online versions of many books are available on E-readers -Nook, Kindle, IPad, etc. Complete instructions and the complete International and General Reading Lists, along with short descriptions of all books on those lists, can be found by clicking on the link below. If you are unable to download and print from the website, some hard copies will be available in your school’s office and will be sent home upon request.
* Please be aware that some of the books on the list contain more mature subject matter and may not be suitable for all children. Parents are encouraged to help their children choose books from the suggested list that they feel are best suited for their children.
* Upper Darby would like to acknowledge the Shipley School for their contributions to our summer reading lists.