Middle Years Program (MYP) Summer Assignments

  • English: Summer Reading 

    TJHS freshmen and sophomores will undertake the Slay the Slide Summer Reading Challenge for Secondary Students in partnership with Richmond Public Schools and the Richmond Public Library.  Each week a new challenge is issued on Monday. Log in to Slaytheslide.com and complete each week’s challenge and take the short survey to document your progress.  The complete list of challenges is also available on the website. If you can’t do them all, at least complete five.  There is something for everyone in the list of challenges.  Summer reading should be fun, engaging, and contain an element of choice. The Slay the Slide challenge allows for all of these.  You may choose your own books or choose from the list recommended for secondary students. 9th Grade students must choose one science fiction book to prepare for the first unit in September! Most importantly, read every day and Slay the Slide!


    Visual Art: Gallery Visits (for students taking Visual Art)

    Students taking visual art classes in 9th and 10th grade are required to complete a gallery visit during the summer. This assignment will be graded on your ability to thoughtfully compose each of the necessary components: 2 photos, label information, and each of the 4 sections of the criticism activity carefully written. This assignment is due by the end of the first month of school.

    Download the assignment document below for detailed instructions. NOTE: the due date in the document is incorrect. This assignment will be due at the end of the first month.

    Visual Art Student Summer Assignment


    Sciences: Reading

    (Biology - grade 9) Double Helix by James Watson.

    --Available at Richmond Public Library (7 copies available at Main Library, East End, Hull Street, Westover Hills, and Broad Rock)

    (Chemistry - Grade 10) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    --Available at Richmond Public Library (8 copies available at Main Library, East End, Ginter Park, North Avenue, West End, and Broad Rock)


    Social Studies: World History II Geography packet (MYP students in grade 9)

    Complete the geography preparatory materials contained in the document linked below

    World History II Summer Geography Assignments


    Academic Health (All MYP students in grades 9 & 10)

    Watch the preview video and any (or all) of the Crash Course Study Skills videos below.  Then write a brief 200-250 word essay on which three strategies you will use this upcoming academic year.  Focus your essay response on why you feel a need to use the strategy and how you think each one of your three choices will help you reach your academic goals. Use your best writing skills and include an introduction, body and conclusion to your essay.

    This assignment is due to your Health & PE teacher by Friday, September 21, 2018.  (Completion Grade)

    Crash Course Study Skills Preview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhuwS5ZLwKY
    Taking Notes: Crash Course Study Skills #1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7CwqNHn_Ns
    Reading Assignments: Crash Course Study Skills #2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAIUkjsZ5xQ
    Memory: Crash Course Study Skills #3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZbdK9e9bxs
    Planning and Organization: Crash Course Study Skills #4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AKAuRby7n8
    Focus & Concentration: Crash Course Study Skills #5  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtNcAJRf3bE1IJU6nMfHj86W
    Procrastination: Crash Course Study Skills #6  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2y_SLOvOvw
    Studying for Exams: Crash Course Study Skills # 7  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLhwdITTrfE
    Test Anxiety: Crash Course Study Skills #8  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-9cqaRJMP4
    Papers and Essays: Crash Course Study Skills #9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlgR1q3UQZE
    Exercise: Crash Course Study Skills #10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQONLdb1gow