Summer Resources for the GSMST Class of 2024
We are excited about welcoming our entering freshman class to the first day of school on August 12, 2020. Since our SSE was delayed from June 8-11 to July 20-23 and continued health concerns have resulted in another change, the following details should help families prepare:
- The task(s) listed below and named "Summer Assignment" should be completed by each student as soon as possible.
- Families were sent an email* on 7/9/20 which provided a first update about this plan.
- The task(s) listed below and named "Replacement Work" should be completed by each student the week of July 20-23 in lieu of an in-person SSE.
- Families will be sent an email* on 7/16/20 which provides a second update about this plan.
* These emails were sent using the GCPS School Messenger system so parents and students who did not receive these emails should check their spam/junk folder. If you have ever "unsubscribed" from these within GCPS, please call the school (678-518-6700) and let us know so we can have your settings restored manually.
Language Arts | Summer Assignment
As you prepare to join us, over the summer we ask that you read at least one book of your choice (we’d love it if you read many more!). Choose either a fiction or nonfiction book. Choose something that interests you. Choose something you’ve always wanted to read. Choose something new to you. Perhaps you’ll even choose to step outside of your comfort zone.
If you haven’t read for pleasure recently, we hope your summer reading helps you fall in love with reading again. If you need ideas, here's a link to a spreadsheet of books our rising 10th graders read this year and recommend. As well, ask your local librarian, relatives, and friends for suggestions. We hope you enjoy the freedom of choice in your summer reading assignment as it will be an integral part of the 9th Language Arts experience. We look forward to working with you!
Language Arts | Summer STEM Replacement Work
To prepare for 9th grade Language Arts and the reading expectations we have, please read a variety of texts, either online, in print, or both. Read without distraction >> if you are on a device, set it so you don't get any notifications for at least 20 minutes, which is the minimum we ask you to read each day until school begins on 8/12.
You may choose to read news articles, novels, nonfiction books, online magazine articles, website articles -- but read a variety of resources, and not just the things you normally read. For example, if you always read articles about the latest gadgets and games, try reading a science article in The New York Times science section. Please do this to (a) broaden your horizons, (b) improve your reading fluency (how quickly and easily you can read), (c) improve your vocabulary (look up unfamiliar words!), (d) increase your reading stamina (the amount of time you can focus without distraction).
PhysEng | Summer Assignment
All students enrolled in GSMST’s Physics & Engineering class (PhysEng) in the upcoming year are
required to complete the following worksheets before the first day of class on Wednesday,
August 5th 2020. This summer assignment will be the first grade in the grade book and students
should be prepared for a quiz over the material. The worksheets include:
- Math Manipulations
- Scientific Notation
- Graphing Practice
These worksheets are representative of skills that students will need to be proficient in before
coming into the first day of class in GSMST PhysEng.
In addition, the following supplies will be required for the PhysEng class:
- 1 graph paper ruled composition notebook
- 1 scientific calculator (calculator must be able to handle basic trig functions)
- 1 whiteboard marker and eraser
We can’t wait to see you in Physics & Engineering next year!
PhysEng Worksheets (PDF)
Chemistry | Summer Assignment
Students will use a game-like PhET Interactive Simulation to help them reach their learning goals. The PhET
Interactive Simulations project was founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Weiman at the University of