Summer Extension Activities
- English Language Arts
- Health/Physical Education
- Performing Arts
- Social Studies
- Visual Arts
- World Languages/ESL
The Cotter Schools curriculum generally includes the following selections:
7th grade - The Giver, The Outsiders
8th grade - The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas, Enders Game
9th grade - Romeo and Juliet, Of Mice and Men, Night, Lord of the Flies
10th grade - To Kill A Mockingbird, Glass Castle, a selection of dystopian novels
11th grade - Into the Wild, The Great Gatsby, A Raisen in the Sun, Fahrenheit 451
12th grade - The Things They Carried, The Catcher in the Rye, Macbeth, Maus 1 & 2
We recommend students read other selections during the summer. These lists recommend additional texts appropriate for high school and junior high students.
Goodreads - High School Reading List
Edutopia - 20 Indispensible High School Reads
We Are Teachers - 11 Great Book lists for High School Students (by topic)
Scholastic - 14 Top Picks for Middle-Schoolers
Johnson Co Library - Classics for Middle Schoolers
Concert Band Listening Playlist: https://www.youtube.
Jazz Band Listening Playlist: https://www.youtube.
Practice Log Material: https://www.
Smartmusic Access through June 30: Class code is UKUJ3-2LCKR.
Mr. Meuer's Google Classroom will remain open for music access all summer
2020 Reading Lists: For entering the next grade level
Entering Jr high:
- The Hate U Give
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- Ghost Boys
- Teens Guide to
Entering 9th Grade
- The Bible, Old Testament stories
- All American Boy
- The Hate U Give
Entering 10th Grade:
- Gospels and Acts of Apostles
- All American Boy
Entering 11th Grade:
- Just Mercy
- Heaven is for Real
- The Shack
- 5 People You Meet in Heaven
- Narnia Tales
- Nickel Boys
- Three Cups of Tea
FILMS: Mercy, Dark Waters, Spotlight, BlacKKKlansman, The Hate U Give, 13th, When They See Us, Central Park Five, Til We’re Free, Hidden Figures (book, too), Selma, Milk, Blank Panther, Into the Spiderverse, Hamilton, The Mission
Entering 12th Grade:
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
- World Religions Podcast from Eastern Michigan University
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL GRADES:
- Prayer/Faithbased Reflections:
- Daily email - Blessed Is She
- YouTube videos on various topics - Ascension Presents
Things to do:
Keep a prayer journal - list those who you want to pray for
Learn to knit or crochet, then make a prayer scarf for someone in need
Help others in need through summer service: Click here to see a comprehensive list.
Prayer and Faithbased podcasts:
The Examen with Fr. James Martin, SJ
- Your Daily Prayer Podcast (ibelieve.com)
- Do Something Beautiful by Leah Darrow
- Word on Fire by Bishop Robert Barron
- "Woah, That’s Good” by Sadie Robertson -STUDENT RECOMMENDATION
- Go to a shrine somewhere (LaCrosse has one)
- Go outside and play - pray - reflect
- A labyrinth (LaCrosse, Kinstone, others…)
- Reflection & Sharing on the Readings of the Day everyday at 2pm on Father James Martin’s Facebook page
Faith-Based People to Follow on Social Media:
- Facebook: Fr. James Martin, SJ, Catholic Priest and Speaker
- Instagram: Leah Darrow, Motivational Speaker (@leah.darrow)
- Instagram: Women of Faith (@womenoffaith)
- Instagram: Paul J, Kim, Catholic Youth speaker (@heypjk)
- Instagram: Katie Prejean McGrady, Catholic youth speaker
- Instagram: @brittanyleighball -STUDENT RECOMMENDATION
- Instagram: @BlessedIsShe
Groups to read/watch:
- Catholic Relief Services - https://www.crs.org/
- MCC - https://www.mncatholic.org/
- America Magazine - https://www.americamagazine.org/
All Dynamic Catholic/Matthew Kelly books
It is summer and a great time to be outside and staying at safe distances from your friends. Here is a short list of summer ideas for you to do.
- Grow a cucumber in a bottle (makes a fun present for someone)
- Start an herb garden. These can be grown in containers of in small or large areas of dirt. The herbs can be dried and make great presents or taste awesome in your meals.
- Engage the help of a parent or older sibling and build some fun outdoor furniture.
- Build your own kite. There are lots of websites out there for making cool kites, just be careful where you fly them.
- Learn to make and throw a boomerang. There are lots of ways to make boomerangs and they are really fun to play with and learn about. Here are a couple sites to help but check out others too - there are lots!
- Backyard/nature photography. You will really see the beauty around you when you start doing photography. You don’t even need a fancy camera as most phones have decent ones. Look around, find different angles, do some wildlife watching. It is tons of fun!