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Addendum to Summer Reading for Honors English and AP English Courses, 2020-2021

In addition to BookSmart Day, students taking the following courses should read the following books over the summer and be prepared to discuss and write about them…


AP English Literature*

Oresteia, Aeschylus

Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Eugene O’Neill

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

*Along with the reading of these works, a summer assignment is required, due on the first day of school. There is a mandatory meeting in June to clarify expectations for this assignment. 


Honors World Literature

The Life of Pi, Yann Martel


Honors English, Grade 11

My Antonia, Willa Cather


Honors English, Grade 10

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley 

(1818 edition is preferable to the 1831 edition)


Honors English, Grade 9

CHOICE: A Separate Peace, John Knowles, OR A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

Georgetown Schools Reopening Plan COVID 19 Update.

Hello Georgetown Community friends,

I hope you and your family are staying well and enjoying life in these crazy COVID times. I know many people are enjoying vacation and hopefully you are all using the safety guidelines to keep yourselves and others safe. It is so difficult to remember that there is global pandemic going on when things seem so normal. Thankfully in Massachusetts the transmission rates remain low and this phased in plan for reopening continues to show positive results. We are in regular contact with the Board of Heath and following the local statistics to help us determine the best course of action when it comes to reopening schools in the fall.

As you may know, the state, through the Governor’s and the Education Commissioner’s Offices, are encouraging schools to return in person for as many students as possible in the fall using the low metrics in MA , the research on the positive effects of having students in school and the advice of some of the best medical experts in the field of pediatrics and infectious disease that are saying it is safe to return to school with health and safety guidelines in place.

This week, an initial draft of a plan that includes three scenarios is due to the Department of Elementary and Secondary for review. The Georgetown School Committee will be receiving a presentation from me tomorrow night July 30 at 6:30 via zoom regarding the specifics of those plans and the recommendation we are making, outlined in the Reopening Schools Plan Fall 2020, which is being also being made available to the staff and community today. While there is no limit to the number of people who can tune in on zoom, the opportunities to ask questions will be limited to the public comment in the chat. I also want to let you know that this meeting will be recorded and will also be available for review on GCTV Community Access television. I will also be posting slides with important information following the meeting.

Following the meeting, I will be hosting a number of meetings where community and staff can come and ask questions. These are posted below and will be on zoom. Links will be provided and posted on the district website and the district’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Here are the dates and times for these meetings and I hope if you have questions one of these sessions will work for you.
Tuesday, August 4 @ 12:00-1:00 PM GMHS Faculty & Staff; 2:00-3:00 PM Penn Brook Faculty & Staff
Tuesday, August 4 @ 6:30-7:30PM – Parents and Community
Wednesday, August 5 @ 10:00-11:00 AM and 6:30-7:30 PM – Penn Brook Plan
Thursday, August 6 @ 10:00-11:00 AM and 6:30-7:30 PM – Middle High School Plan
Monday, August 10 @ 12:00-1:00 PM GMHS Faculty & Staff; 2:00-3:00 PM Penn Brook Faculty & Staff
Monday, August 10@ 10:00-11:00 AM and 6:30-7:30 PM– Parents and Community
Tuesday, August 11@ 6:30-7:30 – Special Education

I am also in the process of scheduling a few sessions for parents with health experts from our region who are working with us to keep the medical aspects of our plan current and to help us understand the health and safety risks. These dates are currently being scheduled but watch for them. I know when I meet with them I feel more confident in our decision to reopen school with this more cautious approach and continue to work toward returning to full in person school if and when it is safe to do so while we see what this virus does next. We have to learn to live with this virus because even with the progress toward a vaccine, experts are saying that this could be around for a couple of years. Working on a safe and gradual return with clear guidelines and safety protocols in place will give us the chance to ease into this “new normal” that we may be dealing with for some time.

This plan is a work in progress and will change as we get more information and make more decisions on the specifics about how this plan will be operationalized. We are working to answer close to 100 questions and each one has up to ten logistics to figure out. It is a daunting task but one that is important if we are going to bring students and staff back into the safest environment possible so the magic of teaching and learning can happen. There is a lot of information in this plan. I have tried to include as much backup as I thought you might need to understand the plan and feel comfortable making the best decision for your child and family knowing how things will work. I will continue to post updates and share information and you should feel comfortable sending emails directly to me at

I know these are scary and uncertain times. Together we will get through this and I am confident in our leadership team, faculty and staff and teams of experts to make this plan not only work but work well. The safety of our staff , students and families while providing the best education possible will be our goal and I look forward to working with all of you. Please stay well!

Here is the reopening plan for Georgetown Public Schools. You can find it HERE.

Bus Registrations

Bus Invitations will be emailed on Thursday and Friday (July 30, 31). The window is only one week, and registrations are due Friday, August 7. Details will be in the email to all families with students eligible for transportation. It’s common for the email to go to the junk or spam folder, so if you’re expecting an email, please look there. The subject will include the term 2020-2021 Bus Registration. If you know an eligible family who may not monitor this page, please let help them meet the deadline by alerting them to look for the email.

The pandemic has been a difficult time for us all, but one GMHS soccer player has made the most of it.

AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus

UPDATE – APRIL 6 , 2020.  The College Board is recommending that students have the option to not take the the AP exams this year. Our surrounding districts are honoring College Board’s request and we are doing the same. If students paid for the exam they will be reimbursed. 


The health and safety of educators and students are the AP® Program’s highest priorities. As schools and communities navigate the challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we’ll support AP students with free, optional remote learning and at-home AP testing. These options will give students the opportunity to earn the college credit and placement they’ve been working toward all year.

The AP Program will invest heavily in solutions that are designed to be as simple and lightweight as possible for both students and teachers—without creating additional burdens for school leaders during this time.

AP Exam Administration
Students remain eager to take AP Exams and have a chance to earn credit and placement. We surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity.
The AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:

• For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
• Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates.
• AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
• Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they’ve worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
• Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
• We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we’ll invest so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach us directly to let us know.
• The exam questions are designed in ways that prevent cheating. We use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams. Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam isn’t new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone™ courses.

We’ll continue to support students with free resources through exam day. And while we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.
Information about the reduced scope of content that will be covered on each 2020 AP Exam is currently posted on AP Central®. The specific test dates and the free-response question types will all be posted by April 3. We’ll also unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.

Daily Online Review AP Classes
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. These mobile-friendly classes are:
• Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.
• Recorded and will be available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
• Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction. We know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible.

The schedule will be posted online today.

Get AP Updates

As we have additional information and resources, we’ll update this webpage and share updates by email, the online AP communities, and our social media channels.
We appreciate your partnership and all you’re doing on behalf of your students.


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