Summer Assignments

All-School Summer Reading

As a school community, we will be reading The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi. All students are required to read this book. The story of Welles Crowther is one many of our students and parents may have come across on ESPN. It is the story of 9/11 through the perspective of a young man and the impact he had on that day. The book offers insight and perspective on meaningful themes such as courage, one's calling, and character that are interwoven throughout the CM curriculum.

Your son and the larger community will be delving more deeply into these themes and this story throughout the 2019-20 academic year through a variety of class, school, and community events. We encourage parents to read along with their sons and experience the impact the story can have first hand. 
*Some of the descriptions and depictions of the events are mature, but we believe to be age appropriate for all of our students.

Additional Reading Assignments

List of 9 items.

  • Grade 9

    A Season of Life by Jeffrey Marx (Theology)
  • Grade 10

    No additional reading.
  • Grade 11

    Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Fr. Gregory Boyle (Theology)
  • Grade 12

    Doing the Truth in Love*, Chp. 9 by (Theology)

    *This was a junior year text.
  • AP Comparative Politics and Government

    The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad by Fareed Zakaria
  • AP English

    Billy Budd by Herman Melville
  • AP European History

    The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

    *Students should also complete the packet below.
  • AP Spanish

    Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes (ISBN 978-88-530-0926-5)
  • AP US History

    Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

    *Students should also complete the packet below.
Statistics I and II do not have a summer math packet.

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Catholic Memorial, the Christian Brothers School of Boston, prepares boys for college, manhood and a world full of unknown challenges, ambiguity and complex problems and the importance of relationships.


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West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132
Phone: 617-469-8000
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