Drum Roll! 2017 -2018 School Year Is Almost Here

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

It’s promising to be the best one yet!!


  • Parents’ OrientationAugust 30th, 6PM-8PM
  • Students’ Orientation (High School Only) – September 5th
    • 9th Grade – 12 PM – 1 PM
    • 10th Grade – 1 PM – 2 PM
    • 11th Grade –  2 PM – 3 PM
    • 12th Grade – 3 PM – 4 PM
  • First Day of SchoolSeptember 6th, 8:20 AM

REMINDER – Summer Assignments are due first day of school

Vocab Competition 17-18

Hey all,

This year Sinai Academy will participate in the Vocabulary.com Vocabulary Bowl.

If you’d like to put Sinai on the map early in the game, we encourage you to set up an account and start playing the word game right now. Especially if you’re studying for the SAT anyway, the Vocabulary.com system is a great way to build your vocabulary.

When signing up, join this class: http://vocab.com/join/3AAXJ2Q

So go for it!

Summer Assignments ELA – Incoming 9th grade

1) Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian physician, playwright, and short story writer. The misery of his early years gave him a deep empathy with the suffering of others. Even in translation, his works are masterpieces of nuance and the complexities of the human condition.

Read his short story “A Problem” at www.eldritchpress.org/ac/jr/136.htm.
Answer the following questions:
1) To which social class do the Uskovs belong? How do you know?
2)  Give 1 example of the tension between appearance and reality in this story.
3) Why do the Uskovs not send all their servants away for the day?
4) Why are the women excluded from the family meeting, and pretend they know nothing about the problem?
5) One uncle pleads on behalf of Sasha that he was orphaned early, received practically no education, and was left “without guidance and good, benevolent influences”. Whom does this speech unintentionally indict?
6) Using evidence from the text, support, reject, or qualify the idea that 1 theme in this story is the limit of compassion and forgiveness.
7) What does Ivan Markovitch’s use of flattery, the memory of his dead sister, and philosophy tell us about the merits of his argument?
8) Explain how there are no completely good or completely bad characters in this story.
9) What might Sasha symbolize?
10) “Tone” in literature refers to the author’s attitude toward the subject. Describe Chekhov’s tone in this story. Explain your choice.
2) Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was one of the major English Romantic poets (and the husband of Mary Shelley, who wrote “Frankenstein”). He was a political and social radical. Although he was not famous during his life, his works influenced subsequent generations of writers and thinkers, such as Tolstoy, Marx, and Gandhi.
Shelley and his friend, the poet and novelist Horace Smith, had read of a colossal statue of Rameses II (“Ozymandias” in Greek). They competed in writing a poem about it. Shelley’s was published first, in 1818, and Smith’s a month later in the same magazine.
Read Shelley’s poem at www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46565/ozymandias.
Listen to “Vincent Price Reading Ozymandias” (youtube).
Read Smith’s poem at www.poemhunter.com/poem/ozymandias-2/.
(Note: Avoid the youtube discussions of Shelley’s poem. They are simplistic and ill-informed.)
Answer these questions on Shelley’s poem:
1) Name the 4 speakers.
2) Define “hubris” and relate it to the poem.
3) What is “wrong” with the inscription on the pedestal?
4) Using evidence from the text, name 5 things that Ozymandias could not, ironically, command or control.
5) An overarching theme in the poem is temporality (issues of time). How does Shelley play with notions of past, present, and future in “Ozymandias”?
6) Which version of “Ozymandias” do you prefer? Why?

Summer Assignments ELA – Incoming 12th Grade


Summer Assignments ELA – Incoming 11th Grade

Summer Assignments ELA – Incoming 10th Grade

  • Read Antigone by Sophocles (including the explanatory notes) from this site.
    • In an essay, compare and contrast the moral complexities in Antigone with those of any other book we read in 9th grade. Support your essay with specific quotes from the play.
  • Read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by R. Skloot. You can borrow the book from school or your local library or purchase a copy of your own. (Note: watching the movie is not a substitute for reading the book.)
    •  In an essay, using specific references from the book, agree with, disagree with, or qualify the following assertions: In the setting of the book, Baltimore and Johns Hopkins had de jure segregation. Some critics have pointed out, however, that greed and sexism were larger factors than racism in how Lacks and her family were treated. In other words, according to these critics, a poor white person would have been treated the same way, and the general public, especially women, faced significant barriers in dealing with the patriarchal medical establishment. Support your essay with specific quotes from the book.

10th grade hw due 6/2 for absentees 5/26

You have the article.

You need to summarize the article (major details only). You have to write a paragraph relating it to Frankenstein, and a paragraph in reaction to the article.

Make sure to see me in Room 4 before 12:15 this Friday.

Ms. Phillips hw for 5/19 and 5/22 and 5/26

12th grade- read pp 129-148.

9th grade- for tomorrow: make a list of conflicts that occur in Acts I and II because of the characters’ roles.

– for Friday 5/26: read through the whistleblower handout. Select a person to write a short essay on and give a class presentation on. You will be addressing these points: 1) short bio 2) why was this whistleblowing incident important? 3) what was controversial about it? 4) what were the immediate and long-term consequences? 5) why did you choose this person?  On Mon. I will ask you whom you have selected.

11th grade- continue to work on the Regents essay.

AP Psych.- continue to review for the final.

10th grade- read chapters 12 and 13. Prepare for test Mon. on chapters 1-11 (not open book). Review your notes on The Scarlet Letter. We will review that book Mon.