Summer Work & Shopping at U

UHSA Summer Information

You will find Summer Assignments and Shopping Lists Here. Please click the appropriate link for more information.

Summer Assignments

Michigan TravelSummer assignments are typically designed to do one of two things: Review and stay fresh on content already learned, or to preview content coming up in the new year. Some of these assignments are specifically targeted to fill some gaps that have been observed by teachers as students enter these courses.

Please note that there is a separate page for U English summer work. 

Summer Reading Work

Math Summer Work (pages 14-16)

AP US History Work

Shopping Lists

School SuppliesPlease note that these lists are meant to be a help to you as things go on sale. The goal is to help consolidate trips to the store and take advantage of sales when you can. These lists are NOT necessarily exhaustive. Since there will be some shifting of teachers from school to school, and scheduling changes, please understand that these are our best estimate of what is needed. There may still be some detail items when your students meet their teachers. Thank you for your flexibility.

Remember this fall starts a different school year. Materials that were previously shared, highlighters, markers, erasers, calculators, etc will probably not be shared. Students will need to be more self-sufficient. 

 Grades 6-8 Core Classes Supplies Here
(*Algebra 1, please see Mathematics below.)


  • Sketchbook (ideal size 9"x12", not larger than regular backpack for carrying)
  • Graphite Drawing Pencils (not mechanical).
  • Kneaded Eraser.
  • Art Pencil Sharpener.
  • Ruler.
  • Watercolor or Acrylic Paint Set.
  • Paint Brushes.
  • Watercolor Paper Pad or Canvas Pad.

AP Art History

  • 2 packs of 5x8 Index Cards 
  • Optional--Container for Index Cards
  • 1 pack Medium Rubber Bands
  • Glue Stick or Rubber Cement
  • 1 Composition Notebook 

Biology (Pre-AP)

  • Composition notebook
  • 3-Ring Binder 1” to 2”
  • Dividers
  • Paper-loose leaf
  • 1 Pack of color pencils 
  • Highlighters assorted colors
  • Calculator (Scientific or Graphing)
  • Pencils and pens(blue or black)
  • 4 Pack dry erase markers assorted colors (big ones)

AP Biology

  • Box of color pencils
  • 3-ring binder- size 1 inch or larger
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • 1 pack of 4 dry-erase-expo-markers
  • Highlighters of various colors
  • Writing utensils-(pencils, blue or black pens)
  • 5-Subject Spiral Notebook

Chemistry and AP Chemistry

  • 3-Ring Binder (at least 1.5 inch)
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • Calculator (Scientific or Graphing)
  • Pens (blue or black)
  • #2 Pencils
  • 4 - pack of Expo Dry Erase Markers  (Full sized Chisel Tip)
  • Electronic Device (tablet/phone/laptop/Chromebook)

Computer Science Classes

  • Chromebook or Laptop Computer
  • 2-Pocket Folder

English (9-12)

  • 3-subject Spiral for AP Lit
  • Loose leaf paper (college ruled)
  • Writing Utensils (pencils, pens and highlighters)
  • Electronic Device (tablet/phone/laptop/Chromebook)

History: AP US 

  • 1 "Five-Star" 3 Subject Notebook College Ruled or 3inch binder with paper (This should not be shared with other classes.)
  • Multiple pens and pencils (and maybe a pouch to keep them).
  • Highlighter (at least 3 colors)
  • Sticky notes

History: US(non-AP) & World (Both AP and non-AP)

  • Three-ring binder for all US History & World History classes (2½-3 inch for AP)
  • This should not be shared with other classes.
  • Loose leaf paper (college ruled, not spiraled)
  • Four dividers
  • Multiple pens and pencils (and maybe a pouch to keep them).
  • Highlighter (at least 3 colors)
  • Sticky notes
  • Pack of Note cards (World History may want two packs)

Human Anatomy and Physiology

  • Colored Pencils (12)
  • Pencils (if you prefer pens, also add white-out to your list)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • 3 ring binder (1½ -inch to 2-inch)
  • 8 binder tabs
  • Loose leaf paper (college ruled)
  • Many students will want several packs of index cards for vocabulary review and practice (optional)

Mathematics: PreAP Algebra 1, PreAP Geometry, PreAP Algebra 2, PreCalculus, Statistics, and AP Calculus  (Grades 8-12)

  • Notebook*: Spiral. About 180 pages (or larger) for Math only. You can use a binder instead if you would like with filler paper (about 1 1/2 inch or more).
  • Graphing Calculator** (in lieu of class set): TI-84 preferred for grades 8-12. NumWorks is also acceptable. Avoid the yellow TI-84s: These are school property only.
    TI-89 & TI-nSpire CAS are ONLY acceptable for AP Calculus and AP Statistics. See note below.
  • Pencils: Lots of them (and a sharpener).
  • Highlighters
  • Graph paper: either a spiral of graph paper or a packet for your binder. 
  • Pocket folder (or two--they wear out).

Physical Education

  • T-shirt, sweatshirt
  • Athletic shorts, sweatpants
  • Tennis shoes, socks
  • Combination lock

Physics (and AP Physics)

  • Three-ring binder for Physics only (1 inch or more)
  • Loose leaf paper (college ruled)
  • Composition Graph Paper Notebook
  • Ruler, Protractor
  • Pencils
  • Calculator**: TI-84Plus (or similar). No TI-89 or TI-nSpire CAS

Science: 8th Grade

  • Graph ruled notebook 
    (Can be purchased through Ms Barrett for $2. Normally $2.49+ in stores.)
  • Colored pencils
  • Mechanical pencils and extra lead
  • Scientific Calculator (now available at Dollar Tree) Please do not spend more than $15 for one. (This will also be OK for your math class this year.)
  • 1 Box Tissue
  • Roll of scotch tape for at home, and a roll for at school
  • Graph paper for at home
  • Ruler for at home
  • Glue stick for at home
  • Pencil box/case
  • Second Semester there may be additional supplies for the Physics Carnival (Details later)

Spanish (1-4)

  • Three-ring binder for Spanish only (2 inch or more)
  • Loose leaf paper (college ruled)
  • Ink pens (blue or black ink only)
  • Pencils
  • Highlighter
  • Pocket Folder for Spanish Only

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**TI-84plus, or TI-84ce is what is used most in class by the teacher. Any TI-84plus, TI-83plus, TI-nSpire, Casio, HP, or similar is fine. NumWorks is a new platform that some of us are trying. This would be acceptable also.
No calculator with CAS is allowed except for AP Calculus and AP Statistics. CAS calculators are allowed for AP Calc and Stat but NOT required, expected, or even recommended.  (TI-89, TI-nSpire CAS, HP-48, etc. can be purchased for AP Calculus and Statistics only.) For Math 6-8, Algebra 1 or Geometry, a scientific calculator is fine. For Algebra 2 and above, students will really need a graphing calculator. NO phone apps will be allowed during tests. A stand-alone calculator is a must. 

** If you find used TI-84's with YELLOW covers, these are marketed by Texas Instruments as "School Property" calculators. Please DO NOT PURCHASE these. Please DO NOT SEND these to school with your students. We have some UHSA/School/Teacher-owned yellow calculators and we need to be able to tell them apart. This will make a very awkward situation if they have the yellow version. Thank you!

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