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Bishop Timon - WNY Catholic School - Academics




Dan Kmiotek                                                     Melissa Pollutro


The English Department recognizes that students are unique individuals with varied backgrounds and academic needs. The curriculum goal is to provide opportunities for students to engage in meaningful reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The members of the department believe that, by sequentially building and consistently reinforcing these skills throughout high school, students will graduate equipped with language art skills they will need to achieve success in post-secondary education, in their careers and throughout their lives. The English Department recognizes and reinforces the New York State Standards in which students will read, write, listen and speak for information and understanding, literary response and expression, critical analysis and evaluation.

  • English 9 Honors
  • English 9 Regents
  • English 10 Honors
  • English 10 Regents
  • English 11 Regents
  • Advanced Placement English Language
  • Creative Writing
  • Mythology, Folklore & Legends
  • Public Speaking
  • Readings and Composition Across the Curriculum
  • Research and Writing
  • School Publications


Summer Reading List - 2017

  • The goal of the Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School Summer Reading Program is to encourage students to read and improve their analytical reading and writing skills. This year students will read a book for their Religious Studies class. Students will also read one fiction and one non-fiction novel.
  • The reading selections for each grade level are outlined as follows.
  • Students must complete the summer reading assignments as specified by each grade level instructor. Written assignments must be completed and handed in the first day of classes in September. The written assignments will be sent home in June with report cards.
  • An objective test may be administered in class based on an instructor’s directions.
  • Students will receive a grade for written assignments, and a grade for objective tests based on summer reading books.
  • A student will receive a grade of zero if he does not complete a required written assignment

9th Grade

  • Religious Studies ( All 9th-grade students must read)

    The Lessons of St. Francis, How To Bring Simplicity and Spirituality into your Daily Life
    By John Michael Talbot with Steve Rabey

  • English 9 Regents and Honorsreading assignment 

The Contender by Robert Lipsyte
Dove by Robin L. Graham

10th Grade

  • Religious Studies (All 10th-grade students must read)
    The Lessons of St. Francis: How To Bring Simplicity and Spirituality Into Your Daily Life by John Michael Talbot with Steve Rabey
  • English 10 - reading assignment 
    The Help 
    Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

11th Grade

  • English 11 - reading assignment
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • Religious Studies
    Dating God: Live & Love In The Way Of St. Francis by Dan Horan, OFM
  • Grade 11: AP Language and Composition - reading assignment 
    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

12th Grade - reading assignment
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow 
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

  • Religious Studies(12th-grade students must read)
    God Is Not Fair And Other Reasons For Gratitude by Dan Horan, OFM