Mr. Rogers Summer Assignments 2013:


What you Need To Do


Student taking a class next year from Mr. Rogers, need to do the following:

  1. Read the syllabus posted on his web site for the courses youíre taking.

  2. Do the summer assignments. See the links below:

    AP Computer Science

    AP Statistics

    AP Physics C Mechanics

    AP/IB Physics C E&M

  3. Acquire the recommended AP study guide. These are listed along with links to on the syllabi. Scan through the study guide during the summer.

  4. Send Mr. Rogers an e-mail with the name of the course and your name listed as the subject of the e-mail (example: AP Physics Mechanics Bill Smith) . He will be e-mailing you about extra credit opportunities available over the summer. (Mr. Rís e-mail:

To find the appropriate syllabus on the internet, google mr Rogers <name of the course>. The correct page will generally come up as the number one choice.




AP Computer Science Orientation

Mr. Rogers will hold an AP Computer Science Orientation in the Room 105 Computer Lab from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm on Tues. May 21, and on Thurs. May 23, 2013. Participants will not only get a head start in the class but also extra credit.

Future AP Computer Science students are also encouraged to participate in Southside's Summer Android Programming Camp from July 29th to August 2nd, 2013. The camp is taught by Clemson University and meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cost is $200. To sign up click here.

Other extra-credit opportunities may also exist during the summer the. You must send Mr. Rogers an e-mail as described above to participate. The exact date cannot be set in advance. Without your e-mail Mr. Rogers will not be able to contact you.

Why You Need to Start Early

Achieving top-notch results

AP classes in physics, computer science, and statistics are  definitely an intellectual challenge. While natural talent is certainly helpful, your performance in these subjects and ultimately in whatever you do in life depends more on the following three factors1:

  1. Deep Practice: requires repetition, reflection, and effective strategy. Still no matter how effective and committed the deep practice, understanding also requires some soak time. Getting started early helps insure that the understanding will be there when it's time to take the AP test.

  2. Ignition: Like natural talent, passion for a subject is definitely a help but being ignited does not necessarily require it. Ignition is not just an emotion. It's is the indomitable can-do attitude. Starting early helps develop the right attitude by making a subject seem more doable. In Mr. Rogers' classes, failure is not an option!

  3. Master Coaching: Since 1993 Mr. Rogers has coached students for more types of AP and IB exams (six different AP exams and six different IB) for more years than just about any other teacher in the district. You can tap into most of his materials by accessing his various web pages. His first piece of advice: start early.


1. The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How. by Daniel Coyle, Bantam (April 28, 2009)

Why No One Should Graduate from High School Without Creating Software


No matter what career path you choose, you'll likely be doing at least some of the work it requires by creating, modifying, or using computer software at a power user level or higher. Having previous experience in creating software will give you an advantage.

You can gain valuable experience by participating in the Summer Android Programming Camp. For more details, Click the orange tri-wheel-droid at left. What's more, Mr. Rogers often grants extra credit during the year to students who write Android App related to the subjects they are taking from Mr. R.