Summit Atlas Newsletter: April 7, 2018

Summit Atlas Newsletter: April 7, 2018

Important Dates

  • – April 9th – 13th: No School, Spring Break
  • – Monday, April 16th: Shadow Day
    Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM 
  • – Tuesday, April 24th: Open House
    Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM 
  • – Friday, April 27th: High School Dance
    Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM 
  • – April 27-28: WA Charter Conference
    Please plan to attend the Washington State Charters Conference in April! Join charter school educators, administrators and families from around the state in SeaTac for an evening reception on Friday, April 27th and/or the full-day conference on Saturday, April 28th.

More information can be found at the bottom of this newsletter or by clicking the link HERE.

Around the School

School Links:

School Information:

The Summit Atlas team is growing! Ms. Klein is the Executive Director of the middle school. Mr. Brewer, currently an Education Specialist, will be moving into the role of Operations Manager of the High School for the 2018-2019 school year. Familiar faces round out the leadership team with Ms. Abubakar as the Operations Manager of the Middle School and Ms. Bubalo will continue to lead the high school.

High School Dance!

Our first high school dance will be April 27th from 7-10 PM. Please fill out this survey if you would like to support our ninth graders by chaperoning that evening.

Important Parent Survey:

Enjoy your spring break and with a little extra time on your hands next week please take 10 minutes to complete the Atlas Parent Survey! We would love to hear your feedback and look forward to implementing it. Thank you.

Volunteers Needed!

We are incredibly thankful for all of your work in making Atlas the warm and welcoming community we have become! We need Parent volunteers on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Please let us know if you have available time, even 30 minutes would be so helpful! Contact Ms. A via email HERE  or by phone at 253-987-1535 with your availability.


Donations Needed

Thank you so much to all of our Atlas families, we truly appreciate our community and all that you do to support our school!

Below is this week’s list of needed supplies:

  • – Brooms
  • – Pencils
  • – Pens
  • – Tissues
  • – Sanitizers

Letter from the School Leader

Katie Bubalo, Executive Director

Happy Spring families! Nothing is more important than being on time and at school every single day! Right now, we average about 90% daily attendance as a school; however, ninth grade attendance is significantly lower.

While 90% is comparable to, if not higher than surrounding schools, our goal as a school is 95% daily attendance. We know that coming to school every day is essential for college preparation. Additionally, students with solid attendance typically have higher grades and report feeling happier in the community.

We have work to do, and we need your help at home! Please talk to your child about the following over Spring Break:

  • – Ensure a consistent transportation plan so that your student is in class by 8:15 AM
  • – Prepare clothes, lunch, backpack, and your charged computer the night before
  • – Ensure your student knows the only absences accompanied by a doctor’s note, official court documentation, or for a death in the family are marked “excused”
  • – Discuss the impact of missed school on grades and community connection
  • – Make a plan to attend Office Hours for any missed day of school

Communicate in advance with your mentor about any upcoming absences.

Thank you for your support,


Letter from the School Leader

Andrea Klein, Assistant Director

Happy Spring Families!

Our pods almost reached our goal of 80% of 6th graders on track in Power Focus Area CAs. We reached 78%! When our orcas return, the goals will be:

  • – 85% On Track in Power Focus Area CAs
  • – 60% On Track in All Subjects
  • – 100% of Students Pass the Upcoming Math Test

Thank you for joining us in our kindness challenge. We will continue this work throughout the year (and life!). Enjoy your time with your students this week. We look forward to a successful spring season.

Middle School Love,
Ms. Klein

6th Grade Staff Updates

Rachel Wong, Math

(No update this week)


Chris Hennings, History

This week in History, students worked together to create posters detailing the lives of several prominent Roman emperors. They will spend the next class writing Checkpoint #3: Biography of an Emperor.

Students will continue to receive feedback on their checkpoints throughout break, so please have students keep an eye on their platform for any feedback they have received. Though it seems a few weeks off, the next History CA comes due on April 17th, just two days after we return from break!

Upcoming Important Deadlines in History:

  • – April 26th: Ancient Roman Newspaper Project Due


Amanda Wolfe, Science

Students will be beginning a new project titled Climate Change where they will be geoengineering a solution to mitigate the effects of global warming. This will be an opportunity to refine their cognitive skills of Modeling, Justifying/Constructing and Explanation, Making Connections & Inferences and many more. Grades will be coming shortly for their previous project, Shrinking the Human Footprint, where they wrote a Magazine Article (Due April 6th). Please check in with your student and have them show you their work. For the students own experiments we will be in need of a few supplies. If you happen to have the following around the house that you could lend or give to 6th grade science we would much appreciate it.

Materials needed:

  • – Thermometers
  • – 2 liter clear plastic bottles
  • – Short lamps with incandescent light bulbs – OR- extension cords with bulb sockets and light bulbs – OR Clamp lamps!


Chineka Jones, English

This week, in 6th grade English, students are working towards completing the essay portion of the Living The Good Life Project. They will provide feedback to one another on their rough drafts, making revisions, and write their final draft. Index cards have proved to be helpful with students organizing their writing and by providing a visual for where more detail can be added in text.


9th Grade Staff Updates

Kristen Smith, Math

Students are taking the Geometry Performance Assessment on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Over the spring break, students can sharpen their math skills by doing extra practice on IXL. When we return from break, we will be starting our final unit on Statistics.


Nick Woodruff, History

This week we wrapped up our Imperialism project with a debate and students submitting their Reparations Paragraphs. Please make sure your students have copied and pasted their paragraphs from checkpoint 4 and 5 into the Reparations Paragraphs final product. Our next unit is covering World War 1, which we will begin when we return from break.


Carmen Zelaya, Biology

On track students have taken the Climate Change Basics content assessment. Study packets for additional focus areas are available in Ms Zelaya’s room for students that want to improve their content assessment score (up to a 9% difference!). Students should be recording data on their plants a minimum of three times per week. Concurrently, students are working on three checkpoints related to the Scientific Advances, and preparing to present their projects the week after Spring break.

Jeff Stein, English

Students will be working on a multimedia Romeo and Juliet project due May 4th. They might be working independently or in groups depending on which option they chose. Appeals 9 CA will be due April 20th.

Elective Updates

Danielle Pottberg, Art/Yoga

9th grade artists have learned the technique of tape transfer, and is using tape transfer as an addition to the self portrait collage project.

6th grade artists are working on a skills lab, focused on the elements and principles of design. They are learning how to show high contrast in a drawing using only white and black color to create their work.

9th grade yogis are working on being fully present in their practice, including focusing in on pranayama (breath work) while they flow. Our peak pose this week is bird of paradise.

6th grade yogis are working on owning their light. This means that they reach for the light and kindness inside of them, on and off the mat. When others are not showing kindness, they are called back to own their light and spread their light to others.


Jose Perez, Spanish

We started new projects this week! In Spanish 1, students will learn about style fashion on the project, Mi estilo personal (My Personal Style). They will think about how a person’s style choice is an expression of their personality and how style and fashion can also reflect culture. Students will learn vocabulary related to clothing, shopping, colors, and adjectives to describe their choices. They will also learn about stem changing verbs and irregular verbs. This project has three Final Products- a conversation with a classmate about a “shopping trip”, a personal style and fashion “blog”, and a reading assessment. The final due date for the project is on June 8th.

In Spanish 2, students will learn about the foods and cooking traditions on the project, La cocina latina (The Latin Kitchen). They will think about how food and cooking traditions reflects culture. Students will learn vocabulary related to cooling, the kitchen, recipes, and adjectives to describe how their food tastes and smells. They will choose a recipe from a Spanish speaking country and cook it. They will write a script and videotape themselves cooking their dish. They will present this to the class. This project has three Final Products- their presentation of them cooking their dish, the script they will use for their presentation, and a listening assessment. The final due date for the project is May 31st.


Maria Torres, Conditioning

Hello Atlas Families!

I would like to introduce myself, my name is Maria Torres and I will be finishing the school year as the new conditioning teacher at Summit Atlas. I’m a native Washingtonian born and raised in the small town of Brewster, WA, population 1,500. Before I arrived at Altas I worked at the Chelan School District in Lake Chelan, WA as a paraprofessional in the ELL program. Most recently I was living in Madagascar, Africa teaching English as a second language to students ages 4-27 as a Peace Corps Volunteer. It’s true what they say about the Peace Corps; “it will be the hardest job you’ll ever love.” I’m very excited and fortunate to be working with such a great team here at Atlas. I look forward to working with all your incredible students the next two months and being part of your amazing community!

Nice to meet you all!

WA Charter Conference Information

Please plan to attend the Washington State Charters Conference in April! Join charter school educators, administrators and families from around the state in SeaTac for an evening reception on Friday, April 27th and/or the full-day conference on Saturday, April 28th.
Come to connect with others, learn more about the charter schools system, family advocacy, and policy updates.


All parents/guardians are invited to attend!
Registration is $30.00, with scholarships for those who need them.
Free meals and childcare are provided the day of the conference – Saturday, April 28th

As the largest Washington state charter public school convening of the year, the Washington Charter Schools Association Conference brings together national, regional and local experts and is a great opportunity for charter school leaders, teachers, board members, parents and advocates to connect, learn and be inspired.

This year’s theme is Onward: Advancing Excellence and Equity. The conference will take place in SeaTac, WA on April 27-28, 2018.

Programming topics include:

  • – Parent Advocacy
  • – Family and Community Engagement
  • – Charter Advocacy 101
  • – Teaching best practices
  • – Facility and Finance

…and many more!


When: April 27th-28th 2018
Where: DoubleTree Hotel in SeaTac
DoubleTree is offering a reduced room rate of $119 (plus taxes and fees) for attendees
How: Register here (parents’ registration is $30 and early bird registration for everyone else ends 3/31)

Free onsite childcare is available for children ages 4-12

Email me or contact the front office if you are interested in carpooling. – Stacey Jacobsen,


Summit Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The Compliance Coordinator, Title IX Officer, and Section 504 Coordinator for Summit – Atlas is:

Assistant Director, 9601 35th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA, 98126, (phone) 406-450-0585,