Summit Atlas Newsletter: April 27, 2018

Summit Atlas Newsletter: April 27, 2018

Important Dates

  • – Friday, April 27th: High School Dance
    Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • – May 17: Rally & Learning day in Olympia

See Below in “School Information” for more details

Donations Needed

Thank you so much for all of the help and support we have received from you and your families. We are truly grateful to have you all as part of our community.

Below is this week’s list of needed supplies:
1. Brooms
2. Pencils
3. Pens
4. Tissues
5. Sanitizers
6. Basketballs
7. Soccer balls
8. Staples
9. Tape


Around the School

School Links:


School Information:

Save the Date: May 17th Rally and Learning Day in Olympia

On the morning of May 17th, Summit students and families will have the opportunity to head to Olympia with hundreds of other charter school families and supporters for a rally and earning day.

Last February, the King County Superior Court upheld the charter law on all counts. Despite the strong ruling, charter school opponents decided to appeal the decision straight to the state Supreme Court.

We remain confident in the law and are excited for the opportunity to come together as a sector to rally for continued educational opportunities for our students.

The state Supreme Court’s decision will come at some point further down the line. We promise to keep you updated throughout the process.

We hope that you will join us on May 17th! We will send more specific information in next week’s newsletter.

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.


Update From Summit Founder and CEO Diane Tavenner About Internet Privacy

In light of ongoing calls for heightened protection of user data on social media platforms, we feel it important to share Summit’s position on student data and privacy with you. Please take a moment to read the annual letter on privacy from Diane Tavenner, our co-founder and CEO. Key takeaways include:1. Summit will never sell student information and does not profit from schools, teachers, or students.

2. Summit complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which protects the online privacy of children under the age of 13.

3. Summit is a signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, a commitment by hundreds of organizations to safeguard student privacy regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information. The pledge was endorsed by the White House in 2015.

4. Diane invites anyone with questions, feedback, or ideas of how to improve what we do, or if you just want to talk with a fellow parent to her at

Link to Diane Tavenner’s statement on data privacy


6th Grade Leader & Staff Updates

Letter from the School Leader

Andrea Klein, Executive Director Middle School

Orca Families!

We have exciting updates! Our pods, led by their talented mentors, are meeting or exceeding the goals set forth last week. At the writing of this update, 84.4% of the 6th grade pod is on track in Power Focus Area Content Assessments, and 56% of the 6th grade pod is on track in all classes (meaning they have turned in complete projects and their work is at a 70% or higher in cognitive scores and in course average). We are confident we will meet our goal of 85% on track in PFA CAs on Friday, and that we will get close to our goal of 75% completely On Track.

As we work on finishing the year ready for 7th grade, please check in with your orca and their mentor on the skills needed to be On-Track. You can also monitor deadlines and work progress through your parent portal or your child’s platform directly. Our goals for this week are:

  • – 95% On Track in PFA CAs
  • – 75% On Track in All Classes (0 Incompletes)
  • – 100% of 6th Grade Orcas are on time and present for both days of MAP Testing
  • – 100% of 6th Grade Orcas improve in MAP scores and give full effort

This coming week, we will have our end-of-year MAP Test on Thursday and Friday to see just how much our students have progressed in their reading and math skills. For more information on the MAP test, click on the link here: TOP 6 Questions Parents Ask About the MAP Test. Please support your student by ensuring they have plenty of sleep and nutritious brain food, and arrive to school on time.

Looking forward to another great week with you and your children!
Best Wishes,
Ms. Klein


Rachel Wong, Math

It’s hard to believe but we only have two more deadlines for content assessments in Math for the year! Students are just finishing up their Unit 4 assessment and we will be moving into our final units of the year. They are both very short and we will be finished teaching new content very soon. We will also be reviewing content from the beginning of the year to ensure students are ready for 7th grade with all of the information fresh in their brains!

Upcoming Important Deadlines in Math:

  • – Next CA Deadline: May 16
  • – Last CA Deadline: June 14


Chris Hennings, History

Students are in the process of completing their Roman Newspaper Project. They have been hard at work for almost the past 2 months writing articles about various topics in Roman History. They are making their final push now to have their Final Product submitted to me by the end of the week. Please check your students’ platform and ensure that they have successfully submitted their best work!

As they prepare for their upcoming CA (due at the end of next week), please encourage students to read through their resources and take notes at home. This will make their time in PLT much more meaningful.

Upcoming Important Deadlines in History:

  • – May 4th – Ancient India CA is DUE


Amanda Wolfe, Science

Students have started their Climate Change Project. In our first week we focused on building background needed for the project to gain a clearer understanding of Climate vs. Weather and Climate Change. We began with a demo experiment that needed some trouble shooting. We will collect data from our demo experiment next week and students will start building their own model and designing solutions stop climate change, and test one of those solutions. For the final product, students will present and discuss the findings of their research and experiments.

Resources Needed for our Science Classroom and upcoming project – Donations Welcome!

  • – Pens
  • – 2 Liter clear plastic bottles
  • – Thermometers
  • – Clamp Lamp and 100 watt bulbs

Upcoming Important Deadlines in Science:
May 4th – Checkpoint 1 – Climate in a Bottle Part II
May 8th – Energy CA Due


Chineka Jones, English

This week, in English class, students are recording their podcasts. Podcasts are the second final product that students have completed for the Living The Good Life project. We will be starting SBAC prep to allow students to be confident on the different English sections on test day.

Upcoming Important Deadlines in English:

  • – May 1: Living The Good Life Essays Due
  • – May 2: Argumentative Writing CA Due

9th Grade Leader & Staff Updates

Letter from the School Leader
Katie Bubalo, Executive Director High School

Dear families,

There is so much to celebrate this week in ninth grade, and none of it would have happened without your support:

  • – We doubled the number of ninth grade students On Track in all subjects
  • – Attendance was consistently at 95% or above
  • – We expect to have great attendance at our first school dance

I cannot thank you enough for making sure your student is on time and at school every day, ready to go! And thank you for supporting our school culture and your student’s social development by encouraging your student to attend the dance. We are so excited for tonight!

This coming week, we will have our end-of-year MAP Test on Thursday and Friday to see just how much our students have progressed in their reading and math skills. For more information on the MAP test, click on the link here: TOP 6 Questions Parents Ask About the MAP Test. Please support your student by ensuring they have plenty of sleep and nutritious brain food, and arrive to school on time. This data is super important and needs to be accurate so we can authentically communicate with you and your student how much growth has been made.

Have a wonderful weekend,



 Kristen Smith, Math


(No update this week)


Nick Woodruff, History

Students have started the World War 1 project: art as expression. Over the next few weeks students will be selecting 2 art pieces and creating one of their own to create a mini art exhibit that analyzes the effects of war.


Carmen Zelaya, Biology

Students have been presenting their project “Scientific Discoveries” and the information they have been sharing has been as varied as cryopreservation, black holes, many aspects of mental illness, cancer research, and more. They have embraced this project and seeing them share their interests has been truly rewarding. Next week we return to wrapping up the Bioremediation lab report, where they will demonstrate their data analysis skills and scientific writing. I will also provide opportunities for them to raise current grades. We have the next CA “DNA to Protein,” due on May 16.


Jeff Stein, English

Students need to be working on their multimedia Romeo and Juliet project, which is due Friday, May 4th. Students might be working in groups or individually. Because of the many options students have to choose from for this this project, if you have any questions please contact me directly.

Elective Updates

Danielle Pottberg, Art/Yoga


(No update this week)


Jose Perez, Spanish

Spanish 1- Students have started two important pieces of their project. They have started working on their Draft for their “Style Blog”. For their blog, they will write about their personal style, clothes they wear to school, when they are with friends, and what they wear for the different seasons. The other portion of their project is their presentation. They are working with a partner to write a script they will use to present their “shopping trip”. In their “shopping trip”, students will asking and answering questions about the clothes they would like to buy, what colors they like and the reasons they like these particular clothes.

Important Dates:

  • -April 30th/May 1st- Practice Reading Assessment
  • – May 2nd- Irregular Yo Verbs CA due
  • – May 9th/10th Reading Assessment.

Spanish 2- Students have started an important piece of their project. They have started working on their Draft for their cooking presentations. They are writing a script with a partner. Together, they will write about the ingredients, steps to prepare, and where their dish comes from. They will cook a traditional dish from a Spanish speaking country, record it, and present it to the class. If it is not possible to cook a dish at home, they can choose a dish that does not require heat and do a presentation about how to prepare that dish in class.

Important Dates:

  • – April 30th-Listening Assessment
  • – May 2nd- Informal Commands CA due.


Maria Torres, Conditioning

This week we took advantage of the beautiful Pacific Northwest weather and did some running around the neighborhood for conditioning. I’m looking for full participation from all of our orcas, therefore please encourage your student to participate in conditioning. I am working on making conditioning more engaging for each of our students. If you would like to donate jump ropes, soccer balls, or basketball they would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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