Summit Atlas Newsletter: May 04, 2018

Summit Atlas Newsletter: May 04, 2018

Important Dates

  • – May 17: Rally & Learning day in Olympia

See Below in “School Information” for more details.  Peruse each relevant grade-level Leader and Teacher update for other important dates related to the students’ schoolwork!

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:

The first Summit Atlas 9th Grade Dance was a success!

Our kids enjoyed the first Summit dance last Friday! There was music, dancing, laughter and a lot of fun. A big thank you to the parents and kids who came and made this evening happen!

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!



6th Grade Leader & Staff Updates

Letter from the School Leader

Andrea Klein, Executive Director Middle School


Thank you for your support during our MAP math and reading tests this week. 6th grade had perfect attendance on Friday! We will send home letters with updated scores and as a school, we will use this data to inform our reading and math groups next year. Mentors will be reaching out to set up tutoring for students that need support finishing the year on track. Please continue your great partnerships with them as they make these plans!

Our 6th grade team is excited to prepare our orcas for the SBAC! Please read on for more information.


During the last two weeks of May, our students will be testing. ELA is on Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 24. Math is set for Wednesday, May 30 and Thursday, May 31.


While Summit Public School: Atlas and Summit Public Schools deeply believes that there are many authentic ways for our students to show competence and growth as they make progress on their personal goals, we do believe that these external measures are important for the following reasons:

  • – External validation of our programming. It is our responsibility as a school to make sure that our curriculum and instruction prepares all students for success in high school, college, and life. Our curriculum is mapped to success in college and career and the skills assessed on SBAC and AP are skills that are practiced by our students throughout their time in our program. Our results have shown a strong correlation between success and growth in cognitive skills and success on SBAC
  • – Evidence of student growth and student success. While we have many internal measures which demonstrate that our students are growing every day, external measures such as standardized test translate that growth into an external result that can be compared across school sites, districts, and states. Currently, results on SBAC are some of the only measures that are available to rank our school and to give those viewing our school and colleges a measure of the rigor and outcomes to evaluate our programming and the readiness of our students for college curriculum

How do we prepare?

Before the exam:

  • – Students are given practice exams which expose them to the type of questions and the expectations of exam readiness
  • – During class students practice with the content and the skills for the SBAC
  • – Based upon student progress in their cognitive skills and content in math and English, students are given targeted support in Summit Reads and Summit Solves to help build confidence in their testing

Exam week:

  • – All students must arrive on time- 8:15am. There are no makeups available unless a student is gravely ill. Students are not given admission to any exams if they arrive after instructions
  • – Food for thinking. Students need to have a good breakfast and food between exams. Summit Shasta will work with our parents to help students have access to healthy eating prior to the exam
  • – Sleep. Students must receive adequate sleep so that they can be rested and alert for the test
  • – Belief in their skills. Every student at Summit Atlas has worked incredibly hard and grown in their cognitive skills. Every student is capable of scoring well on these tests. 80% of success on standardized tests is a belief in your ability to be successful. We will work to build up student confidence


What does test day look like?

What to bring and not bring to the test:

  • – Dress in layers so that you can adjust to temperature in the classroom
  • – Water bottles for break time that can be closed and placed in your backpack

In the classroom:

  • -Cell phones will be put in envelopes and placed to the side along with all electronic devices. Tests for the entire room can be invalidated if students choose to use technology
  • – Backpacks will be placed on the other side of the room for the entire test
  • – Once finished with the test, students may put their head down and sleep or daydream. Students MAY NOT speak during the test or the test for the entire room can be invalidated

GOOD LUCK! We believe in our orcas! ALL orcas are Smart, Creative and Capable. Use these tests as an opportunity to show off how much you have grown.

The Atlas Team

(Your teachers, Your mentors, Ms. Bubalo, Ms. Klein, and Ms. Abubakar)


Rachel Wong, Math

We are wrapping up the year quickly! Students took their MAP test today for math and we saw a LOT of growth! It is very exciting to see the amount of work that we all put in is paying off! While there is still a long way to go, we will continue to push through the end of the year to get ready for 7th grade! We have our Statistics and Probability unit that starts on Monday and that will be it for the year. The last 2 weeks of school will be a review of the year and tightening up any skills that students might still be confused on.

Upcoming Important Deadlines in Math:

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


Chris Hennings, History

We kicked off our final project of the year, World Religions Blog, this week. Over the next month, students will choose and research one of several world religions and curate a blog discussing what they have learned.

This past week was a a big week in terms of deadlines. The students Roman Newspaper Project was due this past Monday and their Ancient India CA came due Friday. Please check students’ platforms to ensure they are on track and to check in on grades as they are posted in the coming days.

Upcoming Important Deadlines in History:

  • – May 24th – Ancient India CA is DUE


Amanda Wolfe, Science

Next week students will be working on completing Check Points 1-3 and starting their group work on geoengineering! Please check with students that they are submitting their checkpoints 1-3 for feedback.

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
  • – May 8th – Checkpoint 2 Due
  • – May 11th – Checkpoint 3 Due


Chineka Jones, English

This week, in 6th grade English, students will be starting SBAC English Prep. This will allow students to revisit skills that need to be mastered in order to do well on the test. It will also relieve any anxiety students have around testing day because they will know what to expect.


9th Grade Leader & Staff Updates

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

Dear families,

Our ninth grade class accomplished so much this week in MAP testing:

  • – They scored higher than the national average for both math and reading!
  • – As a class, students averaged two years of growth in reading!
  • – In math, students averaged three years of growth!

Thank you so much for ensuring your student was on time and ready to focus academically this week. Our attendance has continued to improve in the last two weeks. Our goal from here until the end of the year is to average 95% daily attendance, and we need your help to make that happen!

Finally, please reach out to myself or Halma if you know a family looking for a new school home next year. We still have some space in both ninth and tenth grade for the coming school year, and we would love to talk to any of your friends who might be interested.

Thank you for your partnership in this important work!



Kristen Smith, Math

Math I for our Statistics Unit. The Univariate Data PFA will be due on May 18, and the Performance Assessment for the unit will take place on May 25. Additionally, students may stay for office hours this week if they would like to retake one of the performance assessments from the year in order to raise their grades.


Nick Woodruff, History

Students are continuing to work on their World War 1 project. Students have started working on checkpoint 1: analyzing how people responded to the start of the war (due: May 4) and checkpoint 2 examining the different perspectives of soldiers during the Battle of Somme (due: May 11). Next week, students will begin work on checkpoint 3 and understanding the realities of war.


Carmen Zelaya, Biology

Our completed Bioremediation Lab Report is due Friday May 11. We have two content assessments left for the year: DNA to Protein by May 16, and then Punnett Squares. Students will also participate in a Socratic seminar about genetic engineering beginning in the next two weeks. This Socratic will be an excellent opportunity to bring up grades! Students should prepare to give this assignment their best effort. Very stimulating discourse is expected.


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

6th grade artists are working on painting techniques moving from high contrast to learning to mix and blend tints and shades.

9th grade artists are completing their collage to canvas piece by painting 16X16 or 16X20 inch paintings of an area of their self portrait collage blown up.

6th and 9th grade yoga students are learning about earthing and mindfulness during their meditative practice. For more information on earthing, check out this link!


Jose Perez, Spanish

(No update this week)


Maria Torres, Conditioning

6th grade took advantage of the great PNW weather this week and began running around the neighborhood.

9th grade continued their stamina by building the length of their run around the neighborhood.

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