Summit Atlas Newsletter: May 20, 2018

Summit Atlas Newsletter: May 20, 2018

Important Dates

  • – Wednesday, May 23 – SBAC Testing, ELA
  • – Thursday, May 24 – SBAC Testing, ELA
  • – Monday, May 28 – School Closed, Memorial Day
  • – Wednesday, May 30 – SBAC Testing, Math
  • – Thursday, May 30 – SBAC Testing, Math
  • – Thursday, June 14 – Last Day of School!

School Links:


Around the School

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. Pencils
  • 2. Tape
  • 3. Clorox Wipes



6th Grade Leader & Staff Updates

Letter from the School Leader

Andrea Klein, Executive Director Middle School


We are getting there! Thank you to all of our families that have reached out to their student’s mentor this week. As of today (Friday), we have 62 students completely On Track (all greens!) and 88 students completely on Track in Power Focus Areas! With only four short (and fast) weeks left before the end of the year, keep up that communication with mentors and your students to get to all green. When coaching your student, you can ask the following questions:

  • – Have you passed your Content Assessments that are due this week?
  • – Have you turned in any overdue projects?
  • – Do you have any overdue projects? What step are you on?
  • – Have you signed up for Office Hours?

Last, it is the week of the ELA SBAC tests! Please make sure your student is in school this week. I will be covering the finishing touches of lessons in preparation on Monday and Tuesday. The lessons are really important! The test is Wednesday and Thursday.

Thank you for your continued partnership. We can’t wait to see our students succeed this week and have loved watching them grow.

Orca Pride,


Rachel Wong, Math

Students should now only have one more CA coming due for Math for the remainder of the year! It is due on the last day of school, but of course, we recommend that students work to pass this CA before that due date. If students are looking to enhance their grade, they should focus on the Additional Focus Areas as well as any scores below a 3 that they have for their Concept Average. Students are welcome to retake any unit test as long as they have not already previously done the retake. We are going to finish out the year with a couple of projects and reviewing a few topics to get ready for 7th grade!

Upcoming Important Deadlines in Math:

  • – Last CA Deadline: June 14


Chris Hennings, History

We have completed our first two checkpoints for our current project, World Religions Blog. Our next checkpoint will be our focus this week and will have students choosing an article that connects their chosen religion with a current event.

Please check in with your student and their platform and encourage them to make their final push as we close in on our final few weeks of school!

Upcoming Important Deadlines in History:

  • – May 24th – Ancient India CA is DUE


Amanda Wolfe, Science

This week students will work with their Geoengineering team to build their models and test them against the control. Thanks to a generous donation from one of our parents we have more accurate thermometers and clamp lamps so that every student group can work to refine their models.

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

  • – Pens and Pencils
  • – Poster Paper
  • – Glue Sticks
  • – Two-liter clear plastic bottles

Upcoming Important Deadlines in Science:

  • – May 22nd – Checkpoint 5 Build and Test Model Due
  • – June 15th – Conservation of Energy is DUE – please encourage students to pass well before this date


Chineka Jones, English

The time is here! This week we will spend the last class before the SBAC by making sure students are able to identify the genre of a text to frame their thinking. We will make sure they develop a claim to argue in their writing. We will give students confidence in their preparation to be at their best for the test!

Upcoming Important Deadlines in English:

  • – May 23rd – Next CA is DUE

9th Grade Leader & Staff Updates

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

Dear families,

Thank you so much for your support for our efforts to increase attendance at the high school level. As summer is quickly approaching, we know it’s the time of year when students start feeling ready to rush out the door. Please talk to your student about attending every day of school all the way to June 14th!

While many of our students are approaching zero Incompletes, we still have a lot of work ahead to raise our GPAs with the knowledge in mind that they will be a part of our cumulative GPAs for college entrance. Every class counts. Every day counts.

Because of our efforts as partners for our students, we have been averaging 95% attendance each week in ninth grade! This surpasses local and state averages for high school! Let’s work together to keep consistent attendance a priority for our students. Please take time this weekend to make it clear to your student that attendance at the end of the school year is just as essential as attendance at the beginning of the school year. You can also ask about the project they recently completed in math in which they found the correlation between attendance and GPA!

Please reach out if you need support with transportation logistics or anything else that might be a barrier for your student. We would love to support you.

Thank you for your partnership!

Warm regards,


Kristen Smith, Math

This week Math I students will finish up the Statistics Unit culminating with our final performance assessment on Friday. Students should spend extra time this week reviewing their notes and in-class problem sets. They can also do additional practice on IXL Math. We have also begun our final project for the year, Booming Populations. Students should be finishing Checkpoint 1 by Friday. Ask your student about what country they are researching!


Nick Woodruff, History

(No update this week.)


Carmen Zelaya, Biology

We will begin preparing for our Socratic seminar on genetic testing due next week. Attendance is critical for a passing grade on this project. Punnett Squares content assessment is due in two weeks.


Jeff Stein, English

Students will be finishing the research component of their persuasive speech and begin writing the first drafts of their speech. These are checkpoints 1, 2, and 3 in the platform.


Elective Updates

Danielle Pottberg, Art/Yoga

(No update this week.)


Jose Perez, Spanish

Spanish 1- This week, students will focus on completing their Final Products for the Drafts of the Personal Style Blog and Preparation for a Shopping Trip. They will also continue writing their Script in preparation for their presentation. The two activities this week that will prepare them for their presentations are a listening activity where they will watch a video and answer comprehension questions based on the narrator’s shopping experience and a writing activity in which they answer questions about their personal style.

Important Dates- May 23rd Verbs Ir/Venir CA due, May 24th Shopping Trip Script due

Spanish 2- This week, students will focus on practicing for their Cocina Latina Project. They have selected a traditional dish from a Spanish speaking country and wrote a script that they will use to present how to cook their dish. This will they will practice their presentations to be ready by the due date. They can cook their dish at home, record it, and present their video in class or they can cook their dish at home and demonstrate the steps in class. It is my hope that they will be able to bring in their dishes so we can share all the great food from various countries.

Important Dates- May 23rd Present Tense Verbs 1 due, May 31st Video/Presentations due


Maria Torres, Conditioning

This week in conditioning we continued working on building our endurance by furthering our circuit skills. With the new equipment that was donated last week, the kiddos had fun in class using the agility ladders, fitness bands and jump ropes. An important reminder to please send your conditioning student to school with a water bottle it’s getting hot and we spend all class time outside. It’s important to me I keep your orca hydrated during class. Thanks!

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