Summit Atlas Newsletter: June 10, 2018

Summit Atlas Newsletter: June 10, 2018

Important Dates

Thursday, June 14
Last Day of School!

Monday, June 18
3:00 – 4:00pm
Summit Atlas Open House

Monday, June 25
3:00 – 4:00pm
Summit Atlas Open House

Monday, August 25
10:00 – 1:00pm
Mandatory Registration Day
See below for more information

School Links:


Around the School

Chromebook Collection on Wednesday, June 13

We will be collecting all of our student’s laptop at the end of day Wednesday. Please make sure your student brings back the school laptop as well as the charger. Students will not need their laptops on their last day of school. The laptops will be serviced over the summer, and ready for use during the 2018/2019 school year!

Announcing 18-19 Electives Courses

Please ask your student if he/she has signed up for electives for next year! We are happy to be offering the following courses:

– AP Psychology (high school only)
– Conditioning
– Art
– Yoga
– Drama
– Film Studies

Please reach out to your student’s mentor if you have any questions.

Mandatory Registration Day

August 4th from 10:00 AM -1:00 PM will be our Mandatory Registration Day! All families must attend. It will be your opportunity to make sure all forms are turned in before the first day of school, get new Summit Swag, meet new teachers, have some food and receive your ORCA card. This is will be only day ORCA cards will be available. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Abubakar via email or phone.



School Leader Focus

Andrea Klein and Katie Bubalo, Executive Directors

It is hard to believe that we are entering our last week of the 2017-2018 school year. What an incredible year we spent together building and opening a school that previously did not exist!

While it is human nature to strive to be better than the day before, and we have many areas that we want to make better—it is important to stop and acknowledge our accomplishments. So, without further ado, this year our middle schoolers…

– Formed relationships with peers across all lines of difference
– Completed an entire year’s projects and CAs
– Collaborated with peers during project time
– Spent a day team building at Camp Long
– Completed state testing with optimistic determination
– Solved problems in and out of class with maturity and ownership
– And much, much more!

If you know of any families looking for a great middle or high school, please refer them! We have a handful of students with a couple of items to wrap for the year, and the entire school will be on track! This is almost unheard of in any school. We are extremely proud of the hard work our students put in to achieve this goal.

Thank you for all the support. This work, while rewarding, is hard. It would be even harder without our awesome parent partnerships. We look forward to growing and improving with you in the 2018-2019 school year.

Orca Pride and Love,
Andrea and Katie


6th Grade Staff Updates

Rachel Wong, Math

Most students are finished with their Math CAs for the year! We are working on our final project in math (Rational Numbers). Students will have about a week to retake anything that they need in order to pull their grades up. Students can retake a test once and many students have set up office hours to go over any confusion. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out!

Upcoming Important Deadlines in Math:
– June 14th – Last CA Due


Chris Hennings, History

Students completed their final project of the year, World Religions Blog, this past Friday. Check their platform regularly as their grades are posted over the weekend and early next week. These last few days are their final chance to really push that GPA higher! Have your student make an appointment to speak to me about raising a cog skill and other ways to raise their grade.

Upcoming Important Deadlines in History:
– June 14th – Last CA Due


Amanda Wolfe, Science

In our last week of school students will be building and testing their models and presenting their results to the class. Due to limited time after the SBAC we simplified the project to include Checkpoint 1 (Results and Conclusion) after revisions and Checkpoint 4 (Planning Your Model – Done on paper in class). Students will have the opportunity to revise their grade during office hours on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Resources Needed for our Science Classroom and upcoming project – Donations Welcome!
– Cotton Balls
– Alka Seltzer

Upcoming Important Deadlines in Science:
– June 14th – Conservation of Energy is DUE – please encourage students to pass well before then


Chineka Jones, English

Students are using the remaining time in English class to pass CA’s and to redo areas of projects where they would like higher cognitive skills. Many students have reflected on the quality of their work and have made necessary changes to get higher cog scores. The revision of projects must be done in class, in order for me to rescore cog skills in a timely manner this last week. Currently 97% of 6th grade is on track in English content assessments. There will also be an English review in class.


9th Grade Leader & Staff Updates

Kristen Smith, Math

(No updates this week.)


Nick Woodruff, History

Students have either finished the Art as an Expression presentation or will be presenting next week. Please check in with your student to see that they have all their checkpoints turned in and are ready to present if they have not. If students have presented they should focus on additional content assessments to raise their grade.


Carmen Zelaya, Biology

Please make sure your student is urgent in turning in any work they want credit for as soon as possible. Late work and grade-change work will only be accepted until Tuesday, June 12. 65% of the class has already passed Punnett Squares. If not done already, please make sure your child is doing the end-of-packet practice problems. This is a challenging assessment to pass without first practicing! On track students are working on increasing their cognitive skill scores or additional content assessments for a higher grade (to look even better on those college applications!). Please keep in mind any unfinished projects or content assessments will result in an incomplete in the course.


Jeff Stein, English

Students who have not presented their Speaking Out project will be doing so this week. There will be no more class time to work on student speeches, and any student who still needs to work on their speech will need to do so in PLT or for homework.


Elective Updates

Danielle Pottberg, Art/Yoga

Are you or your students interested in yoga and/or wellness over the summer? That’s right, your local art and yoga teacher is also a holistic health coach. I just love spreading education and wellness in and out of the school! Even if you have never taken a yoga class in your life, and are interested, let me know! I am a certified yoga teacher, but also being trained in very beginner yoga teaching, as well as health coaching! If you are interested, please send me an email. I am planning on a few workshops over the summer if I hear from enough people.


Jose Perez, Spanish

Spanish 1
Important dates: June 14th- Use of infinitives CA due, last day of school.

Spanish 2
Important dates: June 13th- Figuras hispanas report due, June 14th- Indirect Object Pronouns CA due, last day of school.


Maria Torres, Conditioning

This week we continued to work hard on our circuit training and utilizing the nice weather by taking a hike at the near park. The students also had an opportunity to reflect on what they enjoyed of about this year’s class and what they hope to see more of for next year. I’m excited to be taking their input and try to include a lot of their feedback.



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