High School Newsletter: January 14, 2019

High School Newsletter: January 14, 2019

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 22 5:15PM and 6:30PM
Middle School Basketball games at Highline Athletic Club! See our “Clubs & Sports” section for more details. Come to the games and support our students!

Monday, January 28 8:30 – 10:30am
Shadow Day – Invite your friends to have their children shadow an Atlas classroom!

Monday, January 28 4:00PM and 5:30PM
Middle School Basketball games at Othello Youth Center! See our “Clubs & Sports” section for more details. Come to the games and support our students!

Tuesday, February 5 4:30 – 5:30pm
Open House – Invite families to get to know about our school and attend next year!

Full Calendar and Bell schedule – Click HERE


Around Our School

Chromebook Care

Recently there has been an uptick in students at school without their computers and/or chargers. We want to remind everyone that students need to have both every day.

RecTech Job Opportunity for Students

RecTech Computer Labs is hosting a paid job training course for high school students at the Delridge Community Center. More information is here and the application is here.


Clubs and Sports!


The Atlas soccer season is fast approaching, beginning on March 11th and going until May 10th. We will have middle school and high school, girls and boys teams. If your student is interested in playing please make sure they have a physical on file from this school year. Stay tuned on tryout dates and times, go Orcas!



Spectrum (similar to Gay-Straight Alliance): Thursdays after school
Atlas Journal (newspaper club): Thursdays after school
Cross-Country: Mondays and Wednesdays after school
Arts and Crafts Club: Wednesdays after school
Improv Acting: Lunch time on Tuesdays
Student Council: Lunch time on Mondays and Wednesdays, Thursdays after school
Knitting Club: Lunch time
History Club: Lunch time
Music Production Club: Mondays after school


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities – See Below for more information!

We are currently looking for help from our community in the following areas. Thank you in advance for your commitment and time!

We are looking for volunteers in the following roles:

– Community Engagement Committee volunteers. Lenny Cedano, of our Recruitment and Community Engagement Team, is looking for parents to join our Recruitment and Community Engagement Committee. Our goal will be to (1) create targeted recruitment and community engagement hubs in our respective neighborhoods that’s cater to the communities we serve, and (2) meet our Atlas recruitment goals. Experience in PR, Marketing, or Community Outreach preferred but not required. Please contact Mr. Cedano if you’d like to sign up!

– Traffic Flow Manager. We are looking for volunteers before assigning traffic flow managers. The volunteer needs to be available from 7:50-8:20 am and 3:15-3:35pm. The safety of our students come first, we also want to make sure arrival and dismissal traffic are as smooth as possible. Please contact Mr. Brewer if interested.


School Leader Focus

Katie Bubalo, Executive Director High School

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! We have enjoyed our first week back with students and are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. I would love to start the new year by sharing some awesome news. Check out this article recently published in the Seattle Times about the successes of Seattle charter schools! This is a huge victory for our school community, and I wanted to thank you for all of your support and encouragement along the journey.

As we head into the new year, we are looking to build on our successes from first semester, which ended with 70% of our high schoolers completely On Track in all classes! This semester, our biggest goal is to have all students turning all projects in on time every time. To support this effort, please glance at your student’s platform once per week to see if they have any upcoming projects and check in with them about their action steps to ensure timely submission.

Thank you for your partnership in this incredible work. I am so grateful for your support for Atlas.

With gratitude,



High School Updates

Kristen Smith, 9th Grade Math 
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Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Math 1 students have just begun a unit on Bivariate Statistics. They are exploring correlation and patterns among data sets. Students will be analyzing their own data to draw conclusions as well. The power focus area for the unit is due on February 8.

Math 2 students have started a new unit on Rational Exponents. This past week we explored exponent rules, and we will continue to explore exponents and radicals in equations over the next few weeks. This unit is a particularly important one for preparing for the SBAC exam, so now is a good time to check in on your student’s progress. The power focus area for this unit is due on February 8.


Jj Riley, 9th Grade History
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Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

World History is starting a new project on the Industrial Revolution. Students will choose a product and research how it is made, what is its history, and if it is ultimately beneficial for global society. Students will present their research and then participate in a seminar discussion on whether or not the Industrial Revolution itself has been beneficial for global society. The first checkpoint is a research entry on how their products are made.


Maria Kidder, 9th Grade Science
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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm


Jessica Kaufman, 9th Grade English
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Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Happy New Year! I’m so excited for our new unit in 9th grade English! We will be exploring different perspectives of the American dream by reading, watching, and analyzing fiction and non-fiction texts including poetry, songs, short stories, articles, documentaries, art, and film.


Keenan Grayson, 10th Grade History
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Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Students have begun products for their final projects. They are conducting research for their Genocide Opinion Editorial in addition to preparing notes for a Socratic Seminar. The Socratic Seminar will be held the week of 1/18 and the OpEd papers will be due the following week.


Christine Hasbrouck, 10th Grade Science
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Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Students in Physics are starting Unit 3 – Rube Goldberg Machines. This week they will be learning about simple machines and how they are used to affect the forces acting on an object. Their first checkpoint (simple machines stations) will be due at the end of the week.


Jeff Stein, 10th Grade English
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Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Students in English 10 are recording and submitting podcasts on the point of view and contextual influences on a character in the novel they read prior to break. This is the first part of the final for this unit. The second part will be started this week, which is a four paragraph blog entry about the universal truths in their novel. This will due at the end of January.


Jose Perez, Spanish 1 – 3
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Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Spanish 1– Students completed the Mi familia project this week. Students described their family, created a ppt, and presented in front of class. As they worked on the project, they learned about and used the verbs ser and tener. We will start the project, En la escuela, next week.

Spanish 2– Students completed the La independencia project this week. Students did a little research about a Latin American country’s independence history, created a ppt, and presented in front of class. As they worked on the project they learned about and focused on the preterit tense. We will start the project, El cuento de niños, next week.

Spanish 3– Students completed the Planeando la fiesta project this week. Students learned about a holiday from Spanish speaking countries and planned a party based on one of those. Each student had specific responsibilities such as location, food, and entertainment. Finally, they recorded responses to clients’ questions. We will start the project, El mejor y el peor candidato, next week.


Danielle Pottberg, Art/Yoga
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Students in Art were given a makeup project to replace projects missing from absenteeism, time constraints, etc. They studied radial design and used color theory to complete an abstract piece, blending and mixing colors to show a monochromatic color scheme, a complementary color scheme, a split- complementary color scheme and an analogous color scheme.

Yoga students finished out their semester with some restorative practices and longer meditation practices. They used props for supported fish pose, to open their hearts while listening to information about some yogic philosophies rooted in the history of yoga. The conversations were around being true to yourself, reflecting on what matters to you personally, and reflecting on how material goods only offer immediate gratification but cannot replace experiences and the love you can share with others.