High School Newsletter: January 18, 2019

High School Newsletter: January 18, 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

Recruitment – We need your help!

Our enrollment application deadline is approaching! Please spread the word to your friends, family and community, and post on social media. The last day to enroll is Thursday March 14, 2019 at 5 PM.
– For interested families: Send them this link to complete the intent to enroll application.
– Current Summit Atlas parents: Please fill out this quick questionnaire for recruitment purposes.

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.

Yearbook Club Request

Our High School students have started a yearbook club. We are currently looking for a camera for our yearbook team. Please reach out to Ms. Abubakar if you can donate a camera to the school. Thank you!

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.Physicals are due by Tuesday, February 26th. If your student does not have one on file by the 26th they will be ineligible to play on the soccer team. Click here to access the athletic packet.



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

In Biology, we are beginning our third unit, The Story Behind Our Changing Atmosphere. In this unit, students will be conducting and designing experiments, making models, researching, and discussing climate change and its implications for their communities and our world.


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

This week in Physics we are using inquiry based learning to discover how simple machines affect work, power, and forces through mechanical advantages. Students will be exercising to develop scientific explanations of work and power and calculating mechanical advantages based on an inclined plane lab. These concepts will be directly used in building student Rube Goldberg Machines as students attempt to manipulate forces with levers, inclined planes, pulleys, wheel/axles, and wedges. Checkpoint 2 is due January 16th (Part A, Part B, and a CER paragraph)


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

Students will need to have completed the first part of their final product, a 2-3 minute podcast about the point of view of one of the characters in their book, by Friday the 18th. The second part of their project, a four paragraph blog about universal truths in their book, will be completed by the end of the month. This week students will completing an outline for this blog and a timed first draft in class.


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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High School Art students will be bringing home their work sometime next week. Many of them offered up multiple pieces for display in the school and will have those works returned later this year, in the Spring. Here are some questions to ask your artists about their pieces:

1. What can you tell me about your piece?
2. What materials did you use?
3. Where did you get your idea?
4. What is your favorite part of your work?
5. What title would you give this piece?
6. Can you tell me about what was challenging in making the piece?
7. How did you….(make these lines, decide on these colors, or create that shape)?
8. If you had more time what would you add to your artwork? Encourage your child to elaborate on their answers or use the artwork as a starting point for telling a story.
9. How do you hope other people will feel when they look at your work? And of course…
10. Acknowledge how hard (carefully, enthusiastically, long) they worked on their artwork.


Nick Woodruff, Film Studies and AP Psychology

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Film Studies – Stories matter, and movies/film tell stories that reflect different cultures and show a narrative of history. In this course, we will be reading articles, watching films, completing movie guides, and engaging in discussions and written reflections about various historical and cultural themes.

AP Psychology – Students are learning about motivation, emotion, and personality.  We will take a test at the end of this unit.


Maria Torres, Conditioning
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Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Ceara Threat, Drama
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New Drama Students will start their auditioning unit next week, they will create a headshot and resume, and memorize two contrasting monologues to perform for a “mock audition”. They will learn about different types of auditions and what is needed to prepare for each audition. Returning Drama students will begin a devising theatre unit where they will write their own 10 minute play. Their objective will be to create an original collaborative piece incorporating the skills and talents of the students as actors and designers that would speak to the student body of Atlas. We want to create a piece for edutainment – an experience in which the audience finds the message more than an entertaining experience.
Erin Teynor, Mental Health Counselor
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You can find me in the middle school wing across from Room 1. Come on by during pod time or lunch to set up an appointment. I can also be reached by email or by phone at 253-290-0614.