Middle School Newsletter: January 18, 2019

Middle 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!

Middle School Food Drive

Thank you to everyone that contributed food to the middle school food drive. We donated 732 pounds of food to the West Seattle Food Bank! The pod that collected the most food was Wisconsin, with 214 pounds!


Clubs and Sports!




Please note: Boys basketball practices are cancelled on Monday, January 21st. 

The remaining middle school basketball games for the season are below. Come cheer on our Orcas!

  • Tuesday, January 22nd: Boys at 5:15pm, Girls at 6:30pm at Highline Athletic Club (125 S 156th Street, Burien)
  • Monday, January 28th: Girls at 4pm, Boys at 5:30 at Othello Youth Center (Seattle Union Gospel Mission, 3800 S Othello St)
Sweatshirts and T-shirts
Our wonderful basketball coaches put together an order form for Atlas basketball sweatshirts and t-shirts. If you would like to purchase one  please fill out this order formand return to the main office.



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; if not, please download the form herePhysicals 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.


Volunteer Opportunities

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

Andrea Klein, Executive Director Middle School


Academic Achievement:

Middle School is in full swing! As of the writing of this letter, our collective team (students, teachers, leaders, and families) worked to ensure that 84% of our middle school is ENTIRELY ON TRACK! We are at the top of all Summit Schools! Thank you for checking your child’s platform, communicating with their mentor and classroom teachers, and making sure your child attends office hours (tutoring) if they need more support in different subject areas. What an awesome team effort!

Valentine’s Day Event Requirements:

Your student may tell you (or has already told you) about the Valentine’s Day activities and dance planned for February 14. Like our Fall Festival, Gratitude Day, and Winter Wonderland, students need to meet requirements to attend. Students that are fully On Track academically will attend their choice of morning activities. Students with 1,000 pod points will attend the dance (or other activity if the dance is not their thing). Your student’s progress is available at all times on our Learning Platform. Your child’s mentor will reach out with status updates on pod points—your student should also know! If you are able to chaperone or donate materials for this day, please let your child’s mentor know.

Attendance Plea

Please work to ensure your child is in school on time, every day. Our teachers work 12 to 14 hours every day to bring their best to our students. They miss your student when they are gone, and so do I. Please work to schedule family vacations, appointments, etc. during our planned days off.

Thank you for your continued support. We are so glad you are an Orca.

With Pride,
Ms. Klein


Middle School Updates

Rachel Wong, 6th Grade Math
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Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

We are finishing up Unit 4 on Dividing Fractions. The unit test for this will be on Wednesday, January 23 and Thursday, January 24 in class. Please make sure your students are here so that they can finish the test in those two days. The 4th math CA is due on January 22, and students should work to get past it so that it doesn’t turn red. We will be starting to talk about the SBAC test that will happen at the end of the year and prepare for that by spiraling back to some content from the beginning of the year as well as preparing strategies to help us in the coming weeks and months. As always, please reach out with any questions!


Chris Hennings, 6th Grade History
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Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

This past week students began their work on a new project – Beliefs and Practices. This project

This week in History, students will continue their investigation of the major monotheistic religions by studying Islam. Their work will require them to make comparisons between places of worship, holy books, and central beliefs. Continue to keep an eye for feedback for each of their first three checkpoints over the coming days and encourage your student to make any revisions necessary.

The next CA – Ancient Greece – is DUE February 5th!


Amanda Wolfe, 6th Grade Science
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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Now that students have completed checkpoint 2 they are ready to begin their Geoengineering research and designs with their new groups. Students will work to develop their Geoengineering designs and model how they will work in checkpoint three. I will be looking for detailed drawings and explanations of how their Geoengineering models will work. If students are working ahead on their power focus areas this will help them greatly in this project.

We have been spending extra time to pass the following content assessments: weather and climate, global climate change, and energy 1. Please check in with your orca to make sure that they are preparing notes for these so that they can be ready to take the content assessments in class. Please check in with your orca to make sure that they are preparing notes for these so that they can be ready to take the content assessments in class.


Chineka Jones, 6th Grade English
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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

This week, in 6th Grade English, students will be continuing their Poetry Slam Performances, complete with battery operated tea lights and cookies. I am so proud of the work students put  into their performances last week. Email me to find out what day your child will perform. Remaining performances will be held on January 23 and within the first 15 minutes  on January 24.

The Point of View CA is due January 22. Students will be matched in Study Pairs and continue completing their Point of View Study Guide, in order to pass the CA when taken. Currently 97% of students have passed the Point of View CA.

Students who have passed the Point of View CA will be studying for Parts of Speech CA.


Prahith Chakka, 7th Grade Math
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Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:25pm


Megan McGraw, 7th Grade History
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Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Students are working on completing checkpoint 1 this week for our Islam & Interconnectedness unit. They have analyzed and annotated several short resources about the influence of Arabic in the Medieval world to better understand how the spread of the language influenced Afroeurasia. Checkpoint 1 is due Thursday the 17th at the end of each class block. The students will be scored on the rubric for argumentative claim, selection of evidence, and explanation of evidence.


Candice Landry, 7th Grade Science
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Students are working on completing the following Content Assessments, Structures and Properties of Matter, due 22 January 2019 as well as any Additional Focus Areas. Completing the content assessments will not only maintain students being on track for the course, it will greatly prepare them for the upcoming Science Project, Chemical Reactions. This project will be introduced in the coming weeks. Students will work toward understanding: (1) how to explain interactions of matter and (2) how we can use scientific investigations to explore the natural world.


Michelle McClintock, 7th Grade English
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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Students are participating in their last stretch of reading and completing their final Literature Circle work. Their second checkpoint, Story and Film notes, is due on Friday. For this assignment, students take notes on literary devices they find during their reading, and how they create powerful moments. They should have finished their Film Notes during the movie viewings on Friday 1/18! (Except Badgers)


Danielle Pottberg, Art/Yoga
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Middle 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 picture? And of course…
10. Acknowledge how hard (carefully, enthusiastically, long) they worked on their artwork.


Nick Woodruff, Film Studies

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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.


Maria Torres, Conditioning
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Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm
Ceara Threat, Drama
Email me hereNew 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
Email me hereYou 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.

Summit Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The Compliance Coordinator, Title IX Officer, and Section 504 Coordinator for Summit – Atlas is:

Director, Middle School 9601 35th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA, 98126, (406) 450-0585, aklein@summitps.org.