High School Newsletter: January 25, 2019

High School Newsletter: January 25, 2019

Upcoming Events

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!

Monday – Friday, February 18 – 22  NO SCHOOL

Mid-Winter Break. School will resume on Monday, February 25

Monday, February 25  8:30 – 10:30am

Shadow Day – Invite your friends to have their children shadow an Atlas classroom!


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.

Breakfast For Teachers

Due to the viaduct construction, professional development meetings will be held every Tuesday at 6:45 AM until Tuesday, February 12th. We’re asking parents to bring in a light breakfast for 33 teachers. We will provide coffee, just breakfast food is needed for January 29th, February 5th and February 12th. Parents are welcome to bring breakfast items the day before. Thank you so much!

To sign up, please click this link.

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.

If you are interested in coaching middle school boys or girls soccer please email Zach Brewer or call 206-499-4760. The season is from March 11th to May 10th and it is a paid position.


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,

Our high school students performed in the top three indicators in every major academic category across all Summit Public Schools! We are SO proud of their hustle and dedication to being college-ready. Please congratulate them!

Right now, we are continuing our focus on 100% of projects being turned in complete and on time. Please check with your student to see if they have green, yellow, or red checkpoints. This is the fastest way to know if they are ready to turn in their project on time.

Additionally, we are so excited to report that our boys basketball team secured the first high school athletics win in school history! Their teamwork and dedication to being student athletes has made us so proud this season. Please encourage your child to attend after school activities and get involved!

Thank you for your continued 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 are continuing to learn about two variable statistics. They are creating linear models for two sets of data and analyzing the data to draw conclusions. The next performance assessment will take place on Friday, February 1. The power focus area for two variable statistics is due on February 8. Students who are struggling to pass that should attend office hours this week or next week.

Math 2 students are continuing to learn about exponent rules and rational exponents. They are also beginning to specifically prep for the SBAC exam. 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

This week students will be transferring their research from Checkpoints 1-3 into presentation slides. Presentations begin next week! Most students will need to continue working on their projects outside of class in order to be prepared on time. Presentation slots were assigned last week and students are encouraged to come to Office Hours on Monday and Thursday if they need extra help.


Maria Kidder, 9th Grade Science

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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Students are beginning to research a contributing factor to climate change. For their final project in Unit 3, students are picking a way that humans impact the carbon cycle, studying it, and then designing an invention that they believe could reverse the effects of climate change.


Jessica Kaufman, 9th Grade English

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Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

This week students will be synthesizing their sources and learning more about how to properly cite sources for their argumentative essays. Checkpoint 1 is due February 1st! The Things Fall Apart Final Projects have been graded. Some students need to make some revisions and re-submit their assignment. Please check in with your student about this. If students need help with any content assessments or revisions to their final project from last unit, they should plan to attend office hours.


Keenan Grayson, 10th Grade History

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Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Students should have their Genocide Opinion Editorials submitted by the EOD 1/23. There will be a makeup Socratic Seminar held this Thursday during office hours for students who were absent from the discussion. This week we will also begin a new unit on the Cold War. Checkpoint 1 “Responsibility for Cold War” will be due 1/25.


Christine Hasbrouck, 10th Grade Science

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Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

This week in physics we will be starting to build our Rube Goldberg Machines. Students will have a draft and design completed early next week. Students are encouraged to bring materials like boxes, paper towel rolls, marbles, toy cars, dominoes, etc. from home (but please do not purchase any new items). Once the plans are drafted, students will begin building and running their machines.


Jeff Stein, 10th Grade English

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Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

English 10 students will be publishing blog posts as a final project for the world literature unit. Their final product will be due January 31st. Ask your student to see their personal blog page and share it with you so you can track their progress as they continue to upload work to their blogs!


Jose Perez, Spanish 1 – 3

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Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Spanish 1– This week, students are continuing working on their new project, En la escuela. In this project, they will learn how to talk about their school day, what activities they participate in after school, and what they do on the weekend. So far, students, have completed their schedule in Spanish and have started on the script they will create with a partner and present in class. While working on this project they will learn about and practice using the verb gustar.

Spanish 2– This week, students are continuing working on their new project, El cuento de niños. In this project, students will get an opportunity to write their own fábula (fable) or re-write a classic. For their presentation, they will read their story to the class. So far, students have brainstormed ideas for their fábula such as setting, characters, and problem. While working on this project they will learn and practice using the preterite and imperfect tenses.

Spanish 3– This week, students continuing working on their new project, El mejor y el peor candidato. In this project, they will learn about what it means to be a good candidate for a job. They will review some applications and decide on which is the best and which is the worst candidate for a given position. They will also write their opinions and for their “presentations”, they will have a discussion as to who is the best and worst candidate. While working on this project, they will learn and practice using the indicative and subjunctive tenses.


Danielle Pottberg, Art/Yoga

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A new semester has started and new and old students are welcomed back to the studio! This semester High School artists are either in 2D art (flat works of art like drawing, collage, painting, printmaking), or in 2D and 3D art (flat works along with sculptures made from things like cardboard, paper, clay, fibers, etc). 2D artists reviewed the syllabus and created zentangles this week. 3D artists reviewed the syllabus and are creating paper sculptures using only white. They are focused on texture, shape and composition.

Students were given the following information about my course requirements, for your reference:


As VIsual Art is a studio course, attendance is crucial to success in this class. Excessive tardies or absences can negatively affect academic grade. This is an activity based course; lack of presence in class directly impacts understanding of course content as well as quality of artwork. If you know in advance that you will be missing class, it is student’s responsibility to be aware of and get coursework in advance. Schedule a meeting outside class time to get this information. You can come to office hours to make up lost time.


Being tardy disrupts class and gives you less time to do your studio work. If you are tardy during a presentation, you will have to come back on your own time to get that information. If you miss an activity due to a tardy you will not be allowed to make it up for credit. After 3 tardies, you will have to write a plan of action for how you will avoid being tardy in the future signed by a parent.

Excused Absences 

Students are responsible for making up missing work outside of class time within 1 week of the absence.

Unexcused Absences 

A student leaving before the end of class, will receive an Unexcused Absence for that class. Students are responsible for making up missing work outside of class time within the same number of days that they were absent (1 unexcused absence = 1 day to make up).

If it was a studio day, the student is expected to put in the equivalent amount of studio time of that class on their project outside of class.

Grading Policy 

The grade for this course is based on studio projects, planning, participation, critiques, sketchbook/do-now work, artwork responses, research, art criticism, presentation of work, and written reflections/artist statements. Studio projects are graded according to rubrics that include areas of assessment such as: effort, demonstrated knowledge of concept, classroom working habits, composition, and use of media.

Late assignments will be marked down 5% for every day that they are late.

Your overall grade is calculated on the following scale: 

65% Studio Projects
10% Sketchbook/ Do Nows
10% Artist Statements
15% Participation In general

Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.


Nick Woodruff, Film Studies and AP Psychology

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In Film Studies we are starting the semester off with stories of teamwork. Students will be filling out movie guides to help prepare them for a Socratic Seminar. Students have received a permission slip with a list of films we will watch through the semester. Please have your student turn it in to me by January 30.

In Psychology we are in the middle of our Motivation, Emotion, and Personality Unit. There will be an exam on Monday, February 5.


Maria Torres, Conditioning

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Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

We are starting the new semester with our Strength Training Project, due February 28. The focus of the project is helping the students build a workout targeting their own SMART fitness goals. We completed the first checkpoint due Thursday which was the first fitness test of the semester. Students also started to target their SMART goal which is the second checkpoint of the project due January 31.

Ceara Threat, Drama

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This week and next, new drama students will be working on their headshot and resume as well as choosing and memorizing monologues for their audition project. Returning drama students are working on the writing process of their first 10 minute play.

Erin Teynor, Mental Health Counselor

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.
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.