Middle School Newsletter: January 25, 2019

Middle 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!

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.


Clubs and Sports!


Our basketball season is sadly coming to a close. The final Middle School basketball games are on Monday, January 28th. The girls play at 4pm and the boys play at 5:15pm. Both teams will take our school bus to the Othello Youth Center, located in the Union Gospel Mission at 3800 South Othello Street Seattle, WA 98118.


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 here. 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.

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.


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

Andrea Klein, Executive Director Middle School

Middle School Families,

There are only 16 days left until our Valentine’s Day Celebration! You can support your child by:

  • – Ensuring they are in school every day, on time!
  • – Reviewing their Platform Checkpoints to make sure they are on track to completing their projects on time!
  • – Signing up for and attending office hours in classes where they need more support!
  • – Communicating with their mentor about their pod points to attend the dance!

As you can tell, we are excited about this event!

With Joy,
Ms. Klein


High School Updates

Rachel Wong, 6th Grade Math

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

We are moving into our Unit 5 on Decimals! The unit test for Unit 4 was on Wednesday, January 23 and Thursday, January 24 in class. If your student did not finish the test within those two days, they must set up a separate time outside of class to complete it. We have begun preparing for the SBAC test that will happen at the end of the year and are preparing 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

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

Students have completed their research on three different geoengineering design options and decided on one to design and test with their team. Last week students brainstormed design ideas and this week they will collaborate on building and testing their models. The deadline for. Checkpoint 3 has been extended till Tuesday. Students will collect data for their final reports and provide a draft write up in Checkpoint 4. Checkpoint 4 may be submitted as soon as it is completed but the due date will be Tuesday, February 5th.

Donations please: for next week’s experiments we could use extra 2 liter soda bottles with clear plastic and digital thermometers.


Chineka Jones, 6th Grade English

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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

This week, in English 6, students will begin a new unit named Wonder (Bully Free). Students will dive deep into the world of August Pullman in the book Wonder. They will also start brainstorming for their community letter.

The Parts of Speech 6 CA is due February 12. Students will be matched in Study Pairs and continue completing their Parts of Speech Study Guide, in order to pass the CA when taken. Currently 30% of students have passed the Parts of Speech CA.


Prahith Chakka, 7th Grade Math

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Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:25pm

Students have been working on manipulating negative numbers. Students receive packets every Monday through Thursday. Students can receive one jolly rancher for each completed packet they turn in by Thursday, end of the school day. The Unit Assessment will be next week. The classroom would welcome donations of Jolly Ranchers to encourage students to work extra hard on math!


Megan McGraw, 7th Grade History

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

Students have completed checkpoint 1 for our Islam & Interconnectedness project. They have started to analyzing the resources for checkpoint 2 within our Interactive Student Notebooks. We will continue to work on checkpoint 2 this week and next, the checkpoint will be due next Thursday. Our project rubric focuses on Argumentative Claim, Selection of Evidence, and Explanation of Evidence. Please let me know if you would like a copy of the rubric and checkpoints to better understand our project.


Candice Landry, 7th Grade Science

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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

This coming week students are working on their Chemical Reactions project. The project will consist of four Checkpoints and a Lab report as the final product. Students will be focused on “Asking Testable Questions” this week and will have the first checkpoint due on 30 January 2019. As a reminder, students should be looking ahead and beginning to work on the Content Assessment: Chemical Reactions, which is due on February 15.


Michelle McClintock, 7th Grade English

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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Students are finished with their first Final Product! They have watched the movie and collected notes on how the author and filmmakers used different devices to create impactful moments in the book/movie. Now the work of writing their Compare/Contrast essay begins! This week they begin learning how to use their notes to craft a well-organized and logical essay! Only two weeks left of the project!


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, Middle 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 are creating high contrast collages this week. They are focused on creating interesting positive and negative shape within their work. 3D artists reviewed the syllabus and are creating paper sculptures using only white. They are focused on texture, shape and composition.

The visual art course is not on the platform, so please review how the course is graded.

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


Nick Woodruff, Film Studies

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We are starting the new semester off by learning about the stages of the Hero’s Journey with the film Star Wars: A New Hope. Students will be receiving a permission slip with the units we will be studying and the films in those units. Please have your student turn it in to me by January 30.


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.