High School Newsletter: February 19, 2019

High School Newsletter: February 19, 2019

Upcoming Events

Monday – Friday, February 18 – 22  NO SCHOOL

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

Come celebrate the closing of Black History Month at Summit Atlas on Monday, February 25 from 3:45 – 6:00 PM Donations needed, please see sign up here.

Monday, February 25  8:30 – 10:30am

Shadow Day – Invite your friends to have their children shadow an Atlas classroom!
Please reach out to amohamed@summitps.org to schedule.

Tuesday, February 26th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

Parent Pod Meeting

Monday, March 4th from 4:30 to 5:30 PM.

Open House! Invite your friends, family and community members.

Full Calendar and Bell schedule – Click HERE

Around Our School

Come celebrate the closing of Black History Month at Summit Atlas on Monday, February 25 from 3:45 – 6:00 PM. Donations needed- click here.

Make up Days:

As required by Washington State law, students must attend 180 instructional days a year. Due to the two snow days this week we are making the following adjustments to our school calendar:

  • – We will have a half day of school (noon dismissal) on March 15th, spring PLP day.
  • – We will also have a full day of school on Cesar Chavez day, April 1st. Please add these dates to your calendar.

for recruitment purposes.

Food Server Needed

Fresh n’ Local, our Summit Atlas food provider, is looking for a part-time school food server.View the attachment here to find out more details and how to apply. We would love to have one of our parents apply for this position or a member of the community!

Bus Delay Alerts:


Summit Atlas has recently signed up for Rained Out. Rained Out gives families updates on bus delays as well as early arrival. Please text 84483 Route1302 or Route1301 depending on your student’s bus route. Please do not add a space between route and the number. Please feel free to reach out to Ms. Abubakar if you have any questions. Thank you.

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.

Clubs and Sports!

High School Basketball

Due to the winter weather conditions this week, our High School basketball game has been rescheduled for February 20th, at 5pm, at Excel Public Charter School in Kent. Come support our Orcas!


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,

How about those snow days! I hope you and your family enjoyed some extra together time, and from what we have seen so far, it looks like our students are ready to get back to school and get caught up.

To make sure all of our students are still on track to finish the year on time, we need your support with a couple of things:
Please make sure your student is on time and in attendance every single day. Here are a few quick tips to ensure this is an easy win for your child:

  1. Schedule all necessary doctor/dentist/haircut appointments for weekends or Fridays after 1:30 PM
  2. Make sure your child has their bag packed, complete with a charged computer the night before
  3. Have a conversation with your child about screen time before or during bedtime. When our students are tired or struggling to be alert in class, they often report they have been playing video games or were on their phone/computer late into the night.
  4. Please encourage your student to attend office hours once per week to ensure they are completely On Track.
  5. If your child is a sophomore this year, we will soon be hosting special SBAC office hours twice per week to ensure all students are prepared to do their best on the state test, which is a graduation requirement.

Thank you for all of your support; we’re so glad to be back in school, and we will see your student on Monday, February 25th!

Warm regards,


High School Updates

Kristen Smith, 9th Grade Math 

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

Math 1 students are starting a new unit on Functions this week. They just took the performance assessment for Two Variable Statistics, so grades will be updated on the platform for that soon. The next power focus area for two variable statistics is due on Friday, February 8. If students have not yet passed that CA, they should stay for office hours on Wednesday.

Math 2 students are continuing their unit on exponent rules and preparing for SBAC. The power focus area for Rational Exponents is due on Friday, February 8. Any student who has not yet passed that CA should stay for office hours on Thursday.


Jj Riley, 9th Grade History

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

Upcoming Due Dates: Presentation (Final Product), 2/28

We’re picking up where we left off on student presentations. Students should be prepared to present as soon as we get back, which means practicing the material and making sure all slides are complete. The goal is to use the slides only as a reference, not to read off them. Students can set themselves up for success by limiting the amount of text on each slide, so they use the slides only to remember talking points or key details before turning to speak to the audience.


Maria Kidder, 9th Grade Science

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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Upcoming Due Dates:
Checkpoint 3 Climate Change Impact Invention: Due February 25th
Climate Change Impact Poster: Due February 27th
Climate Change Project Due March 1st

Phew! What with the snow and Mid-Winter Break it’s been a crazy couple of weeks! Our biologists started to make their inventions to combat climate change our last week of school. You should be seeing them work to make a drawing, model, or proposal of an invention that will help counteract the causes of climate change. Inventions should be nearly complete by the time students walk in the door on February 25th, we will be finalizing them in classes and they will be due by the end of the period. On the 27th, students will be expected to finish their poster for their climate change symposium. Their project will be due on March 1st, and will culminate in a climate change symposium.


Jessica Kaufman, 9th Grade English

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

This week we will be focusing on structure and learning to craft excellent thesis statements and coherent, clear, organized essays. Checkpoint 1 is past due so please make sure your student has already submitted it.


Keenan Grayson, 10th Grade History

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

History students are identifying the impact of the cold war on countries in Asia. They are expected to have their checkpoint 3 submitted by the EOD 2/25. This checkpoint is focusing on the cog skill of: Explanation/Integration of evidence. We also have the “WWII European Theatre and the end of War in Europe” CA due 2/27.


Christine Hasbrouck, 10th Grade Science

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

Upcoming Due Dates: Rube Goldberg Machine (2/26)

Physics students are finishing up the unit on forces and simple machines. Final projects will be due 2/26/19 (modified to be their current checkpoint 3 and video footage of Rube Goldberg Machines in action). Ask you student about their projects – some are pretty great!

Many students are overdue on the current Power Focus Area (Fields: Forces and Energy). This was due 2/5/19. Encourage your students to come to office hours (Thursdays) or ask a friend for help.


Jeff Stein, 10th Grade English

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

Due Dates: Checkpoint 2: Editorial – Friday, March 1
For this unit students are writing news-esque articles for a variety of different audiences and purposes. The first editorial that they are writing is an opinion piece about the expository news script that they wrote the week before break.


Jose Perez, Spanish 1 – 3

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

Spanish 1- This week students were in Spanish for only 1 day. They took their Listening Assessment. If they were in class last week, they took their Final Product Listening Assessment for their project, En la escuela. If they did not have class last week, they took the Practice lIstening Assessment.

Spanish 2- This week students were in Spanish for only 1 day. They took their Final Product Listening Assessment for their project, El cuento de niños.

Spanish 3: This week students were in Spanish for only 1 day. They continued working on their Borrador de informe, a draft in which they state their opinions about who is the best and worst candidate for their chosen job position.


Danielle Pottberg, Art/Yoga

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Upcoming Due Dates:
2D Artists Value drawing is PAST DUE (if you student was absent on the due date: 2/6 they need to make up the work for partial credit).
2D Artists will begin a new project Monday when they return. Reminder that they should be completing sketchbook assignments throughout the semester.

3D Artists will be finishing and presenting their large scale paper sculptures on Tuesday February 26th. If they do not think they will make that due date, they should sign up for office hours for Monday 3:30-4:30 on the 25th.


Nick Woodruff, Film Studies and AP Psychology

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Upcoming Due Dates:
Permission slip: Past Due
Teamwork unit checkpoints 1 and 2 due February 22
Stories of Social/Political Injustice checkpoint due March 1

For Film Studies we will be beginning our unit on Social/Political Injustice when we come back from break.

For Psychology we are diving into our unit on Learning. We will also be discussing AP exam registration when we come back from winter break.


Maria Torres, Conditioning

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

Update: Strength Training Project
Due date pushed to March 14 due to the consecutive Snow Days

Unfortunately due the Snow Days we haven’t had a conditioning class due to that I have moved the due date of the project. Coming back from the Winter Break our focus is to finish Checkpoint 3 and 4. Checkpoint 2 (SMART Goal) has been past due. If your student hasn’t submitted or needs to implement the feedback given to them. Please encourage your student to use their break to get back on-track.

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.