Middle School Newsletter: February 19, 2019

Middle 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:

Hello,

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!

Middle School Basketball

Now that the Middle School basketball season has come to a close we need to collect uniforms so that we can reuse them for next year. Please make sure that your students return jerseys and shorts to the main office. Thank you

Soccer

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

Families,

Who could have predicted this many days off in February?! Our teachers and leaders will spend time this week during professional development to solidify plans to ensure our students end the year On Track on time.

Here are ways you can support:

  • – Make sure your student is on time every day.
  • – Schedule all necessary doctor, dental, and haircut appointments for Fridays after 1:30pm or the weekend.
  • – Pack school bags with a charged computer the night before.
  • – Have a conversation and enforce structures to keep your students off of screens at least one hour before bed. Our students are often tired and report staying up late on their phones or playing video games online.
  • – Work with your child’s mentor to have your student attend office hours for classes where they have a red (checkpoint, project, CA, or are below a passing percentage). You can view this information in real time via your parent portal or by asking your student to show you their platform.

Thank you for your support! We will see you back at school on Monday, February 25.

All My Atlas Best,
Andrea

Middle School Updates

Rachel Wong, 6th Grade Math

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

Upcoming Due Dates:
Next content assessment turns red on 2/28
Students need to have a total of 5 mastered in order to be on track in Content Assessments.
Unit 5 Assessment in class on Thursday, 2/28 and Friday, 3/1 on Dividing Decimals

We are a little bit behind due to the snow days, but we will be completing our Dividing Decimals unit assessment in class by the end of the week, and beginning Unit 6 the following week. Office hours will be available again on Wednesday, 2/27. SBAC preparation is beginning in Summit Solves blocks to circle back around to old topics and give students more chances to master material and keep it fresh! Please reach out with any questions.

 

Chris Hennings, 6th Grade History

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

Upcoming Due Dates:
Checkpoint 6: Inquiry Argument Draft – Thursday February 27th
Ancient India CA – March 12th

This week in History, students will be completing their first Final Product for their current project, Beliefs and Practices. This project will ask students to evaluate the 5 major religions and write and polished paragraph comparing some of their central beliefs and practices. As we begin our work, it is important that students have completed their first 5 checkpoints, which contains all of their background work preparing them for this assignment. This is a great opportunity to check in on your student’s platform and support their efforts in the classroom. The due date for this Final Product is Thursday, February 27th.

As always, if your student would like additional support with their writing or in preparation for a CA, please have them sign up for Office Hours.

 

Amanda Wolfe, 6th Grade Science

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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Upcoming due dates: Checkpoint 4 Build and Test Your Geoengineering Model Thursday February 28th.

Due to snow days our building and testing of our geoengineering models for climate change was postponed. When students get back from break they will build their models with their groups, test them, and write up their results and conclusion. Checkpoints 1-3 are past due, students who have a red for any of these checkpoints need to complete the work and schedule a time to meet with me during mentor time or office hours to clear the checkpoint before the final project is due

 

Chineka Jones, 6th Grade English

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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

This week, in English 6, students will continue completing their Character Analysis Sheet for chapters read and listened to via audiobook  in class of the book Wonder and build Character Profiles.

The Parts of Speech 6 CA was due February 12. Due to the snow days, I am still working with a few students to get them caught up. Currently 80% 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

Upcoming due dates: Checkpoint 4 Build and Test Your Geoengineering Model Thursday February 28th.

Due to snow days our building and testing of our geoengineering models for climate change was postponed. When students get back from break they will build their models with their groups, test them, and write up their results and conclusion. Checkpoints 1-3 are past due, students who have a red for any of these checkpoints need to complete the work and schedule a time to meet with me during mentor time or office hours to clear the checkpoint before the final project is due.

 

Megan McGraw, 7th Grade History

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

Upcoming due dates: Unit 4 Project, Islam & Interconnectedness, March 1st.

Students completed checkpoint 3 prior to the Mid-Winter Break and will work on the final product when we return. The final product is an essay answering the question, “How did the Muslim Empires and institutions help different regions of Afroeurasia become more interconnected?” Students will use the claims that they developed in the first three checkpoints for their introduction and then continue to develop and expand their evidence and analysis to complete the essay. The final draft has an outline for students to use that provides clear spaces for their claims, evidence, and analysis. Please use the final draft and not the rough draft.

 

Candice Landry, 7th Grade Science

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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Upcoming due dates: Checkpoint #2 due Friday, March 1

Welcome back from a lovely break. This week students will be working in groups to identify their chemical reaction research question. Upon identifying this question they will begin to plan their experiment. Your students will be hypothesizing and designing procedures for the experiment. The cognitive skills highlighted in this assignment are the following: hypothesizing and designing processes and procedures. Please encourage your students to sign up for office hours being held on Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

 

Michelle McClintock, 7th Grade English

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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Upcoming Due Dates: Checkpoint #1 due Monday, March 4th

Students are starting their new project, “Justices and Injustices.” Edmund Burke once wrote, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” In this project, students read and explore a number of famous historic letters written by people trying to stand up and fight for a change to something they believed was unfair. They will analyze one letter more closely, and begin to write an organized paragraph that explains the historical connections in the letter and identifies the point of view of the speaker. The cognitive skills which are highlighted at the beginning of this project are “Point of View” and “Making Inferences and Connections.”

 

Danielle Pottberg, Art/Yoga

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Upcoming Due Dates:
2D Artists “stained glass” piece is due end of class on Tuesday, February 26th.
2D/3D Artists “high contrast collage is due end of class on Monday, February 25th.

 

Nick Woodruff, Film Studies

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Upcoming Due Dates:
Hero’s Journey Checkpoints 1, 2, and 3 are past due
Stories of Teamwork checkpoint 1 due March 1

 

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.