Return to Project Time, Summit Reads & Summit Solves • September 29th, 2017

Return to Project Time, Summit Reads & Summit Solves • September 29th, 2017

Dear Spartan Families,

We’ve been so excited to welcome all of our students back to their Project Time courses this week after a successful first round of Expeditions.  This week students have been diving into learning new vocabulary through a fierce flyswatter vocabulary competition in Spanish 2 & 3 as well as practicing professional “elevator pitches” for how to present yourself at a college fair in College Readiness.  Students also started in their Summit Reads and Summit Solves classes, and I’ve been so impressed by their tenacity and commitment to growing as readers and mathematicians from Day 1 of these courses.

One exciting highlight of this week was the start of our Exploring Computer Science class. This class is designed for beginners in Computer Science.  We are so lucky in the Seattle area to be surrounded by so many cutting edge leaders in the tech and software industries that we decided to offer this course to our Juniors as an opportunity for students to learn more about this field.

I look forward to seeing our students continued growth as scholars and leaders in their courses moving forward!

With tremendous gratitude,




Summit Sierra Info Session + Open House: Thursday, October 12th

Know any families who might be interested in joining our amazing Spartan community? Please spread the word about our first open house and info session on Thursday, October 12th from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

Picture Re-Take Day: Friday, October 13th

If students would like to retake their photos, they can request a form from Ms. Lopez. Retakes will happen on Friday, October 13th.

PSAT: Saturday, October 14th, 7:00am – 12:30pm

Students who pre-registered for the PSAT will take the test on this date. Students will be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship based on their performance on this exam. For more information, please contact Ms. Randle at



Any student who plays an instrument (brass, string, woodwind, drum, piano–you name it) is invited to  come on 3:30pm on Friday Sept 29th from 3:30-5:00pm. The group will meet every Friday from 9/29 until Christmas break. They will be led by Chris Littlefield from the Seattle Drum School will be at the school (see his bio here). Students should bring their instruments and a music stand if possible. This is a new offering, and what the final form will look like remains to be determined. Some parents and children already signed up at the Back to School Night on 8/31. There may be a small weekly charge per student in the future, but for the first month, no student fees.

Please come and check it out on Friday afternoons! If you have any questions, contact Sean Stitham ( ) or Lisa Harris (



Volley Ball Practice:

Tuesdays: Yesler Community Center 4-6 p.m.
Thursdays: Garfield Play Field 4-6 p.m. (The Community Center will be the rain plan)

Basketball Practice:

Location: Yesler Community Center
Tryouts will be Thursday October 12th 
Time: 4:00pm

Practices begin on Monday, October 16th

Please contact Coach James Hampton with any questions or comments. He can be reached at


College Corner

SAT/ACT Registration and Prep:

The SAT and ACT are standardized tests that are required for 4 year college admissions. Colleges will accept either scores, but note, some highly selective colleges will ask for SAT Subject Tests which is separate testing than the general SAT.

Students are recommended to take the test at least once during their junior year and at least once more during the fall of their senior year before submitting their scores. Summit students are expected to take at least one test by April.

Registration deadline is typically a month before test date and scores are available up to 6 weeks after testing. Summit will support students with registration beginning late December through March for their Feb-April tests.

Students can select testing centers closest to home. There will be fee waivers available for Free Reduced Lunch students anticipated to be available at Summit by November.

Test Registration & Test Dates Cost
SAT $46 No Essay, $60 w/ essay*
ACT $46 No Essay, $62.50 w/ essay*

*Note: Students are recommended to take the test with the essay.

SAT -Summit Account METHOD online program:  Ask mentor for student code. (full practice SAT tests available) (Books available online or library)
-Summit Account METHOD online program: mentor for Student Code. (Books available online or library)
-ACT Online Prep Program (free with fee waiver)
-ACT Kaplan Online Prep Program (free with fee waiver)

For more information, please contact Ms. Nguyen at

AP Testing Information:

11th Grade Families! Please mark on your calendars that the AP US History exam is May 11 at 8AM and AP English Language and Composition is May 16 at 8AM. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Crook (APUSH) at and Ms. Visperas (APLang) at

AP Biology:

All students are invited to participate in AP Biology. AP Biology is designed around the AP Biology Curriculum Framework that focuses on the major concepts in biology and is an extension of the content learned in Biology class. Mr. Hanzlick-Burton offers this as an extra opportunity to prepare for and take the AP Biology exam on May 14, 2018.

Interested students should come to biology office hours next Wednesday (October 4th) at 3:50 pm in Room 11 to hear more about the program. Questions can be emailed directly to Mr. Hanzlick-Burton (



Community Resources and Opportunities: 

Architecture, Construction Management, Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program
Program Dates: October 2017 – May 2018
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 13, 2017

ACE is a mentoring program in the Seattle area that matches high school students with architects, engineers, and professionals in the construction industries. Students work with these professionals on actual projects. This is a tremendous program that gives students a real view of these professions. The program is open to all high school students. We strongly any students who may be considering these professions to go to the information session to learn more about the program. Please follow the links below for more information:

ACE Mentor Program Website
ACE Mentor Program Registration Announcement


Jefferson Community Center Mock Trial
Practice Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98108

Mock Trial is an extracurricular activity where students have the ability to understand what a real trial looks like. Every year a mock case that is issued by Judge William Downing comes out. Each student can pick a role of either being an attorney or portraying a witness. Students spend four and a half months reading, analyzing, and building theories off the case. High school mock trial students compete against other high schools around Seattle in late February. The top 10 teams advance to semi-finals, after semi-finals, the top 8 teams advance to State Competition in late March. Students learn about the legal system, critical thinking, and public speaking. Each team holds fifteen students. Service hours will be given to students who participate in the program. Practices for Jefferson’s team are on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm at Jefferson Community Center in the Teen Room. It is not too late to join!

For more information, please contact Angela Chen at  

Community Book Club: Read Like Collin
First Meeting: 
Sunday, October 29th, 7pm
Location: Third Place Books, 5041 Wilson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Hosted by Eva (10th grade) & her mom Courtney

Read like Colin! Kaepernick’s Reading List is a new book group for curious people of all ages who are interested in justice and equity. (A love for football is optional.) In our search for insight and equality we’re reading some of the books that inspired Colin Kaepernick to activism. We’ll begin with a discussion of The Autobiography of Malcolm Xas told to Alex Haley, on Sunday, October 29th, at 7pm at Third Place Books, Seward Park.

Big Dream Night: Propelling Girls in STEM with UW
When: October 10, 2017 – 6:00-9:00pm 
What: A one-time screening of Big Dream, a film that follows seven young women from around the world who are breaking barriers to follow their passions in science, math, computing and engineering. Following the documentary, a panel of key STEM leaders in the state, including Techbridge Girls, Girl Scouts Western Washington and Girls Who Code, will discuss how our community can support young girls pursuing futures in STEM. The evening will conclude with the opportunity to network and learn about volunteer opportunities with numerous other local STEM organizations. See more about the movie here. 
Where: Kane Hall 210 Who: Open to ALL (Bring your family, friends and neighbors!)