Summit Sierra: Piano Ceremony, Club Proposals • October 6th, 2017

Summit Sierra: Piano Ceremony, Club Proposals • October 6th, 2017

Dear Spartan Families,

This week was full of great moments where our students showed up as scholars and leaders in the Summit Community.  In English 10, students have been diving into the dystopian world of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and discussing the development of themes around women’s rights, freedom, and equity.  In Math I, mathematicians have been exploring patterns and sequences by discussing patterns that arise in the real world.  I have been blown away by the rigor of discussion from our young readers and mathematicians.

We were also lucky to have a new addition to our school this week–a brand new piano donated to Sierra for our Choir Activity Block on Fridays.  Please see the picture below from our Piano Ceremony where Malica Richards (11th grader) was the first to perform on it.  I’d like to give a big thank you and shout out to Mr. Mendez for helping to acquire this piano for our school.

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


Want to meet other Spartans? Make new friends? Spend time sharing a hobby you love to do? We are excited to announce that all students will have the opportunity to propose new clubs this year. In the past, we had clubs ranging in topics from K-Pop Club to Video Game Club to Dance Club. All students can propose ideas for new clubs that will meet at lunch by completing the club proposal form below. All proposals are due by Oct. 11th, and students will receive notice if their club is approved by Oct. 12th. Approved clubs will make announcements at the All School Meeting on Oct. 13th to advertise their club for prospective members.

Click here for the Club Proposal Form Due Oct. 11th

If you have any questions about clubs, please contact Ms. Tianna at  


11th Grade Announcement: AP Language

Attention 11th Grade Families! Do not forget to purchase your student’s book club book for AP Language by October 12th. The first mentor group to have 100% of all students obtain their book club book AND show it to Ms. Visperas by October 13 will get free donuts on October 20th during Mentor PLT. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Visperas at


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
Time: 4:00pm

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


College Corner:

College Fit is a term used in college counseling to help students think about the different academic, social, and financial factors when considering a college. Students should generate a list of schools and categorize them into Safety, Match, and Reach Schools (terms may vary dependent on counselor). When comparing the average college freshmen test scores and GPA of a college, students can identify whether they far exceed the average (Safety), meet the range or slightly exceed the average (Match), and fall below the average but still aspire to get in (Reach). Below are websites to help students get started in identifying and comparing schools to determine college fit. Students can also register and attend college fairs this month to meet with college representatives for further information.



NACAC National College Fair,
Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 12-4pm | WA State Convention Center

UNCF Black College Fair
Sunday, October 29 | 12:30-4pm | Garfield High School

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 11th) 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

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!)