Summit Sierra: Spirit Week, Math Pilot, October 27th, 2017

Summit Sierra: Spirit Week, Math Pilot, October 27th, 2017

Dear Spartan Families,

Today ends our annual fall Spirit Week at Summit Sierra! This week, students had the opportunity to show their school pride by dressing up in mentor group colors, becoming a living meme, and rolling out of bed to come to school in their pajamas. Our building was filled with so much joy and pride in being a Spartan. I look forward to celebrating the end of Spirit Week with students at tonight’s Fall Ball. I’d like to give a big shout out to our student government officers and mentor group representatives who worked very hard to put together this event.

Likewise, I am excited for another great week of academic growth and more moments of joy next week. I hope you enjoy the pictures from “Dress like a Teacher” day and this highlight from our All School Meeting this morning!

Thank you,

L. Denice Randle
Assistant Director
Summit Sierra



SBAC ELA Make Up: November 3, 2017

Juniors who have not yet passed the English Language Arts SBAC Exam will have an opportunity to re-take the exam on Friday, November 3, 2017. We encourage students who are retaking the SBAC to get a full night’s rest and eat a balanced breakfast to prepare them for the exam. For more information about the SBAC, please contact Ms. Randle at

Student Club Fair: November 3, 2017

We are excited to announce that many students have shown great leadership by completing their applications to start student clubs at Sierra. Students will have an opportunity to learn more and sign up for clubs next Friday, November 3, during lunch. Clubs that will be presenting during the fair include:

  • Gender Sexuality Alliance
  • Muslim Student Association (MSA)
  • Nintendo Club
  • Dance Club
  • Model United Nations
  • Undefined Beauty Association (UBA)
  • Chess Team
  • Debate
  • Frisbee Club
  • Black Student Union (BSU)

For more information about clubs, please contact Ms. Tianna at

School Closed in Observation of Veteran’s Day: November 10, 2017

In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11th, Sierra will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2017. We will resume back at school on Monday, November 13 for our second round of Expeditions.


Volleyball 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
Time: 4:00pm

See the school calendar on for specific dates.

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

Math III Update:

We are reaching out to make you aware of a couple of changes that are taking place in your child’s Math II class with Ms. Temes so that you can stay abreast of the expectations of students in this course and continue to effectively support your child in meeting those expectations.

For brief context: The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics call for teachers and students to pursue three elements of rigor with equal intensity – conceptual understanding, application, and procedural fluency. Within the Math III course, concept units develop students’ conceptual understanding, projects emphasize application of those important concepts, and focus areas support students to develop procedural fluency. In Ms. Temes’ Math III class going forward, concept units will continue to be how students develop their understanding of important math concepts, but how students pursue applications and procedural fluency will change.

Rather than bunching up time for applications into two long projects each year, shorter and more frequent applications will be interspersed throughout the year. Rather than projects, they’ll be called “gallery problems.” Students will choose among puzzling, complex problems that take the concepts they’ve already learned deeper. They will create a write-up, quick oral explanation, or, when applicable, some representation for display. Like projects, students will receive cognitive skill scores on these problems.

Additionally, the approach to procedural fluency is changing: rather than working on focus areas using videos and links like Khan Academy, work on procedures will now take the form of “exercise sets.” These exercises are primarily intended to reinforce and solidify students’ thinking from concept lessons and spiral math from prior lessons/units. By practicing with these exercises, students move towards procedural fluency on necessary skills. Students will earn credit towards their Math III focus areas through completion of these exercise sets and by showing their procedural skills on assessments taken at the end of each unit.

Needless to say, we are excited about the opportunities these gallery problems and exercise sets present for students to practice their application and procedural skills in math, respectively. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out directly with any questions.

Leah Temes, Math III Teacher –
Zack Miller, Director of Math Curriculum –
L. Denice Randle, Assistant Director –

Spanish I Announcement:

In Spanish class, students will be making visual representations of people that have passed that they would like to honor for Día de los muertos. Mr. Sobiek is looking for donations of shoe boxes and any kind of craft materials (popsicle sticks, glue, glitter, colored tissue paper, feathers, clay, etc.). Any donations before November 1st would be greatly appreciated! Please contact Mr. Sobiek at for more information about donating.

College Corner:


Cost is an important college fit factor when it comes to choosing a college. We recommend that families discuss paying for college in an open and honest manner to help students have a clear understanding of their options. Students shouldn’t be deterred from choosing a high cost school due to other factors such as scholarships and grants that could make it affordable, nor should students only apply to high cost schools without adding cost-effective options. Students’ top 10 college of interest can have a combination of community colleges, public and private schools, and if applicable, both in state and out of state. Out of state tuition will be higher than in state due to the residential rate, but WA along with neighboring states participate in the Western Exchange Program (WUE) for a discounted out of state tuition. See participating colleges:

In October of senior year, students and families can request state and federal funding to pay for college through the FAFSA or WASFA online application. For more information on financial aid, please visit: Summit Sierra will hold a series of financial aid nights during senior application season in the fall of 2018.


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

Community Resources and Opportunities:

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 X, as told to Alex Haley, on Sunday, October 29th, at 7pm at Third Place Books, Seward Park.

Youth in Focus

Location: 2100 24th Ave. S. #310 Seattle, WA 98144

Are you a budding photographer? Join Youth in Focus! Youth in Focus is now enrolling for their Winter Session offering classes in digital and darkroom photography. Classes are 4:30 – 7:00pm either on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Participants may earn service hours for completing the program. We have had several Spartans participate in this program before, and they have all given high reviews. Click here to access the application.

WILD: Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development

Location: 601 S. King St. Seattle, WA 98104

WILD with InterimCDA is offering four programs where youth have the opportunity to gain service hours OR a small stipend. These programs run for 10 weeks. WILD is currently enrolling youth in the following programs:

20th Anniversary Dinner Planning Committee

Do you like party planning? The program meets every Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. WILD is looking for youth to help plan our 20th Anniversary dinner. We will be hosting at least 200 youth and elders in the community. We need at least 9 students to help out with this event planning.

Air Quality Team

The program meets every Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Youth will have the opportunity to build fans for our elderly. These aren’t just your regular old fans! These fans come with air filters that provide cleaner air for the elderly that live in the International District. We have 3 more available spots.

Community Fellowship

This fellowship starts on Thursday, November 4th at 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm for youth that are 16 and older. In this program, youth will be advocating for more public safety and public health in the community. This is a long fellowship lasting around 6 months. Students are able to get a $480 stipend at the end fellowship. There are several spots open for the fellowship.

Summit students can apply here: The survey takes about 12-15 minutes to fill out.

Click here for an informational flyer about WILD.

For more information about these programs, please contact WILD at