Summit Sierra: Hour of Code, Early Release, Basketball

Summit Sierra: Hour of Code, Early Release, Basketball

Dear Spartan Families,

This week kicked off our return to Project Time courses after a great second round of Expeditions for the year.  Not only were students diving back into their classes, we also had the pleasure of participating in Hour of Code–a global movement giving access to computer science education to over 180+ countries all over the world.  All of our students had an opportunity to work with tech professionals this week and practice coding.  I’d like to give a huge shout out to Mr. Sobiek for helping to organize this effort.  Please click here to learn more about Hour of Code.  Check out the pictures below from bright spots in Project Time classrooms as well as some highlights from our experience in Hour of Code.

11th graders, Tati Villegas and Sahra Mohamed working on experiments in Chemistry this week –

10th graders, Kendra Pook and Jimena Talamantes, as well as 11th grader, Javaughn Banks, in Hour of Code –

Thank you,

L. Denice Randle
Assistant Director
Summit Sierra



Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game: December 12, 2017

Please join us for our annual Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game on Tuesday, December 12th from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Yesler Community Center.  For more information, please contact Coach James at


Winter MAP Testing + Optional Early Release: December 13 – 14, 2017

On Wednesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 14, students will be completing their Winter MAP Tests.  The MAP Test measures students’ proficiency in reading and math.  Our faculty uses the information from these tests to align interventions for all students during their Summit Reads and Summit Solves classes.  We encourage all students to eat a balanced breakfast and get a good night’s rest before these tests.  Students also have an opportunity to earn early release on these days at 12:30pm if they have all As and Bs in their classes as signed off by their teachers.  Students who do not yet qualify for early release will receive targeted interventions with their teachers following the MAP test.  Please click here to download a copy of the Early Release Permission Slip.  Permission slips are due to Ms. Randle by 9:00am on Wednesday, December 12th.  For more information, please contact your student’s mentor.


Summit Theater: December 15, 2017

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a Winter celebration with their mentor groups on Friday, December 15th during Summit Theater from 1:25 – 3:30pm.  During this time, mentor groups will have the opportunity to enjoy a film of their choice together.  We encourage all students to bring snacks to share with their mentor group on that day.  We also invite all parents and families to donate any snacks for Summit Theater if they so choose.  For more information, please contact Ms. Temes at



Basketball Games:

Click here for an updated schedule for Basketball Games

See the school calendar on for specific dates.

Check out pictures from this week’s Boys Basketball game against Summit Public Schools-Olympus. Our team won with a final score of 67-57! Great job, athletes.

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

Inclement Weather Announcement

As a reminder to all families and community members, Sierra will follow Seattle Public Schools’ schedule in the event of inclement weather or school closure.  We will inform families of inclement weather via email post and our school website will be updated.

Supporting Students to Balance Their Time
(New Bathroom Passes)

One of our top priorities at Summit Sierra is to prepare all students for success in a four year college or university. Everyday we support students with building the habits of success that will help them be prepared for the rigor of college classrooms.

One skill we are supporting all students in learning is how to best manage their time effectively in order to maximize their learning in the academic setting.

Currently, students are utilizing bathroom passes for more than standard restroom breaks. In college, students will face the challenge of knowing how to best prioritize how they use their time.

We strive to help our students develop the skill of time management as high school students.Therefore, starting in December, all students will receive six bathroom passes each month to help them carefully consider their time spent away from the academic setting.

(Please note: students with documented needs will be provided passes according to their need. Please reach out to Tianna Lopez with additional questions at

Our belief with implementing this new system, is that students will thoughtfully consider their time spent out of class and thereby increase their restroom frequency before & after school, during brunch & lunch and during passing periods throughout the day.

In the first week, we have seen a significant decrease in the number of students out of class for non-restroom related incidents.

Thank you in advance for your support as we are continually committed to developing and enacting on systems that help to build your student’s success. If you would like to discuss your student’s progress in developing his, her or their time management habits, please contact your student’s mentor.

Thank you,

L. Denice Randle

Coat Drive

Summit Sierra will be collecting coat donations for the month of December.  Please bring in any donations you have to the front desk.  Coats will be donated to the Smiles at Christmas event.  For more information about the Coat Drive, please contact the following student leaders: Ashley Clark at and Raleigh Haavig at


Little Saigon Ambassadors Food Drive

The first Little Saigon Ambassador food drive ended today! The Baba Teas won the mentor group competition for the most donations, with 20 items, and we ended up with a total of 42 non-perishable food items! Special thanks to Mr. Dacuan for his support and guidance, and James Chen who led the effort to reach out to the Asian Counseling and Referral Service Food Bank. Check out the photo below of the Ambassadors making their donation –

For more information about the food drive, please contact LSA President Eva Hudak at or Mr. Dacuan at

College Corner:


Colleges and scholarships look for well-rounded students who are active in school and outside of school. Help students find volunteer opportunities to do during this break!
Seattle Community Service Opportunities:


11th Grade Sierra Family College Night
Wednesday, January 31st | 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Summit Sierra
Workshops and resources for college planning, paying for college, the application process, and more!

Summit Sierra will be supporting juniors in the SAT and ACT registration process for the February ACT and March SAT test. All juniors should take either test at least once during their junior year and again during their senior year. We recommend for students to take either test at least 3 times total or until the ideal score is reached. Fee waivers are available for students with free and reduced lunch. Please check in with juniors for their progress in their Sierra Method Online test prep program. Contact Ms. Nguyen at for additional information.
Want to begin the registration process on your own? Please take a look at this PowerPoint for support!


February 10
ACT Jan. 12
(1/19 with late fee)
March 10
SAT only Feb. 9
(2/28 with late fee)
April 14
ACT Mar. 9
(3/23 with late fee)
May 5
SAT & SAT Subject Apr. 6
(4/25 with late fee)
June 2
SAT & SAT Subject May 3
(5/23 with late fee)
June 9
ACT May 4
(5/18 with late fee)

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:

AMIGOS Program

AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. The AMIGOS Seattle Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from the Puget Sound area.

Interested? Please fill out this form to find out more!  For more information, please contact Ms. McGrath at or Mr. Sobiek at

Piano and Violin Lessons

Laura Choi is a piano and violin teacher who has traditionally taught students coming from low-income households. If you have a mentee who is interested in taking lessons for violin or piano, regardless of their ability to pay for lessons, please reach out to her at!

Washington World Fellows Program

Application Deadline: February 16, 2018
Click here to access the application

The Washington World Fellows program is an equity-focused academic fellowship open to 10th grade student applicants in Washington state. Starting in the summer of 2018, the fellowship will consist of a six-week immersive Spanish language study abroad program in Léon, Spain, with a full college-level academic schedule, as well as post-trip college-readiness support. Before departing for Spain, students will attend a series of pre-departure orientation sessions in the spring in preparation for the study abroad program, and after their return, will have access to leadership opportunities and college application assistance through their 11th and 12th grade years.

The overarching purpose of the program is to provide students who may lack access to similar opportunities with an academic and study abroad experience that will support their trajectory into college, enhance their high school academics, and afford them a new sense of global awareness. In order to fulfill that goal, the program will be administered at no cost to students, including airfare.

Up to 20 current 10th grade students will be selected this spring to take part in the Washington World Fellows program. Students must be first nominated by their teachers for the program to apply, and will be selected based on the strength of their applications.

Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by March 9th.

In order to apply, students must first be nominated by at least one of their high school grade teachers. 10th grade teachers are asked to nominate up to three of their 10th grade students that they believe are likely to gain the most from the program — that is, students who are motivated, but may not have access to similar opportunities. After verifying their nominees’ interest, teachers submit students’ names to the Washington World Fellows online application. Teachers will serve as a character reference for their nominees, and nominees will be automatically notified of their nomination. Teachers are encouraged to help students fill out their online applications, and help connect parents with information about the program.

Nomination Criteria:
• nominees must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States
• nominees must be current 10th grade students
• nominees must have completed one year of high school Spanish by the summer of 2018 (or be able to demonstrate elementary conversational Spanish)
• nominees should be academically motivated, but may lack access to similar opportunities
• nominees should demonstrate the maturity to handle a 6-week study abroad experience
• nominees should be motivated to enhance their language skills and demonstrate an interest in travel


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.