Summit Sierra: Important Change to Our Expeditions Program - April 20th, 2018

Summit Sierra: Important Change to Our Expeditions Program - April 20th, 2018

Dear Spartan Families,

After reflecting as a school team on the last two years of expeditions, we have decided that our school will be moving our elective experiences (expeditions) to courses within our general school day next year. The current system was unsustainable for a number of reasons (transportation, student safety, coordination between external partners, on boarding external partners to our systems and norms), and this shift will provide more consistent learning experiences for our students. We are so very grateful to the community partners who have provided our students with awesome opportunities to learn and grow over the past few years. We are also very excited that we have internal current Sierra faculty who will be stepping into these elective teacher positions, and we will announce who this will be next week.

Next year, students will take electives throughout the week along with their core classes (English, math, history, science, Spanish) rather than in two week segments. These courses will take place at Summit Sierra, which will allow us more oversight of the program and students. This will also allow students to take engaging courses all year long.

This shift will also result in more daily planning time for our teachers. In order to provide our faculty professional development time together to learn and grow, we will also be adding an early release day on Wednesday similar to other local high schools. We are still finalizing the dismissal time, and we will share this information before the start of June. Senior internships can happen during this early release time.

Over the next few weeks, we will be surveying students to determine what courses we will offer. In mid-May students will request the specific courses they would like to take next year.

We will provide more detailed information and are happy to answer questions you have at an optional meeting before our celebration of learning on May 10th.

I also want to share some exciting updates from the week. The building was abuzz with energy as students returned from Spring Break refreshed and ready to work. One classroom highlight this week was in English 9 where students performed original poetry as the final product of their poetry study. Students will also perform original work at tomorrow’s All School Meeting. Check out the photos below of 9th grader, Akilah Franklin, performing her work in English.

Also, we are excited to announce our newest faculty member, Temneet Sahle, who has joined our team as our Operations Assistant. Ms. Sahle (Ms. S.) is originally from the White Center community and found an interest in education through the University of Washington Dream Project where she mentored low-come and first-generation high school students through the college admissions process. She has also been involved in community work with the UW Women’s Center and One America. In just the few short days Ms. S. has been on the team, we have been so grateful for her welcoming and positive nature to add to our Operations team. Ms. S. is excited to get to know students and families more as the school year progresses. Next time you’re in the building, please feel free to say hello!


Malia Burns
Executive Director



11th Grade Family College Night: April 25th, 2018 6-8:30pm

Presentations and Workshops on Financial Aid & College Admissions. More Info to come!
Missed the last 11th Grade Family College Night? See below for information.

Financial Aid
College Applications & Testing

Save the Date: May 17th Rally and Learning Day in Olympia

On May 17th, the WA State Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the ongoing case about the charter law.

On the morning of May 17th, Summit students and families will have the opportunity to head to Olympia with hundreds of other charter school families and supporters for a rally and learning day.

Last February, the King County Superior Court upheld the charter law on all counts. Despite the strong ruling, charter school opponents decided to appeal the decision straight to the state Supreme Court.

We remain confident in the law and excited for the opportunity to come to together as a sector to rally for continued educational opportunities for our students.

The state Supreme Court’s decision will come at some point further down the line. We promise to to keep you updated throughout the process.

We hope that you will join us on May 17th and will send more specific information in next week’s newsletter.





  • – The team is open to ALL genders.
  • – Practices are M/W from 6:30-7:30pm at Garfield HS. These will be led by Coach James.
  • – Friday Activity Block will be run as an additional practice. Students who cannot play on the team are still welcome, but all must actively participate including running to and from the gym. To be switched into the Soccer Activity Block, please reach out to your student’s mentor.
  • – Forms are due to Mr. Effland or Coach James by Wednesday, April 4th. There is a release and a transportation form. BOTH must be turned in. They are available at the front desk.
  • – Games will start after the break. There will likely be 4-6 total.

For more information about Soccer, please contact Mr. Effland at

Ultimate Frisbee:

Frisbee practices are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at Beacon Hill Playfield from 3:45 – 5:15pm.

Players will be attending Spring Reign, a 2 day Ultimate Frisbee tournament held in Skagit River Park in Burlington, WA on April 28th and April 29th.

For more information, please contact Ms. Temes at or Captain Oscar Cortes at

Mariners Tickets for Sale

Summit Sierra parents and students, currently Garfield Baseball is having a fundraiser, and we are selling Mariners tickets to raise money for numerous things. The Mariners tickets cost 20 dollars, which is 8 dollars off the face value of the ticket. The section will be around 340, and the game we are selling tickets is May 5th, against the Angels. A great time to see the two-way player Ohtani! A Mariners game is a great thing to do with the family. If you can’t attend the game, but want to support, we also accept donations in any amount. Tickets can be purchased anytime from now until mid-April. Donations until early May. If interested, please contact Eli Savitt at or Ms. Visperas at Please support and I hope to receive many emails in the near future!



College Corner:



11th Grade Family College Night

April 25th | 6-8:30pm
Presentations and Workshops on Financial Aid & College Admissions. More Info to come!
Missed the last 11th Grade Family College Night?  See below for information.
Financial Aid
College Applications & Testing



Register NOW with Princeton Review!
ACT: April 28  CLICK HERE      SAT: March 18  Register Here


Summit College Resources

Summit College Resources:
Note: Some resources and materials at this site were designed for California Summit Schools. There will be gradual increase of Washington college references. 



There will be an increase of programs, internships, and volunteer opportunities available for high school students this season. Below are some open opportunities; please encourage your students to apply!

RadioActive Youth Media Internship HERE

Girls Who Code Internship  HERE

Seattle Pacific Center Camp HERE (scholarship for fee available)

Camp BioMed HERE Scholarship for program fee available

5th Ave Theatre Rising Stars Project HERE

Seattle Youth Employment Program Internships HERE (selected through lottery)

Teens in Public Service HERE 



Mondays. Next Lab:  March 19th | Focus: SAT Practice Tests & Strategies  Teacher: Ms. Nguyen



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!



June 2
SAT & SAT Subject May 3
(5/23 with late fee)
June 9
ACT May 4
(5/18 with late fee)

Click here for SAT and ACT Study Resources


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