Highlights from Project Time + Mentor Time - 1/19/2018

Highlights from Project Time + Mentor Time - 1/19/2018

Dear Spartan Families,

This week our students worked hard in their classes, on their projects and used personalized learning time to study for their Content Assessments.  One highlight from Project Time was when young scientists writing lab reports about the DNA they extracted from local fish markets.  In Mr. HB’s 9th grade Biology class, students closed out their study of fish sustainability in the Pacific Northwest by submitting the final drafts of their lab reports.  Also, budding researchers in World History 1 started studying the Industrial Revolution this weeks, and selected specific products to research in their new project.  Across all grade levels, we saw students pushing themselves to stay on track with their projects and become more college ready.

In addition, students expanded their connections with one another in our Circle blocks this week.  Each week, students meet with their mentor groups for Circle Work, where they reflect on their own lives and share their reflections with their Mentor Groups.  Most recently, all Spartans have been reflecting on when they have been their best selves so they can share in life stories in their upcoming community circles.  Check out the picture below of Ms. Baba’s mentor group, the Baba Tea’s, participating in their Circle.

I look forward to another great academic week next week!

Thank you,

L. Denice Randle
Assistant Director
Summit Sierra




Blood Drive: January 26, 2018

Sierra’s Activism Club is proud to host our school’s first Blood Drive on January 26, 2018 in partnership with Bloodworks Northwest. Students ages 16 and up will have the opportunity to sign up to give blood during the school day from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Please contact Ms. Visperas at cvisperas@summitps.org for more information.

11th Grade Sierra Family College NightJanuary 31, 2018

Please join us on Wednesday, January 31 from 6:30 – 8:00pm for workshops and resources for college planning, paying for college, the application process, and more! Food will be provided. Please register at: http://bit.ly/jancollegenight.  For more information, please contact Ms. Nguyen at cnguyen@summitps.org.




Basketball Games:

Click here for an updated schedule for Basketball Games.

See the school calendar on http://sierra.summitps.org for specific dates.

Please contact Coach James Hampton with any questions or comments. He can be reached at drillsandskills4141@gmail.com.


Ultimate Frisbee:

Frisbee tryouts will be held on 1/17, 1/18, and 1/19 from 3:45 – 5:00pm at Beacon Hill Playfield.  Students can meet Captain Oscar in the OLS at 3:35pm on any day to walk over together to the tryouts.  For more information, please contact Ms. Temes at ltemes@summitps.org or Captain Oscar Cortes at ocortes.si@mysummitps.org.





Call for Parent Volunteers

We would love to invite parent and family volunteers to join us for Office Hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:00pm.  Here are some of the roles you could participate in as a volunteer –
  • Study alongside your student or a small study group for a Content Assessment
  • Work with your student on a Checkpoint or Final Product for a Project
  • Coordinate with teachers to help provide individualized support
  • Learn along with your student on the PLP
To volunteer during Office Hours, please contact your student’s mentor or Ms. Randle at drandle@summitps.org.



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 famliies of inclement weather via email post and our school website will be updated.



Call for Shoe Boxes

Do you have any old shoe-boxes that you could donate to our Physics classroom? Our first project of 2018 will have students designing, building, and wiring a model house. Each student will need a shoe-box or equivalent cardboard as a base for their structure. Any help would be greatly appreciated! 🙂 Check out the picture below of an example Physics Model House Project –

For more information, please contact Mr. Bakke at pbakke@summitps.org.



Call for Panelists

Hello parents! Did you attend an HBCU? Did anyone you know attend an HBCU? We are looking for participants for a panel about HBCUs happening in February at Summit Sierra. If you know anyone who can support us with this event, please email Mr. Sobiek at ssobiek@summitps.org.



College Corner:


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

UW Prehealth Conference Feb 3rd  HERE

Girls Who Code Internship  HERE

Seattle Pacific Center Camp HERE (scholarship for fee available)

Camp BioMed HERE Scholarship for program fee available

Lunar New Year Volunteer Opportunity Feb. 10th  (Contact mentor or Ms. Nguyen)

5th Ave Theatre Rising Stars Project HERE

Seattle Youth Employment Program Internships HERE (selected through lottery)

Teens in Public Service HERE 


Having conversations about the significance and benefits of a college education is important for student motivation and academic achievement. Click HERE for talking points and resources.


While juniors are preparing to take the college entrance SAT or ACT exams, sophomores can look ahead at their PSAT test in the spring. The PSAT stands for Preliminary SAT and it serves two purposes: preparation test for the actual SAT and to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). PSAT 10th grade will be given in late spring, while PSAT/NMSQT 11th grade will be available in the fall. For practice exams, click HERE.

Junior College Lab Office Hours

Beginning Jan. 8th, Ms. Nguyen will hold College Lab during Monday office hours:

January Dates: Jan. 16, 22, 29

Students can work on any college and career related material independently or as a group. The focus in the next three months in College Lab will be SAT & ACT strategies.


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 cnguyen@summitps.org for additional information.
Want to begin the registration process on your own? Please take a look at this PowerPoint for support! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1UauYM_aJuR1lWEYOR4Jcbn_ilTQS8e_p6gR364xuTYQ/edit?usp=sharing


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 acrook@summitps.org and Ms. Visperas (APLang) at cvisperas@summitps.org.



Community Resources and Opportunities:


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Upsilon Omega Chapter is hosting its ASCEND Youth Leadership Program 2018 Co-hort.  AKA is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women.

Students throughout the Puget Sound are welcome! Students will participate in a 3-part series of workshops. Sessions are on January 27, February 24 and March 24 from 9 am to 12 pm. The final date of the program will be the STEAM Summit on April 28 from 9 am 2 pm.

Students will experience engaging workshops, interactive hands-on activities & community events focused on:

  • Transitioning from high school to college, vocational/technical schools or work;
  • College preparation (focusing on desired college major/career choices);
  • Enhancing students’ self-esteem and confidence;
  • Study and test preparation skills;
  • Cultural awareness and community engagement; and
  • Developing global citizenship skills

For interested students, please complete the form here: http://bit.ly/2018ascend

Volunteer Opportunity at Wing Luke Museum:

Wing Luke Museum is seeking event volunteers for its Lunar New Year Fair on Saturday, February 10. The fair is a celebration of Asian Pacific American traditions with family-friendly activities such as games and crafts. It’s an event that not only brings visitors to the museum, but also supports the neighborhood. Volunteers answer questions about the day and lead activities, and many ofthem will be from other high schools or college-age students. The museum often sees Summit Sierra students passing by and would love to invite them in to learn more about the museum and more about local history.

There are a few different shift options in the call for volunteers, but SummitSierra students are encouraged to volunteer for the mid-day 12:00pm-3:30pmshift. We ask that volunteers arrive 30 minutes beforehand  (11:30am for this shift) for food and drink and orientation.

Click here for a flyer to learn more about volunteering.

Contact your mentor or let Ms. Nguyen (cnguyen@summitps.org) know if you are interested. Different positions available.

Sierra Contemporary Band:

Sierra Contemporary Band is looking for new members! The band has met intermittently during Fall semester.  They put on a short concert of holiday carols at lunch on Friday the 15th.  The band will continue to meet every Friday(including Fridays during Expeditions) from 3:30 to 5:00 at Summit for the duration of the school year. Chris Littlefield and Amy Denio from the Seattle Drum School are the teachers. The cost is on a “pay what you can” basis so no one should hold back attending for that reason. Instrumental music experience is preferred. Students interested should show up on Fridays at 330 and please email Chris at cornucopia9999@gmail.com if questions. Hope to see you in January!

Global Teen Leadership Summer Programs:

Would you like to study abroad in Mexico this summer?  YMCA of Seattle is proud to present its Global Teen Leadership Summer Program.  The program will take students to Mexico from August 4th – 11th, 2018 to live with families in home stays and complete a community development project.  Sliding scale payment is available based on income level.  Click here to learn more. 

The Service Board:

Each year, the Service Board brings together a group of young high-schoolers and adult mentors from a broad range of academic, racial, cultural and economic backgrounds to engage in a demanding six-month program. Program participants meet twice weekly from January through June, with weekend activities rotating between intensive service learning projects and snowboarding, hence our name: the Service Board.

Music, snowballs, fresh food and a sense of community are the common threads that tie the program together. In accordance with our unique mentoring model, each mentor serves the program rather than an individual teen, giving our students a range of strengths and resources from which to draw. the Service Board emphasizes the importance of youth empowerment and healthy, sustainable decisions to educate tomorrow’s leaders.

Please click here to access the application for The Service Board and to learn more.

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 laura1choi@gmail.com!

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.