Summit Sierra: Black History Month Launch, HBCU Panel, Sex Ed Symposium - 2/2/2018

Summit Sierra: Black History Month Launch, HBCU Panel, Sex Ed Symposium - 2/2/2018

Dear Spartan Families,

This week was full of joyful events at Summit Sierra. We were so happy to host some inaugural events like our first 11th Grade College Family Night, a Historically Black College Panel, and the Sexual Education Symposium. We also celebrated another Summit Sierra tradition with a presentation by

Student leaders Kamaria Lyles and Ladan Fayoke presenting about Black History Month in the All School Meeting:

Students attending our Historically Black College and University Panel:

10th grader, Jimena Talamantes, pieing Ms. Gomez in the face during the All School Meeting for being part of the winning block of the Math II competition:


I look forward to a great start to Expeditions Cycle 3 next week!

Thank you,

L. Denice Randle
Assistant Director
Summit Sierra




 Summit Sierra Info Session + Open House: February 15, 2018

Do you know a student who would like to enroll at Summit Sierra? We’d love to invite all community members and prospective students to learn more about our school. Please join us for our monthly Info Session on Thursday, February 15th, 6:00 – 7:30pm to learn more. For more information, please contact Ms. Tianna at

Expeditions Cycle Three: February 5 – 16, 2018

Students will be back in their Expeditions classes starting on February 5, 2018. We are excited for students to reconnect with their Expeditions teachers and continue to work on their projects. For more information about Expeditions or to learn more about your student’s progress, please contact Ms. Nguyen at

Important Spanish Class Changes + Update

Hola Sierra Spanish Students and Families, Summit is committed to continuous innovation and ensuring that our students receive the best possible instruction. With this commitment in mind, the Summit Spanish curriculum is undergoing some shifts and we are excited about the potential this new direction has for helping our students attain higher levels of proficiency in the language. We have received some questions about these changes and thought it would be helpful to answer some of the most common ones are linked below. We apologize that this information was not shared broadly with all families at the start of the year. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. McGrath or Mr. Sobiek with any additional questions.

Please Click Here to Review the Full: FAQ Document




Basketball Games:

Click here for an updated schedule for Basketball Games.

See the school calendar on for specific dates.

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


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 or Captain Oscar Cortes at

Academic Integrity Reminder

One of our Core Characteristics as Spartans is Integrity–the idea that to be successful, you must do the right thing even when no one is watching.  In the coming weeks, students will be discussing upholding Academic Integrity in their Content Assessments, Checkpoints, Projects, etc.  We believe that understanding the impacts and consequences of Academic Integrity is critical to ensuring all students are successful when they reach the college or university of their choice.  We’d like to encourage all students to continue to push themselves and show their best original work and reach out to appropriate resources if they need additional assistance in doing their best.

Here are some ways you can support your student in learning more about Academic Integrity at home –

  • Ask your student to explain their ideas about their checkpoints or final products aloud
  • Review for a Content Assessment with your student by studying flashcards, reviewing notes, etc.
  • Read along with your student for an assigned book or reading in a Focus Area playlist

For more information about Summit Sierra’s policies and values around Academic Integrity, please contact your student’s mentor or Ms. Randle at



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


Office Hours Reminder

One of our values at Summit Sierra is to model our school’s experiences after what students will experience in college.  Office Hours is one opportunity we have for students to develop the self-advocacy and academic skills needed to succeed after high school.  We’d like to share some more specifics about Office Hours with you so we can support your student in maximizing his/her Office Hours time:
  • Office Hours is from 3:50pm – 5:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.  Teachers will be ready to welcome students into Office Hours starting at 3:40pm.  At 3:45pm, doors to Office Hours will be closed.  Students arriving late to Office Hours will be dismissed for the day.
  • Similar to our school day policy, cell phones are not permitted during Office Hours.  Students who need to contact a parent about getting picked up will need to make arrangements ahead of time.  If a teacher sees a student’s cell phone out during Office Hours, the student will need to hand in their cell phone, and it will be returned at the end of Office Hours.
As a reminder, here is the weekly Office Hours schedule –
  • Mondays – College Lab, Math & Spanish (Mr. Sobiek)
  • Tuesday – PLT, English & Spanish (Ms. McGrath)
  • Wednesday – PLT, Science & History
For more information about Office Hours, please contact your student’s mentor or Ms. Randle at    


Now Hiring: Office Assistant

Do you know someone who would like to join our faculty at Summit Sierra?  We are currently hiring an Office Assistant to join our team.  The Office Assistant’s primary responsibilities include front desk management, school meal service, attendance, and family engagement.  Fluent Somali speakers are encouraged to apply.  Please click here for a link to the job application.

For more information please contact Ms. Randle at


College Corner:


Powerpoints & Resources below. Stay tuned for another meeting in late April!
Financial Aid
College Applications & Testing

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

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.


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