Summit Sierra: End of Year Testing, Charter Rally, and Expeditions + Teacher Appreciation Starting Monday - April 26th, 2018

Summit Sierra: End of Year Testing, Charter Rally, and Expeditions + Teacher Appreciation Starting Monday - April 26th, 2018

Dear Spartan Families,

We hope you are enjoying the beautiful sunshine! We had a joyful start to the week at Sierra as our neighbor to the west “hired” 50 goats to clear the lot of blackberries. We watched as they chomped away with the urban landscape in the background.

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Study after study shows the incredible impact a supportive adult can have in a students life. Similarly, it is widely accepted that the greatest predictor of a children’s success in school is the quality of their teachers. We are so very grateful to have such an amazing teaching faculty at Sierra. We are thankful for the extraordinary passion each of them show as they support our students to be their best selves and to achieve ambitious goals for themselves. From the responsive communication with parents to the inspirational student conversations, to the ways they think creatively about the learning that’s happening in their classrooms, our teachers truly put all of their hearts into this work. Parents, please take a moment this week to write a quick note to your student’s mentor or a teacher who has impacted your students life. Students, you will have the opportunity to write notes to your teachers and mentor, which we will organize into a booklet at the end of the week.

There are several important upcoming events in the next month, including the start of our final expeditions session on Monday and our testing dates, which start with our AP US History test on May 11th. We also have an important rally on May 17th. Detailed information about our testing week and the rally is outlined below.

Finally, we will be launching our elective course survey tomorrow, which will give students the opportunity to preference the courses they would like to see offered at Summit Sierra next year. Please note, we cannot guarantee every course is offered (we need adequate facilities, a class of students who would like to enroll, and a teacher with the expertise), but we will build our program based off student interest. Once we have created a course catalog, we will share it with families and then students will have the opportunity to preference the courses they would like to take next year.

Take good care,



Spring Dance: April 27, 2018, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

We will be having our last school dance of the year next Friday, April 27th from 7-10pm. Our Spring Dance theme will be Glow in the Dark. (Feel free to bring glow sticks.) Tickets will be $5 and $7 for VIP. In VIP, you will get the special privilege to get pizza. If you are interested in bringing a guest, you must fill out a form, which can be found at the front desk. Please be sure to turn it in before the day of the dance.

Expeditions Cycle 4: April 30 – May 11, 2018

Students will be back in their Expeditions classes starting on April 30, 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

Expeditions Celebration of Learning: May 10, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Please join us to celebrate students’ hard work in their Expeditions classes this year!  Students will be performing, showing their artwork, and sharing original pieces in this annual showcase.  For more information, please contact Ms. Nguyen at Please note, we will have an optional meeting at 5pm prior to the celebration to discuss our elective program for next year. Families will have the chance to ask questions and will hear the courses we will offer.  

Summit Sierra Junior Prom: May 18 or May 25th, 7:00pm – 11:00pm

On May 18, 2018, we will have our inaugural Junior Prom at The MV Skansonia.  Tickets will go on sale starting May 7th.  Juniors must have 2 or fewer Incompletes by May 18th in order to attend.  For more information at prom, please contact Ms. Burns at

Testing Announcements

Dear Families,
This spring, your 10th or 11th grade child will take the Smarter Balanced (SBAC) tests in math and/or English language arts. Passing these tests is required for high school graduation in Washington State. In addition, 11th grade students will take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) for federal accountability. This is the fourth year our state will administer the Smarter Balanced tests and the first year for the WCAS. Additionally, the results from the Smarter Balanced tests will provide a more accurate picture of whether students across the state are on track to be ready for career or college. 

In addition to state testing, 11th graders will take AP tests in United State History and Language and Composition to demonstrate their learning and growth through the school year. Passing an AP test can help students earn college credit (note, most colleges require a score of a 3 or higher to earn college credit, but other colleges require a 4 or higher).

The testing schedules are outlined below. Please note that Summit Sierra paid 100 percent of the test fees for each student ($94 per test) this year (we will not be able to cover the full cost in future years for all students), and we are seeking 100 percent attendance and participation on test day. Students should arrive to school by 8:00 a.m. on test days and be prepared to give their best effort. Please note that we will provide breakfast as early as 7:45 a.m. in order to give students a strong start to the day.

Upcoming Testing Schedule:

  • – AP US History (all 11th graders): Friday, May 11th
  • – AP Biology (some 10th graders): Monday, May 14th
  • – AP English (all 11th graders): Wednesday, May 16th
  • – ELA SBAC (all 10th + 11th who haven’t passed yet): Tuesday, May 29th
  • – Math SBAC (all 10th + 11th): Wednesday, May 30th
  • – WCAS: (11th): Thursday, May 31st
  • – MAP Math: (9th, 10th + 11th): Friday, June 1st
  • – MAP ELA: (9, 10th + 11th): Friday, June 8th
We will share the bell schedules for these tests in upcoming newsletters, but several of these days will have and early release option for students who are earning all As and Bs (including B-s) in their courses.
Make up Testing:
  • – ELA SBAC: Tuesday, June 5th
  • – Math SBAC: Wednesday, June 6th
  • – WCAS: Thursday, June 7th
  • – MAP Math: Friday, June 8th
  • – MAP ELA: Friday, June 13th

Our school will have access to the Smarter Balanced test scores a few weeks after students complete the online tests, but the WCAS results will not be available until August.

For more information about the Smarter Balanced tests, visit

To try out an online Smarter Balanced practice test, visit


For more information about the WCAS, visit

 To try out a WCAS training test, visit

If you have additional questions about state testing, please email L. Denice Randle, Assistant Principal at Summit Sierra, at

Thank you for continuing to work with us to make sure your child successful. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to better support you or your child.


L. Denice Randle
Assistant Principal

May 17th Rally in Olympia

On Thursday, May 17th, Summit Sierra students and families will have the opportunity to take a trip to Olympia, Washington to participate in a day of action and learning on Washington’s legislative campus. We hope that you will join us!
Context: The day of action will take place the morning of May 17th, when the State Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in a case that concerns the constitutionality of Washington’s charter school law. The case is part of an ongoing debate about charter public schools in the state. Over the past few years, Washington voters, state legislators, and local courts have each voted or ruled in favor of our sector, and we are optimistic about a similar outcome at the State Supreme Court. 

Participants will be joined by 11 other charter schools, their students, teachers, parents, school leaders, and supporters in a show of support and solidarity for our sector that morning. Students will watch the hearing, participate in learning activities across the state’s legislative campus, and be provided lunch.


  • – Buses will leave from Summit Sierra at 7am sharp on Thursday, May 17th and will return around 2pm.
  • – Students and parents interested in attending must fill out this google form to RSVP by May 4th, 2018.
  • – Students who are interested in attending must have signed permission slips. Permission slips are available at the front desk.
  • – All attendees will wear Summit Sierra t-shirts.
  • – Students will be supervised by chaperones during the entire day
  • – Snack, lunch and water will be provided.
If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Abigail Cedano, Head of Schools at Thank you for your support. We hope your student can join us on this exciting educational opportunity!



  • – 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


College Corner:


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 



Summit Sierra is underway supporting juniors to register for the SAT! 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