Summit Sierra: Expeditions 2 student Events Today, Celebration of Learning Thursday, AP US History Test Friday - May 5th, 2018

Summit Sierra: Expeditions 2 student Events Today, Celebration of Learning Thursday, AP US History Test Friday - May 5th, 2018

Dear Spartan Families,

We hope you are enjoying the sunshine today! While your students are working hard on their expeditions projects, Sierra faculty are working on their own projects, including revamping our student orientation for next year, finalizing our academic and events calendar for next year, updating our grading policies, creating a plan to streamline our mentor, grade-level, and newsletter communications (specially about your student’s progress)

As students are doing amazing things this weekend! We encourage you all to come out to the Third Annual WeAPP Competition at Southshore K-8 today from 10:30-2:00pm. Here is a short video showcasing the amazing work of last year.

Also, our wonderful Frisbee team is playing a double-header today from 12:40-4:00pm in Shoreline (1st Ave NE and NE 185th St Shoreline, WA). If you are able, please come cheer our students on at either of these great events!

We are also so excited for our juniors to take their first AP test next Friday. We are so proud of the work our students and Mr. Crook have done to prepare students to do well on the AP US History test. We are invested in our students academic success, which is reflected in our decision to pay 100% of the $94 fee for students to test.

1. Students are expect to arrive ON-TIME (8:20 a.m.) and give their best effort. Students who arrive after testing has started, will not be permitted to test. There is no make-up testing for AP exams.

2. Breakfast will be served starting at 7:45 a.m. in order to feed all students, especially those who are testing.

3. Please bring a sharpened No. 2 pencil

Finally, please note that prom will be on Friday, May 25th (see more details below in the events). We are excited to see you all at the Celebration of Learning next Thursday. If you are willing to chaperone Prom, please email me. We need at least 6 parent chaperones.

Take good care,



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

OPTIONAL PRE-MEETING: Come learning more about our Electives Program next year, including courses we will offer and our awesome new teachers at 5pm

OPTIONAL POST-MEETING: Come learn more about Running Start for juniors after the Celebration of Learning at 8pm


Incoming Family Enrollment Day: May 12, 10:00am – 1:00pm

We are excited to welcome our new students in the Class of 2022 as well as new transfer students and their families at our Incoming Family Enrollment Day on Saturday, May 12 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Interested in volunteering for our community?  Help us welcome our new incoming families by volunteering at our 2018/19 Enrollment Day.  We are looking for 5-10 Parent volunteers to support in answering new Parent questions and assisting new families in completing their enrollment process.  Our enrollment day is Saturday, May 12th, from 10am – 1pm.   Please email if you are interested.


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


May 17th Rally in Olympia

It is time to sign up for the May 17th rally in Olympia and show your support for Washington’s public charter schools!

On Thursday, May 17th, Summit Sierra students and families will have the opportunity to take a trip to Olympia to participate in a day of action and learning on Washington’s legislative campus.


  • – Buses will leave from Summit Sierra at 7am sharp on Thursday, May 17th and will return around 2pm.
  • – Students must be on track in all classes by Monday, May 14th to participate.
  • – Students and parents interested in attending must fill out this google form to RSVP by May 9th, 2018.
  • – Students who are interested in attending must have signed permission slips. Permission slips are available from Ms. Lopez 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.


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.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Abigail Cedano, Head of Schools at Thank you for your support.


Testing Announcements

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


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



Soccer: Cancelled

Unfortunately, we will not be able to have a soccer team this year. All practices are at Garfield are cancelled as of today. I deeply appreciate all of the interest we found in the student body and those of you that made it a priority to attend these practices.

I am excited that the interest that was created and all of the hard work done by Coach James means we will have two teams competing in the boys and girls leagues next school year and that there are already games scheduled for next Spring!!

I’m sure there will be some disappointment. If you would like to talk more about the team of if you have questions please reach out to Mr. Effland ( directly.

Ultimate Frisbee:

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

Our team will be in a double header this weekend on May 5, 2018 from 1-4pm at 1st Ave NE and NE 185th St. Shoreline, WA

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


College Corner:

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