Announcement of Electives Program, SY19 Calendar + Olympia Field Trip Opportunity Next Thursday - May 11th, 2018

Announcement of Electives Program, SY19 Calendar + Olympia Field Trip Opportunity Next Thursday - May 11th, 2018

Dear Spartan Families,

Congratulations to our junior class for taking their first AP test today! We are proud of their effort! We are also excited for them to take the AP Language Test next Wednesday. Thanks to all the students who performed and showcased their amazing talent and hard work last night at our Celebration of Learning. We appreciate the work of our Expeditions partners and the thoughtful coordination from Ms. Nguyen and Ms. Randle. Photos of the incredible night are below.

As I shared in our previous newsletter, next year we are transitioning from our expeditions program to school day electives. This will allow more continuity of culture, norms, and pedagogical practices for our students. We are excited to announce our elective teachers for next year – Erica Baba, Bo Mendez, Tianna Lopez, and Ryan Vinson-Jacobs. Each one of these faculty members is eager to pursue their passions by teaching elective courses to our students. We have also finalized the course offerings for next year based off our survey of student interests. Courses are listed below. Students will request courses next week during mentor time.

  • – AP Computer Science
  • – Basketball & Athletic Leadership
  • – Chamber Choir
  • – Creative Writing
  • – Digital Photography & Image Editing
  • – Evolution of Music
  • – Exploring Computer Science
  • – Hip Hop Dance & Movement
  • – History & Culture in Film
  • – Strength & Fitness
  • – Student Government & Leadership Development
  • – Theater & Performance
  • – 2D/3D Visual Art
  • – Yoga & Mindfulness

Here is a link to our 2018-2019 school calendar, and here is a sample student schedule for a student who is taking a dance elective:

Here is the presentation on Running Start. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Randle at

Also, please read the academic deadlines section for information regarding the end of the year. This also includes how students can raise their grades and the policies for early release on testing days.

Finally, we have a few more spaces available in our rally field trip visit next Thursday. Please consider attending. More details are below.

Take care,



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.


Academic 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

Students who have As and Bs in all classes (including B-s) are eligible to be dismissed early on the dates above with parent permission.Early release permission slip form is here.

Other students receive academic support from 12:30-3:30.

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

Bringing Up Grades:

In addition to passing additional content assessments, students can also revise cognitive skills to raise their grades in their courses. They need to attend office hours for this opportunity with the teacher of the course. Specific requirements for this were sent directly to students. Deadline for revisions: Friday, June 8th at midnight!

Remedial Summer School + Promotion:

In order to promote to the next grade, students must pass 100% of their academic (English, Math, Science, and History, and Spanish if student is taking it) courses by June 22nd.

If a student is not passing on June 15th (last day of school), he/she/they can attend summer school to pass the course as long as he/she has a maximum of two projects overdue or a maximum of 16 content assessments (PFAs).

If a student has more than two projects overdue and is more than 16 content assessments (PFAs) to pass, he/she/they will not promote.

Dates of Remedial Summer School: Unfortunately, we do not have space for students who are not failing courses.

June 18th – 22nd: 9:00am-2:00pm → Courses: Math, Science, History, English, Spanish


Academic Awards Banquet

As our school year comes to a close, we take time to reflect and celebrate the achievements of our students. The annual Academic Awards Banquet is one way we come together to honor the hard work put forth by our scholars. There will be several awards given, including academic and other values-based awards. Two awards will be determined based on student achievement in the following areas: students with a 3.5 or higher will be on the Dean’s List, and students with 98% attendance will be awarded the Attendance Award. We will determine the recipients on May 25th, and look forward to sending out the invitations within a few days of this. Thank you in advance for all the hard work you continue to put in to support each and every student meeting their goals.

The Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7:30am. Breakfast will be provided.

For more information, please contact Mr. Mendez at




Volleyball Spring Training has begun!  Practices are held on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:30pm and Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:30pm at the Yesler Community Center.  For more information, please contact Ms. Gomez at or Ms. Baba at

Ultimate Frisbee:

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

Upcoming Games:
– Saturday, May 12, 1:00pm at 1st Ave NE and NE 185th St. Shoreline, WA against Tribe
– Saturday, May 12, 1:00pm at 1st Ave NE and NE 185th St. Shoreline, WA against Regents
– Saturday, May 19, time TBA

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