Academic Deadlines, Olympia Rally Recap, Prom Details- May 18th, 2018

Academic Deadlines, Olympia Rally Recap, Prom Details- May 18th, 2018

Dear Spartan Families,

We have exactly four weeks of our school year left. Below, I am sharing some critical info for the end of the school year. Please read these deadlines carefully with your scholars!

Coursework Deadlines
– Friday, 6/8: Last day to revise cog skill for a previously submitted project
— Your teacher will tell you in class how you can revise your cog skills.
– Wednesday, 6/13: Last time to pass a content assessment without having to go to summer school or turn in overdue projects
— Consequence for missing: Summer school or repeat the entire grade

Chromebook + Charger Return
All students will turn in their Chromebooks and chargers on June 13th. We will clean them over the summer and ensure they are in great shape to be redistributed in the fall (students will receive a clean Chromebook). If a student does not turn in their assigned CB or charger, the student will need to pay $300 to replace the Chromebook or do 20 hours of community service. Chargers are $13 to replace or 1 hour of community service. Note, students will not receive report cards, transcripts, or the assignment of a new Chromebook in the fall if a fee is not paid or the community service is not done.

Remedial Summer School + Promotion:
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). Dates of Remedial Summer School: Unfortunately, we do not have space for students who are not failing courses. June 18th – 22nd: 9:00am-3:00pm → Courses: Math, Science, History, English, Spanish

I’m also happy to send a highlight from the week. This Thursday, several Sierra students, families, and faculty members joined charter schools from all over the state in Olympia to rally together to support our schools. Over 1500 charter school students in total attended the event and had the opportunity to listen to oral arguments with the Supreme Court, learn about the laws and history surrounding charter schools, and had a chance to tour the state capitol. Eleventh grader, Jalen Johnson, and English teacher, Mr. Dacuan, both delivered speeches on the steps of the capitol celebrating the success of our schools. We are so proud to be part of a movement across our state that is creating more opportunities for all students to access a high quality public education. Check out the picture of Jalen’s speech at the rally below!

Take care,



Incoming Family Enrollment Day: May 24, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Meet and greet with our new students and families at our Incoming Family Potluck. Bring a dish to share and swap stories about your student’s experience at Sierra. If you would like to volunteer or support the poltuck, please contact Ms. Tianna at


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

On May 25, 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 24th in order to attend.  For more information at prom, please contact Ms. Burns at


No School: Memorial Day, May 28th, 2018

On Monday, May 28, Summit Sierra will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. Classes will resume on May 29th. Students will not have PLT Friday this week.

Early Release During Testing Week

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.

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


Junior Prom

 Prom tickets are now on sale! Students may purchase tickets at school, and they will receive the tickets virtually. As a reminder, students must have two or fewer incompletes in order to be eligible for prom. They must meet this criteria in order to purchase a ticket. The total cost of 1 ticket is $65.00.

Discounts are available for students that meet the following criteria:

  • – If you went from 4 or more incompletes on April 30th to 1 or zero incompletes = $25 discount ($40 total)
  • – All As and done with all PFAs for the school year = $15 discount ($50 total ticket)
  • – All mentor groups with 90% or more mentees attending = $5 discount for all mentees

Dinner is included in the ticket price. Dinner will be three stations, including a slider bar and a mac and cheese bar.

Please click here to download the Dance Guest Pass Form for students who wish to invite an attendee from another school.

For more information about prom, please contact Ms. Burns at

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


Call for Art Supplies

After analyzing artwork from World War I, our 9th grade History class will be creating their own artwork to represent a key event or important aspect of their identity to share with their classmates. Ms. Baba and her 9th graders would appreciate any donations of new or used art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, card stock, poster paper, glue sticks, stamps, stickers, magazines, etc) by June 1. Feel free to email Ms. Baba at with any questions. Thank you!


Field Day Volunteers

We are seeking parent volunteers to help make our last day of school a success. On June 14, we will hold our annual “Field Day,” which is a day filled with reflection and competitive games that culminates in a special lunch. Last year was a huge success due to the amazing folks who helped out with lunch.

We need parent help with the following:

  • – Purchasing food in advance (burgers, veggies, chips, drinks, etc.)
  • – Lunch prep team to organize and help serve food
  • –We will need to borrow 3-4 grills, depending on the size.

Please email Mr. Effland at if you can help with any of the above. Thank you!



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 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!


Protecting Student Privacy in a Time of Uncertainty

In light of ongoing calls for heightened protection of user data on social media platforms, I‘m sharing Summit’s position on student data and privacy with you. Please take a moment to read the annual letter on privacy from Diane Tavenner, our co-founder and CEO. Key takeaways include:

1. Summit will never sell student information and does not profit from schools, teachers, or students.
2. Summit complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which protects the online privacy of children under the age of 13.
3. Summit is a signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, a commitment by hundreds of organizations to safeguard student privacy regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information. The pledge was endorsed by the White House in 2015.
4. Diane invites anyone with questions, feedback, or ideas of how to improve what we do, or if you just want to talk with a fellow parent to her at