Classroom Highlights, Early Release, Prom- May 25th, 2018

Classroom Highlights, Early Release, Prom- May 25th, 2018

Dear Spartan Families,

Our school has been full of productivity and urgency this week as we reach crunch time nearing the end of the year. I’m thrilled to announce the unveiling of 1025 King Street, the journal of Summit Sierra High School. It’s fully optimized with the students’ best work in news, opinion, and photographic reporting. I’d like to give a big shout out to the Journalism and Photography Expedition for their hard work on this online journal. The journal can be found at: In addition to the website, we have two social media channels with a scheduled editorial calendar for rolling out their work over the next few weeks.

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Seeing it all come together has been supremely satisfying. The Expeditions class produced work on par with the best of high school journalism around the country, and they should feel proud.

Also, this week students in Biology delivered presentations for their Scientific Discoveries project. During the project, students chose a scientific discovery throughout history and taught their fellow Spartans about it. Students studied everything from evolution to epilepsy to the effects of cigarettes on the body. Check out the picture below of 9th grader, Mychal May, delivering her presentation:

Take care,



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

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!


Coins for Change

Activism Club is proud to introduce to you and your mentor group a new opportunity to create REAL CHANGE…using REAL CHANGE 😉

What’s the gist? Your COINS will be donated to a charity of your choice. Mentor Group that has the most money collected will win a pizza party the last week of school. Final collection and winner announced on June 12.

Families, if you have any extra spare change, please donate to your mentor group’s cause!

For more information about Coins for Change, please contact Ms. Visperas at